Australia’s public hospitals facing a funding ‘black hole’

27 Jan 2016



Launch of AMA Public Hospital Report Card 2016

10.00am, Thursday 28 January 2016, AMA NSW, St Leonards

AMA President, Professor Brian Owler, and AMA Vice President, Dr Stephen Parnis, will tomorrow release the AMA Public Hospital Report Card 2016, an AMA analysis of the performance of Australia’s public hospitals.

The AMA Report Card examines public hospital capacity; emergency department waiting and treatment times; and elective surgery waiting and treatment times. It also provides a State-by-State snapshot of performance.

Professor Owler said that the latest AMA Report Card reveals a public hospital funding ‘black hole’ as Commonwealth funding cuts hit the States and Territories.

“The cuts are already making it hard for hospitals to meet performance benchmarks, and the situation will only get worse in coming years,” Professor Owler said.

“Public hospital funding will be the biggest challenge facing State and Territory budgets.”

Professor Owler and Dr Parnis both work in public hospitals, and know first-hand the pressure faced by hospitals and hospital staff when public hospitals do not have the capacity to provide treatment efficiently and effectively to people needing acute care.

Launch of AMA Public Hospital Report Card 2016

Time:               10.00am

Date:               Thursday, 28 January 2016

Venue:             AMA NSW Conference Centre

                        Ground Floor

                        69 Christie Street

                        ST LEONARDS  NSW


27 January 2016

CONTACT:        John Flannery                     02 6270 5477 / 0419 494 761

                            Kirsty Waterford                02 6270 5464 / 0427 209 753

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