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Nurturing the AMA’s future leaders

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Picture: Members of the AMA Future Leaders program in the Marble Hall of Australian Parliament House

In adopting its strategic plan for 2015-2017, the Board of the AMA recognised that one of the key responsibilities of the AMA is to develop its future leaders.

To address this need a program to develop potential leaders in the AMA was launched in 2016, aimed at members within the first five years of joining a State or Federal AMA committee, council or board.

Following a call for applications, 11 doctors in training, including the winner of the 2016 DiT of the Year Award, Dr Ruth Mitchell, participated in an immersion program on AMA advocacy, federal politics and health policy, the life of an MP, understanding how the Parliamentary system works, and using the media and social media.

The group had presentations from Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, the Director General of Health in the ACT, Nicole Feely, the Clerk of the House of Representatives, David Elder, and senior members of the Senate staff.

The policy and media teams from Federal AMA worked through case studies outlining the effectiveness and influence of AMA advocacy, including the use of media and social media to publicise and advance the AMA policy agenda.

The weekend was well received by participants and will become a regular feature of the annual calendar.

Anne Trimmer