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AMA in Action

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There has been no let-up in the vigorous pace of the AMA’s health policy advocacy, with Association officials working to advance public health and protect member interests on a number of fronts simultaneously.

President Associate Professor Brian Owler met with Finance Minister Mathias Cormann as part of the AMA’s efforts to convince the Government to dump its flawed $7 co-payment plan and associated $5 Medicare rebate cut.

The President also attended the Australian Medical Students’ Association’s Global Health Conference, where he delivered a major speech urging the creation of greater training opportunities for medical graduates interested in global health practise.

 The AMA hosted a workshop involving 15 medical colleges and specialist societies to discuss excessive fees, and A/Professor Owler also met with officials from the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, and held a major media conference at Parliament House at which he called on the Federal Government to substantially increase its response to the Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa that has so far claimed more than 2000 lives.

Adrian Rollins