20 May 2019 Health Voices

A noteworthy feature of this edition of Health Voices is how our headline trio are so often intertwined in health outcomes. Safety, quality and literacy perform together like a trio of musicians. As the authors describe, there are increasing examples of reciprocal benefits.

Read the May 2019 issue of Health Voices

20 May 2019 Health Voices

A noteworthy feature of this edition of Health Voices is how our headline trio are so often intertwined in health outcomes. Safety, quality and literacy perform together like a trio of musicians. As the authors describe, there are increasing examples of reciprocal benefits.

Read the May 2019 issue of Health Voices

10 May 2019 Position Statements
Consumers Health Forum of Australia

CHF identified eight key policy areas in its 2019 Election Priorities. Across these, we called for 37 key commitments from Australia’s political parties which would lay the groundwork for a sustainable health system that ensures people get the right care, at the right time and at the right cost.

We invited the Liberal-National Coalition (the Coalition), Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the Australian Greens (the Greens) to respond directly to our reform recommendations. We indicated to all parties our intention to publish their responses alongside our appraisal.

We have received responses from all three parties and these are published alongside this summation.  We also collected statements made by the parties during and in the months prior to the 2019 Federal election campaign and compared them to our calls for reform.

This appraisal is confined to how the parties’ rate against our election priorities in Priorities for the 2019 Federal Election: Making Health Better  launched on 23 April. We have conducted this appraisal using two sources: public statements made by the major parties during the election campaign and the parties’ responses to our letter. It is not CHF’s comparative assessment of the major parties’ health platforms overall.

Please click on the links below to see our Health scorecard summary, Detailed scorecard with commentary, and Responses from the parties.

Health scorecard summary

Detailed scorecard with commentary

Coalition response to CHF

ALP response to CHF

Greens response to CHF

10 May 2019 Position Statements
Consumers Health Forum of Australia

CHF identified eight key policy areas in its 2019 Election Priorities. Across these, we called for 37 key commitments from Australia’s political parties which would lay the groundwork for a sustainable health system that ensures people get the right care, at the right time and at the right cost.

We invited the Liberal-National Coalition (the Coalition), Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the Australian Greens (the Greens) to respond directly to our reform recommendations. We indicated to all parties our intention to publish their responses alongside our appraisal.

We have received responses from all three parties and these are published alongside this summation.  We also collected statements made by the parties during and in the months prior to the 2019 Federal election campaign and compared them to our calls for reform.

This appraisal is confined to how the parties’ rate against our election priorities in Priorities for the 2019 Federal Election: Making Health Better  launched on 23 April. We have conducted this appraisal using two sources: public statements made by the major parties during the election campaign and the parties’ responses to our letter. It is not CHF’s comparative assessment of the major parties’ health platforms overall.

Please click on the links below to see our Health scorecard summary, Detailed scorecard with commentary, and Responses from the parties.

Health scorecard summary

Detailed scorecard with commentary

Coalition response to CHF

ALP response to CHF

Greens response to CHF

6 May 2019 Consumers Shaping Health
Consumers Health Forum
30 April 2019 Submission

CHF appreciates the opportunity to provide a submission in response to the National Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2030: consultation draft (the Strategy). CHF welcomes the development of the Strategy and support the five priority areas identified. Our response addresses key considerations from the consultation questions, with a focus on the structure; priority area 4: conditions where women are overrepresented; priority area 5:
healthy ageing; research and partnerships.

Read the Submission here.

29 April 2019 Submission

CHF is pleased to present this submission to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into the Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health. Our submission is structured around the questions in the Commission’s Issues Paper. We make some general comments on the overall scope of the inquiry and offer specific comments in ten key areas. We devote much of our commentary to the structural weaknesses in healthcare and to the major issues for our constituency: physical and mental health comorbidity and the management of multimorbidity. We consider the lived experience feedback received in response to our survey. Our chief recommendation is that all of the recommendations in the Contributing Lives, Thriving Communities report by the National Mental Health Commission be implemented.
 

Read the submission here.

23 April 2019 Position Statements
Consumers Health Forum

It is time for the health and social care system to innovate and improve at pace and do so with consumer and community insights deep at the heart of driving change.

In our Election Priorities, CHF focuses on critical areas for action that will move Australia towards a modern and sustainable health system that provides consumer choice and empowerment, supported by innovation, emerging evidence, and best practice.

To achieve this and move towards a consumer-focused and sustainable health system, CHF calls for our political leaders to act in eight key areas.

12 April 2019 Submission
Youth Health Forum

Throughout their response to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Mental Health, you will read the stories of members of the Youth Health Forum sharing their personal experiences with mental ill-health. Though their names have been changed for privacy, these are the real stories of real Australians whose lives are profoundly impacted by these lived experiences. This includes the struggles they have faced with the health sector and the failing safety net of social support. The Youth Health Forum believes in the importance of lived experience, in partnership with evidence based research, to inform and provide context for how mental health and mental health policy and governance impacts the lives of real Australians.

Based on the feedback and identification of priority areas by the Youth Health Forum, this submission will discuss, and make recommendations regarding Barriers to Access, Social Participation and Inclusion, and Service Reform within the context of the scope of the inquiry.

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