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Shifting Gears. CHF Summit

Australasia’s first consumer health summit in March 2021 will be virtual, putting this high impact event in reach of a wider audience within Australia, New Zealand and worldwide.The CHF Summit 2021: Shifting Gears draws together consumers and other leaders from the health sector. We will explore the latest research and developments which drive the health system towards a consumer-centred culture and services. The spotlight will be on how consumers play an important part in health policy, research and care design.

Consumers as leaders in healthcare will be a central theme of this first Australian and New Zealand Consumer Experience and Leadership in Health Summit. To find out more and to register click above or here

Medicinal cannabis in Australia: Weeding out the facts: from Musculoskeletal Australia

This year’s free lecture, ‘Medicinal cannabis in Australia: Weeding out the facts’ features Dr Richard di Natale, outgoing Senator and former leader of the Australian Greens, and Prof Iain McGregor, Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, University of Sydney. They discuss the use of medicinal cannabis in Australia – what it is, available forms, access issues in Australia and the current evidence for use.

Prior to entering parliament, Richard was a GP and public health specialist. He has worked in Aboriginal health & HIV prevention and in the drug and alcohol sector. Richard is a strong advocate for drug law reform. Iain has a strong interest in the area of medicinal cannabis with more than 20 years of experience in cannabinoid research. The Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics was formed in 2015 with a gift of unprecedented generosity from the Lambert family to the University of Sydney.

Duration: 1 hour 29 minutes

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TGA Resources on Medicinal Cannabis

For consumers, the new materials include:

For health professionals, the new materials include:

The new communication materials join existing guidance documents and other resources on the TGA website, all of which are organised under a new medicinal cannabis landing page.

When Will We Have a Vaccine?

This is the question many of us hope will be answered soon. Read this excellent article from the New England Journal Of Medicine to learn more.

Need to convince anyone about the value of face masks?

Check out this article from the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA Network) and look at the figure of the bus showing community transmission!


The Value of Informal Care 2020

In this report, Deloitte Access Economics estimates the total value of informal care provided in Australia today and examines the implications of demographic trends and projections for informal care in the future. Informal unpaid carers provide care to others in need of assistance or support and are usually friends or family of the person in need. They make a significant contribution to the care and wellbeing of people with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness and the frail aged.

Explaining the Virus and the Vaccine. See this clear explanation from the ABC here

Need to understand genomic tests and the consent process? Find out more from this animation produced by Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance


Australia remains at significant risk of declines in health due to climate change, and substantial and sustained national action is urgently required. The 2019 report of the MJA-Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: a turbulent year with mixed progress. Read the full report


Women with Disabilities

Our new online program for women with disabilities thinking about applying for work. Everyone has strengths they can call on! See how they can be used to seek work, whether in a paid or a volunteer position.

“In developing this tool Working from our Strengths, it is hoped many women with disability will dare to begin the exciting journey of discovery to personal satisfaction of volunteer work and/or, realise new or renewed financial independence and security that paid work can provide.” Working from our Strengths Launch speech Aug 2019
Mary Henley-Collopy, Launch of Working from our Strengths 27 August 2019

Peer Support for Chronic and Complex Conditions Lit Rev March 2019

Table of articles reviewed on peer support FINAL

This literature review updates the evidence of effectiveness and cost -effectiveness of peer support as part of the care and self-management of many chronic conditions including physical ones and mental health. In this updated review randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews conducted between mid-2011 and 2018 are included as well as some ‘grey’ literature. The discussion raises questions as to whether other research methods might produce better quality evidence of what peer support does best in improving the lives of people with chronic conditions.