Have your say in designing a new consumer Community of Practice

August 9th, 2022|

Through our work with consumers, we often hear how much you gain from connecting with one another and learning new skills. We also hear that you benefit from problem-solving the challenges you may be facing in finding your voice as a consumer and influencing change in healthcare organisations. Over the [...]

Closing the Digital Divide for Regional Victorians

July 28th, 2022|

Improving the health inequalities faced by rural and regional Victorian communities requires close attention from decision makers. The rapid digitisation of healthcare creates opportunities to reduce barriers to accessing care and to improve health outcomes, however, there is a risk of heightening health inequalities. Addressing the challenges of digital health [...]

Media Release – Budget 2022/23 welcomed by healthcare users, but rollout must centre on their needs

May 3rd, 2022|

The Health Issues Centre – Victoria's peak health consumer organisation – welcomes the Government’s focus on health in the 2022/23 Budget. The Government is right to ‘put patients first.’ Importantly, delivery of these programs must centre on patient needs and perspectives. Health Issues Centre CEO, Danny Vadasz, said “Research has [...]

Vic Budget 2022/23 – Summary for healthcare consumers

May 3rd, 2022|

The Victorian Government has today handed down the 2022/23 Budget, which comes six months before the State election. As expected, health features prominently in the Budget, which is even named “Putting Patients First.” Key commitments of interest for health consumers include: $4.2 billion for the ongoing pandemic response, including: $522 [...]

Tere Dawson – Celebrating 20 years at Health Issues Centre

April 27th, 2022|

Our Manager of Training and Development, Dr Tere Dawson, recently reached an incredible milestone of 20 years working at HIC. Here are some of her stories, insights and achievements from the last 20 years. Evolving with the health sector Working 20 years in any organisation is a remarkable achievement and [...]

Is long-COVID our next pandemic?

April 12th, 2022|

International research suggests that between 10-30% of people who contract COVID-19 go on to suffer long-COVID, a range of symptoms that can include chronic fatigue and affect respiratory, muscular, sensory and neurological functions. HIC has recently conducted a survey of people affected by long-COVID in Australia, which suggests that apart [...]

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