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06 May 2015

AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, said today that the AMA welcomes the election of Senator Richard Di Natale, a general practitioner, as Leader of The Greens.

"There is no doubt that health policy will be front and centre for the Greens under Senator Di Natale's leadership," A/Prof Owler said.

"He is a GP with a special interest in public health.

“He has worked in the front line of health service delivery, including in Aboriginal health, and he is a strong voice about the harms to individuals and the community from alcohol and drug abuse.

“As Health spokesman, he regularly sought advice and discussion about health policy. He listens, and is not afraid to actively prosecute his views.

"Senator Di Natale has been very consultative with the AMA at both the Federal and State level.

"We congratulate him on his election, and we look forward to continuing our constructive working relationship with The Greens on health policy."

A/Prof Owler said that the AMA wishes outgoing Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, every success in the next stages of her career and family life.


6 May 2015

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Published: 06 May 2015