During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a significant drop in engagement with healthcare services for non-COVID health issues in Australia. In May 2020, the Continuity of Care Collaboration (CCC) conducted a survey of 729 people about access to healthcare.
From a consumer perspective, ethical issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic have attracted wide interest among our constituents.
CHF and consumer representatives from around the country recently participated in a workshop with the NHMRC Australian Health Ethics Committee and others to discuss these matters, ensuring that consumer concerns and issues were highlighted. These discussions have informed the ongoing work of the National COVID-19 Health and Research Advisory Committee (NCHRAC).
To inform our position on this topic we consulted our members and networks. We received detailed responses from a broad spectrum of organisations including those involved in cancer care, disease-specific groups, rare disease patient organisations, leading mental health organisations and CHF members with interests and expertise in quality and safety, as well as a consolidated submission from the state-based peak organisations.
The CHF Position Statement summarising the key ethical and policy issues from a consumer perspective is available below.
Further information about the National COVID-19 Health and Research Advisory Committee and a report from the NCHRAC on the ethical issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, can be accessed at this link.
2019-20 was an exciting year for CHF, from working with our growing member base to reach millions of consumers, to launching initiatives that will make a real difference to Australia's healthcare system. Read our Report Card to learn more.
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 informed and to have a say in their health care.
These words are also particularly applicable when thinking about another foundational issue: Parliament’s response to the Uluru Statement from the Heart. At this time when we mark the third anniversary of the creation of the Uluru Statement calling for First Nations Peoples to have a voice in the Australian Constitution about laws affecting their lives.
This month's Consumer's Shaping Health asks whether reform is possible with the formal creation of the National Cabinet to replace the Council of Australian Governments.
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 data to guide our exit from the pandemic. Also the May edition of Health Voices
In this issue of Health Voices leading health leaders and consumers reflect on how the pro-wellness policies are paying off in the fight against the virus.
The Youth healthUpdate newsletter for March 2020 covers:
- RSVP for the Youth Health Forum Roundtable in Melbourne on 30 June 2020 to discuss Youth Pathways into Services
- Information about CHF's webinar about the AIHW's National Health Information Strategy on 17 March 2020 and CHF's Shifting Gears Conference in September 2020.
- Application information for opportunities with the headspace Visible project and NPS MedicinesWise Consumer Advisory Group.