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AMA in the News

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AMA in the News

Your AMA has been active on policy and in the media on a range of issues crucial to making our health system better. Below is a snapshot of recent media coverage.


Doctors’ photos of patients a worry, Sydney Morning Herald, 13 September 2013
Doctors are using personal phones to take photographs of patient injuries. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said the Association was taking the issue extremely seriously, with three committees working to develop guidelines.  

Ban considered as trial tests if vapour safer, Sun Herald, 15 September 2013
Australia could become the first major nation to outlaw smoking, with a trial about to test the viability of electronic cigarettes as a safer replacement for tobacco. Dr Hambleton said Australia was the global leader in tobacco control and should not let its guard down.

Why are we all getting fatter? Maybe, just maybe, it’s because smart women can’t cook, Sunday Telegraph, 15 September 2013
Bring back home-economics classes and make it a compulsory class. Dr Hambleton recently stated that Australians eat out too much, and there’s a de-skilling of a generation. Everyone in schools should be taught how to prepare and cook food. 

Sector calls for transparency and end to mistakes in PCEHR, The Australian, 17 September 2013

Medical experts have urged Tony Abbott to rectify the national e-health record system following significant mistakes and missed opportunities. Dr Hambleton said the AMA was not happy with uptake or processes of the PCEHR.

Drivers in fast lane to health dangers, Adelaide Advertiser, 18 September 2013

Exhausted and overweight truck drivers are suffering heart attacks and blackouts at the wheel because of punishing deadlines. AMA Chair of General Practice Dr Brian Morton said taking health checks to the truckies at truck stops is a great idea.

Sick outlook for e-health, Hobart Mercury, 19 September 2013

Doctors want the new Government to pay them to spend the time uploading patient e-health records. AMA Vice President Professor Geoffrey Dobb said the Government needed to value the work of the health professionals setting up these records.

Doctors protect secrecy, Herald Sun, 27 September 2013

Doctors are resisting a push by drug companies to reveal all the payments they make to medical practitioners for speeches, consultancy work, overseas trips and meals. The AMA wants only payments greater than $500 to be disclosed.

Call for age limit after chiropractor breaks baby’s neck, Sun Herald, 29 September 2013
President of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia Laura Tassell said chiropractic treatment is as safe for children as it is for adults. But Dr Hambleton said the Chiropractic Board of Australia needed to either produce evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of chiropractic treatments for children or rule out paediatric care.

Principal’s WiFi walkout, Sunday Telegraph, 29 September 2013

The long-time principal of an exclusive Sydney girls’ school has quit due to health concerns over WiFi radiation. Dr Hambleton said there was no known mechanism for WiFi to damage DNA.

Chemist plan to assist GPs, Courier Mail, 30 September 2013
Pharmacists would be able to administer vaccines and provide prescriptions under a plan to alleviate pressures on bush doctors. Dr Hambleton said pharmacists were not trained to vaccinate or prescribe medications.


Dr Steve Hambleton, SBS Ethnic Radio, 25 September 2013

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton raised concerns that the Abbott Government’s plan to transfer asylum seekers to an Australian overseas processing centre within 48 hours of arrival may not allow time for proper health assessments.

Dr Steve Hambleton, 4BC Brisbane, 27 September 2013
Dr Hambleton discussed a Bill calling for the exclusion of non-vaccinated children from Queensland childcare centres. He said there were concentrated pockets of non-vaccinated people in Queensland.

Dr Steve Hambleton, Radio Adelaide, 27 September 2013
Dr Hambleton discussed proposed euthanasia legislation. He said doctors have an obligation to provide palliative care, but not to end patients’ lives.

Dr Steve Hambleton, 3AW Melbourne, 30 September 2013

Dr Hambleton said the AMA recommended against chiropractic treatment for babies. He said many claims made by chiropractors were biologically implausible.