HCCA’s Priorities for the ACT Election

We welcome the announcement from the Labor Party to increase the number of doctors and nurses (see https://www.actlabor.org.au/blog/act-election-announcements/400-nurses-doctors-and-health-professionals-for-the-act/). We know that demand for publicly funded health services continues to grow and we need funding to match population increase and the complexity of our health care needs We have called on all parties to commit to…

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Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference 2019 by Kathryn Briant

This was an interesting and inspiring conference that was well worth attending. As an international conference, there were speakers from many different countries presenting on a wide range of topics relating to overdiagnosis. Overall I have been thinking about 3 main messages from health consumers that arose from the conference presentations: We want our quality…

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Keeping Consumers at the Centre of Medicines Use in Australia by Kathryn Briant

A summary of a presentation made at the ISIUM Conference (Bangkok -January 2020) – People Improving the Use of Medicines: What We Know and Don’t Know Kathryn Briant, Health Care Consumers’ Association, Canberra ACT   A case study – Anna’s Story Anna is 70yrs old, married and a loving grandmother, with a non-English speaking background.…

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Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference (5-7 December 2019) in Sydney by Karin Calford

Late last year three HCCA members attended the Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference (5-7 December 2019) in Sydney: Karin Calford, Russell McGowan and Kathryn Briant. The conference was co-sponsored by the World Health Organization. Wiser Healthcare was a partner organisation and they provided funding to support consumer participation at the conference. Wiser Healthcare is a research collaborative…

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What do consumers want from patient portals? by Kate Gorman

At our recent Members’ Forum we had a representative talking about digital patient journey boards. The presentation prompted many questions about digital health and patient portals. Since then I have had a few conversations with people about electronic patient portals. Consumers have been promised a patient portal for many years, dating back to the E-Healthy…

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