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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

Dial-up doctors in cyber surgery, Courier Mail, 23 October 2014

Patients would be able to visit a doctor online and get a prescription under a Medibank Private plan to bring medical care into the digital age. The proposal has drawn fierce opposition from the AMA, which will lobby the Government not to back the scheme.

Sobering statistics ahead of summit, MX Sydney, 22 October 2014

Alcohol misuse is the cause in the deaths of almost one in six young Australians, and no “one magic” remedy will solve the problem, the AMA National Alcohol Summit in Canberra will be told.

Ebola: plague of confusion, Courier Mail, 23 October 2014

The top doctor in charge of Australia’s Ebola response did not know about a team of 20 medicos ready to deploy in case of an outbreak. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said the Chief Medical Officer’s comments to a Senate committee showed that Australia was asleep at the wheel as far as Ebola was concerned.

Aussies set to up stakes on Ebola, Adelaide Advertiser, 24 October 2014

Australia is poised to upgrade its response to the Ebola crisis. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said it would be irresponsible for Australia not to send health workers to help contain the virus.

AMA slams Ebola response as first case hits New York, Sydney Morning Herald, 25 October 2014

The AMA has accused the Abbott Government of acting too slowly to tackle the Ebola crisis because of concerns about the political consequences of an Australian health worker being infected. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said there was a willingness to be involved in the Iraq-Syria conflict but not in the humanitarian crisis occurring in west Africa.

Risk rates turn health cover to stealth cover, Adelaide Advertiser, 25 October 2014

Patients who want comprehensive health cover now have to pay thousands of dollars more than they did in the past. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler warned that community rating was one of the most important aspects of the health insurance system.

AMA head attacks Australia’s response to Ebola as shambolic, The Australian, 26 October 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler called on the Government to develop and announce a plan for helping to tackle the Ebola crisis. A/Professor Owler said Australia’s response to Ebola so far had been a shambles.

AMA wants assurance TPP deal won’t push up medicine prices, ABC News, 26 October 2014

The AMA wants assurance that the mooted Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal will not push up medicine prices. AMA president A/Professor Brian Owler said the agreement could be beneficial, as long as it does not inflate medicine costs.

Australia must commit to the Ebola fight, Sydney Morning Herald, 27 October 2014

Time is running out for the Abbott Government to form, disclose, and implement a cohesive strategy to help limit the spread of Ebola in west Africa. The AMA has rightly seized on the perception that the government’s response has been a shambles.

Irrational fear of Ebola hampering international response: scientist, Sydney Morning Herald, 30 October 2014

Rich countries such as Australia cannot protect themselves from the Ebola virus by retreating behind their borders. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler described the decision by countries to close their borders as short-sighted.

Alcohol the mother of unemployment, Herald Sun, 30 October 2014

Mums who drink while pregnant could be consigning their child to a lifetime of unemployment and dependency, an AMA National Alcohol Summit has heard.

Doctors demands stronger stance and new laws to curb alcohol abuse, Courier Mail, 29 October 2014

Doctors are demanding new laws to crack down on alcohol. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler called for a national strategy to deal with alcohol abuse and new laws to curb alcohol marketing at sporting venues.

Call to harden up liquor laws, Courier Mail, 29 October 2014

Doctors are demanding new laws cracking down on alcohol. In an emotional speech to the AMA National Alcohol Summit, AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said doctors were often left to stich up victims and to inform parents their children were disabled as a result of excessive drinking.

Australia instigates Ebola-prompted ban on travel from West Africa, CNN, 28 October 2014

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announced strong controls on arrivals from west African countries affected by cases of the deadly disease. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said that the chance of the disease entering the country through a migrant from the region was very low.

GP fee could bypass Senate, Adelaide Advertiser, 31 October 2014

The controversial GP fee could be brought into effect without Parliamentary approval in the same way the Government this week side stepped Parliament to introduce petrol indexation. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said he wouldn’t be surprised if the Government went down that path.

We’ll fight Ebola from afar, Courier Mail, 31 October 2014

A Morgan poll found 70 per cent of Australians supported sending doctors and nurses to west Africa. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said the poll showed that the majority of Australians had the same moral and ethical principles as the doctors and nurses who had already volunteered to go to west Africa.

Radio

A/Professor Brian Owler, ABC NewsRadio, 24 October 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler talked about the Federal Government being under pressure to do more in the fight against Ebola. A/Professor Owler believes Australia should be sending volunteers to west Africa.

A/Professor Brian Owler, 2CC Canberra, 27 October 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler talked about the Ebola crisis. A/Professor Owler said a key AMA concern was the safety of health care workers.

A/Professor Brian Owler, Radio National, 27 October 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler discussed the Ebola outbreak in west Africa and said there is no doubt that the world is dealing with a humanitarian crisis of an unprecedented proportions that would only be addressed with an international response.

A/Professor Brian Owler, 666 ABC, 28 October 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler talked about the importance of the AMA’s National Alcohol Summit in Canberra.

Dr Brian Morton, 702 ABC Sydney, 29 October 2014

AMA Chair of General Practice Dr Brian Morton talked about Ebola preparations, how to treat the virus, and the incubation process.

Dr Brian Morton, 2SER FM Sydney, 4 November 2014

AMA Chair of General Practice Dr Brian Morton discussed the Ebola outbreak. Dr Morton said the public needs to urge the Government to fulfil its obligations to the rest of the world.

A/Professor Brian Owler, 774 ABC Melbourne, 5 November 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler discussed sending Australian health care workers to help fight the Ebola outbreak. A/Professor Owler said it is important to control the problem at its source.

A/Professor Brian Owler, ABC NewsRadio, 5 November 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler talked about the Federal Government preparing to announce plans to assist Australian volunteers who want to travel to west Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak.

Television

A/Professor Brian Owler, ABC Sydney, 23 October 2014

Questions have been raised about whether Australia is prepared to deal with an outbreak of the Ebola virus in this region. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler has urged the Federal Government to do more.

A/Professor Brian Owler, ABC News 24, 25 October 2014

The AMA has criticised the Federal Government’s response to the Ebola threat, labelling it as shambles. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said there had been a lack of transparency and information from the Government about its approach to the crisis.

Dr Stephen Parnis, ABC News 24, 27 October 2014

The Australian Government has increased measures to prevent Ebola from entering the country. AMA Vice President Dr Stephen Parnis said Ebola must be tackled in west Africa and the Government is asleep at the wheel.

A/Professor Brian Owler, Channel 9 Melbourne, 28 October 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler talked about the AMA National Alcohol Summit and the urgent need for the Federal and State Governments to get involved.

A/Professor Brian Owler, WIN Canberra, 29 October 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler discussed the AMA National Alcohol Summit. A/Professor Owler said there needed to be a change in the way alcohol was marketed to young people through sport.

A/Professor Brian Owler, SBS Sydney, 1 November 2014

The US has repeated its request for the Federal Government to increase its efforts to fight the Ebola crisis. AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler said there were no more excuses.

A/Professor Brian Owler, ABC News Breakfast, 5 November 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler talked about reports the Federal Government was preparing to announce plans to assist Australian volunteers who want to travel to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak.

A/Professor Brian Owler, SKY News Australia, 5 November 2014

AMA President A/Professor Brian Owler discussed the Government’s announcement to fund the staffing of a medical centre to help combat the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. A/Professor Owler said there are other medical teams ready to volunteer, such as the Darwin-based AusMAT teams. 

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