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27 May 2017

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull put down his script while addressing the AMA’s National Conference to express his appreciation for the medical profession.

After telling conference delegates that his Government was committed to delivering good health policy – and after outlining what he considered to be the best bits of what the Federal Budget had delivered for the health sector – he said doctors were committed to love.

“I know that all you – all of your years of academic training, all of your years of clinical experience, all of the science and studying that’s dominated your lives – above all else what drives you is love for your fellow men and women. Love for your patients,” he said.

“You’ve committed yourselves to a life of service – undiluted. A commitment. A compassion. We thank you for it.”

The Prime Minister continued to leave his notes aside as he wound up his speech praising the state of Australia’s medical workforce.

“Our health system is the envy of the world,” Mr Turnbull said.

“Our skilled doctors, our nurses, all your allied professionals, work tirelessly to give the best possible care and your Government thanks you for that.

“Thank you for your dedication, thank you for your professionalism, thank you for your compassion.

“We will match you with a commitment to ensure that you have the resources at every level to continue to deliver the practical love that keeps Australians well.”

The Prime Minister’s speech was warmly received by a receptive audience. AMA President Dr Michael Gannon said it was indicative of the respect and influence the AMA has that the PM eagerly accepted an invitation to address the conference.

Peanut allergies in children

Earlier in his speech, Mr Turnbull committed a $10 million investment towards a research project for a new treatment for children with peanut allergies.

“That has the potential to benefit the people who deserve the highest level of support – our children,” he said.

“The research will help develop a new therapy for our children with peanut allergies to help incorporate peanut products as a regular part of their diet.

“What a difference that will make to children everywhere. It’s an example of innovative projects the Government is backing.”

Chris Johnson



Published: 27 May 2017