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AMA in the News

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

Nurses fear frail may be bullied, Weekend West, 13 September 2014

Nurses have warned vulnerable terminally ill patients could be bullied by family members into undergoing euthanasia under a proposal for national right-to-die laws. The AMA has rejected the proposal, saying it is at odds with ethical practices of medicine.

The doctor’s not for rushing, Australian Financial Review, 13 September 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler is a neurosurgeon who now finds himself crossing swords with politicians on the future of our health system.

Send us doctors not cash, Courier Mail, 18 September 2014

The Federal Government has been embarrassed over its $7 million response the Ebola virus with an international medical group rejecting the money and demanding Australian doctors be sent to Africa instead. The AMA has been calling for Australia to send its own troops and Australian medical assistance teams to the region.

US leading the world on two vital fronts, Courier Mail, 18 September 2014

US President Barack Obama announced his nation will send troops to help the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. AMA President A/Professor Owler pointed out that Australia has medical assistance teams comprised of doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, and allied health staff who are trained and ready to rapidly respond and provide lifesaving treatment.

Ebola may cost world economy many billions, says bank chief, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 September 2014

Aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres has called for Australia to go beyond just pledging money and deploy specialised civil and military personnel to countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler backed the call.

AMA to scrutinise Apple’s HealthKit, The Australian, 23 September 2014

Apple’s new HealthKit system for patient care may have benefits but there are also big issues involving privacy and the accuracy of data, AMA Chair of General Practice Dr Brian Morton said. Dr Morton said any discussions between doctors and Apple about adapting its HealthKit technology in Australia for patient care would be approach with good will.

Spending indicates new GP fee not needed, Courier Mail, 23 September 2014

The Government’s own AIHW reports that Federal Government spending on health fell by 2.4 per cent in 2012-13. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said the latest figures showed the Government’s claims that health spending was out of control were completely wrong.

Medical bills starting to hit home as government tightens belt, Sydney Morning Herald, 24 September 2014

Australians’ out-of-pocket health care costs are the highest they have been in a decade while growth in spending from State and Federal governments is at a record low. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said the figures showed there was no justification for the Government’s plan to cut the Medicare rebate for doctors and introduce a co-payment. 

Radio

A/Professor Brian Owler, 5AA Adelaide, 17 September 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler talked about the AMA’s call for the Federal Government to contribute to the efforts made by the US to stop the Ebola epidemic from worsening. A/Professor Owler referred to warnings the number of cases could double every three weeks.

Dr Brian Morton, ABC Darwin, 17 September 2014

AMA Chair of General Practice Dr Brian Morton discussed the cyber-chondria phenomenon and internet self-diagnosis. Dr Morton said it is important to ensure that any information found online is confirmed by someone with professional knowledge.

A/Professor Brian Owler, 2SM Sydney, 23 September 2014

AMA President A/Prof Brian Owler talked about an AIHW report showing health spending has decreased in 2012-13. A/Professor Owler said there was no justification for cutting the Medicare rebate and introducing a co-payment.

A/Professor Brian Owler, 4BC Brisbane, 23 September 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler talks about the Federal Government’s health funding, GP co-payment, and $5 cut to Medicare rebate. A/Prof Owler said medical spending in Australia is not out of control.

Television

A/Professor Brian Owler, ABC News 24, 17 September 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler calls on the Australian Government to increase its efforts to fight the worst ever Ebola crisis.

A/Professor Brian Owler, SKY News, 17 September

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler talks about the worst ever Ebola crisis in West Africa, medical use of cannabis, and the GP co-payment.

A/Professor Brian Owler, ABC News 24, 23 September 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler discussed an AIHW report showing a drop in the Government’s health spending. A/Professor Owler believes there is no justification for introducing a GP co-payment or make any cuts to the Medicare rebate. 

A/Professor Brian Owler, Channel 9 Sydney, 24 September 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler reveals his true colours as a Canterbury Bulldogs fan ahead of the 2014 NRL semi-finals. 

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