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AMA National Conference 24 - 26 May 2013

21 May 2013

“Australia’s Health System: What’s The Treatment”  - AMA NATIONAL CONFERENCE, 24 – 26 MAY 2013, WESTIN HOTEL, SYDNEY

The AMA National Conference 2013 will be held at the Westin Hotel, Sydney, from 24-26 May. This year some sessions of the AMA Conference will be broadcast live. For details about which sessions are being broadcast live go to on the days of the Conference.

 Conference highlights include:

Friday 24 May

10.00am           Welcome to Country, and Official Opening and Address
Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW

10:30am           President's Address

10:55am          MJA, MDA National Prize for Excellence in Medical Research

11.30am           ***Federal Election 2013 - Health Policy Overview
Address by Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing, The Hon Peter Dutton MP

12:00pm           COAG Reform Council Health Report Launch            
Address by the Hon John Brumby, Chair, COAG Reform Council
The report, Healthcare 2011–12: Comparing performance across Australia, assesses governments’ progress in achieving the reform commitments under COAG’s National Healthcare Agreement.

1.30pm            ***Federal Election 2013 - Health Policy Overview
Address by the Minister for Health, The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP

2.00pm            Policy Session:  Revalidation
Baroness Sheila Hollins, President, British Medical Association
Dr Joanna Flynn AM, Chair, Medical Board of Australia
Professor Ron Paterson, Professor of Health Law and Policy, University of Auckland

7.30pm            Leadership Development Dinner                       
Keynote Speaker:  Dr Sam Prince
Dr Prince is a medical doctor, entrepreneur and philanthropist.  He started the Mexican restaurant chain, Zambrero, when he was a 21-year-old medical student.  He founded his not-for-profit organisation, One Disease at a Time, in 2010, and manages the charitable foundation, E-magine.

Saturday 25 May

 9.00am             Policy Session:  Finding ways to provide the best possible end-of-life care
Dr Peter Saul, Director, Intensive Care, Newcastle Private Hospital
Professor Michael Ashby, Director, Palliative Care, Royal Hobart Hospital and Southern Tasmania Health Organisation
Dr Kate Robins-Browne, General Practitioner                       

11:30am           Election 2013 Health Policy Session: The Politics of Health
Hosted by Ms Sophie Scott, National Medical Reporter (ABC TV)
Mr Peter Lewis, Director, Essential Media Communications
Dr Jeremy Sammut, Research Fellow, Centre for Independent Studies
Mr John Della Bosca, Former NSW Health Minister, Campaign Director, National Disability and Carers Alliance
Ms Sue Dunlevy, National Health Correspondent, News Limited

2.30pm            Policy Session:  A Market Economy for Health
Professor Just Stoelwinder, Chair, Health Services Management
Dr Brian Morton, Chair, AMA Council of General Practice
Dr Rohan Mead, Group Managing Director, Australian Unity

Sunday 27 May

9.00am             Policy Session: Health has a postcode – Society’s ills and individuals’ health
Professor Victor Nossar, Program Leader, Child and Youth Health, Department of Health (Northern Territory)
Dr Harald Klein, Director, Community Building and Economic Participation, Victorian Department of Human Services
Dr Mark Kennedy, General Practitioner

Media wishing to attend the Conference are invited to register by contacting Kirsty Waterford on 02 6270 5464 or 0427 209 753.

Join the conversation by using #amanatcon on Twitter during the Conference.

8 May 2013

CONTACT:         John Flannery                       02 6270 5477 / 0419 494 761
                          Kirsty Waterford                  02 6270 5464 / 0427 209 753

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Published: 21 May 2013