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27 Sep 2018

Kicking goals with politicians

AMA President Dr Tony Bartone has been busy on Capital Hill, meeting with political leaders across the parties and senior departmental officials.

At Parliament House, Canberra, Dr Bartone had separate face-to-face health policy discussions recently with Health Minister Greg Hunt, Shadow Health Minister Catherine King, Greens Leader Richard Di Natale and Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt.

While the aged care and asylum seekers topped the list of issues being discussed, the AFL Grand Final was also a hot topic – with all the politicians and the AMA President hailing from strong AFL playing States.

Climate change, medicinal cannabis, My Health Record, drug testing at music festivals, obesity, sugar tax, and universal health care were all also seriously discussed at the meetings. 

Getting confederate in Malaysia

Dr Bartone represented Australia and the AMA at the recent Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO) General Assembly, hosted this year in Penang by the Malaysian Medical Association.

It was the CMAAO’s 33rd such gathering, with the symposium theme this year being ‘Path to Universal Health Coverage’.

(Pic of CMAAO courtesy of Malaysian Medical Association)

Published: 27 Sep 2018