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06 Mar 2019

AMA President, Tony Bartone, today slammed a new ‘strategic partnership’ between Bupa, one of Australia’s largest health insurers, and TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacies as an attack on general practice that could lead to patients receiving inappropriate primary health care and advice.

The new partnership claims to offer Bupa customers ‘a range of health services and benefits’ and ‘a health app aimed at providing significant value and personalised care’.

Published: 06 Mar 2019

01 Feb 2019



The latest Productivity Commission Report, showing that GPs are providing high-quality, cost-effective care for their patients, backs up the AMA’s Pre-Budget Submission call for more investment into general practice.

The Commission’s Report on Government Services, released this week, found that, in 2017-18, almost 37,000 GPs provided around 160.3 million Medicare services to patients around Australia.

Published: 01 Feb 2019

29 Nov 2018

The AMA has made a submission to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing on the proposed new National Maternity Services Strategy.

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that the AMA is adamant that national maternity services must use a collaborative care model that is led by obstetricians or general practice obstetricians.

Dr Bartone said that best-practice maternity care in the 21st century is provided by a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals.

Published: 29 Nov 2018

13 Sep 2018

The AMA has helped broker the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER) for many years.

The NTCER is intended to establish a fair and sustainable basis of employment between practices and GP registrars to support an appropriate education and training environment.

The NTCER is the result of negotiations and agreement between General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) and GP Supervisors Australia (GPSA), which have traditionally taken place every two years. The AMA has played the role of honest broker in these discussions.

Published: 13 Sep 2018

16 Aug 2018

Transcript:   AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, Doorstop, Parliament House, Canberra, Thursday 16 August 2018

Subjects:  AIHW Report on out-of-pocket-costs


QUESTION:   Dr Bartone, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a report today showing on one hand that the Government's [indistinct] bulk billing rates are at record high [indistinct] Australians are out-of-pocket. What's your take on this report?

Published: 16 Aug 2018

16 Aug 2018

Figures released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) show the impact that several years of freezing Medicare patient rebates have had on the cost of providing health care, AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today.

Dr Bartone, a GP, said that general practice remains a highly accessible part of the health system, with a relatively small number of patients delaying visits to a GP due to cost.

“However, the Medicare rebate has failed to keep up with the increasing costs of providing medical services,” Dr Bartone said.

Published: 16 Aug 2018

28 Jul 2018

AMA FAMILY DOCTOR WEEK, 22- 28 July 2018

Your Family Doctor: Here for you

With one in two Australians reported as having at least one chronic condition, it has never been more important to seek your family doctor’s help to coordinate your care, AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone said today.

“Family Doctor Week is a time to highlight how your GP is here for you and your family, and management of chronic disease is an important part of your ongoing health care,” Dr Bartone, a GP in Melbourne, said.

Published: 28 Jul 2018

27 Jul 2018


AMA FAMILY DOCTOR WEEK, 22- 28 July 2018

Your Family Doctor: Here for you

Australians are living longer, and greater numbers are living to very high ages.

Published: 27 Jul 2018

26 Jul 2018

AMA FAMILY DOCTOR WEEK, 22- 28 July 2018

Your Family Doctor: Here for you

General practice – the cornerstone of Australia’s healthcare system – is undergoing remarkable change to better meet patient needs, AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today.

Marking AMA Family Doctor Week 2018, Dr Bartone said that technological advances and changing business practices are combining to improve the service to patients.

Published: 26 Jul 2018

24 Jul 2018

AMA FAMILY DOCTOR WEEK, 22- 28 July 2018

Your Family Doctor: Here for you

During Family Doctor Week 2018, the AMA is sending a strong message that looking after our mental health is just as important as being physically healthy.

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that family doctors play a central coordinating role in identifying and treating mental health concerns, and referring patients on to other specialists in the mental health care team when necessary.

Published: 24 Jul 2018