The health sector, both in Australia and internationally is increasingly being pushed to do more with less, provide for disparate populations and meet the increasingly complex needs of people who use our health systems. While the practice of patient centered care has been shown to benefit the health system on a range of levels, from the individual patient to the health system at a macro level, the degree to which this has been implemented by health professions remains unclear.
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This report includes a summary of findings and an appraisal of existing models used across the world to involve the public in heath technology assessment. It is intended to inform discussions of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce about the ‘improvement of our Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)’ in order to ensure that it is ‘consistent with the latest clinical practice, or the best value healthcare’ . This report focusses on ways of improving the way the public are involved in the process of reviewing MBS Items.
This brief provides recommendations for health service providers including hospitals and Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to increase the role of consumers in designing healthcare services. It was put together by Policy Officer Rebecca Randall, following a workshop by AHHA and CHF, 'Consumer Engagement: How can PHNs & LHNs involve consumers in co-creation to improve healthcare?'
This report captures multistakeholder
perspectives on the
opportunities afforded by biologic
and biosimilar medicines in Australia
and the key steps required to
advance the evolving framework for
the introduction and use of these
medicines, in alignment with the
National Medicines Policy.
In Australia we are faced with a complex health system with entrenched practices, multiple layers and stakeholders divided across Federal and State systems, which is also often hard to navigate for both patient and provider. The question we must address is how do we ensure the Health Care Home can reach its potential in Australia and deliver the best outcomes for patients? This report outlines recommendations around the following guiding principles towards successful implementation.
To develop a framework for how this might happen in Australia, The George Institute for Global Health and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia partnered on a Special Policy Roundtable held in Sydney on 31 March 2016. Involving over 35 consumers, advocates, and health experts from a range of backgrounds, and representing key stakeholders (see list at end of report), these individuals developed the themes crystallised as recommendations in this report, based on the principles of consumer-centred care.
The Government announced a review into private health insurance on 28 October 2015. In order to help inform the government’s review into private health insurance, the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) launched the online survey. CHF made its formal submission to the government’s review on 14 December 2015. The findings, discussion, and recommendations in this report should be viewed as a companion to the full submission.
The Working Together Guide provides guidance and examples for building collaborative relationships between individuals, health consumer organisations and research-based pharmaceutical companies.
The Working Together Guide was developed by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia and Medicines Australia in 2005 and was first updated in 2008.
The major implication of these results for health policymakers is that defenders of traditional “silos” of medicine need to rethink what ought to be considered traditional roles for GPs and pharmacists. Moreover, if pharmacists are going to assume a greater role in the provision of primary care services, then the industry is going to have to think through what training and accommodation will be necessary to give consumers the confidence that these services do not compromise the quality they have come to expect from GPs.
The aim of this project was to review and assess the evidence that demonstrates the contributions and outcomes of consumer representation on health and medical Boards/Committees, in particular to document the impact of consumer representatives’ contribution to health policies, programs and services.