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Consumers Health Forum of Australia

The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) is the national peak body representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers.

CHF member organisations reach Australian health consumers across a wide range of health interests and health system experiences. Its policy is developed through consultation with members, ensuring that CHF maintains a broad, representative, health consumer perspective. CHF values members' knowledge, experience and involvement.

CHF receives funding from the Australian Government as the peak national healthcare consumer organisation under the Health Peak and Advisory Bodies Programme.

Vision and mission

CHF’s vision is for a world class health and social care system centred on consumers and communities.

CHF draws on consumer and community knowledge to work to achieve safe, quality and timely healthcare for all Australians, supported by the best health information and systems the country can afford.

How Consumers Health Forum of Australia can help

CHF advocates for appropriate and equitable healthcare, undertaking consumer-based research and developing a consumer knowledge base. It identifies key issues in safety and quality of health services for consumers and works to raise the health literacy of consumers, health professionals and stakeholders.

CHF provides a national voice for health consumers and supports consumer participation in health policy and program decision making. It ensures consumers are part of the health conversation as effective advocates and leaders.

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Last reviewed: March 2020

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Your Healthy Cover Checklist and Survey | Consumers Health Forum of Australia

Health insurance is complicated and costly. A typical family will pay more than $4,000 a year - singles $2,000. But many of us may not be sure about just what we are covered for. Premiums are on the rise again from 1 April.We owe it to ourselves to check we have signed on for cost effective cover thats right for our circumstances.

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Consumer Guide to Clinical Trials | Consumers Health Forum

Clinical trials are considered to be part of best practice medicine and are one of many options for treatment of a disease or illness.

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Informed Consent in Healthcare: An Issues Paper | Consumers Health Forum

The purpose of this paper is to explore issues relating to consumers and informed consent in healthcare.

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Consumer Guide to TGA Reforms | Consumers Health Forum

This is a guide to Medical Devices Regulation Reform

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What is the MBS? | Consumers Health Forum

The benefits you receive from Medicare are based on a Schedule of fees for medical services set by the Australian Government. The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) lists a wide range of consultations, procedures and tests.

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Why do I even need this test? A Diagnostic Imaging and Informed Consent Consumer Resource

This information is for people who want to find out more about why they have been asked to have a diagnostic test and what it could involve – so that they can make an informed choice about it.

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