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 [...]

Our Planet, Our Health

April 6th, 2022|

“There is almost no health condition that will not be affected by the climate crisis we are facing, so it’s hard to over-emphasise just how fundamental this problem is. It’s going to affect every aspect of health care” – Dr Rob Phair, President, Rural Doctors Association of Victoria Climate change [...]

Federal Budget 2022-23

March 30th, 2022|

The Federal Government has delivered its 2022-23 Budget, set against the backdrop of growing inflationary pressures, conflict in Europe, ongoing pandemic impacts, and a Federal election in May. Key initiatives include a cost-of-living package, small business tax incentives, support for apprentices and $17.9 billion of priority road and rail infrastructure. [...]

Working together to connect government and communities

March 23rd, 2022|

A government’s ability to meaningfully connect with and engage everyday people can dramatically help or hinder their ability to protect and improve the health of communities. We know that partnering with consumers and communities was critical to government’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic, for example in ensuring compliance with restrictions [...]

Unlocking the potential of consumer leaders through support and understanding

December 1st, 2021|

How health consumer leaders are supported can have a significant impact on their experience. It influences the way people participate, the quality of insights that can be uncovered and can result in a positive long-term impact for the service and consumers. There is a huge opportunity for services to tap [...]

Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights

July 15th, 2021|

With funding from Safer Care Victoria, we recently hosted two online forums with consumers and health professionals to discuss the revised Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights. One featured Alfred Health presenting their Patients Come First Strategy which has focused on encouraging staff to embed the Charter in day-to-day practice and has [...]

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