GP Network News, Issue 11, Number 28 - 22 July 2011
2011 AMA Family Doctor Week (FDW); After Hours GP Services; Showcasing GPs at work; GP Mental Health Funding Cuts Survey results; Sign the Online Petition Opposing GP Mental Health Funding Cuts; Senate Inquiry into Commonwealth Funding and Administration of Mental Health Services; Red Tape Survey;AGPT Annual Convention: 7-8 September 2011; Email the AMA; Post new comment
A highlight of FDW was AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton’s, address to the National Press Club on Wednesday 20 July. In his speech Dr Hambleton raised key GP issues such as Medicare Locals, GP Super Clinics and released the findings of the recent AMA survey on cuts to Medicare rebates for GP Mental Health services. The full transcript of the speech is here.
To view all FDW activity, including this week’s press releases and one of Dr Hambleton’s radio interview on the ABC, visit the FDW webpage here.
Government plans to overhaul funding for after hours GP services could leave some practices without the necessary support to continue providing after hours services, AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said today. Click here for the press release.
FDW provides an opportunity for the AMA to showcase the work of family doctors. Three short videos were released during the week profiling GPs doing great work in diverse environments. To view the videos click here.
As highlighted in Dr Hambleton’s speech to the National Press Club, the AMA commissioned an independent survey of GPs to get grass roots GP input on the Budget cuts that will reduce the level of Medicare rebates payable to patients who need GP mental health services. Some of the key findings included:
Click here to sign the petition to support the AMA’s campaign to have the Government reverse its May Budget decision to cut Medicare rebates for GP mental health services. You can have your say and add your signature to the over 2200 already collected. The petition includes a template letter you can send to your local MP.
Submissions to the Senate’s Community Affairs References Committee inquiry that will look at the impact of changes to the Better Access Program on patients with mental illness are due by 29 July 2011. If you wish to join the AMA in voicing your concerns about the proposed changes to the Better Access Program click here for information on preparing and lodging a submission.
All GPs know that red tape gives them a headache. Today the AMA launched a survey to find out exactly how much of a headache red tape is and what might be done to relieve it.
All GPs are encouraged to complete the five minute survey. The findings will help the AMA target its efforts to slash red tape in the areas that cause the most headaches for GPs.
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Published: 22 Jul 2011