4 April 2016 Health Voices
Consumers Health Forum

Consumer-centred health care in the 21st century

2 April 2016 Report
Consumers Health Forum, The George Institute for Global Health

To develop a framework for how this might happen in Australia, The George Institute for Global Health and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia partnered on a Special Policy Roundtable held in Sydney on 31 March 2016. Involving over 35 consumers, advocates, and health experts from a range of backgrounds, and representing key stakeholders (see list at end of report), these individuals developed the themes crystallised as recommendations in this report, based on the principles of consumer-centred care.

29 January 2016 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

Integrated and coherent health policy should start with the healthcare consumer and their needs. Wider policy must recognise the link between the nation’s overall health status and productivity: an investment in healthcare is an investment in the health of the budget itself.

7 January 2016 Position Statements
Consumers Health Forum
Preserving Consumer Choices Without Sacrificing the Principles of Universal Health Care
7 January 2016 Report
Consumers Health Forum

The Government announced a review into private health insurance on 28 October 2015. In order to help inform the government’s review into private health insurance, the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) launched the online survey. CHF made its formal submission to the government’s review on 14 December 2015. The findings, discussion, and recommendations in this report should be viewed as a companion to the full submission.

6 January 2016 Annual Reports
Consumers Health Forum

While the challenges facing the health sector are enormous, CHF continues its mission to work collaboratively with health consumers, our members and stakeholders to improve the viability and sustainability of the health system for all health consumers.

14 December 2015 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

The current state of private health insurance in Australia is one prone to fragmentation and offering little value to consumers. Many insurance policies lack adequate coverage for even basic needs, yet consumers feel pressured to take out such policies in order to have some form of coverage. With premiums rising faster than many consumers can reasonably afford, lack of confidence and clarity in the private health insurance market risks stratifying consumers into the haves and have-nots. If left unchecked, this stratification would spell the end to the principles of universal access to health care that is the bedrock of the Australian health system.

8 December 2015 Presentations and Speeches
Consumers Health Forum
An outstanding contributor to the Consumers Health Forum, Ainslie Cahill, has been awarded Honorary Life Membership of CHF in recognition of commitment to improving outcomes for all health consumers.
7 December 2015 Presentations and Speeches
Consumers Health Forum
Dr Kym Jenkins, President Elect, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, presented the 2015 Christopher Newell AM Oration at CHF's Annual General Meeting, in which she spoke of the need to merge practices of mental and physical health.
19 November 2015 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

CHF is concerned that the link between actual costs incurred and thresholds/rebates would be further weakened by the proposed legislation and this will be to the detriment of consumers.