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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.

15 Oct 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

Ban alcohol until 21, The Adelaide Advertiser, 2 October 2012

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said more people were acknowledging the problems caused by alcohol.

States slammed over medical intern funds, The Canberra Times, 3 October 2012

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said it was disgraceful that a funding blame game could threaten the careers of young doctors and deny people the quality of health care they deserved.

Soldiers say privacy is at stake, The Sunday Telegraph, 7 October 2012

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said he was concerned over a confidentiality clause in Defence’s contract for outsourced health services.

Radio

Dr Hambleton, ABC NewsRadio Sydney, 2 October 2012

Dr Steve Hambleton, President of the Australian Medical Association, commented on a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare showing Australians have piled on weight in the past decade. Dr Hambleton said rates of obesity and overweight have increased in the last 20 years, rising from 56 per cent to 61 per cent.

Dr Hambleton, 6PR Perth, 2 October 2012

AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, discussed calls to lift the legal drinking age to 21 years. He said such a change would make a difference to attitudes, which seemed to be more accepting of public drunkenness than they used to be. Dr Hambleton said the debate about the legal drinking age was “very useful” in getting people to assess what they want in the Australian culture.

Dr Hambleton, Radio Adelaide, 3 October 2012

Australia may be facing a doctor shortage, with the future of 180 international medical students in question after the states and territories were unable to reach an agreement about addressing a shortage of intern places. Dr Steve Hambleton, President of Australian Medical Association, said this was an area that needed to be addressed by both the Federal and State governments.

TV

Dr Hambleton, ABC 24, Sydney, 28 September 2012

AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, commented on the possibility of new pain relief drugs with no addiction side effects after Australian researchers identified a mechanism in the immune system responsible for addiction. He said the discovery was likely to change the way pain and addiction are treated.


Published: 15 Oct 2012