Queensland public hospitals could be crippled by mass resignations of senior medical staff unless the Newman Government renegotiates employment contracts rejected as intolerable by mass meetings of doctors held at workplaces across the State.
The Federal Government has been warned against taking a blunt approach to curbing health care spending as Health Minister Peter Dutton flagged the need for a fundamental overhaul of the Medicare system.
The AMA has urged immediate action to clamp down on alcohol advertising as momentum builds for a National Summit on alcohol abuse and the harm it causes.
The Abbott Government has been urged to make replacement of the flawed remoteness classification system for doctor incentives a top priority.
What AMA Federal Councillors and other AMA members have been doing to advance your interests in the past month:
Position on Council
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.
The ACT Government has become the first in the nation to ban the sale of soft drink and fruit juices in public schools, drawing warm praise from the AMA and other health groups.
Hundreds of people are being condemned to “private, silent deaths” as scorching heatwaves build in intensity and regularity, according to a report on changing weather patterns.
By Dr Michael Gliksman*
Many of us associate the image of a red cross with the provision of medical services or assistance.
This association is unsurprising given that this is often how the symbol is portrayed in the media and popular culture.
The time patients spend waiting for treatment in hospitals and medical practices across the country is often viewed as wasted.
But independent production company GSP wants to put it to good health effect.
Harsh drink driving penalties are of little deterrence unless backed by effective random breath testing programs, an Australian Institute of Criminology review has found.
The authors of a controversial study claiming that Australians are reducing their sugar consumption have admitted to an error in the presentation of data as the research comes under sustained attack.
The access of Spanish women to abortion has been dramatically wound back after the nation’s conservative government successfully forced through some of the toughest abortion laws in Europe.
New Zealand pharmacists have begun administering vaccines for whooping cough and meningococcal disease after acquiring authority to give flu jabs in 2012.
The Japanese Government is moving to restrict access to expensive medications as it seeks to rein in rising health costs, in what is seen as a radical departure from the principles underpinning the country’s universal health system.
Giant US pharmacy chain CVS has delivered a blow to the tobacco industry, announcing it will phase out the sale of cigarettes and all other tobacco-related products in its stores by October as part of a bid to reposition itself as more of the health care provider.
Belgium has become first country in the world to extend the right to request assisted death to terminally ill children of any age after removing age restrictions on existing euthanasia laws.
More than 60 people have died and at least 300 have been infected in the latest outbreak of avian influenza to hit China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.