The Australian Health Consumer

The Australian Health Consumer (AHC) was the official journal of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia from 2001 to 2007. It provided a consumer-focused appraisal of the current and ongoing major health issues of the day in the state, national and international health sector. See also the new CHF journal, Health Voices.   ISSN 1441-5151

Total number of Items: 187

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  Equity in health Consumer participation Improving health and wellbeing
  Health funding Health professionals Information and communication
  Older people Honours and memorials Improving hospitals & health services
  Regulatory issues Research and new technologies Medicines and medical devices
  All   Privacy & personal health information

Title:pdf document icon 101 things your GP would tell you if only there was time: Book review
Author:Lindel Barker-Revell
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 3
Abstract:This book is about health, your relationship to your own health and your relationship with your GP, and is recommended to anyone who is looking for a GP as it is easy to understand and guides the reader through the main points.
Topic:Information and communication / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon A butterfly soars to freedom - a journey from illness to empowerment
Author:Ingrid Ozols
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 1
Abstract:A society that is knowledgeable about mental illness will support people in learning how to soar to their potential and to live their own real adventures.
Topic:Improving hospitals and health services / Equity in health / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon A consumer's perspective on quality issues in the health system
Author:Russell McGowan
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 1
Abstract:Governments will need to avoid knee-jerk reactions to reports of adverse events in their hospitals, and to ensure that any enhanced safety standards are well integrated into robust and sustainable quality improvement frameworks. Informed health care consumers have a vital role to play on behalf of their communities in making sure this happens.
Topic:Consumer participation / Health funding / Improving hospitals and health services
 
Title:pdf document icon A Hitchhiker?s Guide to the quality of Australian healthcare services
Author:Russell McGowan
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 1
Abstract:Patients need more say in improving healthcare safety and quality.
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services / Health professionals
 
Title:pdf document icon A new national consumer voice pushes for reform of maternity services: The Maternity Coalition
Author:Barbara Vernon
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 March 2002, Issue 3
Topic:Consumer participation
 
Title:pdf document icon A safe, quality health care system: Editorial
Author:Colleen Sheen
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 1
Abstract:This issue of The Australian Health Consumer is about improving the safety and quality of the health care system for consumers.
Topic:Consumer participation
 
Title:pdf document icon Aboriginal community control in health: Editorial
Author:Henry Councillor
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 1
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services / Equity in health / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Aboriginal male health - a personal view of the problems and challenges
Author:Keith Williams
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 1
Abstract:This article is a result of my personal experiences in almost 30 years in the Northern Territory. I have discussed it with two senior elders (one my ?brother? and the other my ?grandfather?), who know me well enough to tell me when they consider what I am saying is wrong, and also with some younger, more ?liberated? men. I amended it accordingly, so it is pretty close to reality.
Topic:Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Accreditation reform - Mostly harmless?
Author:Russell McGowan
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 3
Abstract:This article discusses accreditation in the context of eight groups of reforms around accreditation being proposed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
Topic:Health funding / Improving hospitals and health services / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Accredited Occupational Therapists program
Author:Mahtab Minai
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 March 2002, Issue 3
Topic:Health professionals
 
Title:pdf document icon Advanced care planning: rights and responsibilities
Author:Colleen M Cartwright
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 2
Abstract:Advanced Care Planning (ACP) allows patients to record their wishes for treatment they would or would not want if, at some future time, they are no longer competent.
Topic:Older people / Regulatory issues / Health professionals
 
Title:pdf document icon Ageing at home: practical approaches to community care: Book review
Author:Sheila Rimmer
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 1
Topic:Information and communication / Older people
 
Title:pdf document icon Are our food guidelines culturally appropriate
Author:Danielle Gallegos
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 2
Abstract:Given the cultural diversity of Australia, are our food guidelines culturally appropriate? Australian food guides have taken the place of what was once used to guide eating - tradition, commonsense and religion.
Topic:Equity in health / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Assessing health information on the Internet
Author:Helen Hopkins and Sarah Fogg
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 12 November 2009, Issue 2
Topic:Consumer participation / Electronic health information
 
Title:pdf document icon Australian drug guide 7th edition: Book review
Author:Jan Donovan
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 3
Abstract:The reviewer finds this is a useful reference book offering concise explanations about medicines for more than 600 drugs.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Information and communication / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Australian young people and medicines
Author:Jan Donovan
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 3
Abstract:Four percent of the calls to the Medicines Line of the National Prescribing Service are from young people (aged 15?24 years), many about drug interactions. Young people need to know they can ask about medication use.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Avoidable hospitalisations - A national map of who is affected
Author:John Glover
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 2
Abstract:A new report shows that almost 9% of total hospital admissions are for chronic conditions and are more prevalent with men, the elderly and those in disadvantaged situations.
Topic:Health funding / Improving hospitals and health services / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Basic inequalities: Poverty, poor food and poor health
Author:Sandra Lilburn
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 2
Abstract:Those who experience social and health disadvantages are at a high risk of experiencing further health disadvantages by virtue of their reduced capacity to access the basic ingredients of a healthy life.
Topic:Health funding / Equity in health / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Because it?s personal: what good advocacy can achieve, and how
Author:Peter Canavan
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 1
Abstract:Peter Canavan was the guest speaker at CHF?s Continuing Representatives Training in May 2003. This is the text of his talk on the success of the HIV/ IDS consumer advocacy movement and what has been effective in the HIV/AIDS community sector response.
Topic:Consumer participation / Equity in health
 
Title:pdf document icon Being in control: older people and their medicines
Author:Judith Skinner
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 March 2002, Issue 3
Abstract:The project aimed to empower older people to: ask their doctor and their pharmacist about their medicines; ask their doctor or their pharmacist for consumer medicines information (CMI); ask for a regular review of all their prescribed, over the counter and complementary medicines; and investigate options for non drug approaches where appropriate.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Older people / Consumer participation / Improving health and wellbeing
Project:Community Quality Use of Medicines (CQUM) Project 2003-05 / Community Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) Project 2005-07
 
Title:pdf document icon British Medical Journal: Journal review
Author:Beth Micklethwaite
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 1
Abstract:If you are interested in health policy, research and practice and its political, social and economic framework, I recommend the BMJ. Consumers will not necessarily find every article interesting but there is a lot of engaging material in its pages.
Topic:Information and communication / Consumer participation / Electronic health information / Health professionals / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Broader health cover - More choice for consumers
Author:Damian Mitsch
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 2
Abstract:Private health insurance reforms should give consumers greater choice as they will promote competition between insurers, which will increase the scope of health products, including products that manage and improve health as opposed to only treating illness.
Topic:Health funding / Improving hospitals and health services / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Broken Open - ABC TV Compass: Media review
Author:Danielle Elisha
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 1
Abstract:Review of ?Broken Open?, a documentary based on the experiences of Craig Hamilton, an ABC Radio broadcaster who has bipolar disorder.
Topic:Information and communication / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Broken privacy promises - the NSW e-health experience
Author:Anna Johnston
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 2
Abstract:The Chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation discusses consumer trust in electronic health record systems in NSW.
Topic:Privacy and personal health information / Electronic health information
 
Title:pdf document icon Caring for the aged: Book review
Author:Sheila Rimmer AM
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 1
Abstract:This excellent, readable and realistically priced paperback volume is published as part of The Australian Women?s Weekly Health Series. Obviously the publishers of a very long-established and popular magazine for women have realised that many younger readers are caring for elderly parents and those with disabilities.
Topic:Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Challenges of the future: Editorial
Author:Mitch Messer
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 March 2002, Issue 3
Topic:Consumer participation
 
Title:pdf document icon Challenging consuming lifestyles - children being able and active with appetite in Australia
Author:Nadine L McCrea
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 2
Abstract:This article explores challenges surrounding young children being active while eating sensibly, with healthier lifestyle options.
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon CHF policy statement - Accreditation of health services
Author:Consumers Health Forum of Australia
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 3
Abstract:Through involvement in the accreditation of health services, consumers are influencing the delivery of health services to better meet the need for safe, good quality health care.
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services
 
Title:pdf document icon CHF position statement - Consumer representatives shape health in Australia
Author:Consumers Health Forum of Australia
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 2
Abstract:CHF Consumer Representatives Program nominates consumer representatives for about 200 committees that provide advice on health-related procedures, products and policies.
Topic:Consumer participation / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Cholesterol management and quality use of medicines community workshops
Author:Yvonne Solly
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 March 2002, Issue 3
Abstract:Between August and October 2002, CHF conducted 10 community workshops on the topic of Cholesterol Management and Quality Use of Medicines in each State and Territory, including regional and remote areas of New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.
Topic:CHF workshops / Equity in health / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
Project:Community Quality Use of Medicines (CQUM) Project 2003-05 / Community Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) Project 2005-07
 
Title:pdf document icon Clinical terminology - A word of possibilities
Author:Heather Grain
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 3
Abstract:Australia is one of nine countries that have signed up as Charter Members of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO). This allows Australian health care organisations to use the clinical terminology system SNOMED.
Topic:Electronic health information
 
Title:pdf document icon Clinical trials
Author:Jane Glatz
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 3
Abstract:Clinical trials determine whether a new drug or treatment is both safe and effective by testing them in a controlled way using volunteers. They are designed to answer questions about new therapies or new ways of using existing treatments.
Topic:Privacy and personal health information / Research and new technologies / Regulatory issues
 
Title:pdf document icon Communicating health risks for decision-making
Author:Sally Crossing
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 2
Abstract:Most people are able to make good health decisions after weighing up risks and balancing them with the benefits. But we can only assess risk well when relatively well informed.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Privacy and personal health information / Consumer participation / Research and new technologies / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Communication - For one and all
Author:Christopher Newell
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 3
Abstract:People seeking to bring about reform and the enactment of safety and quality in health care have to base all initiatives upon good and effective communication. There must be mutual respect of and between providers and consumers.
Topic:Improving hospitals and health services / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Compassionate cities: Public health and end-of-life care: Book review
Author:Amy Zelmer
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 2
Abstract:Review of a book that explores end-of-life health care issues.
Topic:Information and communication / Research and new technologies / Equity in health
 
Title:pdf document icon Complementary medicines - how safe are they?
Author:Geraldine Robertson
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 1
Abstract:Although complementary medicines are regulated, consumers need to know more about them before they can make informed decisions about using them wisely and safely.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Regulatory issues / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Conference report - International Alliance of Patients? Organisations - 2nd Global Patients Congress Barcelona February 2006
Author:Michele Kosky
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 3
Abstract:Congress participants, the majority of whom represented patient organisations, endorsed the Declaration on Patient Centred Healthcare.
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services
 
Title:pdf document icon Confidentiality guidelines for consumer representatives on MSAC supporting committees
Author:Angela Bright
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 March 2002, Issue 3
Abstract:These guidelines to assist consumer representatives on MSAC supporting committees may also help others to clarify confidential committee requirements.
Topic:Consumer participation
Project:Consumer Representatives Recruitment, Training and Support Project 2005-07 / Consumer Representatives Training and Support Project 2004-05
 
Title:pdf document icon ConnectED super glue: binding the hospital and the community
Author:Jackie Beckmann and Barry Hahn
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 1
Abstract:This article describes how a group of agencies in the inner south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne have collaborated to provide integrated care for people with mental health and/or complex needs in an effort to prevent unnecessary hospital presentations.
Topic:Health funding / Improving hospitals and health services / Equity in health
 
Title:pdf document icon Consumer and community medicines initiatives: the ?health seeking? approach
Author:Helen Hopkins and Lou McCallum
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 March 2002, Issue 3
Abstract:This paper was developed by CHF during 2002 to inform the debate about a proposed national program for consumer education about medicines.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Older people / Improving health and wellbeing
Project:Community Quality Use of Medicines (CQUM) Project 2003-05 / Community Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) Project 2005-07
 
Title:pdf document icon Consumer leadership - Let?s develop it
Author:Kate Moore
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 3
Abstract:It?s time for the health consumer movement to think about its leadership - while there are ?leaders? there has been little recognition of consumer leadership as a concept within the health consumer sector.
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Consumer participation in accreditation: Editorial
Author:Lou McCallum
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 12 November 2009, Issue 2
Topic:Improving hospitals and health services / Regulatory issues
 
Title:pdf document icon Consumer participation in health and medical research - The perspective of the National Ageing Research Institute
Author:Allan J McLean and Ian Allsop
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 1
Abstract:Consumer focussed research has changed the delivery of geriatric medical services with major improvements in acute medical care for older people.
Topic:Older people / Consumer participation / Research and new technologies
 
Title:pdf document icon Consumer representative profile - Balancing safety and (e)quality
Author:Diane Walsh
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 3
Abstract:Experiences as a consumer representative in the Northern Territory have driven one representative to national representation for health consumers.
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Consumer representative profile - Press the point and write the record
Author:Ros Lawson
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 2
Abstract:Speaking as a true representative means being prepared to encounter resistance to the message you are trying to get across.
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Consumers - the critical reference group for mental health reform
Author:Merinda Epstein
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 1
Abstract:Despite its reputation as a leader in consumer participation the mental health sector is now under extreme pressure both from inside and, in terms of, public debate.
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services / Equity in health
 
Title:pdf document icon Consumers as surveyors in accreditation
Author:Russell McGowan
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 12 November 2009, Issue 2
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services / Regulatory issues
 
Title:pdf document icon Consumers forum opinion pieces
Author:Kathy Kendell, Brian Holden, Robin Youngson
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 3
Abstract:Short opinion pieces submitted by members and friends of CHF on topics relevant to safety and quality in health care.
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services / Health professionals / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:external http link icon Consumers Shaping Health, vol 4, issue 6, December 2011
Author:Consumers Health Forum of Australia
Source:CHF, 1 December 2011, 1p
Abstract:Call for Pharmacy Agreement Inquiry welcomed; Consumer views incorporated into eHealth legislation; Time for action on devices safety; CHF delivers 2012 13 Budget Submission; Consumers central to health reform discussions; Shared values emphasised at nursing conference
 
Title:pdf document icon Dating and the H Bomb!
Author:Jeannie May
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 1
Abstract:A discussion of the complexities of relationships for people living with the herpes virus.
Topic:Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Depression: The way out of your prison: Book review
Author:Robert Beverley
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 1
Abstract:A book recommended as a challenge and potentially of great help to people living with depression, carers and mental health counsellors.
Topic:Information and communication / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Direct to consumer education or advertising?
Author:Melanie Cantwell
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 1
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Regulatory issues
 
Title:pdf document icon Disability in Australia - Exposing social apartheid: Book review
Author:Janne D Graham
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 1
Abstract:From its dramatic cover (a voluptuous wheelie as devil) to its thoughtful conclusion, this book takes the familiar experiences of people with disabilities and turns them into a challenge for the community as a whole. ?How and why do we as a society continue to treat people with disability as subhuman; to perpetuate apartheid in a land that embraces egalitarianism as one of its cherished myths.? Indeed.
Topic:Information and communication / Consumer participation / Equity in health
 
Title:pdf document icon Disseminating hepatitis C research results in the community
Author:Sarah Jones
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 2
Abstract:Disseminating research results to the community can take many different forms, limited only by the researcher?s imagination. Research findings can be presented in a variety of formats, such as brochures, posters and booklets. They can also be presented through radio and television interviews, web-based resources, community forums, conferences and workplace training.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Consumer participation / Research and new technologies / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon E-health - a consumer?s view
Author:Sue Healy
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 1
Abstract:There are benefits and drawbacks with the development and implementation of e-health systems, but with consumer involvement, concerns can be addressed.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Consumer participation / Electronic health information
 
Title:pdf document icon E-health - Data linkage research - can we reap benefits for society without compromising public confidence?
Author:Diana Hetzel
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 2
Abstract:Significant developments in information technology have brought with them a heightened concern by consumers about their privacy, particularly as it relates to personal information.
Topic:Privacy and personal health information / Electronic health information / Research and new technologies
 
Title:pdf document icon E-health - Health care - a living heritage
Author:Chris Kelman
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 2
Abstract:This article discussed how electronic health data can be used for important public benefits while recognising the challenge of maintaining privacy and autonomy for individuals.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Electronic health information / Improving hospitals and health services / Privacy and personal health information
 
Title:pdf document icon E-health ? Consumers shaping electronic health AustralianHealthConsumer in Australia
Author:Helen Hopkins
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 3
Abstract:The Consumers? Health Forum of Australia identifies informed consent, access to personal health information, security and consumer participation at all levels of decision-making as areas for ongoing development for electronic health records.
Topic:Privacy and personal health information / Consumer participation / Electronic health information
 
Title:pdf document icon E-health and quality use of medicines - getting better all the time
Author:Bill Scott
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 1
Abstract:Computers have revolutionised the way pharmacists work, delivering many improvements to consumers. However, e-health offers ongoing opportunities.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Electronic health information / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon E-health in the WA goldfields - GoldHealth broadband project hits pay dirt
Author:Lorraine Horsley
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 2
Abstract:The Western Australia goldfields region was the site of a project to trial high speed broadband use in health with encouraging benefits for health care providers and consumers.
Topic:Privacy and personal health information / Electronic health information / Improving hospitals and health services / Research and new technologies / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Eating in a nursing home - can they eat pie?
Author:Jenny Bacon
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 2
Abstract:Feeding people in residential care is a challenging area of food service, with residents having the right to make choices about the food they eat.
Topic:Older people / Improving hospitals and health services / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Editorial: Involving consumers
Author:Helen Hopkins
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 2
Abstract:A call for contributions to ?The Australian Health Consumer? with suggestions regarding topics.
Topic:Consumer participation / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Electronic decision support, evidence, knowledge and consumers
Author:Debra O?Connor
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 3
Abstract:It is concluded that electronic decision support systems that draw strength from the system itself as well as the key participants are needed, rather than EDS systems that impose rigid rules and have the potential to cause a regression to a style of health care that is more paternalistic and imposed by ?experts?.
Topic:Improving hospitals and health services / Health professionals / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Electronic medication record collaboration
Author:John W Bennett
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 2
Abstract:The Consumers? Health Forum of Australia (CHF) and the General Practice Computing Group (GPCG) collaborated on a three-month project to develop a strategy for improving the use of printed medication AustralianHealthConsumer generated in current medical software by doctors and consumers in chronic disease management.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Electronic health information / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Encouraging dialogue - consumer feedback
Author:Darlene Cox
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 3
Abstract:Consumer feedback is one of the most basic levels of consumer participation in health services. Actively encouraging and acting on consumer feedback is in the best interests of both the consumer and the service.
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services / Health professionals
 
Title:pdf document icon Endometriosis and other pelvic pain: Book review
Author:Julie Armfield
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 3
Abstract:The reviewer finds ?Endometriosis and Other Pelvic Pain? by Dr Susan Evans, Jane Marsh RN and Dr Margaret Taylor an important book for women with endometriosis. It is an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand guide.
Topic:Information and communication / Consumer participation / Health professionals / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Engaging consumers in falls prevention: Experiences and outcomes from the Australian Falls Prevention Project for Hospitals and Residential Aged Care Facilities
Author:Susan Brandis, Paul Vardon, Michael Bourke
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 1
Abstract:Outlines project achievements in developing guidelines to reduce falls, a common cause of injury and death in older people.
Topic:Older people / Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Engaging consumers with general practice in primary care development
Author:Tony Wade
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 2
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services / Health professionals / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Engaging stakeholders and citizens in developing public policy
Author:Jan Donovan
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 1
Topic:Consumer participation
 
Title:pdf document icon Everyone?s medicines experience can help everyone
Author:Andrea Mant and Jocelyn Lowinger
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 1
Abstract:Working together to link datasets in a usable manner that protects patient privacy and confidentiality is a priority for using medicines data already available to help everyone.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Privacy and personal health information / Electronic health information
 
Title:pdf document icon Evidence v Access - Joint replacement registry success
Author:Karen Carey
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 3
Abstract:The National Joint Replacement Registry provides the evidence clinicians need to make informed decisions that have led to a better revision rate that has saved consumers - and the health care system - pain, time and money.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Improving hospitals and health services / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Explaining Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
Author:Marian Pitts
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 1
Topic:Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Fighting stigma in the media
Author:Lorraine Chiroiu
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 1
Abstract:The work on SANE to address media stigma of people with mental illnesses.
Topic:Consumer participation
 
Title:pdf document icon Finding Ben - a long journey through the maze of autism: Book review
Author:Clare Colman
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 3
Abstract:An account of a three decade search by a mother to find a label for her son?s condition, Asperger?s Syndrome, and with it the beginning of understanding and finally acceptance of who and what he was.
Topic:Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Food regulation policies - links with nutrition
Author:Heather Yeatman
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 2
Abstract:In 2000-01 the processes for regulation of our food changed in Australia and New Zealand. This article reflects on some of the policy decisions and how the changes will shape the food environment for consumers.
Topic:Regulatory issues / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon French women don?t get fat: Book review
Author:Jan Finley
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 2
Abstract:Review finds advice practical, not new but strongly marketed.
Topic:Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Generic medicines - the myths and realities
Author:Jan Donovan
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 1
Abstract:Brief analysis of government policy announced as part of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) reforms, which seek to further lower the cost of generic medicines for Australian consumers.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Getting help for depression by logging onto the Internet
Author:Helen Christensen and Kathy Griffiths
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 3
Abstract:Therapy for depression and anxiety is now available online directly to consumers. MoodGYM is one such site.
Topic:Electronic health information / Improving hospitals and health services
 
Title:pdf document icon Going part-time - the rights of people with disabilities in the workforce
Author:John Berrill
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 2
Abstract:One of the biggest legal issues for people with disabilities in the workforce is whether they have the right to reduce their work hours.
Topic:Consumer participation / Equity in health / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Good manufacturing practice - how the TGA protects your health
Author:David Graham
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 1
Abstract:The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulates all therapeutic goods in Australia through a comprehensive range of measures. This article focuses on monitoring quality through good manufacturing practice (GMP).
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Regulatory issues
 
Title:pdf document icon Government information on adverse medical events
Author:Janne D Graham AM
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 1
Abstract:Review of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website as a source of information about medicines for consumers.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Electronic health information
 
Title:pdf document icon Health (and exercise) at every size
Author:Fiona Tito Wheatland
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 2
Abstract:Overweight people generally want real ways to improve their health. The concept of ?Health at Every Size? - eat well, live actively, feel good about yourself, is explored.
Topic:Improving hospitals and health services / Equity in health / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Health advice from the internet - friend or foe?
Author:Gwendoline Smith
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 March 2002, Issue 3
Topic:Electronic health information / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Health care across the community: Editorial
Author:Helen Hopkins
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 1
Abstract:Much of Australia?s health policy centres on health services. Yet as health consumers, much of our continuing health care is not about a hospital admission or visits to health professionals. It is about how we live our lives in one community setting or another, with our carers, families and friends.
Topic:Privacy and personal health information / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Health Consumers Alliance of South Australia: Profile
Author:Pam Moore
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 1
Topic:Consumer participation
 
Title:pdf document icon Health consumers and human embryo-research - the donors of embryos
Author:Julia Nicholls
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 2
Abstract:Issues facing consumers asked to donate their embryos for the new technology of human embryo research.
Topic:Consumer participation / Research and new technologies
 
Title:pdf document icon Health Informatics Standards for health consumers - international developments
Author:Heather Grain
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 1
Abstract:The International Standards Organisation (ISO) has identified health informatics as a priority in the development of standards to benefit consumers. In 2001, a taskforce on consumer issues produced a report outlining specific consumer initiatives that could be undertaken to advance health consumer interests internationally.
Topic:Consumer participation / Electronic health information / Improving hospitals and health services / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Health literacy, health promotion and Hepatitis C ? broadening the education agenda
Author:Peter Perfrement
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 1
Topic:Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Health priorities - Deciding who gets what
Author:Karen Carey-Hazell
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 3
Abstract:Can we ensure people with chronic conditions not included in the national health priority areas are not disadvantaged?
Topic:Health funding / Equity in health
 
Title:pdf document icon Health promotion ? What works best? How do we know?
Author:Denise Fry
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 2
Abstract:Health promotion, as opposed to diagnosis and treatment, tries to develop and maintain health before problems begin. This article seeks to briefly describe health promotion, and traces how it has developed in Australia.
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Health Workforce Education and Training - Consumers seek influence
Author:Antonio Russo
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 3
Abstract:If consumers are to shape health, they need to be where the decisions are made. Involvement in health workforce education and training is particularly important to steer more health professionals towards consumer-oriented healing.
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services / Health professionals / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon HealthConnect - The consumer representative experience
Author:May Rosas, Carol Humphries and Coral Rizalli
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 3
Abstract:Consumer representatives from Tasmania, the Northern Territory and North Queensland talk about their experience with HealthConnect implementation.
Topic:Consumer participation / Electronic health information
 
Title:pdf document icon Heart health: What every woman should know: Book review
Author:Geoff Spitzkowsky
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 2
Abstract:Leads readers through the architecture of the heart, risk factors that we can control and outcomes of ignoring these risks.
Topic:Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Helping others meet their needs, while helping yourself
Author:Bede Carmody
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 March 2002, Issue 3
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon History of the development of Consumer Medicine Information
Author:Jude Tasker
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 3
Abstract:Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) that is easy to understand and written for consumers is available for prescription medicines and pharmacist only (Schedule 3) medicines.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Home care services
Author:Sheila Rimmer AM
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 1
Abstract:Many of the outstanding problems and issues surrounding home care have been covered in ?The way forward - better community care? and one only hopes that successful implementation will follow.
Topic:Health funding / Improving hospitals and health services / Equity in health
 
Title:pdf document icon Immaculate conceptions: Thoughts on babies, breeding and boundaries: Book review
Author:Melanie Cantwell
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 2
Abstract:Review of a book that covers the breadth of currently possible options for people wanting a child.
Topic:Information and communication / Research and new technologies / Equity in health
 
Title:pdf document icon Immunisation - Success means nothing happens
Author:Peter McIntyre
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 2
Abstract:Why is there still controversy about the value of immunisation programs in Australia. Do new vaccines give value for money and do we really need them?
Topic:Health funding / Improving hospitals and health services / Equity in health / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Improving access to palliative care medicines
Author:Geoffrey Mitchell
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 1
Abstract:Consumers have benefited from the work of the Palliative Medicines Working Group to get palliative care medicines approved for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Health funding
 
Title:pdf document icon Improving health and nutrition outcomes: Editorial
Author:Colleen Sheen
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 2
Abstract:This edition of The Australian Health Consumer identifies barriers to improving health and nutrition and offers readers and policy makers way to address some of these problems.
Topic:Equity in health / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Improving patient information and decision making
Author:Karen Carey-Hazell
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 1
Abstract:Use of a patient-driven informed consent decision-making model will effectively apply an evidence-based decision-making model on clinicians.
Topic:Consumer participation / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Increased need for awareness, recognition, and support for young carers
Author:Carly Hertel and Steve Byrne
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 3
Abstract:There are around 388 800 carers in Australia under the age of 25. They can suffer social isolation, disrupted education, and stigma. Our society needs to take better care of our young carers?
Topic:Equity in health / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Information - the key to health system improvement
Author:John Rimmer
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 1
Abstract:The relevant focus for exchange of de-identified clinical information is the appropriate policies, norms and protocols governing use, not consent. Consent to the information exchange necessary to support evidence-based practice is an inherent element of the social contract of modern health care.
Topic:Privacy and personal health information / Electronic health information / Improving hospitals and health services
 
Title:pdf document icon Involving WA consumers and the community in health and medical research
Author:Garth Kendall
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 2
Abstract:Consumers and researchers in Western Australia are working together and making significant progress toward implementing the joint Consumers? Health Forum of Australia (CHF) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Statement on Consumer and Community Participation in Health and Medical Research (the Statement on Participation).
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Privacy and personal health information / Consumer participation / Research and new technologies / Equity in health / Health professionals / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Is the pen mightier than the pill?
Author:David Menadue
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 1
Topic:Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Kath?s story - a personal experience with HPV
Author:Kath Mazzella
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 1
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Kidney Health Australia - Engaging consumers
Author:Janine Bevan
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 3
Abstract:Kidney Health Australia has established a comprehensive consumer network to assist with the development of organisational policies and programs for people living with chronic kidney disease.
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services
 
Title:pdf document icon Learning from personal experiences of health and illness
Author:Andrew Herxheimer
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 3
Abstract:DIPEx website includes a collection of personal experiences with illness to help people with a new serious illness to understand what it can feel like and what to expect.
Topic:Consumer participation / Electronic health information
 
Title:pdf document icon Lou McCallum: an appreciation
Author:Christopher Newell
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 March 2002, Issue 3
Topic:Consumer participation
 
Title:pdf document icon Magic number
Author:Janne D Graham AM
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 2
Abstract:The development of the Adverse Medicine Events Line, a number (1300 134 237) to ring if you are concerned about any negative effect medicine may seem to be having on you or members of your family.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Consumer participation / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Making decisions about tests and treatments: Principles for better communication between healthcare consumers and healthcare professionals: Book review
Author:Ann Revell
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 1
Abstract:Publication developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Topic:Information and communication / Consumer participation / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Media review - Generation Next
Author:Christopher Newell
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 2
Abstract:Review claims ?Generation Next? on SBS TV Insight program reinforces the medical view of disability.
Topic:Research and new technologies / Equity in health / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Media Review - SANE Stigma Watch
Author:Andrea Kincade
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 3
Abstract:The Sane StigmaWatch program advocates on behalf of community concerns about media depictions that stigmatise mental illness or promote self-harm.
Topic:Electronic health information / Equity in health
 
Title:pdf document icon Medical indemnity - unfinished business
Author:Fiona Tito Wheatland
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 2
Abstract:Much of the current debate about medical indemnity has focussed on the problems faced by doctors, and not on those of patients or consumers in the health care system. In 2002, the ACA, the HIC and the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges issued a joint statement on the subject. They strongly supported the development of a no-fault care cost scheme to address the most obvious shortcomings with current arrangements around the provision of high quality long-term care and community support for those who need it.
Topic:Improving hospitals and health services / Equity in health / Regulatory issues / Health professionals
 
Title:pdf document icon Member organisation report - Hepatitis C Council of South Australia
Author:Kerry Paterson
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 3
Abstract:The Hepatitis C Council of SA (Inc) is a community-based, non-government organisation which provides hepatitis C education, information, referral and support services for South Australia.
Topic:Consumer participation / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Member organisation report - Mental Illness Fellowship
Author:Margaret Springgah
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 1
Abstract:The Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (MIFA) represents around 15,000 members, principally those directly affected by mental illness as consumers and carers.
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Misleading advertisements - anyone can complain
Author:Judith Maher
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 1
Abstract:Anyone can complain to the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code Council if they think an advertisement for a medicine is laughable, wrong or misleading.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices
 
Title:pdf document icon Moving young people out of nursing homes
Author:Bronwyn Morkham
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 3
Abstract:There are more than 6300 young people in aged care nursing homes. There is nowhere else for them. The Alliance of Young People in Nursing Homes developed a Blueprint for Change.
Topic:Health funding / Equity in health / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon National standards and quality in palliative care
Author:Brenda Cattle
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 3
Abstract:Palliative Care Australia (PCA) has begun a review of the existing Standards for Palliative Care Provision (1999), including their relevance to current practices. The revised Standards will assist palliative care providers in planning services, managing quality and preparing for accreditation by the relevant bodies in each state or territory.
Topic:Older people / Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services / Equity in health
 
Title:pdf document icon Navigating the residential care maze
Author:Eleanor Kennett-Smith and Mary Dunn
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 1
Abstract:The information provided about residential care is very general, and carers need to find more relevant local sources of information to assist them in finding their way through the complex maze that forms the entry point into residential care at present.
Topic:Older people / Improving hospitals and health services / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon On being a consumer representative
Author:Rebecca Coghlan
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 2
Topic:Consumer participation
 
Title:pdf document icon Open disclosure - Our right to know
Author:Fiona Tito Wheatland
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 3
Abstract:The battle to get health professionals to accept open disclosure has been going for 2,000 years. Even now there continues to be a failure to embed open disclosure in the rights of consumers to know about their own health.
Topic:Improving hospitals and health services / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Organ and tissue donation - sign on to save lives
Author:Stephen Bendle
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 2
Abstract:Seeks to understand and work with the community and the donation and transplantation sectors, to achieve increased awareness of the need for organ donation and to increase the number of organ and tissue donors is described.
Topic:Research and new technologies / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Paradoxes and promises: New technology, legislation and privacy: Editorial
Author:Christopher Newell
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 2
Abstract:The articles raise fundamental issues of consumer rights, safety and quality.
Topic:Research and new technologies / Privacy and personal health information
 
Title:pdf document icon Participating in the development of ?The Working Together Guide?: A best practice experience of health consumers and pharmaceutical companies working together
Author:Janney Wale
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 2
Abstract:Experience of a consumer representative contributing to the development of guidelines for health consumer organisations and pharmaceutical companies working together.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Consumer participation / Regulatory issues
 
Title:pdf document icon Personal reflections on consumers and researchers working together to improve health in Australia
Author:Beth Micklethwaite
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 1
Abstract:Health consumers and researchers have a common interest in ensuring Australia produces high quality research to improve health and wellbeing. An effective partnership is both desirable and possible but it takes time, skill and commitment to make it work.
Topic:Older people / Consumer participation / Research and new technologies
 
Title:pdf document icon Playing god? Owning god? Patenting and the human genome
Author:The Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 2
Topic:Research and new technologies / Equity in health / Regulatory issues
 
Title:pdf document icon Policy statement - Quality use of medicines
Author:Consumers Health Forum of Australia
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 1
Abstract:The CHF Quality Use of Medicines policy statement will improve consumer access and understanding of medicines, with better health outcomes for them as individuals and the community as a whole.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Consumer participation / Health funding / Information and communication
Project:Community Quality Use of Medicines Project 2008-09 / Community Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) Project 2005-07
 
Title:pdf document icon Preventing chronic disease through nutrition
Author:Sandra Capra
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 3
Abstract:Specific Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) were recently released that include Suggested Dietary Targets (SDTs) for chronic disease reduction.
Topic:Improving hospitals and health services
 
Title:pdf document icon Preventing falls - a combination of common sense and science
Author:Keith Hill
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 1
Abstract:Many falls can be prevented, especially if problems are identified early rather than waiting until a major fall has occurred. All falls should be reported to the doctor, and preventive recommendations should be implemented. In this way, Australians can avoid the projected tripling of health care costs for falls in Australia by 2051.
Topic:Older people / Improving hospitals and health services / Research and new technologies / Health professionals
 
Title:pdf document icon Primary care services - Challenges for better consumer access
Author:Robert Wells
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 2
Abstract:Consumers? access to primary health care is guided and constrained by many factors. Six factors offer particular challenges to policy and decision makers. Does Australia need to reassess the structure of its health care system and what role should consumers play?
Topic:Consumer participation / Health funding / Equity in health / Health professionals
 
Title:pdf document icon Private health insurance - More flexible for consumers
Author:Samantha Gavel
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 2
Abstract:Significant reforms to private health insurance will allow the private health sector to evolve in line with modern clinical practice, and enable consumers to purchase products that give them greater options for continuity of care in the private sector.
Topic:Health funding / Improving hospitals and health services / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Private Health Insurance Ombudsman website: Website review
Author:Amy Zelmer
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 2
Abstract:Review of the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman website www.privatehealth.org.au
Topic:Information and communication / Electronic health information / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Private health insurance reforms - Consumers have a say through CHF
Author:Craig Hooper
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 2
Abstract:Consumers with private health insurance need to know how to make the most of the private health insurance reforms.
Topic:Consumer participation / Equity in health
 
Title:pdf document icon Private hospitals - Consumers improve accountability and governance
Author:Margo Sheahan
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 3
Abstract:An exciting collaboration between health consumers and private hospital stakeholders has shown how effectively consumers can contribute to improved accountability and governance of the Australian private hospital industry.
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Profile of a consumer representative
Author:Leo Pomery
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 1
Abstract:On retirement I joined Heart Support Australia (HSA)(after a heart attack). It seemed a natural progression for me when I was nominated by HSA as a Consumer Representative with CHF.
Topic:Consumer participation
 
Title:pdf document icon Profile of a consumer representative - Anne McKenzie
Author:Anne McKenzie
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 1
Abstract:A consumer representative discusses her keen interest in issues relating to the quality use of medicines and how they have affected her life and career.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services
 
Title:pdf document icon Profile of a consumer representative - Informed consumers make informed decisions: implications of new legislation on prostheses
Author:Karen Carey-Hazell
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 1
Abstract:Patients need to ask about gap payments for surgical implants.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Health funding / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Profile of a consumer representative - Jan Donovan
Author:Jan Donovan
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 3
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Consumer participation
 
Title:pdf document icon Profile of a consumer representative - Life is grand
Author:Ben Horgan
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 3
Abstract:Ben Horgan was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when he was two years old. It has caused immense pain and suffering, and yet enabled him to experience an amazing life.
Topic:Consumer participation / Equity in health / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Profile of a consumer representative - Listing and pricing PBS medicines
Author:Mitch Messer
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 3
Abstract:A consumer representative discusses his work on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee which advises the Minister about which drugs should be listed on the PBS.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Consumer participation / Health funding
 
Title:pdf document icon Profile of a health consumer representative - A health consumer?s journey towards HealthConnect
Author:Craig Ellis
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 2
Abstract:A health consumer representative discusses the need for a consumer representative on HealthConnect advisory groups.
Topic:Consumer participation / Electronic health information / Research and new technologies / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Profile of a member organisation - Eating Disorders Association of South Australia
Author:Annabelle Harvey
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 2
Abstract:The Eating Disorders Association of South Australia (EDASA)recognises that eating disorders affect lives. People frequently pass through the health system seeking help with no success because the current services do not meet their needs.
Topic:Consumer participation / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Profile of a member organisation - People in Pain - Chronic pain: the unseen chronic condition
Author:Antony Lane
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 3
Abstract:People in Pain is a Sydney-based support group for people with chronic pain.
Topic:Consumer participation
 
Title:pdf document icon Progressing the sharing health care initiative - a role for self-help groups?
Author:Russell McGowan
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 March 2002, Issue 3
Topic:Consumer participation / Equity in health / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Promoting consumer participation in mental health research in Australia: a national workshop
Author:Kathleen Griffiths
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 3
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services / Research and new technologies / Health professionals / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Promoting quality information exchange involving consumers
Author:Janet Spink
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 March 2002, Issue 3
Abstract:Quality information exchange is an interactive process involving both the health care organisation and consumers.
Topic:Consumer participation / Information and communication
Project:Community Quality Use of Medicines (CQUM) Project 2003-05
 
Title:pdf document icon Quality use of medicines - working with multicultural communities
Author:Doris Kordes
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 1
Abstract:A medicines initiative with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people is taking quality use of medicines into families through special programs at community language schools.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Quality Use of Medicines program for culturally and linguistically diverse communities
Author:Karen Green
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 1
Abstract:The CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) Community QUM component is a joint program run by NPS in collaboration with FECCA (Federation of Ethnic Communities? Councils of Australia) and brings together FECCA?s expertise as the peak, national body representing Australians from CALD backgrounds and the expertise of NPS as Australia?s peak, independent provider of education and information about medicines.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Consumer participation / Equity in health / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Raising the bar on consumer feedback - Implications for improving health services
Author:Michael Greco
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 3
Abstract:Healthcare organisations that engage with consumers in discussing their results found that this partnership added value to their service. Consumers become part of the solution.
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services
 
Title:pdf document icon Reach Out! - Reach out. Find out. Move on: Website review
Author:Matthew Hunt
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 3
Abstract:Reach Out! is a web-based service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times by using stories of how other people have coped with mental health issues.
Topic:Information and communication / Electronic health information / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Reclaiming citizenship: biotechnology and the civil society
Author:Gerard Goggin and Christopher Newell AM
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 2
Topic:Consumer participation / Research and new technologies / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Refugee Health Research Centre
Author:Consumers Health Forum of Australia
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 3
Topic:Consumer participation / Research and new technologies / Equity in health / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Regulating for consumer protection in private health insurance - can industry self-regulation work?
Author:John Powlay
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 2
Abstract:The best form of regulation for consumer protection is whatever works. So, does industry self-regulation work in private health insurance?
Topic:Health funding / Regulatory issues / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Regulating medicines - Where do generics fit?
Author:Greg Pearce
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 3
Abstract:Generic medicines are monitored and regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Remember me, Mrs V: Book review
Author:Sheila Rimmer AM
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 3
Abstract:This book offers information, support and inspiration for carers of those suffering from dementia and their friends and relations.
Topic:Information and communication / Older people / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Response ability: Environment, health and everyday transcendence: Book review
Author:Neville Millen
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 2
Abstract:Frank Fisher?s book presents a life?s work; a body of professional scientific writings and a host of activist essays, letters and comments.
Topic:Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Risky business
Author:Tony Lembke
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 2
Abstract:All health consumers have to make decisions about their heath based on their assessment of the risks and benefits of proposed treatments. To assist patients, doctors provide information about treatment options based on their knowledge of medicine, the particular circumstances of the patient, clinical studies, and their own experience.
Topic:Research and new technologies / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Rural and remote Australia - Equity of access to health care services
Author:Mandy Leveratt
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 2
Abstract:Rural and remote Australians have poorer health than people living in metropolitan and regional areas. One reason is lack of GPs. Current policies won?t translate into more rural and remote GPs for several years and will pose more challenges.
Topic:Health funding / Improving hospitals and health services / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Rural and remote pharmacy services - evolution not revolution
Author:Patrick A Ball
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 1
Abstract:New developments have given pharmacists an increasing role in helping rural and remote populations identify, manage and control their chronic health problems.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Health professionals / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Safety and quality - What it means to CHF
Author:Sarah Jones
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 3
Abstract:Consumers have a legitimate role in decisions about safety and quality in health care. CHF is bringing consumer perspectives to the safety and quality debate.
Topic:Improving hospitals and health services / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Self management of chronic conditions - Worth fighting for
Author:Suzie Edward May
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 2
Abstract:Self management is an essential tool to improve the quality of life, confidence and even long-term prognosis of health consumers with chronic conditions. While it takes courage and determination to take the responsibility for self management, the rewards can be enormous.
Topic:Health funding / Improving hospitals and health services / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Selling sickness: how drug companies are turning us all into patients: Book review
Author:Yvonne Solly
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 1
Abstract:This book has prompted the reviewer to question the place of medicines in maintaining health and the latest medical facts and figures presented in the media as news.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Information and communication / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Shaping Australia?s health workforce
Author:Jim Purcell and Patricia Dennis
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 2
Abstract:An overview of ?Australia?s Health Workforce? the Productivity Commission position paper (2005) and research report (2006).
Topic:Health funding / Improving hospitals and health services / Health professionals
 
Title:pdf document icon Sterilising by stealth? Safeguarding the human rights of girls with disabilities in Australia
Author:Leanne Dowse
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 3
Abstract:Sterilisation of disabled girls defies a basic human right and results in adverse, life-long physical and mental health effects but is being promoted as being in the best interest of disabled girls.
Topic:Privacy and personal health information / Equity in health / Regulatory issues
 
Title:pdf document icon TAD: Transforming the lives of people with disabilities
Author:Nicola Craft
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 1
Abstract:A profile of Technical Aid for the Disabled.
Topic:Consumer participation / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Technology Assessment and the TGA: A proposal to the medical devices evaluation committee of the Therapeutic Goods Administration
Author:Frank Fisher
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 2
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Consumer participation / Research and new technologies / Regulatory issues
 
Title:pdf document icon Testing the CHF criteria for judging websites: Website review
Author:Catherine Ellis
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 3
Abstract:CHF has developed three fact sheets to help consumers judge the credibility of health websites.
Topic:Information and communication / Electronic health information / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon TGACC complaint mechanisms explained
Author:Matthew Blackmore
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 2
Abstract:The advertising of medicines and medical devices directly to consumers must comply with the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code, which helps ensure that advertisements are socially responsible, promote the quality use of medicines and do not mislead or deceive consumers.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Regulatory issues / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon The essential U amp; I: Book review
Author:Christopher Newell
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 March 2002, Issue 3
Abstract:A study of mental health services in Victoria, moving towards staff - consumer collaboration.
Topic:Information and communication / Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services
 
Title:pdf document icon The health workforce of the future - partnerships in health care
Author:Peter Brooks
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 2
Abstract:More flexible health workforce and health services needed for effective chronic disease management in our ageing population.
Topic:Older people / Improving hospitals and health services / Health professionals
 
Title:pdf document icon The Healthy Eating Club: Website review
Author:Colleen Sheen
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 2
Abstract:Website on health and nutrition found through credible links.
Topic:Information and communication / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon The Media: take twice daily with a large grain of salt
Author:Melissa Sweet
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 3
Topic:Consumer participation / Research and new technologies / Equity in health / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon The National Primary Care Collaboratives Program - Involving consumers in new and innovative service delivery in primary care
Author:Liz Farmer
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 3
Abstract:General practices participating in the National Primary Care Collaboratives Program (NPCC) show value in close partnership between consumers and providers.
 
Title:pdf document icon The new consumer section of the PBS website: Website review
Author:Elizabeth Grant
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 1
Abstract:Review of the consumer section of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Information and communication / Electronic health information / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon The rediscovery of the Australian epilepsy movement
Author:Russell Pollard
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 July 2006, Issue 2
Abstract:At the turn of last century, when most of the world feared epilepsy as some kind of horrific lunacy, Australia was one of a handful of places leading the world to a more compassionate and reasoned view of epilepsy and its management.
Topic:Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon The role of the CMO: CHF talks to Professor John Horvath, Australia?s Chief Medical Officer
Author:Consumers Health Forum of Australia
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 3
Abstract:The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) provides support to the Australian Government?s Minister for Health and Ageing and the Department of Health and Ageing across a range of health issues, including health and medical research, public health, medical workforce, quality of care and evidence-based medicine.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Consumer participation / Improving hospitals and health services / Research and new technologies / Health professionals
 
Title:pdf document icon Transition care - the Cystic Fibrosis NSW experience
Author:Denise Murphy
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 3
Abstract:Most people with cystic fibrosis moving from the paediatric to the adult hospital face difficulties including changing health care practitioners, hospitals, medications and sharing rooms with elderly people.
Topic:Improving hospitals and health services / Equity in health / Health professionals
 
Title:pdf document icon Transition care for young people - What should we be doing?
Author:Anne Cutler and Lynne Brodie
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 3
Abstract:As more young people with chronic illness survive into adulthood, research indicates that health systems do not tackle the movement between paediatric and adult care well.
Topic:Improving hospitals and health services / Equity in health / Health professionals
 
Title:pdf document icon Value of the current system of community pharmacy
Author:Stephen Greenwood
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 June 2005, Issue 1
Abstract:Community pharmacies provide valuable advice about medicines and health care under current pharmacy ownership rules.
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Health professionals
 
Title:pdf document icon Valuing our consumer knowledge and networks: Editorial
Author:Helen Hopkins
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 3
Topic:Consumer participation
 
Title:pdf document icon Walking through minefields: Health Complaints Commissions in Australia
Author:David Thomas
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 1
Topic:Consumer participation / Regulatory issues
 
Title:pdf document icon What is the evidence telling us? Being part of the Cochrane Consumer Network
Author:Janney Wale
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 2
Topic:Medicines and medical devices / Privacy and personal health information / Consumer participation / Electronic health information / Research and new technologies / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Work, superannuation and disabilities
Author:John Berrill
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 April 2003, Issue 3
Topic:Privacy and personal health information / Equity in health / Regulatory issues / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Your health and the Internet ? on-line romance or fatal attraction?
Author:Meredith Cameron
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 March 2002, Issue 3
Topic:Electronic health information / Research and new technologies / Information and communication
 
Title:pdf document icon Youth health: Editorial
Author:Mitch Messer
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 3
Abstract:We need to listen to what these young people, as health consumers, have to tell us and not leave them behind.
Topic:Consumer participation / Equity in health / Information and communication / Improving health and wellbeing
 
Title:pdf document icon Youth mental health: investing in the future
Author:Leanne Wells and Jane Westley
Source:The Australian Health Consumer, 1 May 2004, Issue 3
Abstract:Divisions of General Practice work to improve links across the community to assist with mental health problems in young people, which are usually enmeshed with other health concerns.
Topic:Improving hospitals and health services / Health professionals / Improving health and wellbeing