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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

PM for indigenous affairs has his task cut out on that front, Weekend Australia, 1 February 2014

The key to Aboriginal health lies in improving conditions from infancy, not in funding cuts. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said gaps in preventive child health care, the promotion of early childhood development, and the alleviation of key risks for adverse developmental outcomes needed to be closed.

School prods kids into action again, Sunday Mail Brisbane, 2 February 2014

At a time when Australian children have never been fatter, compulsory exercise and organised sport are extremely valuable lessons. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton is concerned that parents no longer recognise when their kids are an unhealthy size.

Killer fish trap, MX Brisbane, 5 February 2014

Doctors warned that people are at increased risk of being infected with deadly bacteria when travelling overseas. The AMA said scombroid, or histamine, poisoning is caused by elevated levels of histamine being present in fish, which can cause an allergic reaction. 

Deaths a one in a million tragedy, Hobart Mercury, 6 February 2014

The deaths of Queensland mother and daughter Noelene and Yvana Bischoff from food poisoning have been described as a “one in a million” chance event. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said the pair’s asthma put them at greater risk.

Pharmacy fat cops, Herald Sun, 8 February 2014

Pharmacists will become fat cops under a plan that will see them measure the weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol of all Australians once a year. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton described the plan as an appalling waste of taxpayer money.

It’s nip and tuck travel, Sunday Mail Adelaide, 9 February 2014

Combining a low-cost nip and tuck or dental restoration with a five-star holiday is attracting a growing band of Australians to wanting to save money on elective surgery to south-east Asia. The AMA ?????

Radio

Dr Steve Hambleton, 702 ABC Sydney, 29 January 2014

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed drinking alcohol during pregnancy. He said the safest approach was to abstain from alcohol during pregnancy, and added that foetal alcohol spectrum disorder was associated with heavy drinking.

Dr Steve Hambleton, 666 ABC Canberra, 30 January 2014

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed waiting times for elective surgery. He said more beds were needed to meet the demand from patients waiting for both emergency care and elective surgery at public hospitals.

Dr Steve Hambleton, 2SM Sydney, 31 January 2014

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton talked about the use of salves to treat cancer and depression. He said such products should be properly tested before being used to treat patients.

Dr Steve Hambleton, 4BC Brisbane, 3 February 2014

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton talked about superbugs and overseas hospitals. He outlined the measures taken by Australian hospitals and the precautions individuals could take to reduce the risk of superbugs.

Dr Steve Hambleton, ABC Southern Queensland, 3 February 2014

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton talked about steroid use and its relationship with violent attacks. He said there has been a 73 per cent increase in the number of people using injectable image and performance enhancing drugs (since when?).

Dr Steve Hambleton, ABC NewsRadio Sydney, 4 February 2014

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton talked about a widely used brand of flu vaccine having more warnings for GPs (not sure what this means – can you please re-word it?). He said the product is off-label which the AMA, College of GPs, and the TGA refuse to support (this needs to be re-worked as well).

Dr Steve Hambleton, Radio National Canberra, 4 February 2013

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed the risk of paracetamol overdose causing liver damage. He said using the correct dosage was vital.

Dr Steve Hambleton, 891 ABC Adelaide, 5 February 2014

Commenting on the deaths of Queensland mother and daughter Noelene and Yvana Bischoff in Bali, AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed the greater vulnerability asthmatics have to food poisoning. He said that it was very rare for food poisoning to result in death as quickly as it did in the case of the Bischoffs.

Dr Steve Hambleton, 4BC Brisbane, 5 February 2014

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton talked about a report regarding the association between the potent prescription painkiller fentanyl and a number of recent deaths in NSW. He said the misuse on the aforementioned tracking system could be diverted (can you please re-work this, doesn’t seem to make sense).

Dr Steve Hambleton, 5AA Adelaide, 12 February 2014

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed the privatisation of Medibank. He said that the Government is facing questions for apparently taking steps to go ahead with the sale even before a report they have commissioned on the proposal has been completed.

TV

Dr Steve Hambleton, ABC News 24 Sydney, 30 January 2014

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed a report that showed an increase in mistakes made in Australian hospitals. He said hospitals were struggling with increasing demand.

Dr Steve Hambleton, ABC1 Sydney, 5 February 2013

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed the case of Queensland mother and daughter Noelene and Yvana Bischoff, who died from food poisoning during a holiday in Bali. He said asthma may have contributed to their deaths.

Dr Steve Hambleton, ABC1 Perth, 6 February 2014

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton talked about growing numbers of New Zealanders and Asians coming to Australia to receive high-quality health and dental treatment. He warned against growing the industry too quickly.

Dr Steve Hambleton, Channel 7 Sydney, 6 February 2014

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton discussed a report showing health authorities are on alert for the spread of new strains of bird flu in China. He said if the virus mutated, it could cause serious harm.

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