Media releases

Please find below statements released by Health Consumers’ Council.

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27/11/2020          It’s time to change the way we speak about obesity

Health Consumers’ Council welcomes a new media and communications guide changing the narrative around obesity. Shift. A guide for media and communications professionals is a new communications tool that aims to work with media to influence better public perceptions of overweight and obesity.

29/11/2019          Duty of Care or Buyer Beware? TGA resonse to Shine class action decision

Despite the TGA’s most recent media release claiming progress in the battle for a just resolution to the pelvic mesh crisis, little has changed since the Senate Inquiry into Pelvic Mesh handed down its recommendations in 2018. Peak state Health consumer bodies spell out what still needs to be done.

22/11/2019             Vindicated! But justice deferred – Shine class action against Johnson & Johnson

Peak state Health Consumer bodies have welcomed the judgement vindicating the more than 1200 mesh injured women who participated in the Shine class action against Johnson & Johnson but reserved judgement on the outcome until the size of the final settlement is announced.

1/05/2019             Health Consumer Excellence Award winners announced 

Health Consumers’ Council (HCC) has honoured the everyday heroes in health with the annual Health Consumer Excellence Awards

10/04/2019          Health Consumers’ Council welcomes the Sustainable Health Review Final Report

Health Consumers’ Council (WA) Executive Director Pip Brennan welcomed the report and its recommendations, and said HCC was looking forward to working together with health staff, consumers, non-profit organisations, and the community at large to bring the strategies into action.

11/03/2019           Heritage Identification study published by the Medical Journal of Australia

As the peak advocacy body for patients’ rights in WA, Health Consumers’ Council was consulted during the study which formally documented the frequency of references to a patient’s cultural heritage during medical handover and in hospital medical records.