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.
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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.
We have long been concerned about the rising out of pocket costs impacting consumers’ access to quality health care. Beginning in January 2014, we ran a survey to collect consumers’ experiences with out of pocket costs. This survey received over 500 responses, and the stories consumers told were startling.
On 27 August 2008, the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) held a national consumer representative and stakeholder planning workshop to commence work on its Chronic Conditions Self Management 2008-2010 Project (the project). This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing under the Australian Better Health Initiative.