Leanne Wells speaking to CEDA
Patient-centred care is at the heart of CHF’s policy agenda. We’re the nation’s peak body for health care consumers and those with an interest in healthcare consumer affairs, so it’s no surprise we want a system designed and organised around the people it serves. No other interest should be more important than this. But why is it that we even have to put the question about whether or not patient-centred care is a pillar of Australia’s health care system?
Key medical, hospital pharmacy and consumer groups are disappointed with the lack of public commitment shown by Health Ministers to uniformly back the Therapeutic Goods Administration decision to upschedule codeine-containing products to prescription-only from 1 February 2018.
Joint release from the RACP, painaustralia, RDAA, RACGP, CHF and SHPA Australia’s health ministers meeting tomorrow (Friday) must put people’s health first and resist pressure to water down codeine safety measures, an alliance of medical, pharmacy and consumer organisations has urged. “We are...
Medical costs are a great worry to retirees, especially those facing failing health. CEO Leanne Wells looks at the reality of health spending in retirement and whether there is cause for concern.
The success of modern medicine is popularly seen in terms of hospitals and life-saving surgery. That focus obscures the potential of a different response to much of the ill health in contemporary society. It’s patient-centred integrated health care. In a refreshing acknowledgement, the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, has strongly supported the value this model offers to the health system and the economy. The patient-centred approach sounds straightforward, even prosaic, hardly the heroic life-saving surgery we associate with hospitals, yet the need for integrated care grows each year, along with the burgeoning levels of expenditure directed to our hospitals.
private health insurance. For health fund members baffled about the real impact of the Government’s private insurance reform plan, there was one indicator immediately available.
The Treasurer’s recognition of the importance to the economy of integrated, patient-centred health care injects fresh impetus to drive effective health reforms, the Consumers Health Forum says. “Australia can get much better value out of health spending by ensuring a patient-centred focus that...
High quality after hours medical services are central to universal health care available under Medicare and moves to change present arrangements need to be developed with caution, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The Consumers Health Forum is concerned that while the Government may act to reduce...
The launch of a national standard of care for women experiencing heavy menstrual breeding is a much-needed development for the many women who struggle with this condition, the Consumers Health Forum said. “This step by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is welcome...
Medical and health consumer advocates have published an open letter to state and territory Health Ministers, warning that any changes to the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) plan to make codeine prescription-only will put health and lives at risk.

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