This project aimed to provide consumer input to the Review of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in Australia. Consumers recognise the importance of having HTA processes that expedite Australians’ access to safe, high quality health technology; are economically sustainable; and protect the Australian public through robust event reporting and post-marketing surveillance.
Chronic conditions can affect anyone, but disproportionately affect disadvantaged members of our communities, which heightens health inequalities already experienced in Australia. Consumers with chronic conditions may find themselves needing to forgo basic services and needs, such as heating, food and medicines, in order to pay for the substantial out of pocket costs of their health care.
This project involved consumer networks in the implementation of the Intergovernmental Agreement for a National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) for Health Professionals, which has significant implications for improved safety and quality for consumers. CHF has been involved in workforce issues since its inception in 1987.
This project involved consumer networks in improving safety and quality in health care and has been developed by CHF following discussions with the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission).
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