CEO Leanne Wells
A leading medical journal, MJA InSight, has published this article by CEO Leanne Wells highlighting the need for consumer-centred health care. It is self-evident that we should build health services around the needs of the patient, isn’t it? But this becomes all the more compelling when we consider...
CEO Leanne Wells recently spoke to ABC Radio's World Today program about Singulair/montelukast. To give a bit more detail on our position, we've prepared this short post.
The Federal Government’s plans to fast track the approval of new drugs will mean medications may come on to the Australian market sooner but they will remain out of reach for most people until and unless they are subsidised, the Consumers Health Forum says. The Government’s response to the review...
The following is a media release from the National Oral Health Alliance , of which we are a member organisation. The National Oral Health Alliance (NOHA) is very pleased to note the announcement today by Catherine King MP that the Australian Labor Party has been able to negotiate withdrawal of the...
Private health insurance needs deep reform if it is to provide affordable and appropriate cover for ordinary Australians and the inquiry announced today signals a positive step towards necessary change, the Consumers Health Forum says. “We have waited a long time for a thorough rethink of health...
The Medicare Review interim report underlines the need for reform of Medicare and for there to be strong input from consumers as well as health professionals, the Consumer Health Forum says. “This review is the most important, wide-ranging examination of Medicare since its establishment 32 years...
Most of us probably take our local pharmacy for granted. Pharmacists tend to be friendly and helpful. It’s the place we go to get our scripts filled and to get advice about common health issues. And there’s a pharmacy in every suburb and town if not more, isn’t there? So why would you want to...
Fairfax have published an op-ed from us that looks at inequality and health literacy in the Australian healthcare system. "We spend about $100 billion of public money on healthcare and products annually. Society and its leaders fret about this expense while we do little to take the relatively...
The identification of thousands of doctors receiving payments from pharmaceutical companies is a landmark advance towards transparency in health care, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The voluntary disclosure of the names of doctors and others who have received significant payments for talking...
The new National Cancer Register will boost the detection and timely treatment of bowel and cervical cancers, significantly reducing the number of deaths from these diseases, the Consumers Health Forum says. “We welcome the national legislation which, by centralising information from all of the...

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