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20 Sep 2019
GPs and allied health professionals must work together to provide the best health care to patients, AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, told the Allied Health Professions Australia policy symposium.

Published: 20 Sep 2019

27 Aug 2019
Pharmacies are the last remaining cartel in terms of anti-competitive practices around ownership and location, AMA President Dr Tony Bartone says.

Published: 27 Aug 2019

14 Aug 2019

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that if the Pharmacy Guild wants pharmacists to be doctors, then pharmacists should spend 10 to 15 years studying for a medical degree.

Dr Bartone was responding to the release of a Pharmacy Guild policy paper – Community Pharmacies: Part of the Solution – which proposes that pharmacists move way beyond their scope of practice to perform specialised roles currently undertaken by GPs.

Published: 14 Aug 2019

27 Jun 2019

AMA President, Tony Bartone, today hit out at a “Health Benefit Package” being promoted by TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacies – in partnership with Bupa, one of Australia’s largest health insurers – as an attack on general practice and a devaluing of quality primary health care in Australia.

The so-called health package is asking pharmacy customers to pay an annual subscription to receive health checks (BMI, blood pressure, blood glucose, and total cholesterol), flu vaccinations, pharmacist health consultations, and REWARDS points.

Published: 27 Jun 2019

18 Apr 2019

In a move to highlight the importance of GP-led primary health care as a priority health issue in the current Federal election, the AMA is today supplying its GP members with resources to help them lobby their local election candidates at the grassroots level.

The AMA has put primary health care at the top of its election policy wish list, and is calling on the major parties to roll out further significant funding promises for general practice and Australia’s hardworking GPs.

Published: 18 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

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