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20 May 2019

The AMA congratulates Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Coalition on winning the weekend election and earning a third term in Government.

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that the AMA stands ready to work with the Government to strengthen the Australian health system and set it up to meet the needs of our growing and ageing population.

“There is a lot of unfinished business in the Coalition’s health reform agenda to be completed. We cannot stand still,” Dr Bartone said.


Published: 20 May 2019

16 May 2019
The AMA has released an overview of the major parties' health policy announcements.

Published: 16 May 2019

15 May 2019

The AMA today released its overview of the health policy announcements from the major parties in this election campaign, including announcements in last month’s Federal Budget and Budget Reply.

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said that there were some very welcome policy announcements from the Coalition, Labor, and The Greens, but there were also some glaring omissions or significant underfunding in some key areas, most notably aged care, mental health, rural health, and prevention.


Published: 15 May 2019

08 May 2019

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that rural Australians are still waiting to hear major announcements from the major parties to address the serious and specific health needs of rural and remote communities.

Dr Bartone said it is surprising and disappointing that rural health remains largely neglected this far into the election campaign.

“It is inconceivable that millions of Australians who experience higher incidence of the drivers of chronic disease could be overlooked,” Dr Bartone said.


Published: 08 May 2019

02 May 2019

The AMA is calling on Health Minister, Greg Hunt, and Shadow Health Minister, Catherine King, to use today’s Health Policy Debate at the National Press Club to fill the gaps in their respective overarching visions for the future health system in Australia.


Published: 02 May 2019

11 Apr 2019

The AMA today released Key Health Issues for the 2019 Federal Election - a summary of the major health issues that the AMA considers must be addressed by the major parties during the election campaign and into the next term of Government, whichever party wins.

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that health policy will be a vital factor in the outcome of the 2019 Federal Election, which is expected to be soon called for May.

“Health policy influences votes at every election, and doctors are very good judges of health policy,” Dr Bartone said.


Published: 11 Apr 2019

02 Apr 2019

 

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said tonight that the Government’s Budget announcements have set up a genuine health policy competition for the upcoming election.

“The Health Minister, Greg Hunt, has listened closely to the AMA and delivered a strong Health Budget, with a particular emphasis on primary care, led by general practice,” Dr Bartone said.


Published: 02 Apr 2019

25 Aug 2018
AMA President Dr Tony Bartone has urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to keep Greg Hunt in the Health portfolio, arguing that now is the wrong time for a change in Health Minister.

Published: 25 Aug 2018

AMA President Professor Owler, Sky News, Labor's Medicare Policy, 19 May 2016

AMA President Professor Brian Owler on Labor's pledge to lift the Medicare patient rebate freeze from 1 January 2017.

Professor Owler said the Budget decision to extend the freeze until 2020 will push many medical practices over the edge.

Professor Owler said there has been a tremendous response to the AMA #nomedicarefreeze campaign.


AMA President Professor Owler - ABC News 24 - Labor's Medicare Policy, 19 May 2016

AMA President Professor Brian Owler on Labor's pledge to lift the Medicare patient rebate freeze from 1 January 2017.

AMA President Professor Brian Owler on Labor's pledge to lift the Medicare patient rebate freeze from 1 January 2017.