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...
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...
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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...
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...
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...
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...

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