CHF has established three Special Interest Groups (SIGs) as an additional way to involve our members and consumer representatives in shaping our policy and advocacy work so that it features even more consumer insight and perspective.

The three SIGs concern private health insurance, consumer involvement in research and digital health:

  • Private health insurance is a major and complex area of interest for CHF and the broader consumer community.  We support the consumer representative on the Private Health Ministerial Advisory Committee, and are regularly writing policy submissions and responding to media and policy inquiries about private health insurance.
  • How and why consumers can be involved in research is a growing area of interest for CHF.  We are conducting more research projects of our own which we would like to do with greater consumer involvement.  We are interested in shaping the national policy discussion about how consumer involvement in research is resourced and where it is placed, and improving the confidence and skills of the research community in patient and public participation as well as supporting consumers to become more involved in research.
  • CHF’s interest in digital health issues is also growing.  Following the establishment of the Australian Digital Health Agency in July 2016, CHF has been working with the Agency on a range of digital health issues.  Issues include the implementation of a national opt-out participation approach to My Health Record, and digital health privacy issues for consumers.

SIGs are advisory to the CHF Secretariat, with decisions on final positions and statements remaining with the CHF Board.  The SIGs do not meet face to face, and no sitting fees or reimbursement is offered to participants.