AMA in Action
Dr Steve Hambleton met with politicians, senior business executives, health experts and representatives from other medical organisations during a busy fortnight as AMA President. He met with Medibank Private Managing Director George Savvides, Medibank Health Solutions Group Executive Dr Matthew Cullen and other members of the Board of the nation’s largest private health insurer durting a visit to Melbourne. Accompanied by AMA Secretary General Anne Trimmer, he also held a 90-minute meeting with newly-installed Minister for Health and Sport Peter Dutton in Canberra, before both he and Mr Dutton attended a dinner hosted by the Mental Health Council. Dr Hambleton was a participant in the Australia 2.0 forum, an initiative of The Australian Financial Review in association with GE that brought together speakers to discuss opportunities and developments in health care, infrastructure, energy and productivity.
Dr Hambleton also presented the AMA’s view on topical health issues in numerous interviews for newspapers, radio stations and television programs. He spoke with Sky News about Ita Buttrose’s call to raise the legal drinking age to 21 years. Dr Hambleton spoke to a variety of radio stations about the sexual harassment of female GPs, following the publication of research in the Medical Journal of Australia showing around half of all women GPs have experienced sexual harassment from patients. He also took to the airwaves to discuss health risks posed by caffeinated energy drinks, and spoke to the BBC about the Australian Government’s refusal to pay the Family Tax Benefit A to parents if children were not fully vaccinated.
Dr Hambleton finished his fortnight by attending GP13, the annual conference of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’, which was held at the Darwin Convention Centre. Ms Trimmer also attended the Conference.