Australian health workforce organisations recognise the importance of patient-centred care but acknowledge they do not have adequate resources and support to promote consumer-focused services, a Consumers Health Forum survey has found. The survey found that more than 90 per cent of the workforce...
The Health Minister, Sussan Ley, is forecasting many changes to the health workforce, driven by technology and growing demand for services. She has revealed her insights in an article for the latest edition of the Consumers Health Forum journal, Health Voices , published today and titled Health...
Patient care gaps highlight need for health reforms People in rural and low income areas continue to face significant disadvantages in getting health care, highlighting the need for Government health reforms to be targeted where need is greatest, the Consumers Health Forum says. The Australian...
Consumers stand to have deeper engagement in Australia’s health sciences as a result of the great step forward in the Medical Research Future Fund strategy released by the Federal Government today, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the fresh and strong focus on...
The surprise revelation that the Government is planning to cap non-chronic care visits to GPs to five a year will discourage both doctors and patients from signing up to the Health Care Homes (HCH) initiative which is scheduled to start next July.k This unilateral announcement is a most unfortunate setback. The patient centred health care home approach offers a long overdue solution to the contemporary issues our health system is facing: growing complex chronic conditions, poor care and service coordination and the need for better service integration. It needs to be embraced with enthusiasm and careful change management.
“Poor practices” by some health funds are exposing consumers to bill shock and inadequate cover, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has found in a new report. “The ACCC report on health insurance to the Senate indicates that the increasing number of changes health funds are making...
Extending the role of pharmacists in community health care beyond the shop front and into the delivery of primary healthcare services opens up potential benefits for consumers, particularly the old and those with chronic illness, the Consumers Health Forums says. “We welcome the announcement today...
The announcement of cuts to the costs of some medical devices is a welcome first step towards containing costs of private health insurance says the Consumers Health Forum. “Consumers consistently tell us that they think that private health insurance as it currently operates is poor value, with high...
The announcement today of the development of a new digital payments system for health and aged care payments is welcome news for consumers says Consumer Health Forum of Australia. “The Government has moved to encourage consumers to interact with it digitally for payments, enquiries and information...
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Reports that the Australian Bureau of Statistics is considering cutting its Patient Experience Survey should be of concern to everybody who wants health policy based on evidence rather than anecdote say Consumers Health Forum and Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA). The annual...

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