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AMA in the News – 18 March 2014

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Your AMA has been active on policy and in the media on a range of issues crucial to making our health system better. Below is a snapshot of recent media coverage.

Print/Online

Nash’s axe falls on Council, Sydney Morning Herald, 1 March 2014
Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash announced the Government would no longer fund the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton appealed to Prime Minister Tony Abbott to reinstate the organisation’s funding.

Dead caught in doc fight, Courier Mail, 1 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said if the Queensland contract problems were not sorted out, Queensland public hospitals could expect to lose specialist doctors. 

Chemists want to inject, Sunday Mail Adelaide, 2 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said a pharmacy was not the environment in which to administer vaccines.

Medicos fear contracts will slash earning power, Courier Mail, 5 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said Queensland public hospital contracts were draconian and allowed conditions to be changed at whim.

Peris in pleas to AMA on domestic violence, Northern Territory News, 6 March 2014
Labor’s first indigenous MP wants the AMA to help tackle alcohol-related domestic violence. The AMA was called to take on the challenge during a powerful speech by Senator Nova Peris.

Lump sum payments for GPs on the table, Australian Financial Review, 7 March 2014
Doctors may be given a lump sum payment to treat individual patients rather than be paid by the number of consultations they provide. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said he was not opposed in principle, but the way GPs were paid was not the biggest problem in the system.

System Failure, Courier Mail, 8 March 2014
Doctors say they’ve been handed the rough end of the pineapple in a pay deal with the State Government. The doctors, which include AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton and state president-elect Dr Shaun Rudd, are riled by a day of acrimonious debate over the contracts both inside and outside State parliament.

Plan to slug inner city more for GPs, Sunday Telegraph, 9 March 2014
Opposition health spokeswoman Catherine King said if the Government wanted to come clean with voters it should release the Commission of Audit report. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton joined calls for the government to release the report.

Cord blood banking oversold, Sunday Age, 9 March 2014
Australian parents are paying thousands of dollars to store their babies’ umbilical cord blood with private operators. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said he was concerned parents were being oversold the merits of storage and misled into spending money that was unlikely to have any benefit.

Doctors air misgivings on contract peace talks, Sunday Mail, 9 March 2014
Plans for a fresh round of talks to thrash out problems between the LNP Government and senior public hospital doctors are under threat of being derailed before they begin. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton criticised the Government’s demands to bind doctors to an unrealistic timetable.

Vaccination opponents sceptical, The Daily Telegraph, 11 March 2014
The controversial anti-vaccination group Australian Vaccination Network, which was ordered to change its misleading name, has finally complied with an order from the Administrative Decisions Tribunal. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said the new name was not as misleading as the old one.

New program threatens turf war between doctors and pharmacists, The Age, 12 March 2014
Doctors have slammed a push by pharmacists to offer GP-like advice. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton warned pharmacists would be breaching their area of expertise because they had different training and skill sets to GPs.

Medibank trail puts GP visits onto the political agenda, Australian Financial Review, 12 March 2014
Medibank Private is planning to expand a controversial foray into primary health care in Queensland. AMA Chair of General Practice Dr Brian Morton said he believed Medibank was not operating within the spirit of the law.

Radio

Dr Steve Hambleton, 702 ABC Sydney, 3 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed plans to allow pharmacists to give vaccinations in chemist shops. He said at this stage, pharmacists do not have vaccination training.

Dr Steve Hambleton, ABC Goulburn Murray, 3 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton called on the Australian food industry to stop undermining the new five star rating system for food nutrition. He said the star rating system helps people choose better products.

Dr Steve Hambleton, 666 ABC Canberra, 3 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton talked about the Queensland public hospital contracts. He said the concerns of so many doctors cannot be ignored, and he is worried the contracts will compromise patient care.

Dr Steve Hambleton, 2GB Sydney, 6 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed the release of the AMA’s Position Statement on Women’s Health.

Dr Steve Hambleton, 666 ABC Canberra, 10 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed the Commission of Audit’s recommendations to cut back on entitlements for seniors. He said he wants the Commission of Audit’s findings to be made public.

Dr Steve Hambleton, ABC Coffs Coast, 11 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton talked about the Australian Vaccination Network changing its name to the Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network. He said the new name is now evident in search engines.
TV

Dr Steve Hambleton, ABC News 24, 5 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed the release of the AMA’s Position Statement on Women’s Health.

Dr Steve Hambleton, Sky News Sydney, 5 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton released a Position Statement on Women’s Health. He said the statistics of violence and sexual abuse against women are shocking.

Dr Steve Hambleton, ABC1 Melbourne, 5 March 2014
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed the Grattan Institute saying Australia could save one billion by tweaking its hospital system. He said there may be practices that need to be changed.

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