Australia’s health system is no longer fit for purpose and central to the fundamental changes needed should be a shift towards a more wellness-focused and consumer-centred ethos. It is time to move on from the old-fashioned notion that in health policy we pay attention only to the clinician and not...
On World Patient Safety Day tomorrow (17 September), the World Health Organization seeks to raise global awareness on the issues of maternal and newborn safety. The recently-published Fourth Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation has revealed that approximately half of the planned caesarean...
Kellie O’Callaghan has had her two COVID vaccinations, not only because of her own health conditions but also because she is an active member of her community in Gippsland, Victoria. She is urging everybody to get vaccinated as soon as they can. “That way we can get back to the freedom and doing...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the appointment of Katherine Burchfield as CEO of NPS MedicineWise. The significant role NPS-MedicineWise plays in the promotion of Quality Use of Medicines, with the support of CHF, makes Katherine’s appointment of vital interest to CHF. “Katherine’s wide...
Consumer involvement in Australia’s medicines choices has been further strengthened under a new strategic agreement Medicines Australia has signed with the Federal Government. The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the acknowledgement in the agreement that the Government and Medicines Australia have a...
Now is the time for Federal and States governments to develop effective plans for the administration of booster vaccinations to ensure continuing protection against COVID-19, the Consumers Health Forum says. The recent Government announcements of a boost to the supply of COVID-19 vaccines and the...
Hamza lives in an extended family household on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Through his experience in advocating for family members with health conditions, he has led and facilitated a national network of consumers and carers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Hamza’s mother works...
We are increasingly seeing a huge cross-over between lack of climate action and health outcomes, says Neil Pharaoh, and that’s an issue he hopes will be a focus of the YHF National Summit. As it happens, Neil will speak at the Summit on the theme of ‘Young People Influencing Change’. It’s a subject...
Brad Rossiter OAM is a consumer champion whose life and health experience puts him in an influential position to advocate for COVID-19 vaccinations. Brad has overcome multiple health challenges and become a community health leader in Bateman’s Bay on the NSW South Coast. Now he has joined CHF’s...
A new report released on Thursday, August 12, shows just how much we, as consumers, can enhance our health by improving our diet and physical exercise. Getting Australia’s Health on Track provides an update on the simple but important ways we can change our lives and reduce by one third the...

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