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06 Dec 2017

The ACCC has today released a draft decision to renew for another 10 years the AMA’s existing authorisation that protects AMA member and non-member GPs from action under the Competition and Consumer Act (2010).

AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, said that the AMA welcomes the ACCC’s draft decision, which is now subject to a further period of consultation.

“The authorisation, which is very important for GPs, has a long history,” Dr Gannon said.

“AMA advocacy on this matter has provided significant benefits for GPs.

Published: 06 Dec 2017

11 Oct 2017

A proposed new Quality Improvement Incentive for general practice should work alongside the existing and successful Practice Incentives Program (PIP), not shift funding away from it, AMA Vice President Dr Tony Bartone says.

Published: 11 Oct 2017

10 Jul 2017

Health literacy is key to stopping the over-prescribing of antibiotics, AMA Vice President Dr Tony Bartone says.

Published: 10 Jul 2017

20 Jun 2017

A Geelong magistrate has refused to accept two medical certificates for a man who missed appointments for court-ordered community work. AMA Vice President, Dr Tony Bartone, says that doctors often turn down requests for medical certificates, particularly when there is no previous relationship with the patient.

Published: 20 Jun 2017

14 Jun 2017

Specialist obstetricians and GPs have been left out of a review of maternity services in Australia - the equivalent of conducting a law and order review without talking to the police, AMA President Dr Michael Gannon says.

Published: 14 Jun 2017

28 May 2017

For 30 years, Professor Bernard Pearn-Rowe has juggled his solo GP practice in Perth with his active roles in medical politics. The stalwart of general practice advocacy has been recognised with the AMA President's Award.

Published: 28 May 2017

11 Apr 2017

More work needs to be done to educate patients about the My Health Record program, with only 147 of the one million people taking part in an opt-out trial setting up a PIN number to protect their information, AMA Vice President Dr Tony Bartone says.

Published: 11 Apr 2017

06 Apr 2017

Online doctor consultations may be convenient, but they cannot replace the face-to-face relationship between a doctor and a patient, AMA Vice President Dr Tony Bartone says.

Published: 06 Apr 2017

12 Jan 2017
AMA Vice President, Dr Tony Bartone, talks to Sky News about the AMA's call for general practice funding to be increased to 10 per cent of the overall health budget, and about the upcoming Federal budget. He also says that the Prime Minister needs to make a decision as soon as possible about the future of Health Minister Sussan Ley.

Published: 12 Jan 2017

12 Jan 2017
GP services account for just 8 per cent of Commonwealth health spending, and GP-specific research projects attract just 2 per cent of total NHMRC grants funding. The AMA is calling for targets to bring funding to GPs in line with their increasing workload, and their importance to the health system.

Published: 12 Jan 2017