13 July 2017 Presentations and Speeches

Webinar - Private Health Insurance and Pharmacy Remuneration & Regulation

Consumers Health Forum

Watch it here: https://youtu.be/wNeKJjIsvI0. This webinar covered current government policy and potential reforms in these two vital areas of the health system, and CHF's position in response.

30 June 2017 Presentations and Speeches
Consumers Health Forum

Pharmacists as Integral Part of the Primary Health Care Team  - A Consumer Perspective

21 June 2017 Presentations and Speeches
Prof Bruce Robinson & Debra Kay

Watch the webinar recording where these slides were used here: https://youtu.be/HhrxrKe-SfM  

In April 2015, the then Minister for Health established the MBS Review Taskforce to consider how the more than 5,700 services listed in the MBS can be aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice, and improve health outcomes for patients. 

The Taskforce recently released its latest set of reports for public consultation until 21 July 2017. 

The webinar includes a presentation from and Q&A with Professor Bruce Robinson, Chair of the MBS Review Taskforce, and Ms Debra Kay, Chair of the Consumer Panel of the MBS Review Taskforce about these reports and the consultation process.

15 June 2017 Submission

Submission to Senate Inquiry into the Number of Women in Australia who have had Transvaginal Mesh Implants and Related Matters

Consumers Health Forum

It is becoming increasingly clear that there has been a major failure of the health system with regard to the use of transvaginal mesh to treat women. Many women have been left with permanent injuries and disabilities as a result of this device being implanted. 

We welcome this Senate Inquiry as a very public means of shining a light on what has happened, looking at ways women who have been injured can be assisted and putting in place changes to the processes to ensure similar events can be avoided. Consumers have the right to be able to feel confident that the medical devices that are implanted in their bodies are safe and effective and will improve the quality of their life. In the case of transvaginal mesh this has clearly not been the case for all women.  

It is of concern that we do not know how many women are impacted by this as we don’t know how many women had the mesh implanted and how many have had adverse effects but have not reported them.  The Health Issues Centre(HIC) in Victoria along with the other State and Territory Health Care Consumers organisations (HCOs) have collected stories and HIC ran an anonymous survey to try to get a better understanding  of the magnitude in terms of numbers affected and in terms of the injuries, disabilities and negative impact on women’s lives.  The response to this was quite overwhelming and HIC documents this in its submission to the Inquiry as do the State and Territory health care consumers organisations (HCOs) in theirs.

 It is worth making the point that this informal collection of data would not have been necessary if the processes of adverse reporting were improved and if the use of registries for implantable devices were more widely used . This is one of the key recommendations from the HCOs submission that we endorse.

CHF is indebted to them for undertaking this work and sharing it with us to assist with our submission.

1 June 2017 Report
Consumers Health Forum

2016-17 has been a very exciting time for CHF. Read through our report card to find out more about our activities this year.

1 June 2017 Report
Consumers Health Forum

The Consumer Representative Program of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) has been in place for many years. It has been the subject of several internal and external reviews and more recently, the Program has been reoriented to be more strategic and focused. At the same time, there has been significant reform in the health system which has implications for the role and voice of consumers. The emergence of consumer-centred care, place-based health and improved technology or ehealth services creates a new role for consumers as partners in health care planning, delivery and evaluation. Therefore, it is timely for CHF, the peak health consumer body in Australia, to review its Consumer Representative Program in the light of this emerging and changing health system and role of consumers and make decisions about the role and function of this Program going forward.

18 May 2017 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

CHF is pleased to provide the following comments on the four initial resources released by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) to support the National Safety and Quality in Health Service Standards (second edition). We have focused on whether the resources give sufficient and appropriate guidance, in an easy to understand way, to ensure a consistently high level of achievement against the Partnering with Consumers Standard in particular. However, given the nature of our comments, nearly all of them would apply to the respective resource overall, not just the chapter concerning the Partnering with Consumers Standard.

11 May 2017 Presentations and Speeches
Consumers Health Forum

Budget 2017 is one of restoration rather than reform, however overall we view the 2017 Budget as good news for the Australian health system.

29 April 2017 Presentations and Speeches
Consumers Health Forum, presented by Leanne Wells

This presentation was delivered to the SE NSW Patient Centred Medical Home Symposium to give attendees insight into the overall structure of the proposed Health Care Homes model in Australia, and highlight where consumers fit.

20 April 2017 Health Voices
Consumers Health Forum

Many consumers are struggling to afford health insurance while confusion and uncertainty about its value to Australia continue to grow. This raises the question: Is health insurance worth it?

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