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Media Release - Pharmacist power play risks patient health

20 Jul 2018


Pharmacists must not be allowed to put profits before people, as they push for more power to issue repeat prescriptions without a script from a doctor. 

AMA Queensland State President Dr Dilip Dhupelia said pharmacists don’t have the highlevel medical training or expertise to replace GPs.

“If pharmacists want to diagnose and treat patients, and be allowed to control and manage patient medication, they should devote the many years needed to be a skilled and qualified doctor,” Dr Dhupelia said.

Published: 20 Jul 2018

Media Release - New President Fights for a Fair Go for Regional Queenslanders

31 May 2018

Dr Dilip Dhupelia has been elected new AMA Queensland President and Dr Michael Cleary new Vice President.

Published: 31 May 2018

23 Dec 2014


The AMA is today urging Australians to use holiday time with family to talk about their wishes for organ and tissue donation.

AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, said as people come together with family to celebrate the festive season, it’s worth setting aside a few minutes to discuss wishes for organ and tissue donation.

“Organ donation is a brave and generous act that can save and improve the quality of life for many people,” A/Prof Owler said.

“It is the gift that keeps on giving in so many ways.

Published: 23 Dec 2014

AMA welcomes new Health Minister Sussan Ley

21 Dec 2014

AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, today welcomed the appointment of the Hon Sussan Ley as Minister for Health, saying the AMA looks forward to inclusive debate about major health reform, and robust discussions on the Government’s Medicare and co-payment proposals.

A/Prof Owler said Minister Ley has served across a range of portfolios over a decade, and will have significant policy influence as a member of Cabinet.

Published: 21 Dec 2014

18 Dec 2014

Transcript: AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, Doorstop, Parliament House, Canberra,

18 December 2014

Subject: GP co-payment

BRIAN OWLER: Alright, well thank you everyone for coming out this morning. I want to talk about two issues on behalf of the AMA. The first one is obviously around the new GP co-payment proposal, and the second thing I wanted to talk about was road safety over the Christmas period.

Published: 18 Dec 2014

18 Dec 2014

AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, today urged all Australians to take special care on the nation’s roads this holiday season to reduce the risk of car and other vehicle accidents.

A/Prof Owler, a Sydney neurosurgeon who regularly operates on the victims of road carnage, said there had been a remarkable reduction in national annual road fatalities over the last ten years – down by 25 per cent since 2003 – but too many lives are still being lost or harmed because of carelessness on our roads.

Published: 18 Dec 2014

AMA scholarship winners among latest group of Indigenous medical graduates

17 Dec 2014

AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, today congratulated all Indigenous medical graduates around the country, with special mention to Murray Haar and Gemma Johnston, both recipients of the AMA Indigenous Peoples’ Medical Scholarship.

A/Prof Owler said the AMA is very proud of Murray and Gemma’s achievements, which will inspire more Indigenous students to pursue a career in medicine.

“The AMA hopes that Murray and Gemma’s success will lead to more Indigenous medical students applying for the 2015 AMA Scholarship,” A/Prof Owler said.

Published: 17 Dec 2014

15 Dec 2014


The AMA is pleased to advise that formal agreement has been reached between General Practice Supervisors Australia (GPSA) and General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) on the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER) for the 2015 and 2016 GP training years.

The NTCER applies to GP Registrars in the Australian General Practice Training Program, and the AMA traditionally helps broker the agreement every two years.

Published: 15 Dec 2014

Call centre triage no substitute for quality general practice services

11 Dec 2014

AMA Position Statement on Call Centre Triage and Advice Services - 2004 (Revised 2014)

The AMA today released its revised Position Statement on Call Centre Triage and Advice Services - 2004 (Revised 2014).

The Position Statement reflects changes that have occurred over the last decade, including the establishment of Government-run national call centre triage services, and incorporates current data and research.

Published: 11 Dec 2014

Government’s new co-payment model a ‘mixed bag’

09 Dec 2014

AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, said today that the Government’s reworked co-payment model is a mixed bag, with welcome exemptions for vulnerable patients but concerns remain about cuts to the Medicare patient rebate.

A/Prof Owler said the AMA has been calling for protection for the poor, the elderly, the chronically ill, and Indigenous Australians – and this has been delivered with the new co-payment model.

Published: 09 Dec 2014