The poorest and sickest Australians are those who most need healthcare, yet they are missing out due to the combined forces of variable bulk-billing rates and high out-of-pocket costs according to a report from the Grattan Institute released this week. Australia’s healthcare is designed to ensure...
The future of healthcare in Australia: designed for consumers, enabled by digital, and accessible for all 70% of Australians are willing to use virtual healthcare services, and 80% are ready to share their health data in a digitally enabled health system. These are some of the findings of a survey...
A specialised roundtable discussion with rural health consumers has resulted in recommendations to help address gaps in accessing health services in rural, regional and remote Australia.
CHF’s 2022 election platform The once in a lifetime impact of the COVID pandemic demands a life-changing response in national health policy, the Consumers Health Forum says. “Political leaders on all sides must respond to the unprecedented strains on our health system by embarking on fundamental...
CHF’s 2022 election platform The context for this election is like none previously experienced by most Australians. It comes at a time when an already straining health system, in need of fundamental reform and restructure, is grappling with a deadly pandemic that disproportionately affects the...
Medicare is nearly 40 years old and it’s time to have a rethink of our much-valued universal health care insurance scheme? What aspects of Medicare do you think work well and what needs improving? These are two of the questions we pose in our short Australia’s Health Panel survey out today. “...
The Federal budget must step up investments in health and social wellbeing if Australia’s health system is to come out of the COVID pandemic in strong shape, the Consumers Health Forum says. In its submission on the 2022 Federal Budget , CHF has proposed a range of measures that reflect the lessons...
We are moving to a new stage in our response to COVID which demands changes not just from government and the health system, but more particularly from people and communities. COVID is likely to be circulating widely for some years. As we adjust to that reality increasingly people will work out...
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For Patient and Health Consumer Advocates it’s a familiar and off-putting first thought when someone approaches us about joining a committee, attending a working group session, or speaking at an event to share our insight into health system reform and innovation from a very different and incredibly...
Rapid antigen testing kits should be universally available to all people in Australia who need them, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “We welcome plans for provision of up to 10 free tests for concession and health care card holders through community pharmacy - this is a critical and overdue...

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