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14 Jul 2013


AMA Family Doctor Week 15-21 July 2013

Tomorrow is the first day of AMA Family Doctor Week 2013, a celebration of the hard work and dedication of the nation’s family doctors – the GPs who serve local communities in the cities, the suburbs, rural centres, country towns, and remote areas of Australia.

This year’s theme for Family Doctor Week is – Your Family Doctor – Your Medical Home.

AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said that family doctors are highly trained and highly skilled to provide excellent health care to people through all stages of life.

“Maintaining regular contact with a trusted GP is good for your health and the health of your family,” Dr Hambleton said.

“GPs are the highest trained general health professionals, needing 10 to15 years training before being qualified to practise.

“When people get sick or injured, or want advice about their health, they want to see a doctor.

“Family Doctor Week is an opportunity for all Australians to appreciate the important relationship they have with their local family doctor,” Dr Hambleton said.

Each day this week, the AMA will highlight issues affecting family doctors and urge governments to provide greater support for to allow them to continue serving their communities.

As part of Family Doctor Week, the AMA has today released a video showcasing some of the difficulties family doctors encounter on a daily basis when caring for their patents.

Dr Hambleton encouraged people to share the videos and show support for their local family doctor.

Watch and share the video The AMA: a home for Family Doctors at

AMA Family Doctor Week is sponsored by Australian General Practice Training.

14 July 2013

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Published: 14 Jul 2013