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

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