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BY AMA SECRETARY GENERAL ANNE TRIMMERYou might not have caught the speech given by the AMA President Dr Michael Gannon to the National Press Club in Canberra in August. It was a good speech, well-delivered, and touched on many of the major policy and advocacy debates currently being prosecuted by the…

BY DR RICHARD KIDD, CHAIR, AMA COUNCIL OF GENERAL PRACTICEUniversal access to health care is highly valued by Australians. The furore caused when a badly designed co-payment model was proposed provided strong evidence that Australians will not tolerate any threat to their right to access medical care…

BY PROFESSOR STEPHEN LEEDER, EMERITUS PROFESSOR PUBLIC HEALTH, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEYHealthcare funding challenges us as a nation on three levels.  The most obvious and basic is: Where does the money come from?  The second is: How can we be certain that the money is being well spent on health…

BY DR SANDRA HIROWATARI, CHAIR, AMA COUNCIL OF RURAL DOCTORSRural Doctors need to have fairly tough toes. They get stepped on so often.   We know when our toes have been stepped on because it hurts.  Stepping on rural doctors’ toes can take on subtle forms.Role SubstitutionThroughout…

BY DR DANIKA THIEMTThe first documented English-speaking female doctor was Dr James Miranda Barry, a medical officer of the British Army between 1813 and 1865.  Dr Barry devoted her life to the British Army, earning the highest medical rank available: Inspector General of military…

BY ROB THOMAS, PRESIDENT, AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONIt is no surprise that the smoking of tobacco has decreased significantly from a generation ago, amid targeted and widespread programs to deter its use. Indeed, in Australia we seem to view our stringent tobacco legislation and…

While successive governments have made significant efforts to address major chronic health problems experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, sexual health issues are often left off the agenda.

BY ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR SUSAN NEUHAUS, CHAIR, HEALTH FINANCING AND ECONOMICS COMMITTEEA key focus of the Health Financing and Economics Committee (HFE) is the pricing and funding of public hospitals. Public hospitals are a critical part of our health system but remain historically and chronically…

By AMA VICE PRESIDENT DR TONY BARTONEI recently had the opportunity to reflect momentarily on how our well-oiled training allows us to so confidently and expeditiously care for our patients in a vast array of situations. One of my colleagues in the clinic had to attend to a patient with chest pain in…

As previously covered in this publication, the profession’s concerns about medical indemnity insurance have re-ignited since the Government announced reviews of all Commonwealth funded medical indemnity schemes and the underpinning legislation.