4 May 2021 Report
Consumers Health Forum and NPS MedicineWise

CHF was engaged and funded by NPS MedicineWise as the lead agency to plan and implement a project, Consumer Health Literacy Segmentation Research.

The Consumer Segmentation Research contributes to improving consumer health literacy as it relates to quality use of medicines (QUM) through the implementation of research to:

  • Understand the current status of health literacy amongst Australians
  • Inform future NPS MedicineWise Grant activities
  • Support the principles and objectives of the National Medicines Policy.

The objectives were to:

  • Identify and characterise key consumer segments as they relate to QUM health literacy to assist in future resource or program development
  • Provide findings that reflect the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of ‘grass roots consumers’ in relation to QUM
  • Identify the current understanding of consumer health literacy for Australians as it relates to QUM
  • Provide recommendations for resource/program development to meet unmet needs
  • Identify relevant QUM and health literacy indicators for future evaluation of collective impact.
  • Distribute findings to support the principles and objectives of the National Medicines Policy and integrate into other Grant activities.

To achieve the objectives, four project activities were conducted: 1) formative research; 2) literature review; 3) virtual consumer led discussions and 4) consumer segmentation survey. This report summarises the key findings collected across the project activities, addressing each of the objectives.

23 April 2021 Report
Consumers Health Forum
15 April 2021 Health Voices
Consumers Health Forum

Consumers shifting gears to drive better health care

The value of learning from experience was given fresh power at CHF's first Australian and New Zealand health consumers' summit. In the April 2021 issue of Health Voices, we present perspectives from participants at the Summit: Shifting Gears, which serve as both a reflection and a guide for future directions.

Read the April 2021 issue of Health Voices

13 April 2021 Youth Health Update
Youth Health Forum
  • Messages about the #Shifting Gears Summit from Young leader Roxxanne and CHF CEO Leanne Wells
  • Consultations for a consumer guide
  • The first of a series of advocacy videos

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6 April 2021 Consumers Shaping Health
Consumers Health Forum

Summit catches the wave of health consumer power

The CHF Summit: Shifting Gears 2021 is over, read more for reviews and links to highlights 

  • Ageism in health care - a project by the Older Women’s Network NSW (OWN NSW) and Health Consumers NSW (HCNSW)
  • Join Us - register for people who want to participate in research
  • Welcome to the Epilepsy Foundation Australia

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31 March 2021 Report
Consumers Health Forum

Australasia’s first health consumers conference involving over 820 delegates from Australia and around the world has given fresh momentum to consumer direction and influence in health care.

The first ever Shifting Gears Summit on consumer experience and leadership in health care was hosted in March 2021 by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) – Australia’s peak body for health consumers.

Consumer leaders and experts with an interest in health care consumer affairs covered topics as diverse as why it is time to re-imagine health and social care; ‘big ideas’ for change; global trends in safety and quality in health care; and future horizons in healthcare.

The focus is shifting further from consumer-centred care to consumers as partners in healthcare. This communique covers a brief summary of important points drawn from the summit and some main ideas for future direction.

Read the communique

30 March 2021 Report
Consumers Health Forum

Federal Budget 2022 - 23 analysis

The Federal Budget 2022-23 was handed down by the Treasurer, Josh Frydenburg on Tuesday 29 March 2022, and we have been working hard to bring you the latest information and expert commentary on how the Budget responds to the needs of health consumers.

Our Budget Briefing analysis is attached or you can download it from here.

Our media release on the Budget is here: Federal Health Budget: steady as she goes, not transformational

Further to this, leaders from the Youth Health Forum also provided commentary in a media release: Young people’s health and wellbeing: we must not leave them behind

Contact Policy Director, Jo Root on email: J.Root@chf.org.au with any questions and feedback

29 March 2021 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

In 2015, the Report of the Expert Panel Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation (MMDR) made 58 recommendations for reform of the regulatory framework for medicines and medical devices in Australia. The Australian Government Response to the Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation was released in September 2016. The Government accepted 56 MMDR recommendations including Recommendation Twenty which provided that the regulation of medical devices, wherever possible and appropriate, align with the European Union (EU) framework including the classification of medical devices.

The focus of this consultation was to seek feedback on whether the Australian medical device regulatory framework should be aligned to the new EU framework for medical devices containing nanomaterials introduced in 2017, and how this could occur.

16 March 2021 Fact Sheets
Collaborative Pairs

Expression of Interest information for the Australian National Virtual Pilot in 2021. 

Expressions of interest close 1 April 2021.