Inadequate supply of face masks reported in some hospitals and widespread confusion about when and what masks are needed represent a serious public health hazard that endangers many Australians, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “The ongoing problems with supply of masks generally, and...
Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) patients are being urged to take care of their health and contact their GP for any issues following concerns some may be avoiding medical care due to fear of the COVID-19 virus. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Consumer...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap , a significant step forward that has been determined by and for Australia’s First Nations Peoples. “It differs from the previous agreement because it was developed in close consultation and negotiation with the...
The untimely passing of Dr Harry Nespolon is a great loss to his medical colleagues but also to all Australians seeking to make Australia’s health system even better, the Consumers Health Forum of Australia said today. “As President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Dr...
The latest report on Australia’s health shows the nation is performing generally well apart from a notably poor score on overweight and obesity. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report today reveals that by virtually any significant health measure, Australia does better than most...
The level of the Jobseeker payment is good for the physical and economic health of the nation which is why we must retain an adequate unemployment payment beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, the Consumers Health Forum says. “We strongly support the National Day of Action today to demonstrate why we...
The continuing outbreaks of coronavirus in Australia have reinforced the need for Medicare support of telehealth and we need a Government’s decision informed by clinician and patient experience to maintain it, the Consumers Health Forum says. “Telehealth has provided a vital primary health support...
A paradox of modern healthcare is that despite the huge strides in health and behavioural science, the value of patient experience and leadership often remains under-recognised and underused. In his new ebook, English author and patient advocate David Gilbert shows us just how much healthcare is...
The idea that the coronavirus pandemic offers at least one upside – a legacy of potential health care reforms such as telehealth – is a key factor in the CHF’s decision to establish the Consumer Commission: Beyond COVID-19. Various parts of the health system have been bent to fit the shape required...
The Consumers Health Forum is establishing a Consumer Commission to take forward the lessons the COVID-19 experience offers for a better and more consumer-focused health system. The demands COVID-19 imposed on health care have triggered fresh impetus for system reforms. CHF’s mission is to draw on...

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