The announcement of cuts to the costs of some medical devices is a welcome first step towards containing costs of private health insurance says the Consumers Health Forum. “Consumers consistently tell us that they think that private health insurance as it currently operates is poor value, with high...
The announcement today of the development of a new digital payments system for health and aged care payments is welcome news for consumers says Consumer Health Forum of Australia. “The Government has moved to encourage consumers to interact with it digitally for payments, enquiries and information...
Becoming a Consumer Rep is a powerful way to share your experiences and knowledge and affect decision making at the highest level. The Consumers Health Forum has helped place hundreds of consumer representatives on government and other advisory boards, committees and panels; ensuring the consumer...
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Reports that the Australian Bureau of Statistics is considering cutting its Patient Experience Survey should be of concern to everybody who wants health policy based on evidence rather than anecdote say Consumers Health Forum and Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA). The annual...
Proyouth Oz
Just in time for Mental Health Week, researchers at the Australian National University and the University Hospital Heidelberg in Germany have launched the online program ProYouth OZ and are looking for participants. The program has been designed to help young people improve their body image.
This is a guest blog by Lesley Brydon, CEO of Painaustralia. Find out more about their work here . Most people think of chronic pain as an inevitable consequence of aging. Unless it affects you or someone you love, few of us wonder what it would be like to live a life time with chronic pain. The...
A new report revealing the high heart disease risk which many Australian women don’t realise they face highlights the need for community awareness to counter potential triggers like obesity, the Consumers Health Forum says. The Hidden Hearts report released by the Mary MacKillop Institute for...
The impact of the extended Medicare freeze is adding to uncertainty about the feasibility of the Government’s Health Care Homes (HCH) plan, the Consumers Health Forum says. “We have strongly welcomed the Government’s announcement of a “revolution” in primary care enabled by Health Care Homes...
The Consumers Health Forum has called for major reforms to the regulation and funding of pharmacies to foster a better deal for consumers, optimise the use of pharmacists’ skills and the place of the pharmacy workforce and community pharmacy in the health system. In its submission to the Review of...
Consumer co-creation in health: innovating in Primary Health Networks
Here are some of the most important recommendations from our follow-up report on the 'Consumer Engagement: How can Primary Health Networks & Local Health Networks involve consumers in co-creation to improve healthcare?' workshop we held recently in association with the Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA).

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