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2018-19 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 aim of this national patient activation survey was to get a better understanding of the level of activation of health care consumers to ascertain how receptive they might be to models of service delivery that require them to be more involved in their own care. Often lack of engagement - or activation - is cited as a barrier to increasing self-management and shared decision making and hence better experiences of care and health outcomes.
In regard to this consultation, of the proposed options the CHF supports option 1A: to “publish names of excipient ingredients except those used in flavour or fragrance proprietary ingredient mixes”
We believe that given the serious risks associated with allergies and the increasingly wide range of ingredients that can cause allergic reactions, consumers should be able to know with certainty the entirety of the ingredients that are within medicines they intend to take.
Click on the link below to read our submission.
The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) supports lifting the single Newstart payment by a minimum of $75 a week, along with comparable increases in rent assistance and the indexation of payments to align with wages growth as this would yield widespread health benefits for disadvantaged Australians. There is compelling evidence that people in poverty are much more likely to suffer poor health, higher risk of chronic disease and mental illness. At the same time there is also evidence linking higher incomes for the unemployed and other groups who are disadvantaged to better outcomes on health indicators.
Click on the link below to read CHF's submission.