19 December 2019 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

Thirty years following the creation of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), a review is long overdue. CHF believes that this review and a commitment to the regular evaluation of Medicare items is an essential to maintaining a world class health system and ensuring that funding is available for high value care.

There is a substantial body of research supporting the importance of consumer involvement in health decision-making and a growing literature focussing specifically on the role of consumer representatives. Given the growth in both recognition and evidence to support consumer representation in health policy making, it was disappointing that a specific committee dedicated to consumer elements was not in place from the start of the MBS Review in 2015.

However, CHF appreciated the opportunity to engage with the Taskforce to establish the Consumer Panel in September 2016 and is pleased to see the results of the 2018 survey show it has provided significant value to the process, both from the consumer and the clinician perspectives. In particular, the Panel has developed a number of tools and templates to support the inclusion of consumer evidence and perspectives into committee deliberations. We hope these tools will continue to be used to support consumer engagement in the ongoing review of MBS items.

Click on the link below to read the CHF Response to the Report from the Consumer Panel

17 December 2019 Health Voices
Consumers Health Forum

In this issue of Health Voices leading health care professionals, consumers and researchers examine what personalised care really means for patients navigating the health system in Australia.

Read the November 2019 issue of Health Voices

16 December 2019 Report

As background to this demonstration trial, this report reports a scoping review of the extant knowledge to identify practical and relevant information related to the Collaborative Pairs context, program, methodology and outcomes. 

16 December 2019 Report
Consumers Health Forum

Collaborative Pairs is a leadership development program which brings together a consumer, patient or community leader to work with a service provider, clinician or manager to develop new ways of working together. Each pair identifies a joint healthcare challenge or project that they are passionate about and will work on for the duration of the program.

The program, which originated in the UK, aims to develop partnerships and to break down the cultural barriers that often exist between those providing services and those receiving them. 

Collaborative practice between the consumers and clinicians is an emergent area of health system management and service development, with broad reaching benefits and there is evidence of benefits to improving services, but better organisational cultures as well. In 2019, CHF concluded a demonstration trial in an Australian context, with over 40 pairs participating. A literature review and an external evaluation of the trail has now been finalised.

16 December 2019 Consumers Shaping Health
Consumers Health Forum

This year closes with Consumers Health Forum able to demonstrate a solid record of achievement. As we highlight in our Report Card, we are more focused and prepared than ever to press for our health services to reflect the potential benefits of 21st Century knowledge when it comes to care and wellbeing in both urban and rural Australia.

16 December 2019 Fact Sheets
Jennie Parham

We are seeking interested, enthusiastic consumers and health service providers who want to improve their collaborative practice and leadership skills to build effective partnerships that can “influence change” to undertake the Collaborative Pairs program.

11 December 2019 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

CHF appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) review of the regulation of certain self-testing IVDs in Australia. Our response to the consultation includes consideration and input from our members. 

We are of the view that consumers should be empowered in their healthcare and not given paternalistic “protection” by denying access to self-testing kits. We believe that consumers should receive support so they can confidently and appropriately use the self-testing kits and we don't support prohibiting products “for the consumers own good.” CHF advocates that policy should support the education and empowerment for consumers to improve their own health literacy and be actively involved in their own healthcare.

6 December 2019 Submission
Consumers Health Forum

CHF response to Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) request for feedback on proposed clarification certain sports supplements are therapeutic goods. 

6 December 2019 Submission

Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback in response to the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights: Consumer Guide. Key coniderations include: 

  •  Target Audience 
  •  Readability 
  •  External Web Links
  •  Practicality 
  •  Further Consultation