Diana Aspinall
At the Consumers Health Forum we often find that the most effective advocates for improvement in the health system and in medical care are, not surprisingly, those who are high users of health services. A great example of such an advocate is Diana Aspinall. She lives with multiple health conditions...
The staged removal of the Medicare freeze should reduce pressure on Australia’s high out of pocket health costs but Australia still needs longer term reform to future proof our health system. Overall this health budget is a commendable attempt to rebalance priorities while seeking to establish a platform that provides hope for a future more effective health system that is both responsive to consumer needs but also delivers best bang for the buck.
The progression of Australian governments has made significant policy, funding and legislative commitments in the effort to reform the mental health system, or parts of it. The intent was not access to poor care; the objective was not inadequate quality; the pursuit was not to deliver bad results or be misaligned with the interests of consumers and families. Yet the reality is that many historical and recent Australian independent inquiries into mental health have agreed: reform efforts have not made the transformations we should be seeing, nor are they giving people the outcomes we should be expecting
The report on the evaluation of the opt-out trials for My Health Record showed that the approach would help ensure the full health benefits of a shared electronic health record could be realised the Consumers Health Forum says “CHF has been calling for an opt-out system backed by strong community...
Leaving hospital should not mean a plunge into uncertain, incomplete care. Too often in Australia that is the outcome where often vulnerable patients are discharged without complete medication and other records and a clear care plan, into an unorganised setting in which informed team work by different health professionals is absent. What is best for the patient requires a focus on their individual needs: consumer-centred care and good information to patient and carers provided by an integrated team that might include GPs, nurse practitioners, medical specialists and a mix of allied health practitioners such as physiotherapists, psychologists and diabetes educators.
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Health services can often intrude into sensitive and significant aspects of our lives in ways we have little control over. The sense of being at the whim of anonymous forces in a big hospital is a common place experience for many. The same applies to the experience of navigating what at times is a...
A new expert report urging a makeover of Australia’s primary health care development makes a robust case for immediate action, the Consumers Health Forum says. The Grattan Institute’s report, Building better foundations for primary care , recommends the Commonwealth build on its Health Care Homes...
Patient Experience Week coming two weeks before the Federal Budget provides a timely opportunity for voters to consider how the Government could best use precious health dollars to better the health experience for all Australians, the Consumers Health Forum says. “CHF’s submission to the Federal...
Sweeping criticisms of the value of health insurance made in articles released today (Thursday 20 April) should prompt the Government to boost the scope of its private health care review, the Consumers Health Forum says. In wide-ranging articles published by the Consumers Health Forum, consumer...
The introduction of Medicare cover for online consultations with psychologists for people in rural Australia is a welcome development, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The expansion of telehealth services for country people is timely and appropriate particularly for psychological services when so...

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