Australian consumers have the opportunity to have a say and contribute to better healthcare at a time that suits them – whether that’s on a lunch break, after the children have gone to bed or over a morning coffee.
The OurHealth website, www.ourhealth.org.au, an initiative of the Consumers Health Forum made possible by the Australian Government funded CHF Our Health, Our Community Project, supports a constructive and strengthened consumer voice in health reform.
The site is now live, with an official launch by Health Minister Tanya Plibersek to be held in mid-October.
“This is all about giving consumers a say, listening to their healthcare experiences and taking that vital information into healthcare planning through informed and supported consumer advocacy,” said CHF Acting Chair, Ainslie Cahill.
CHF moderates the site which encourages Australian patients, their families and carers to join a consumer conversation on healthcare. OurHealth also recognises that more and more consumers are going online to find health information.
“The trend is undeniable,” Ms Cahill said. “The OurHealth website offers consumers a helping hand to better navigate the health system, pointing them towards reliable websites that can provide useful information.”
Patient-centred care and a strengthened consumer voice were articulated as essential ingredients when the Government embarked on health reform. The Our Health, Our Community project gives consumers a place to share their experiences, ideas and thoughts on healthcare that works for them.