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05 Oct 2018

This will come as news to most members of the AMA Federal Council, but Australian Medicine wants to publish short profiles on as many of them as are willing. These will be light and friendly, with the aim giving our readers a small insight into the personalities i.e. likes, dislikes etc of those at the helm of the organisation.

Councillors will be asked to answer a few simple questions. We start this edition with the AMA President. For the other Councillors, please keep an eye on your inbox.

AMA President Dr Tony Bartone

AM: What are you reading right now?
TB: Among the many policy reviews and submissions to various committees and inquiries, I am trying to finish the second instalment of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy of novels. It took me a year to finish the first one. Now I’m onto phase two.

AM: What music do you like?
TB: Everything from opera and classical, right through to whatever is on the top 20 countdown. I try to keep abreast of a broad range of music.

AM: Your favourite holiday destination?
TB: Tuscany, Tuscany, Tuscany… followed closely by France and Europe in general. I have it on my bucket list to visit Machu Picchu and the South Americas and I haven’t been to Greece yet (can you believe that?). I want to see the Egyptian pyramids too.

AM: Your favourite meal?
TB: Fish, fish and fish… breakfast lunch and dinner if I could. But I like a variety of things, except Brussel sprouts and, if I can avoid it, lamb.

AM: Favourite drink?
TB: Nothing beats a nice red wine with good company, good friends and good food. Outside of that, I’m just as happy with water a lot of the time. Of course, I do love my coffee. Need my coffee.

AM: What teams do you follow?
TB: Essendon Football Club in the AFL; Melbourne Storm in League; Liverpool in the Premier League; Juventus in the Serie A (Italian League); nationally, the Socceroos and Wallabies (ahh! lament); Australian test cricket; and Formula 1 on TV if I get the chance. 

AM: Why medicine?
TB: I have shared a lot now about the reason why I got into medicine. It was the influence of my family doctor and then me wanting to help people. I feel a deep-seated need to combine science with caring. The combination of the two works very well. For me, it was a no-brainer in the final instance.

AM: Why the AMA?
TB: Having been in a variety of business environments and a variety of clinical environments, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly of the intricacies of having to run a successful business. And then having to deal with the I intricacies of how health policy impacts on that business. The sustainability and viability of medical practices is an important reason why I got involved. But also, in terms of the wide-ranging advocacy on many health fronts, the AMA provided that natural segue for me. It scaled up as my patients got older and had to deal with more chronic illnesses. I wanted to see good policy results for their care. The AMA is right vehicle to lobby policy makers for good health policy.




Published: 05 Oct 2018