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...
Co-production and co-design in healthcare is a personal battle cry for me. It’s w hat gets me up in the morning, what sees me attending public health forums and has me tweeting voraciously at two in the morning. To me, it’s an ethical imperative that those whose health is to be cared for – the...
Consumers stand to have deeper engagement in Australia’s health sciences as a result of the great step forward in the Medical Research Future Fund strategy released by the Federal Government today, the Consumers Health Forum says. “The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the fresh and strong focus on...
The surprise revelation that the Government is planning to cap non-chronic care visits to GPs to five a year will discourage both doctors and patients from signing up to the Health Care Homes (HCH) initiative which is scheduled to start next July.k This unilateral announcement is a most unfortunate setback. The patient centred health care home approach offers a long overdue solution to the contemporary issues our health system is facing: growing complex chronic conditions, poor care and service coordination and the need for better service integration. It needs to be embraced with enthusiasm and careful change management.
“Poor practices” by some health funds are exposing consumers to bill shock and inadequate cover, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has found in a new report. “The ACCC report on health insurance to the Senate indicates that the increasing number of changes health funds are making...
Extending the role of pharmacists in community health care beyond the shop front and into the delivery of primary healthcare services opens up potential benefits for consumers, particularly the old and those with chronic illness, the Consumers Health Forums says. “We welcome the announcement today...
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...

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