Join Australia's Health Panel to have your say on issues in Australian healthcare

The May 2023 Federal Budget will be the first full budget of the new Albanese Federal Labor Government, following the mini “wellbeing” Budget released in October 2022. While that mini Budget didn’t deliver everything that had been hoped, it was a promising start that could be further built upon with real reforms in the 2023 Federal Budget.

The Federal Government funds the primary health care system and so is responsible for these sectors and services, many through Medicare:
  • primary care, including general practitioners
  • allied health (such as psychology, physiotherapy, podiatry, dietetics, social work and so on)
  • specialist appointments such as consultation with surgeons (e.g, heart surgeon, orthopaedic surgeon) and physicians (e.g, ophthalmologist, psychiatrist)
  • many medicines that you get on a prescription from the pharmacist and you pay only part of the cost such as most antibiotics, oral contraception, and treatments for diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure
  • many mental health services such as Headspace, Head to Health and Orygen
  • funding Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and Aboriginal Medical Services
The Federal government also pays for about half of the cost of the health services (such as hospitals and community health services) that states and territories provide.

So, for the January 2023 Australia’s Health Panel survey, we want to ask YOU what health related items YOU think need to be addressed and funded as part of the upcoming Federal Budget.

The Treasury has called for submissions that the Federal Government might include in the Budget by 27 January 2023. Given this deadline, to ensure your views can be incorporated into the CHF submission we recommend responding by Monday January 16th. Responses will still be collected after this date to guide CHF policy and projects but may not be included in the 2023 Budget submission.

To have YOUR say, click on the survey below!