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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.

01 Jul 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.

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No doctors in the house, The Age, 27 June 2012 
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton says universities need to shut off new places for medical students entirely, because there is insufficient infrastructure to give the wave of new graduates proper clinical training.

Fact and fiction of e-health changes, The Australian, 26 June 2012
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton says politicians have voted to introduce a shared e-health record system, but they have got a very different beast in the Gillard government's personally controlled e-health record scheme.

Medical students languish in a critical condition, The West Australian, 26 June 2012 
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton highlights the curious situation where the nation has a shortage of doctors, yet there are too few internships. A report by Health Workforce Australia has forecast a shortfall of 2701 doctors by 2025.    

12 sports ditch booze sponsorship, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 June 2012
AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton urges big sporting codes to realise the days of accepting cash from alcohol companies are quickly coming to an end after Sports Minister Kate Lundy announced the "Be The Influence" strategy to encourage sporting codes to end all existing and future alcohol sponsorship agreements in exchange for Government funding.

Australians are living longer but getting fatter, a new report says, The Daily Telegraph, 23 June 2012 
Australian Medical Association President Dr Steve Hambleton says obesity rates in Australia highlighted in an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report are alarming.  Dr Hambleton says Australia is following the US trend and this must be reversed if life expectancy is to continue to increase.

AMA calls for e-Health penalty delay until 2014, The Australian,19 June 2012
The AMA says the withdrawal of incentive payments to doctors who fail to sign up to the e-health scheme must be delayed until 2014 because of the multiple problems dogging the scheme ahead of its 1 July launch date.  

No demand for Curtin medical students: AMA, The Australian, 20 June 2012
Curtin University's plan for a new medical school is slammed by the Australian Medical Association. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton says there is no place for opening up a new school at this time. Australia has as many medical students in the pipeline now as it can train.

Radio

Dr Hambleton, 2GB, 24 June, 2012

Doctors hope cancer will eventually be wiped out with significant increases in survival rates compared with 30 years ago. Australian Medical Association President Dr Steve Hambleton says Australia has some of the best survival rates in the world for breast, prostate, bladder and many other cancers because of our good screening programmes and better-targeted therapy.

Dr Hambleton, 5AA, 23 June, 2012

Health groups have welcomed moves by sporting organisations to ban alcohol promotions at their events, after the Gillard Government offered a share in $25 million of funding for placing a ban on alcohol sponsorships. Swimming Australia and the Football Federation of Australia have signed up. AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton says the move will help prevent binge drinking at sporting events.

Australian Medical Students’ Association

AMSA National Convention

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, former AMA President Dr Rosanna Capolingua, former Australians of the Year Professor Fiona Wood and Professor Patrick McGorry, and former Collingwood Football Club coach Mick Malthouse will address the AMSA National Convention being held in Perth from 1 to 8 July.

Lack of leadership on asylum seekers costs lives - AMSA

AMSA calls on federal politicians from all parties to stand by Australia’s commitment to treat asylum seekers humanely, including ensuring that when they are detained, the period of detention is minimised.


Published: 01 Jul 2012