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10 Apr 2018


As May approaches, so too does preparation for the AMA’s biennial elections. Ballots are now being sent for election for the contested positions on Federal Council – 12 in all this year, which is by far the largest number of contested positions for many years. I would like to think this shows an increased interest among members in the policy and advocacy work of your association.

There were 11 positions on Federal Council that were not contested with the following nominees declared elected:

Area representative SA/NT – Dr Christopher Moy

Area representative Tasmania – Dr Helen McArdle

Area representative WA – Dr Janice Bell

Dermatologist specialty group – Dr Andrew C Miller

Emergency physician specialty group – Dr David Mountain

Ophthalmology specialty group – Dr Bradley Horsburgh

Orthopaedic specialty group – Dr Omar Khorshid

Physician specialty group – Dr Matthew McConnell

Radiology specialty group – Dr Makhan (Mark) Khangure

Doctors in Training practice group – Dr Tessa Kennedy

Public Hospital Doctors practice group – Dr Roderick McRae.

No nomination was received from the Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialty group. I will be calling for expressions of interest to fill that casual vacancy in the near future.

The call for nominations for election as President and Vice President will be issued in mid-April, for election at National Conference.

The Notice of Annual General Meeting will be sent to voting members in early April. There are a few proposed amendments to the Constitution, mostly to remove transitional provisions that are now redundant and related to the move to the new governance structure in 2014. One amendment of note, however, is an amendment to provide for a position on Federal Council for an Indigenous doctor, as discussed with members at last year’s Annual General Meeting. The position will be filled by a nominee of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association, to give an Indigenous voice to debates on matters impacting those doctors and Indigenous patients.

Policy and advocacy continue unabated with the recent release of the AMA’s major annual reports – the Public Hospital Report Card and the Private Health Insurance Report Card. Both highlight key issues in health financing. While the report card on public hospitals is directed towards Government funding commitments, the private health insurance report card is directed more towards consumers, highlighting the variations between funds and levels of cover.

Elsewhere in this edition of Australian Medicine is a report from the Chair of Federal Council, Dr Beverley Rowbotham, on the March Council meeting. Members will get a feel for the breadth of activity undertaken by your AMA.

In mid-year, changes will take place not only with the membership of Federal Council but also the Federal AMA Board and its subsidiaries as directors retire by rotation. In this edition of Australian Medicine I am calling for expressions of interest from suitably qualified members to take up one of the two AMA member positions on the Board of the Australasian Medical Publishing Company Pty Limited (AMPCo). This position has been filled very ably by Dr Steve Hambleton for many years. AMPCo is the publisher of the Medical Journal of Australia and also has database and digital businesses, requiring the appointment of a member with strong skills and experience in these areas. I look forward to hearing from interested members.


Published: 10 Apr 2018