About Consumers Shaping Health

Consumers Shaping Health is a newsletter published by the Consumers Forum of Australia (CHF) for members, consumer representatives and stakeholders in health. It promotes current advocacy work of CHF in its three priority areas: safety and quality in health care; health care for people with chronic conditions; and safe and appropriate use of medicines.

Older issues are available, please contact us if you would like to see a back-issue not listed here.

ISSN 1835-2057 (Print) ISSN 1835-2065 (Online)

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)
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9 March 2021 Consumers Shaping Health
Consumers Health Forum

Transitions a part of life and health care

Three reports on three difficult and different issues that challenge the health system have been released in the last week... ...

  • Royal Commission Report on Aged Care
  • Royal Commision Report into Victoria's
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4 February 2021 Consumers Shaping Health
Consumers Health Forum

Health literacy means alot

How health literacy and consumer-centred healthcare plays an important part in any initiative introduced to improve the health of our population ... ...

  • The introduction of Active Ingredient Prescribing 
  • The COVID
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7 December 2020 Consumers Shaping Health
Consumers Health Forum

Consumer report points to attitude sea change

The CHF Consumer Commission report, Making Health  Better Together not only presents a valuable guide on lessons of the COVID-19 experience, it...Read more

9 November 2020 Consumers Shaping Health
Consumers Health Forum

How COVID strengthens Shifting Gears

CHF was obliged to postpone our Shifting Gears Australasian summit to March 18-19 next year --- and transform it to a virtual event --- because of COVID. Yet the influence of COVID has made our conference theme of consumer leadership...Read more

12 October 2020 Consumers Shaping Health
Consumers Health Forum

A healthy budget that raises hopes for the future

There is much to appreciate about the level of support for health in the Federal Budget. The solid funding increases for Medicare, PBS and public hospitals; and the substantial financing of the COVID emergency response...Read more

4 September 2020 Consumers Shaping Health
Consumers Health Forum

COVID and a social prescription for change

The Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association has just published a detailed and thought-provoking report on how we can turn the experiences of COVID-19 into opportunities for change.

The report captures the mood...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more

5 June 2020 Consumers Shaping Health
Consumers Health Forum

The call of Uluru - nothing about us without us

The phrase "Nothing about us, without us," referred to recently in our Not Going Viral webinar with Deputy Chief Medical Officers; Professor Michael Kidd and Dr Nick Coatsworth,...Read more

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