About Policy Submissions

We regularly make submissions to national level inquiries. If you are after a submission from earlier than listed here, please contact us.

13 October 2017 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

CHF’s submission to the draft report of the Review of Accreditation Systems within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme has called for greater interprofessional collaboration, training in settings other than hospitals and the need to improve efficiency, consistency and commonality...

18 September 2017 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

First and foremost, we would like to remind the government and policy makers that consumers, the people who use the health system and for whom it was created, should be at the centre of all of decisions. As advocates for consumers, who do not have a financial stake in this, we offer suggestions...

11 September 2017 Submission
Consumers Health Forum
This is a response to the discussion paper released 18 August 2017. CHF agrees with the Discussion Paper that there is a balance to be struck between security protections surrounding health professionals’ access to patients’ Medicare card numbers to avoid unauthorised, inappropriate or fraudulent use, and timely access to Medicare benefits for patients who are unable to present their Medicare card at the time of service.
31 July 2017 Submission
Consumers Health Forum
Australian consumers find that Private Health Insurance (PHI) is increasingly unaffordable, confusing and are unsure about the value that it provides. Despite considerable government investment in the PHI industry, there is yet to be conclusive evidence that this investment is providing sufficient returns. We are concerned that government outlays in this area continues to increase, not decrease, despite this question of value not having been well established. Because of this, reforms to PHI must centre around two key questions – how can PHI provide better value for the taxpayer, and how can it provide better value to consumers? Our submission explores the terms of reference and the key issues for consumers in light of these questions.
26 July 2017 Submission
Consumers Health Forum
The Taskforce’s report acknowledges that after-hours GP services are essential services and highly valued by consumers. While there has been an increase in the number of urgent after-hours services provided under the MBS, CHF notes that this increase on its own does not mean that these services were unjustified. Other factors, such as better access to and availability of after-hours services, could explain the increase. Moreover, an increase is not of itself surprising given the Government’s policy initiatives in recent decades to increase access to better organised after-hours services. Without these services many people, including parents and young families, the elderly including residents in aged care facilities, carers and people with terminal or chronic conditions, have faced great difficulty in getting the care they need.
24 July 2017 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

The Interim Report correctly identifies the challenges of the current approach and makes a strong case for the need to change. This is not to say that the current system fails consumers or that it is a system in disarray, Indeed we know from the many surveys done by the Pharmacy Guild and others...

15 June 2017 Submission
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...

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...

30 March 2017 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

CHF has consistently called for improved information provision to consumers as way of ensuring they understand their private health insurance policies and can make informed decisions. We regard the ACCC’s continued interest in this issue and the fact that the last two reports have been focused...

15 March 2017 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

We welcome this legislation coming forward as we believe many of the reforms covered by the review are overdue. This Bill set the groundwork for us to modernise the way we regulate medicines and medical devices and ensure that consumers can have the confidence to use them.

Whilst we do...