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AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton has had a busy fortnight with public engagements and media appearances. He has discussed health checks for asylum seekers, serious health problems from bushfire smoke, and chiropractic treatment for children.

Dr Hambleton also flew to Sydney to attend the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) Masterclass with National Health Service Chief Knowledge Officer Professor Sir Muir Gray. The topic of the session was  “reducing unwarranted medical practice variation”. In his speech to the conference, Dr Hambleton talked of the strong drive among medical practitioners to improve clinical performance, and the opportunities that were available to achieve this within existing structures, as long as there was strong clinician engagement.

Dr Hambleton also attended the United General Practice Australia (UGPA) meeting on the 2 October 2013 at AMA House in Canberra, which discussed – among other issues – ways to improve access to GP services in rural areas.