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AMA in Action

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AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton and other AMA officials have had a busy fortnight representing the profession around the country.

In a speech to the Second International Primary Health Care Conference in Brisbane, Dr Hambleton urged caution in shifting the basis of GP remuneration away from pay-for-service toward pay-for-performance systems, warning that they carried a number of risks without necessarily delivering much in the way of better care.

Dr Hambleton represented the AMA at a meeting of senior doctors in Queensland regarding the hospital contracts dispute. The rally, known as the ‘pineapple meeting’, saw more than 1000 doctors reject the Newman Government offer of amendments to its controversial senior medical officer contracts.

Late last month AMA Queensland hosted their annual event to thank donors, and launched the ‘Thank you, Doctor’ campaign. Dr Hambleton attended the event to show his support.

Dr Hambleton participated in a panel discussion on expanding role of the private sector in the provision of primary health care at the Australian Private Hospitals Association Conference in Brisbane.

The AMA President also met with a group of parliamentarians to discuss the prevention of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder, before attending the launch of the Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education’s Annual Alcohol Poll in Canberra.

As Federal Parliament finished its last sitting before the delivery of the May Budget, Dr Hambleton had a busy round of meetings, catching up with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, talking to media about the Government’s intention to sell Medibank Private, delivering updates on Queensland Health hospital contract dispute, and commenting on a National Health Performance Authority report revealing that many children in affluent areas of the country were not being fully immunised.