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AMA in Action

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The AMA’s new leadership team, President Associate Professor Brian Owler and Vic President Dr Stephen Parnis have been in the thick of national debate on health policy since assuming their positions. Following up on their meeting with Health Minister Peter Dutton earlier this month, the pair again visited Canberra, this time to meet with Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash and Australian Greens health spokesman Senator Richard Di Natale, where they presented the AMA’s position on a range of pressing issues, most particularly the Budget changes to health funding.

Later this week they are due to meet with Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Shadow Health Minister Catherine King, where the deep concerns within the medical profession about the direction of naitonal health policy will be raised.

In between these and other meetings (including those with specialist colleges and medical organisations), A/Professor Owler, Dr Parnis and other AMA officials, including AMA Council of General Practice Chair Dr Brian Morton, have been busy in the media. A/Professor Owler has conducted two major media conference at Australian Parliament House on the impact of the Budget changes on health care and the COAG Reform Council’s report on the performance of the health system. He, Dr Parnis and Dr Morton have also conducted numerous interviews with radio stations, television networks, newspapers and industry publications about health issues of the day.

Adrian Rollins

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