The latest adult obesity figures show that it’s well past time for firmer measures against unhealthy foods that are causing disease and stretching health budgets, the Consumers Health Forum says. Years of public education campaigns have failed to reverse the rise in adult obesity, according to...
Health competition welcome if there is real choice Consumers would welcome more competition among health and hospital services where there is a real choice, but often little choice is available, the Consumers Health Forum, says. A Productivity Commission report released today says that greater...
Patients stand to benefit greatly under Health Care Homes and the first stage of the scheme should begin as soon as practicable, the Consumers Health Forum says. “We urge both GPs and the Government to ensure that patients do not lose out because of avoidable disagreements over the scheme,” the CEO...
The National Health and Medical Research Council and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia have released a revised joint statement reflecting the growing recognition of the place of consumers and community in health research. The Statement on Consumer and Community Involvement in Health and...
A tax on sugary drinks is an idea whose time has come, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The latest analysis from the Grattan Institute makes a strong case for a tax on sugar sweetened beverages. It adds to the growing calls from health leaders for Australia to take this vital step to reduce...
Australian health workforce organisations recognise the importance of patient-centred care but acknowledge they do not have adequate resources and support to promote consumer-focused services, a Consumers Health Forum survey has found. The survey found that more than 90 per cent of the workforce...
The Health Minister, Sussan Ley, is forecasting many changes to the health workforce, driven by technology and growing demand for services. She has revealed her insights in an article for the latest edition of the Consumers Health Forum journal, Health Voices , published today and titled Health...
Leanne Wells and David Butt Kevin McLeod’s Grand Designs television series offers a fitting metaphor for the Health Care Homes we are building in Australia. We are beginning with an existing structure that needs much work to turn it into an effective and comfortable home offering all the features...
by Dr Paresh Dawda, Adjunct Associate Professor Walter Kmet, Dr Andrew Knight and Leanne Wells. Integrated health care is now commanding more attention in Australia than ever. Evidence of this includes local collaborative care projects and two federally sponsored trials, one on chronic care and the...
Patient care gaps highlight need for health reforms People in rural and low income areas continue to face significant disadvantages in getting health care, highlighting the need for Government health reforms to be targeted where need is greatest, the Consumers Health Forum says. The Australian...

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