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. The last edition of Consumers Shapinig Health was Febuary 2023

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

9 November 2020
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 and experience and consumers...Read more
12 October 2020
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 and the significant commitment...Read more
4 September 2020
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 for change. As it happens, this re-...Read more
7 August 2020
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...Read more
10 July 2020
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...Read more
5 June 2020
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, goes back several decades and conveys the right of health consumers to be...Read more
14 May 2020
COVID-19 Roadmap urges value-led recovery Australia’s eight leading universities have joined to produce the COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery. A Report for the Nation, an impressive document both in scope and detail. This month's Consumer's Shaping Health looks at the persuasive mix of values and valid...Read more
3 April 2020
Telehealth and dealing with the downside Telehealth services were introduced this week to combat the spread of COVID-19, but how do we manage the lack of face-to-face interaction in this brave new world? view the newsletterRead more
11 March 2020
How an epidemic may spur us towards healthy reforms Concern about what additional burdens the spread of Covid19 might put on hospitals in Australia will further aggravate existing pressures on the health system. Coronavirus - where to get the best health information Most Common compliants against...Read more
12 February 2020
Coronavirus is a time for well-informed health consumers In the face of fear, concern, indifference and/or impotence, there is one step Australians can take to equip themselves in the era of coronavirus. CHF also released the Social Prescribing Roundtable report this month and we say farewell to...Read more