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2014 Australian Medical Association National Conference

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The 2014 Australian Medical Association (AMA) National Conference was held on 23–25 May at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. This year’s theme was “Global practice: Australian perspective”. In addition to the members of the AMA Federal Council and state and special interest group representatives, the meeting was attended by six guests from medical associations overseas and past AMA Presidents dating back as far as 1988.

Following a keynote address by the Hon John Berry, United States Ambassador to Australia, the Conference departed slightly from the theme to explore the highly controversial federal health Budget. The Hon Peter Dutton MP defended his rationale for the proposed changes, including the $7 general practitioner copayment, and was followed with a rebuttal by Shadow Health Minister, the Hon Catherine King MP. AMA delegates had an opportunity to pose questions to both ministers on these important proposals.

Subsequent sessions shifted back to global health policy, in which a range of challenges were discussed. Conference proceedings were recorded and are available to view at https://ama.com.au/nationalconference.

The election of office bearers took place on the final day of the conference, and Associate Professor Brian Owler was welcomed to the post of AMA President. We congratulate him and wish him well as he takes…