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,...
The poor diet of many Australians, beginning in childhood, as revealed in a new official report, underlines the need for concerted national action on obesity, the Consumers Health Forum, said today. The report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released today shows that Australians...
What does it mean to have a chronic [1] condition? What do the acronyms BAU [2] , CCF [3] or ARP [4] stand for? Would a new migrant understand the term bulk-billed [5] ? Among the many words submitted to the jargon blacklist for Drop the Jargon Day, these terms are often confusing and meaningless...
The release of the report from the Senate Community Affairs References Committee’s inquiry into the My Health Record system highlights again that consumer knowledge, trust and confidence is essential for My Health Record (MHR) to move forward. The potential benefits remain and much of the policy to...
The long-awaited announcement today of the gold, silver, bronze and basic classification for private health insurance products for hospital services should provide greater certainty for consumers and make it simpler to understand what they are covered for in each category. “CHF has long argued for...
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia welcomes Health Minister Greg Hunt’s apology to women who have been severely adversely impacted by transvaginal mesh implants. “The apology from Minister Hunt to the women who have been injured and had serious and long-term adverse impacts having transvaginal...
youth_health_forum_oph-075.jpg With over 50 young people from around Australia arriving in Canberra for this exciting event, CHF’s first Youth Health Forum held on 18 and 19 September, was a huge success. The event brought together youth leaders and nominees of youth and community organisations,...
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) welcomes the announcement of a Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health by Minister for Health Greg Hunt and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and urges the Government to work with the Productivity Commission to appoint a Consumer Commissioner to...
Health apps available on smart phones should be subject to an authoritative regulatory system that rates them for efficacy, according to an overwhelming majority of respondents to a survey conducted by the Consumers Health Forum through Australia’s Health Panel. The survey found that almost 90...
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) has welcomed Prime Minister Morrison’s announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Our response to the Government’s consultation on the scope of the inquiry said that the adequacy and quality of health services in residential...

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