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04 Jun 2020

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, has congratulated the Government on its strategic decision to replace the moribund Council of Australian Governments (COAG) process with the more agile and cooperative National Cabinet, which has been hugely successful in steering Australia through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Dr Bartone said the AMA called for this change earlier this month. 

“The National Cabinet has been agile and focused in its deliberations and decision making,” Dr Bartone said. 

“Above all, it has been informed by the best available medical advice from the Australian Health Protection Principals Committee (AHPPC), which is made up of Chief Medical Officers from the Commonwealth and the States and Territories. 

Dr Bartone praised the bipartisan approach to managing the health crisis to provide the best possible responses to help local communities, with minimum red tape, bureaucracy, and dispute. 

“More than ever, we need to continue with this level of cooperation going forward. We need to ensure ongoing patient care and easy access to care in a period of significant transformation and enormous challenges for our health system as we come out of COVID-19,” Dr Bartone said. 

“The AMA looks forward to working with the National Cabinet and all governments in the future as Australia moves beyond the COVID-19 crisis and on to new challenges and opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians.” 

Read the full media release here 


Published: 04 Jun 2020