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Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF)

CHF is the peak organisation providing leadership in representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers. We work to achieve safe, good quality, timely healthcare for all Australians, supported by the best health information and systems the country can afford.

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Pharmacy deal in urgent need of new script

26 March 2015 - 

In this blog, CHF's Adam Stankevicius notes that the auditor’s exhaustive scrutiny of the administration of the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement (5CPA) shows the Health Department and the Pharmacy Guild failed to deliver on key government goals.

Patients need to be centre of future pharmacy agreements

19 March 2015 - 

The Consumers Health Forum, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners are calling on the Federal Government to ensure patients, not pharmacists, are put first in any future pharmacy funding agreements.

New CEO of Consumers Health Forum

18 March 2015 - 

The new Chief Executive Officer of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia will be Leanne Wells who brings to the position strong experience in health administration and advocacy, the chair of CHF, Tony Lawson, has announced.

Dr Norman Swan talks to CHF about the audit of the 5CPA

9 March 2015 - 

Dr Norman Swan of ABC's Radio National talked to CHF's Mark Metherell about the findings of the ANAO audit into the fifth community pharmacy agreement (5CPA). 

Pharmacy audit findings demand full inquiry

5 March 2015 - 

An audit of a $15 billion dollar agreement between the Federal Health Department and the Pharmacy Guild has revealed widespread and significant failures of administration which demand a full and public inquiry.

“Frequent flyer” claim shown to be a sick joke for many patients

19 March 2015 - 

A new report into the frequency of patients going to the GP presents figures which should make governments think twice about introducing price signals or co-payments to discourage so-called “frequent flyer” patients from seeing the doctor.

Letter to Minister regarding Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement

19 March 2015 - 

Letter to Minister Ley to to express the grave concerns of The RACP, The RACGP and CHF about the recent findings of the ANAO on the administration of the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement (5CPA).

Minister: fix pharmacy flaws before new deal

15 March 2015 - 

In light of the serious deficiencies exposed by the audit into the community pharmacy agreement, the Consumers Health Forum has written to the Health Minister, Sussan Ley, urging her to overhaul arrangements for remuneration of pharmacy owners.

IGR silent on rise in out-of-pocket costs as Government cuts its share

5 March 2015 - 

Health consumers will be left paying yet higher out of pocket costs under the Intergenerational Report’s forecast of decline in federal health spending over the next 15 years, the Consumers Health Forum says.

Better care can be achieved at lower cost

4 March 2015 - 

The Government continues to pin its hopes on doctors in its search for better outcomes on health costs when it is clear that the role of consumers and other health providers are central to a successful health policy.