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Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Primary Health Care – HAVE YOUR SAY

CHF is preparing a submission on the Inquiry into and report on best practice chronic disease prevention and management in primary health care. The inquiry has been referred by the Minister for Health, The Hon Sussan Ley MP, to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health.  We want to hear your ideas on best practice and innovative models which incentivise access, quality and efficiency in chronic disease prevention and management for consumers.

The scope for the inquiry is broad and covers: examples of best practice in chronic disease prevention and management, opportunities for Primary Health Networks and the Medicare payment system, the role of private health insurers and the role of State and Territory Governments in chronic disease prevention and management. The full terms of reference can be found here (external link).

We will be hosting a teleconference for any and all members interested in discussing this inquiry on Tuesday, 7th July, at 2pm. Please contact CHF Policy Officer Ms Mehak Vohra at [email protected] or call 02 6273 5444 if you’d like to RSVP for the teleconference or provide comments.


CHF Team's picture
The teleconference is for CHF members, but we would like to hear from all consumers about this issue. If you have experience with chronic illness please share your story here or get in touch with Mehak on the contact details in the post above.
Roger Hewitt's picture
Hi Mehak I hope the CHF response might categories consumers in different groups rather than bundled together As mentioned on the phone some time back - my leaning is to consider having four groups 1. Willing and Able ( a patient is prepared to take responsibility for his/her own health) and has sufficient ability (health literacy / maturity and common sense) to be ABLE to do so. 2. Willing but not able - perhaps a lack of health literacy ? This could be addressed with effort. - possibly a support team? 3. Not willing although able - perhaps through being worn down by illness. Some patients could be supported to have another go? 4. Not willing and not able - very special support needed here which may be different to the support above. A further dimension to the above 4 is the dimension of "access" to services (I suspect access complements the above). Sometimes a patient may not be able because access is poor. However having good access is of limited value if the patient is not willing anyway. Regards Roger PS please include me in the invitation for the teleconference thanks
MVohra's picture
Thanks for your comments Roger. I will be sure to draw on them. Look forward to hearing from you on Tuesday the 7th. Mehak
Sally M's picture
I would like some attention paid to the most effective ways to coordinate care and support for people with less common chronic illnesses. Many small not for profits struggle to find sufficient resources to inform and support their members. Consistent funding for infrastructure for these organisations, opportunities to combine back of house support and for sharing of expertise and resources would enable them to provide better support, advocacy and education.
Dieter.L's picture
I wonder to what degree Natural Medicine has been integrated into the health care of chronic disease prevention and management. I further wonder if a system like in India could be introduced here in Australia, such as AYUSH, but adapted to our Natural Medicine System. Their Government is encouraging a pluralistic approach in health care. I quote: AYUSH medicines ( Natural Medicines) that come under the category of experienced medicine are cost effective, known for safety issues and time tested. AYUSH medicines are widely used as a standalone option or as adjunct with Bio medicine in the long term diseases. Therefore, the relevance of AYUSH has become more now because of this change in health paradigm. Keeping this fact in view the Government is encouraging a pluralistic approach in health care where every medical system is allowed to grow on the basis of its evident strength. Kind Regards, Dieter.L

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