25 August 2020 Submission
Carolyn Thompson

Youth Health Forum Comments on the Job-Ready Graduates Package 

In our submission, the YHF provide comments about the proposed new Job-ready Graduates Higher Education Reform Package (the Package). While we cannot speak about nuts and bolts of university systems, we do want to share our insights on the complex requirements for someone to be considered ‘job-ready’, the concerns of restructuring university fees for universities and young people, and additional ways to support people into employment. This submission is based on the opinions and experiences of YHF members.

Most importantly, we want to emphasize the importance of including and prioritising Australia’s younger generations in discussions to maximise the positive effect that these changes can have. There is growing concern that we are leaving this generation behind and government needs to take swift and deliberate action to close the generational divide . A person’s overall health is largely determined by non-health factors: social, economic, and environmental and so we urge those evaluating these legislative changes to look beyond COVID-19 and the current economic situation, and consider the long-term impacts that their decisions will have on the health and wellbeing of future generations of Australians.

25 August 2020 Submission
Carolyn Thompson

Youth Health Forum Submission to the Select Committee on COVID-19

Young people have been identified as one of the most affected population groups in Australia. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted existing inequities in the higher education, employment and housing sectors that have a new sense of urgency in light of the economic downturn. Young people need to be included in the problem-solving process and there needs to be a long-term plan for how we will support this generation to transition from education into employment and self-sufficiency.

In our submission, the Youth Health Forum provide feedback on the Government’s communication and messaging, financial support packages, health services that have been made available, and the long-term impacts such as mental health. Most importantly, we want to emphasize the importance of including and prioritising Australia’s younger generations in the recovery plan.

We feel that this review process is important, and the lessons learnt so far must be reflected in how we move forward as a society.

25 August 2020 Youth Health Update
Carolyn Thompson

The Youth healthUpdate newsletter for August 2020 covers:

  • Information about consumer representation opportunities with the Lung Foundation, Palliative Care Australia and Choosing Wisely
  • Links to the Young Carer Bursary Program and the announcement of Youth Advocacy Support Grants by Minister Colbeck
25 August 2020 Youth Health Update
Carolyn Thompson

The Youth healthUpdate newsletter for July 2020 covers:

  • Announcement of newly appointed Youth Leadership Group.
  • Changes to the YHF event schedule for 2020.
  • Information about opportunities to be part of the Consumer Advisory Group for the Diploma of Nursing, panellists for the NPS MedicineWise's webinar on asthma, contribute consumer perspectives in the development of diabetes living clinical practice guidelines, and a study on nutrition care preferences in a general practice setting. 
7 August 2020 Consumers Shaping Health
Consumers Health Forum

Let’s get it together on protection for all

Migrants represent much of Australia’s present and future vitality yet right now bear a disproportionate burden of the COVID pandemic. It’s a disturbing reality that many migrants are not on an equal footing with other Australians when it comes to responding to coronavirus.

For reasons such as language barriers and socio-ecoomic circumstances, Australia’s migrant people are at greater risk of contracting COVID. Many work in exposed jobs and/or fail to hear how they can avoid infection and get the right medical advice.

Their plight highlights the crucial role both equity of access to health care and health literacy play ...

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28 July 2020 Fact Sheets
Consumers Health Forum

Healthcare does not stop for lockdown, we are here to keep you well

An open letter to Victorians, signed by 26 signatories shared with the Victorian Health Minister and Victorian media 

28 July 2020

14 July 2020 Fact Sheets
James Ansell
10 July 2020 Consumers Shaping Health
Consumers Health Forum

Coronavirus exposes importance of health literacy

We urgently need to see in Australia an effective national program to improve health literacy among low socio-economic and people from non-English speaking backgrounds. In the face of the current coronavirus crisis, never has the health literacy of our population and our institutions been so important. The links between disadvantaged groups and the potential spread of coronavirus have been demonstrated in new research findings ...

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8 July 2020 Fact Sheets
Consumers Health Forum

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