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Medicare: midlife crisis?

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Given the ongoing debate in Canberra over the Government’s proposed Medicare changes – including the infamous GP co-payment model – the theme is timely and appropriate. Policy sessions at Conference this year will explore the core areas and ideals that underpin the medical profession and the health system.


AMA 2015 National Conference Program

Friday, 29 May 2015

8:00-10:00am REGISTRATION
10:00-10:20am Welcome to Country Australian National Anthem
10:20-11:05am President’s welcome and Opening Address A/Professor Brian Owler
11:05-11:25am Minister for Health’s address – the Hon. Sussan Ley MP
11:25-11:45am Shadow Minister for Health’s address – the Hon. Catherine King MP
11:45-12:15pm AwardsChair: Dr Beverley RowbothamMJA, MDA National Prize for Excellence in Medical Research

AMA Indigenous Peoples’ Medical Scholarship presentation

12:15 – 12:25pm A word from our platinum conference sponsor: Allocate software
12:25–1:30pm Lunch
1:30-1:45pm National Conference ProceedingsChair: Dr Beverley RowbothamNotice of Meeting

Accreditation of Delegates

Adoption of Standing Orders

Adoption of the Minutes of the 2014 National Conference

Outcomes of the 2014 National Conference

Motions on Notice

1:45-3:15pm Policy Session 1: Funding quality general practice – is it time for change?Chair: Dr Brian Morton Coordinator: Mr Warwick Hough


  • Dr Tim Ross
  • Dr Tony Lembke
  • Dr Tony Bartone
  • Dr Steve Hambleton
3:15-3:45pm Afternoon Tea
3:45-4:00pm Roll of FellowsChair: Dr Beverley Rowbotham
4:00-4:30pm Annual General Meeting
4:30-6:15pm President’s Welcome ReceptionNational Tobacco Scoreboard/Dirty Ashtray AwardAMA Media Awards (State and Federal)

Woman in Medicine award

Excellence in Health Care Award

7:30-11:00pm Leadership Development DinnerRydges Rooftop Bar – Guest Speaker: The Hon. Julia Gillard**The Hon. Julia Gillard appears by arrangement with Michael Cassel group with all fees donated to the Brookings Institution.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

9:00-10:30am Policy Session 2: Quality public hospital services: funding capacity for performanceChair: A/Professor Brian OwlerCoordinator: Mr Martin Mullane


  • Dr Diane Watson
  • A/Professor Tim Greenaway
  • The Hon. Cameron Dick, Queensland Minister for Health
10:30-11:00am  Morning Tea
11:00-12:30pm Policy Session 3: Waste not, Want not: Ethics, Stewardship and Patient CareChair: Dr Michael Gannon Coordinator: Dr Kate Stockhausen


  • Dr Sara Bird
  • Dr Ian Scott
  • Dr Lynn Weekes
12:30-12:45pm Sponsor: Palliative Care, Decision Assist presentation
12:45-2:00pm Lunch
2:00-2:15pm Australian Medical Students’ Association Presentation, AMSA President
2:15-3:45pm Policy Session 4: General practice training – the future is in our handsChair: Dr Danielle McMullenCoordinator: Ms Sally Cross


  • Professor Simon Wilcock
  • Dr Sally Banfield
  • Dr Penelope Need
3:45-4:00pm Award Presentation
4:00pm Day 2 Concludes
7:00-11:00pm Gala DinnerBrisbane Convention & Exhibition CentreGold Medal Presentation

Sunday, 31 May 2015

9:00-10:00 am SoapboxChair: Dr Beverley Rowbotham
10:00-10:30am Morning Tea
10:30-12:10pm Policy Session 5: Key AMA Public Health advocacy – local and globalChair: Dr Stephen ParnisCoordinator: Ms Belinda Highmore


  • Bruce Armstrong – Ebola
  • Duncan McConnel – Domestic violence
  • Dr Stephen Parnis – Climate change
12:10-12:30 Debate of Urgency MotionsChair: Dr Beverley Rowbotham
12:30-12:44pm President’s closing address
12:45pm Conference Concludes

Please note that this program is subject to change.