The pledge by the new Health Minister Greg Hunt to focus on the national crisis of suicide should raise our hopes that we might at last see an effective national strategy to counter this tragedy. Suicide claims more than 3,000 deaths in Australia each year. That’s more than the death toll due to...
The AMA public hospital report card released today highlights that our hospitals and broader health system are facing a funding crisis, says the chief executive officer of the Consumer’s Health Forum, Leanne Wells. “It is vitally important that the Australian community has a public hospital system...
It’s time to end the marketing practices that can mislead people about the health benefits of many complementary medicine products and require complementary medicines to show whether or not they have proven efficacy, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The Four Corners program last night conveyed the...
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The latest rise in health insurance premiums makes it more important than ever that people check they are paying for the right cover, the Consumers Health Forum says. “Now that a typical family policy can cost more than $4,000 a year, we owe it to ourselves to ensure we have the cost-effective...
With his new Health Minister, the Prime Minister is signalling a refreshed approach to health policy. It is encouraging that Malcolm Turnbull has asserted a new focus on the previously abandoned area of preventive health, promising to give people “the right tools and information to live active and...
The latest above-inflation rise in health insurance underlines the need for more effective and longer term reforms to deliver better value for people who have private health insurance, the Consumer Health Forum says. “While we welcome the modest decline in this year’s rise compared to previous...
The Prime Minister’s promise of a new focus on preventive health marks a welcome development after some years of federal inactivity in this area, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “While Mr Turnbull only hinted at a “new focus” on preventive health, we hope it will involve significant measures...
Sally Crossing speaking at a CHF event
The passing of Sally Crossing in December 2016 leaves a large space in the health consumer movement in Australia. Sally was a fierce and very successful advocate of the health consumer representative movement and will be dearly missed. She was a remarkable woman who has left a lasting legacy. Sally...
On the 16th and 17 of January 2017, global health leaders converged on Paris for a policy forum and ministerial meeting. A huge amount of content was covered, and to give you some insight into the outcomes and trends that featured in the discussion, we've put together this Storify roundup of videos...
Congratulations and welcome to Minister Hunt The Consumers Health Forum today welcomed the appointment of the Hon. Greg Hunt MP to the position of Minister for Health. “The Health portfolio is currently in the midst of a wide range of changes and reforms, and we look forward to engaging with the...

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