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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.

05 Nov 2012

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.

Print/Online

Health bid for asylum seekersThe Age, 29 October 2012
The AMA has urged that an independent body be established to monitor the health of asylum seekers in detention.

Fears of drugs on planesThe Sunday Telegraph, 28 October 2012
Australian Medical Association President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said the purchasing of such drugs as antibiotics without prescription overseas is an enormous problem, amid concerns that travellers are buying prescription medicines over the counter overseas and bringing them into the country.

Women turned on to Viagra in world-firstThe Sunday Herald, 28 October 2012
Dr Steve Hambleton, Australian Medical Association President, warned that although it might be beneficial for some, such drugs carried with them the danger of "creating unattainable and unnecessary expectations in women".     

'Chronic stress ruined my health', The Adelaide Advertiser, 27 October 2012
AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said doctors have long been aware of the broad connection between stress and illness, with some evidence that stress alters the reaction of immune systems and changed the outcome of illnesses. But he said more research was needed to more closely investigate the connection.

Health experts call for restrictions on energy drinksThe Herald Sun, 25 October 2012
The Australian Medical Association has called for supermarkets and convenience stores to be banned from selling the caffeine-charged drinks to minors.

Medics' drug pilfering rare but perilousThe Herald Sun, 23 October 2012
Australian Medical Association President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said the medical industry's priority is to protect patients and support practitioners who stumble into trouble. 

Anais's tragedy: calls for restrictions on energy drinks after teenager's deathThe Sydney Morning Herald, 23 October 2012
Australian Medical Association President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said regulations governing the sale of energy drinks should be tighter.

Visit to doctor will cost moreThe West Australian, 17 October 2012
AMA Federal Vice President, Professor Geoffrey Dobb, said Medicare rebates were being eroded because the Government's indexation of the Medicare Benefits Schedule was totally inadequate.

Medicare rebates not keeping up with quality care, says AMA The Herald Sun, 16 October 2012
AMA Vice President, Professor Geoffrey Dobb, said the latest Medicare rebate rise failed ''dismally to reflect the true value of quality medical care in Australia''.

Future Fund invested millions in tobacco sharesABC News, 16 October 2012
The $80 billion Future Fund has come under increasing pressure from the AMA and other health organisations over its investment in tobacco companies. "Tobacco kills approximately 15,000 Australians every year," Australian Medical Association Vice President, Professor Geoffrey Dobb said.

Pharmacy group breached advertising rulesThe Sydney Morning Herald, 16 October 2012
Australia's largest pharmacy retailer, Chemist Warehouse, has been found to have breached advertising standards in promoting a prescription-only cholesterol drug as free of charge — but has not been penalised. AMA Vice President, Professor Geoffrey Dobb, said it was “a concern when they allegedly weren't complying, and it's a concern that they were found to have not complied, but I'm pleased to hear that they will”.

Wine tax wowsers ruin life's pleasures for us allThe Australian, 16 October 2012,
AMA Vice President, Professor Geoffrey Dobb, said the fact you can buy a four-litre cask of wine for as little as $10 encourages people to drink more because it is so cheap.       

Radio

Dr Hambleton, ABC Radio National, 29 October 2012

AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, discussed a report that found two-thirds of Australians did little or no exercise, and that 63 per cent of Australians were considered to be overweight or obese.

Dr Hambleton, 2UE Sydney, 25 October 2012

AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, commented on allegations that two qualified surgeons continued to work in hospitals despite admitting to cocaine use.

Dr Hambleton, ABC News Radio, 19 October 2012

AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, discussed the abuse and misuse of the highly addictive painkiller Fentanyl. 

Professor Dobb, 2UE Sydney, 15 October 2012

AMA Vice President, Professor Geoffrey Dobb, commented on reports the Australian National Preventative Health Agency would advise the Federal Government to introduce a floor price for alcohol. 

TV

Dr Hambleton, Today, Channel 9, 27 October 2012

AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, called for age restrictions on energy drinks after a girl in the United States died after she consumed two cans. He said some people are very sensitive to caffeine and there are serious side effects. The Poisons Information Centre has reported an increased amount of calls from people who have had problems with energy drinks.

Professor Dobb, Channel 10 Sydney, 15 October 2012

AMA Vice President, Professor Geoffrey Dobb, commented on report the Australian National Preventative Health Authority would propose a floor on the price of cask wines and 'clean skins'.  He said it was only one way of reducing effects of harmful drinking and discussed the Australian cultural reaction to drunkenness. 

 


Published: 05 Nov 2012