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12 Sep 2019

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that the stories revealed in this week’s Four Corners program on ABC TV were tragic and should never have happened, but they are indicative of a much bigger problem that rural communities have faced for decades – poor or no access to the high quality health services enjoyed by Australians in larger regional centres and the capital cities.

Dr Bartone said that Australia has one of the best health systems in the world, with a highly trained and skilled workforce, but not all Australians have equal access to all the benefits.


Published: 12 Sep 2019

08 Mar 2019

The AMA congratulates COAG Health Ministers who today agreed to work collaboratively to fund, develop, and implement a new strategy for a national medical workforce to meet Australia’s future healthcare needs.

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that the new strategy – the first since the National Health Workforce Strategic Framework 14 years ago – will allow the Commonwealth and the States and Territories to cooperate more closely in planning and coordinating our future medical workforce.


Published: 08 Mar 2019

02 Nov 2018

The AMA has lodged its submission to the COAG Health Council on the Regulation of Australia’s health professions: Keeping the National Law up to date and fit for purpose.

The COAG Health Council is considering potential reforms to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (the National Law), which provides the legislative base for the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) for doctors.


Published: 02 Nov 2018

12 Apr 2018

AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, will tomorrow personally make an impassioned plea to the nation’s Health Ministers to do the right and responsible thing for the mental health of Australia’s doctors and medical students by adopting nationally consistent mandatory reporting laws.

Dr Gannon has been given a rare and privileged invitation to personally address the COAG Health Council meeting in Sydney about the urgency and importance of providing doctors with a safe and confidential environment in which to seek help for their own mental health and stress-related conditions.


Published: 12 Apr 2018

10 Aug 2017

After months of lobbying and advocacy from the Federal and State AMAs, the nation's Health Ministers have agreed to develop a nationally consistent approach to mandatory reporting provisions for doctors.


Published: 10 Aug 2017