The National Cabinet meeting tomorrow must show united leadership now and resolve on concerted action to counter the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “The soaring infection figures in several states make it clear this is not the time for relaxation of...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the National Preventive Health Strategy released today which sets out a positive agenda for a future healthier Australia, backed by the aim to earmark 5 per cent of the health budget for preventive action by 2030. The strategy identifies seven focus areas for...
The announcement today assuring telehealth’s future as a permanent part of Medicare acknowledges its vital role in enabling access to GPs, specialists and allied health professionals, the Consumers Health Forum said today. “Telehealth has been transformational to health care delivery during COVID...
The Consumers Health Forum thanks the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, for his service to healthcare especially during the challenges of the COVID pandemic and the national vaccination rollout. “Minister Hunt has progressed a forward-thinking vision for Australia’s healthcare system,” the...
Quarterly private health insurance data from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) reveal that health funds have increased profits while benefits paid to members have dipped and out-of-pocket costs have grown significantly in the past 12 months. The Consumers Health Forum has today...
Young consumer health leaders have described their concerns and prescribed some solutions in the latest edition of the Consumers Health Forum ejournal, Health Voices . Anxiety about the climate, mental health services for young people and how young Australians can take more control of their futures...
Why consumers and not patients? That’s the question I opened with in my presentation on Consumer-Centred Care and Consumer Leadership to the 3rd Asia Pacific Patients Congress this week. The consumer versus patient question is one we at the Consumers Health Forum have heard over the years, although...
The global COVID-19 pandemic took place in the context of another crisis – the upheaval of the news media landscape, writes Kerry McCallum, on behalf of the News and Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra. Technological, cultural and policy shifts mean big changes to the way ‘news’ as...
Lynda Condon, consumer advocate The CHF community was deeply saddened to hear of the passing recently of Lynda Condon. Lynda was a passionate consumer advocate, and the co-facilitator of the CHF Safety and Quality Special Interest Group. She was always kind and equally fierce in her determination...
The Consumers Health Forum has welcomed the Federal Government’s additional support for community-based care for COVID cases but urges Australians to take care as Australia transitions to ‘living with COVID’ arrangements. “The easing of lockdowns and opening of borders mean that even with an...

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