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Much health policy decision-making is a contest between government and the powerful vested interests in health. That poses a constant challenge to ensure the interests of the most important player, the consumer, are not squeezed, or in fact squeezed out, of the process.
If Australia is to meet standards of a civilised society, older people who need support should have universal access to care, the Consumers Health Forum said today. The latest report from the Grattan Institute on aged care joins a lengthening list of authoritative inquiries, highlighting the urgent...
A new report has called for a Consumer Health Leaders Academy to strengthen the role of consumers in health system decision-making. The Academy would equip consumer advocates and advisers within health consumer networks and who work with governments, government agencies and other organisations...
Australians’ experience with COVID-19 has stimulated more active consumer and community involvement in health care decision-making, the Consumer Health Forum says. Authors writing in CHF’s ejournal, Health Voices , published today report on a range of developments spurred by COVID where consumers...
The Consumers Health Forum supports the final report of the Productivity Commission on Mental Health and urges governments to implement the findings as a comprehensive package. “This report is a valuable first step in reshaping Australia’s mental health services to meet the overwhelming demand for...
The potential of a shift to cleaner and cheaper sources of renewable energy offers a watershed opportunity for Australia’s economy and health, the Consumers Health Forum said today. CHF has joined the Climate and Health Alliance in signing an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to...
Leanne Wells, Mark Morgan and Leanne Beagley Social prescribing presents a step forward in healthcare. Far from being left behind by the dominating impact of COVID on health thinking, it appears that the pandemic is reinforcing the potential of social prescribing as a spur to improved health care,...
Australia has been given a powerful blueprint for a sweeping overhaul of aged care that must convince the Federal Government of the need for comprehensive and urgent change, the Consumers Health Forum said today. The proposed recommendations of the Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Aged...
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First it was improvement, then it was innovation that we were all doing, now its co-design and co-creation. Specifically, in healthcare it is Experience Based Codesign that everyone is talking about. An enabler for co-design is the practice of genuine collaboration. Interestingly, there are not...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes a new report released today which sets out a national blueprint for support and development of self-care. The blueprint for reform developed by the Mitchell Institute of Victoria University calls for government leadership to spur Australians to take more interest...

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