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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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Vaccination boost a welcome step

19 April 2015 - 

The Consumers Health Forum has welcomed the latest measures to boost vaccinations announced today by the Health Minister, Sussan Ley.

Chronic health cost rises make Medicare rethink urgent

16 April 2015 - 

The rising toll of chronic illness and climbing health costs in Australia are making a rethink of how we should pay for care a matter of urgency, the Consumers Health Forum says.

Primary Health Networks: time for consumers to have a say

12 April 2015 - 

The announcement at the weekend of the successful tenders to run the 31 Primary Health Networks to be established around Australia will mean that the direction of primary care services in the community will be in the hands of consortiums which will include GPs, allied health providers, universities, private health insurers and some former Medicare Locals.

“The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the announcement by Health Minister, Sussan Ley, that the PHNs will improve frontline health services and reduce fragmentation of care,” CHF’s incoming Chief Executive Officer, Leanne Wells, said today, Sunday.

Now is the time for overhaul of antiquated pharmacy agreement

1 April 2015 - 

The call for the removal of pharmacy ownership and location rules provides further impetus for a substantial overhaul of the Community Pharmacy Agreement to ensure health needs get first priority, three national health groups have declared.

“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.

Mental health care – a fresh approach is in our grasp

19 April 2015 - 

The case for concrete action to reduce the impact of mental illness may appear overwhelming yet Australia has a new structure capable of providing the coordinated, wrap-around community-based services that are so sorely needed, the Consumers Health Forum says.

CHF discusses health reform at Senate Select Committee on Health

15 April 2015 - 

It is worth noting that the National Commission of Audit when it reported in May 2014 as well as recommending a co-payment for GP visits recommended the Federal Government develop a longer term health reform plan. CHF supported that recommendation and urges the Government to lead a health reform agenda that will improve health outcomes. Short-termism won’t address our most pressing health care challenges. The focus must be on areas where we know there is greater risk of poor health outcomes and where there is burden on the system and implications for our productivity.

Golden staph cases fall overall but big hospital-by-hospital variations

9 April 2015 - 

The six per cent decline in the number of hospital cases of golden staph bloodstream infections reported by the National Health Performance Authority is a welcome trend given the potentially lethal nature of the infection, the Consumers Health Forum says.
“The report also shows some big variations among similar hospitals in the rate of these infections. This is a matter of concern. However it is difficult to say to what extent these differences might point to differences in clinical practice and hygiene from one hospital to another, given the relatively small number of cases per 10,000 patient bed days,” CHF’s spokesman, Mark Metherell, said.

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.