The Federal budget must step up investments in health and social wellbeing if Australia’s health system is to come out of the COVID pandemic in strong shape, the Consumers Health Forum says. In its submission on the 2022 Federal Budget , CHF has proposed a range of measures that reflect the lessons...
We are moving to a new stage in our response to COVID which demands changes not just from government and the health system, but more particularly from people and communities. COVID is likely to be circulating widely for some years. As we adjust to that reality increasingly people will work out...
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For Patient and Health Consumer Advocates it’s a familiar and off-putting first thought when someone approaches us about joining a committee, attending a working group session, or speaking at an event to share our insight into health system reform and innovation from a very different and incredibly...
Rapid antigen testing kits should be universally available to all people in Australia who need them, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “We welcome plans for provision of up to 10 free tests for concession and health care card holders through community pharmacy - this is a critical and overdue...
The National Cabinet meeting tomorrow must show united leadership now and resolve on concerted action to counter the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “The soaring infection figures in several states make it clear this is not the time for relaxation of...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the National Preventive Health Strategy released today which sets out a positive agenda for a future healthier Australia, backed by the aim to earmark 5 per cent of the health budget for preventive action by 2030. The strategy identifies seven focus areas for...
The announcement today assuring telehealth’s future as a permanent part of Medicare acknowledges its vital role in enabling access to GPs, specialists and allied health professionals, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “Telehealth has been transformational to health care delivery during COVID...
The Consumers Health Forum thanks the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, for his service to healthcare especially during the challenges of the COVID pandemic and the national vaccination rollout. “Minister Hunt has progressed a forward-thinking vision for Australia’s healthcare system,” the...
Quarterly private health insurance data from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) reveal that health funds have increased profits while benefits paid to members have dipped and out-of-pocket costs have grown significantly in the past 12 months. The Consumers Health Forum has today...
Why consumers and not patients? That’s the question I opened with in my presentation on Consumer-Centred Care and Consumer Leadership to the 3rd Asia Pacific Patients Congress this week. The consumer versus patient question is one we at the Consumers Health Forum have heard over the years, although...

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