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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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Putting consumers into the DNA of primary health care

30 June 2015 - 

Australia’s health system undergoes a significant change tomorrow, July 1, opening the opportunity for consumers to have a greater say about the health care they want.

“We have been heartened by the Health Minister’s focus on putting patients at the core of her decision making.  Now is time for her to ensure that the community has a direct say in the priorities of the 31 new Primary Health Networks which begin life tomorrow" the CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, said today.

Self care the way to healthy care

23 June 2015 - 

The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the findings of a new report which calls for governments to integrate self care into health policy encouraging individuals to take more responsibility for their health.

Location, location! Pharmacy consumers continue to bear the cost

18 June 2015 - 

While the new pharmacy agreement will deliver some drug price reductions, consumers will overall pay more while restrictions on where new pharmacies can open remain, meaning consumers will continue to bear the cost and disadvantages of outmoded location rules, the Consumers Health Forum says.

Healthcare reform the right time is now

11 June 2015 - 

"Well-co-ordinated care that focuses on the individual needs of the patient is much more likely to result in better outcomes for the patient, clinician and the system, particularly if it reduces need for hospital care."
An op ed by CHF CEO Leanne Wells for the Canberra Times.

Pharmacy in primary care survey

4 June 2015 - 

CHF would like to hear from consumers about their views on the Federal Government's proposals for pharmacists to play a greater role in the provision of primary care. You can take the survey at

You may also be interested in CHF's initial appraisal of the pharmacy reforms and the 6CPA -

Keep medicines control in Australia, say experts

26 June 2015 - 

The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the expert recommendation that the Australian Government retain control over the regulation of medicines and medical devices. 

Grattan Institute report points to further potential savings on drug costs

22 June 2015 - 

The Grattan Institute report into pharmaceutical premium pricing policy highlights the unnecessarily high costs to patients and taxpayers of Australia’s complex and labyrinthine system, says the Consumers Health Forum.

Time to fix appalling mental health plight

18 June 2015 - 

It is time to fix the appalling health and premature deaths that result from the lack of adequate care for many of the 3.5 million Australians who suffer mental illness each year.

Reviews offer potential for Medicare makeover

5 June 2015 - 

The reviews into Medicare and primary health care hold the potential for a landmark makeover of Medicare to ensure our health system meets the 21st century realities of widespread chronic illness and growing health costs.

Pharmacy agreement offers pills with a sugar coating

28 May 2015 - 

The new pharmacy agreement means consumers overall will pay billions of dollars more for prescribed medicines over the next five years, the Consumers Health Forum said today.