AMA in Action
The AMA took the national lead in tackling the harm caused by alcohol when AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton, Vice President Professor Geoffrey Dobb, NSW President Professor Brian Owler and Victoria President Dr Stephen Parnis held a media conference late last month to call for a National Summit on alcohol abuse and misuse. The proposal received national coverage and highlighted the seriousness with which medical practitioners view the nation’s alcohol problem. Earlier in the month, Dr Hambleton met with Dr John Horvath, who is leading the Federal Government’s review of Medicare Locals, to directly present the AMA’s concerns about the network as currently constituted. Dr Hambleton and other AMA officials were also in heavy demand from the media seeking comment on a wide array of issue from health financing and the future of Medicare to meningococcal disease and the use of steroids. During January, former AMA President Dr Mukesh Haikerwal attended a World Medical Association meeting in China, in his capacity as Chair of the WMA Council.