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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

Chiropractic care at just five hours old, Adelaide Advertiser, 1 October 2013
An Adelaide chiropractor boasted of manipulating babies as young as five hours old. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said any chiropractic care can cause harm and it could stop parents getting proper medical care.

AMA prescribes parental caution on alternatives, The Australian, 4 October 2013

The AMA has warned parents to carefully consider whether alternative medical treatments are of any use to their children or in fact pose an increased risk.

NIB to launch healthcare directory, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 October 2013

Health insurer NIB is launching a website that rates and compares health professionals. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said providing a forum for people to rate practitioners inevitably invites people to berate them.

Minority of practitioners are going out on a limb, Adelaide Advertiser, 5 October 2013

Doctors have said a growing number of chiropractors are splitting an industry that is trying to be taken seriously. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said for chiropractors to gain credibility they needed to produce evidence for their claims.

Top of the pops getting boozier, Sunday Mail Brisbane, 6 October 2013

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton slammed frequent references to alcohol in popular music, which he warned could glamorise its use. He was commenting on research showing that as many as one in five hit songs have drinking references.

Children’s drug link to suicide, Courier Mail, 7 October 2013

The AMA has called on paediatricians and psychologists to be cautious about prescribing medication for ADHD after the suicide of a nine year old boy. The AMA said doctors should consider behavioural therapy first.

Call to lift drinking age worth testing, West Australian, 9 October 2013

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton joined a chorus of health experts suggesting that a lift in the legal drinking age from 18 years should be examined.

Botox shots saving teens from ageing, Sunday Mail, 13 October 2013

Young people are spending a fortune on botox injections in an attempt to stave off wrinkles and other visible signs of ageing. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton warned that botox was a neurotoxin that could kill people, and advised young women to protect their skin from the sun instead.

AMA scholarship for Melbourne medical student, Age, 14 October 2013

Melbourne medical student Ngaree Blow has won the Australian Medical Association’s Indigenous People’s Scholarship Award.

Terry White seeks slice of Medicare rebates for pharmacists, Australian Financial Review, 15 October 2013

Pharmacy owner Terry White wants pharmacists to be allowed to receive Medicare rebates from the Government for providing health care. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said health care providers should work within their levels of expertise.

Radio

Dr Steve Hambleton, 612 ABC Brisbane, 3 October 2013

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed whether or not a chiropractor damaged or broke a young infant’s neck. Dr Hambleton said the AMA thinks chiropractors should not be doing anything with a person so young without quality evidence.

Dr Steve Hambleton, 666 ABC Canberra, 4 October 2013

Dr Hambleton discussed a report about cutting waiting times for elective surgery. Dr Hambleton said it is still too early to tell if a national incentive deal is reducing waiting times or not.

Dr Steve Hambleton, ABC NewsRadio, 4 October 2013
Dr Hambleton discussed the health of health workers. Dr Hambleton said health workers suffer from mental illnesses at the same rate as other members of the society.

Dr Steve Hambleton, ABC NewsRadio, 7 October 2013

Dr Hambleton talked about Australian female GPs being sexually harassed by patients. Dr Hambleton said the AMA is concerned about female GPs, not least because they are now the majority in graduating classes of medical students.

Dr Steve Hambleton, Radio National Canberra, 7 October 2013
Dr Hambleton discussed the large amount of expensive treatment and hospital care expended in the last weeks of life. Dr Hambleton said that there was a tendency to be optimistic before death.

Dr Steve Hambleton, 4BC Brisbane, 8 October 2013

Dr Hambleton discussed a beyondblue report that found many doctors were depressed, contemplating suicide, or suffered exhaustion. Dr Hambleton said being a doctor is a stressful job with long working hours, and young people are under a lot of pressure.

Dr Steve Hambleton, 702 ABC Sydney, 11 October 2013

Dr Hambleton talked about caffeine addiction. Australians drink about four billion cups of coffee a year, according to the Australian Beverages Council, making it the fastest growing beverage on the market.

Dr Steve Hambleton, 666 ABC Canberra, 11 October 2013
Dr Hambleton discussed research by behavioural scientists showing that people suffering symptoms of heart disease were not reporting this to their doctor. Dr Hambleton said early diagnosis could prevent damage to health and death.

Dr Steve Hambleton, 4BC Brisbane, 14 October 2013
Dr Hambleton discussed a plea by the Queensland Chief Medical Officer for parents to have their children vaccinated, following a recent measles outbreak.  Dr Hambleton said it is a move he supports.

Dr Steve Hambleton, 3AW Melbourne, 16 October 2013
Dr Hambleton talked about the increasing gap between medical costs and the Medicare rebate. Dr Hambleton said the MBS had not kept pace with the complexity or cost of providing high quality medical services

TV

Dr Steve Hambleton, Today Show, 7 October 2013

Dr Hambleton talked about parents who sought alternative treatment for their children. He said some parents rejected medical care despite the evidence.

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