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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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Consumers to hear about health reforms

4 August 2015 - 


The Federal Government’s review of primary care services for people with chronic and complex conditions holds out the promise of much-needed reform.

Can PHNs reflect consumer priorities?

24 July 2015 - 

The new primary health networks will fail a central requirement of a contemporary health organisation if they do not respond to consumer needs.  CHF CEO, Leanne Wells, had that message in a speech prepared for a conference of the National Primary and Community Health Network Australian and Institute for Primary Care and Ageing at Latrobe University on 24 July 2015.

Shaping the Future of Australia's Primary Health System

13 July 2015 - 

On 19 August 2015, CHF will host a Members and Staekholders Forum: "Consumer-led Ideas for Better Primary Health Care." For information and to RSVP, please contact Kerry Hollis on [email protected] by cob Friday, 31 July 2015.

Health insurance dispute underlines need for inquiry

5 July 2015 - 

The need for a searching inquiry into private health insurance, its cost and its impact on health care has been highlighted by the current dispute between Medibank Private and Calvary Health Care, the Consumers Health Forum says.

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.

CHF survey shows support for expanded pharmacist role

2 August 2015 - 

In a finding that vindicates moves towards more integrated, community-based health care, the CHF online survey revealed that nearly three quarters of respondents supported pharmacists providing expanded services, either co-located with doctors or at local pharmacies, while fewer than a quarter of respondents opposed such a move.
The Chief Executive Officer of CHF, Leanne Wells, said the survey showed that most people wanted to see their pharmacists have a greater role in performing basic support services such as immunisations and blood pressure checks and working with GPs to help chronically ill patients better manage their medication.
“The major implication of these results is that defenders of traditional “silos” of medicine need to rethink the traditional roles for GPs and pharmacists,” Ms Wells said.

Health needs diagnosis before prescribing GST

21 July 2015 - 

Talk of expanding the GST to meet rising health costs is like prescribing the medicine before completing the diagnosis, the Consumers Health Forum says.

“Tax is only part of the national debate we should be having about health,” says CHF Chief Executive Officer, Leanne Wells.

“There’s no doubt we must fix the widening funding gap in health. What’s more compelling is the case for health reform itself and the role this can play in stemming costs.  Talk of expanding the GST to meet rising health costs is like prescribing the medicine before completing the diagnosis, the Consumers Health Forum says.“

Biosimilars concern expressed

9 July 2015 - 

At a meeting called by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, stakeholders expressed their concerns on the issue of substitution of biological medicines with biosimilars.

A boost in health care services for those who need them most

3 July 2015 - 

The Consumers Health Forum welcomes Health Minister Sussan Ley’s announcement today of $6.4 million to the Nursing in Primary Health Care Program which will help attract primary care nurses to rural and remote locations, as well as boost the availability of chronic disease management services. 

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.