CHF strongly supports the Australian Government’s decision to allow consumers to buy two months’ worth of medicine for the price of a single prescription. “This is a really good move which shows the government is listening to the voices of consumers,” CHF CEO Dr Elizabeth Deveny said. As the...
The nation’s leading health consumer peak body, Consumers Health Forum (CHF), believes Australia’s primary health system is in danger of becoming privatised ‘by stealth’. “It’s becoming a situation of ‘cash for care’ where only people who can afford out-of-pocket costs can access timely services...
Dr Elizabeth Deveny CEO, Consumers Health Forum of Australia Dear Dr Deveny I write to you today to invite you to stay up to date with the work of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Advisory Committee (MRAC). The MRAC was established as an independent, clinician and consumer led non-...
Consumers Health Forum has welcomed the commitment of the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce to put consumers and communities at the centre of primary care policy design and delivery. CHF CEO Dr Elizabeth Deveny was the only independent member of the Taskforce representing consumers and advocated...
More than anything else, health consumers want access to more bulk-billing GPs, according to a new survey by Australia’s peak health consumer body, Consumers Health Forum (CHF). The survey asked CHF members, who include the nation’s leading health advocacy groups, what were the five top changes...
Consumers Health Forum, the peak body representing Australian health consumers, acknowledges the government’s efforts to strengthen Medicare and primary care but says there is a long way to go before true health system transformation. “This is the budget we were expecting but perhaps not the one we...
CHF’s Youth Health Forum (YHF) has applauded a range of Budget initiatives that address many of the concerns of young health consumers. The YHF particularly welcomed the recognition of climate change as a health issue, adding that it was important that young voices were heard when establishing and...
Consumers Health Forum congratulates Adjunct Professor Debora Picone AO on her retirement as CEO of the Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). CHF CEO, Elizabeth Deveny said that CHF was in gratitude to Professor Picone for her long-standing contribution to safety and...
Consumers Health Forum of Australia is pleased to announce that Dr Elizabeth Deveny has been appointed to the role of interim Chief Executive Officer. Dr Deveny will lead CHF during the next few months while an executive search for a new ongoing CEO is undertaken. Dr Deveny is a highly experienced...
I stood down as CEO of the Consumers Health Forum in August after 7 years. During those years CHF has nurtured important collaborative relationships with numerous organisations. Our capacity to ensure the consumer voice is heard and represented in Government health policies has been dependent on...

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