The average 3.25 per cent rise in health insurance premiums announced today brings a respite from the higher increases of previous years and it is to be hoped will be accompanied by an easing in out of pocket costs incurred by insured consumers, the Consumers Health Forum says. While the rise in...
While the additional $500 million in Federal funding to strengthen and reform primary care in the community is welcome, the Government needs to put more focus on preventive health measures which could deliver great health benefits at modest cost, the Consumers Health Forum says. Responding to...
A new report showing that high rates of caesareans and infant medication are placing some infants in Australia at risk of avoidable health problems highlights the importance of ensuring treatment and care is based on best available medical evidence, the Consumers Health Forum says. The Third...
Recent media reports have exposed the worrying incidence of faulty medical devices around the world and in Australia. When things go wrong, the impact on a person’s ability to work and enjoy a fulfilling life can be profound and game changing. What these reports did not highlight is the disturbing...
A vibrant voice advocating for consumers is vital to a modern, effective health system and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia welcomes the announcement by the Health Minister, Greg Hunt, of funding for the next three years. “Consumers are exerting an ever more important role in shaping the...
Australia’s health system takes a significant step forward now that Parliament has resolved questions concerning security and privacy of the My Health Record, the Consumers Health Forum says. Australians have until 31 January 2019 to choose to opt out of the personal electronic health record and...
Advances in health care are driving the demand for more effective recognition of patient and consumer-driven health policies for individually-focused services in Australia. This is the finding of a white paper, Shifting Gears – Consumers Transforming Health , released by the Consumers Health Forum...
A national Youth Health Forum has issued a call to action, pressing for more effective services focused on the specific needs of young Australians, particularly in mental health. In a statement released today, 15 November, the Youth Health Forum has proposed immediate steps to strengthen the voice...
Consumer-driven and translational research has been identified as one of the top priorities for Australian medical researchers, an innovation that the Consumers Health Forum heartily welcomes as a breakthrough for the health system. This step forward, announced in the Medical Research Future Fund’s...
We find ourselves right now at a pivotal point in the development of Australia’s most important digital health project: The My Health Record. The move of the MHR program towards the “opt out” deadline next week has focused critical scrutiny on issues of access, security and privacy to, and of,...

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