The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety comes at a crucial time. The poor care of many aged care residents has prompted deep concern about standards of care and about the broader issue of how care should be funded and by whom. The Consumers Health Forum supports the principle that...
The Consumers Health Forum is withdrawing the media statement issued yesterday which was responding to a Grattan Institute report on private health insurance. The Institute is revising that report and CHF will respond when the final report is issued.
This article was first published in The Sydney Morning Herald If a latter-day Bob Hawke were to introduce a universal health insurance scheme now, it would look little like the Medicare of today. It is time for Medicare II. As we farewell Hawke, the father of Medicare, at his state funeral on...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the report that the Chief Medical Officer is to investigate excessive medical fees as an important step to promote access to necessary healthcare for all Australians. “As our Out of Pocket Pain survey last year found, many Australians with or without insurance...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the new Shadow Health Minister, Chris Bowen, and thanks Catherine King for her commitment to consumers during her long service in the shadow health portfolio. “Mr Bowen brings an impressive record to his new portfolio and we look forward to working with him,” the...
A new push to encourage Australians to be more proactive in the management of their own healthcare is underway with the launch of a new resource by the NPS MedicineWise Choosing Wisely Australia initiative and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF). The Conversation Starter Kit , being...
The Consumers Health Forum, Australia’s leading health consumer advocacy body, congratulates the Coalition on its re-election and Greg Hunt on his re-appointment as Health Minister. “The Government in its last term made encouraging steps towards improving the health system including in primary care...
Australia’s health system performs best when consumers play an active part in the “healthy trio” of safety, quality and literacy. That’s the view of many expert authors in the latest edition of Health Voices, the e-journal of the Consumers Health Forum published today. “Health consumers and their...
The big parties have pledged billions of dollars in welcome new health spending but there is variation in how they rate against the Consumers Health Forum's priorities for the community’s health. The Consumers Health Forum today releases its scorecard on how the parties stack up in terms of...
Measures to support the health of young people are often overlooked so the Consumers Health Forum particularly welcomes the focus the political parties are giving to youth health at this stage of the election campaign. “The health and wellbeing of young Australians is a key priority, yet many...

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