On the 16th and 17th 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...
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...
This Op-ed first appeared in Fairfax outlets on the 6th of January, 2017. Read it in the Canberra Times here . Australia's healthcare horizon is rapidly changing. We face significant challenges at the same time as pressure for reform and innovation grows. In an era when the economic focus seems...
Proposed reforms of private health insurance must ensure that consumers and taxpayers get a better deal from the $6 billion rebate on health fund policies, the Consumers Health Forum says. It is reported that the Government could consider changes to the rebate to benefit health fund members in...
Joint Release Pain Australia and CHF The decision to make codeine medications prescription-only underlines the need for more effective services for many Australians with pain, the Consumers Health Forum and Painaustralia said today. Both CHF and Painaustralia have opposed making codeine products...
The consultation draft of what is intended to be the latest National Mental Health Plan has worryingly failed to counter the impression that mental health remains a second order concern. At a time when demonstrated need so often overwhelms the services available, the Mental Health Plan has done...
by Leanne Wells and Claire Jackson The most significant development in Australia’s health system in a generation reaches a crunch point in Christmas week. Long-awaited reform of primary health care services in the community is on the cards and central to this will be the GP. A minimum of 200...
Contradictory opinions between doctors or patients about the reasons for unnecessary care and tests highlight the importance of partnership in health care and better communication, the CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells, said today. Ms Wells was commenting on the results of surveys...
In the future, consumers will drive their own healthcare in partnership with clinicians, and it is therefore important to start working  together earlier in the research pipeline.
Medical research may seem remote from day-to-day life despite its potential to transform lives. Consider the constellation of research projects granted funding this month by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The targets for research range across medical science, including predicting...
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by Jenny Preston, Roger Steel, Karen Inns, Simon Stones and Keith Wilson “Having lived with long-term conditions for the majority of my life, and through my interest and participation in research, I have been inspired to get involved in shaping the future research landscape, as a patient research...

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