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AMA in Action

It has been a busy final few weeks of the year for AMA officials, with the launch of several major reports and Position Statements, not least the AMA’s annual Indigenous Health Report Card, as well as some major developments in health policy.

AMA Vice President Professor Geoffrey Dobb appeared on ABC television to discuss technology-based patient consultations and emergency telephone lines, and also addressed the media regarding the rights of responsibilities of doctors with conscientious objections to certain treatments. Professor Dobb also voiced AMA concerns that the terms of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement could include terms that force up the cost of medicines and curb the ability of governments to act in the interests of public health.

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton attended the release of the AMA Indigenous Report Card 2012-13, which was officially launched by Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash at Parliament House. The launch was also attended by Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Justin Mohamed, NACCHO Chairperson Justin Mohamed and Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association Chief Executive Office Romlie Mokak. While in Canberra, Dr Hambleton hosted the final AMA Executive Council meeting of the year, and met with National E-Health Transition Authority Chief Executive Officer Peter Flemming and Secretary of Department of Health Jane Halton.

Late last week Dr Hambleton flew to Melbourne, where he helped Australian Academy of Science President Professor Suzanne Cory and renowned immunologist Professor Sir Gustav Nossal launch an app presenting the latest scientific evidence on vaccines to help parents make informed choices about immunisation.

AMA NSW President Professor Brian Owler, while in Canberra for the AMA Executive Council meeting, met with Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs to discuss road safety and opportunities for closer collaboration to reduce the nation’s road toll.