Australia’s health system performs best when consumers play an active part in the “healthy trio” of safety, quality and literacy. That’s the view of many expert authors in the latest edition of Health Voices, the e-journal of the Consumers Health Forum published today. “Health consumers and their...
The big parties have pledged billions of dollars in welcome new health spending but there is variation in how they rate against the Consumers Health Forum's priorities for the community’s health. The Consumers Health Forum today releases its scorecard on how the parties stack up in terms of...
Measures to support the health of young people are often overlooked so the Consumers Health Forum particularly welcomes the focus the political parties are giving to youth health at this stage of the election campaign. “The health and wellbeing of young Australians is a key priority, yet many...
The National Press Club election health debate today provided a rare if welcome opportunity for the rival health policies to come under the sort of scrutiny we need to see more of, the CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells, said. “We congratulate the Health Minister, Greg Hunt, and Shadow...
This article was first published in Croakey , a social journalism project that enables debate and investigations of health issues and policy. Two recurring concerns were raised by respondents to a recent consumer health sentiment survey conducted by the Consumers Health Forum. These concerns were...
This article was first published in The Australian Health is once again a target for billions of taxpayer dollars in election promises that may soothe but never heal community concerns. There has been no shortage of diagnoses about what ails the health system. A feature of Australia’s health policy...
A new national survey finds most Australians have a positive view of their own health literacy --- that is the ability to get, understand and use information to promote good health. However, the Australian Bureau of Statistics survey shows that in general, people with chronic illness or who are...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes Labor’s $2.4 billion Pensioner Dental Plan for aged pensioners and Commonwealth senior card holders. “We welcome the access this plan will deliver to many Australians who presently struggle to access basic dental health care check-ups let alone more advanced...
The Greens’ call for emphatic health reforms in prevention, funding, chronic care and dental care, present rational options to improve a health system that is currently captive to old ways, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “Most health analysts would agree that many of the reforms suggested...
The Federal election has begun with a welcome focus on health, yet there is much more Australia could do differently to achieve better health for all. The Consumers Health Forum has called for the next Federal Government to take early action on three health priorities to set 21st century health...

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