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Is junk food a problem for Aussie children? Our research says yes
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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...
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CHF CEO Adam Stankevicius asks what is the point of a health system unless the impact on patient care is not the first point to be considered?
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The internet is an important way for consumers to learn about the healthcare system and have their say about how it runs. The School for Health and Care Radicals is one of a number of free online...
CHF CEO Adam Stankevicius on the revised GP co-payment proposal and why the ‘price signal’ could be bad for your health.
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Should the GST be applied to fresh food? As part of the ongoing discussion around tax reform this idea has been raised as a way to help increase tax revenue.
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The latest edition of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia’s ‘Health Voices’ journal is out. Consumers, doctors and other health experts all share their views and ideas for the future of...
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An alliance of Australian doctors is pledging to ban pharmaceutical company representatives from “educational” visits to their practices.
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Healthdirect Australia has launched an online Symptom Checker to provide information and advice on what to do next when you’re feeling unwell - whether you need to see a doctor, go to hospital or...
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“For all its strength, absurdities do haunt Australia’s health “system”. It was this subject which made for a cracking start to CHF’s national workshop this week. The two-day meeting in Melbourne...
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“The Australian health system wallows in a state of uncertainty as the federal ­government grapples with how to match its budgetary vigour with the reality of heavy demand and strained supply in...

Our Stories

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“My youngest son said, ‘but mum, that’s a funny old persons disease!’ None of us had ever considered younger people are also diagnosed with dementia.” In this blog Kate shares her experiences of the...
“We break down those barriers and let people know it’s okay to ask” Justine started ‘Breaking down the barriers for rural patients in city hospitals - Brisbane’ on Facebook to help out rural...
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“Both Loraine and myself have been determined to retain a part of ‘who we are’ and ‘what counts for us’, and entwine our health journey into these plans.” Martin & Loraine have learnt and shared...
After a morning spent studying for his HSC exams, William Lo decided to do some chin ups while taking a break. He was struck by a massive pain in his head. Watch William’s story…
Nicole & Michael
“At the time we were surviving day to day and I was so caught up in trying to be everything for him, and to be there for our children that I was not in a position to take on an underfunded system....
Terina and Graham
“This is my daily life, I am a real, live person and this is happening to me day in, day out…. While I’ve had this chronic condition, it appears all the doctors want me to have a certain amount...
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Deb Wardle tells Paul’s story of helping to care for his friend Mick during Mick’s final battle with pancreatic cancer.
There’s a myth that talking about death and dying will get you there quicker. It’s not true. Talking about death and dying will get you there better. Nicole shares her story…
3 December is International Day of People with Disability. Congratulations to Robert Pask on his national award recognising “his remarkable determination and personalised approach, which has inspired...
Leonie Havnen shares her story of receiving a life-saving diagnosis and treatment, but also coping with the $40,000+ that she has had to pay above what has been covered by Medicare and insurance...