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05 Mar 2020
GPs and hospitals are being stretched to the limit as they keep the community safe from coronavirus, AMA President Dr Tony Bartone says.

Published: 05 Mar 2020

03 Mar 2020

A proposal to overhaul Medicare rebates for patients with chronic wounds will help GPs deliver better health care and shorten healing times for their patients afflicted with chronic or difficult to heal wounds, AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today.

The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce, which is reviewing more than 5,700 MBS items, has been looking at how best to manage both acute and chronic wounds to improve health outcomes while providing value to patients and the healthcare system.


Published: 03 Mar 2020

05 Feb 2020
The Productivity Commission’s 2020 Report on Government Services (RoGS) has exposed Government neglect of general practice by revealing that per capita Commonwealth funding for general practice and GPs is going backwards.

Published: 05 Feb 2020

10 Jan 2020
AMA President Dr Tony Bartone called for local community GPs to be involved in future disaster and emergency planning to ensure primary healthcare is coordinated and ready when disasters like bushfires occur. Dr Bartone also talked about the smoke haze and measles outbreak to Sky News.

Published: 10 Jan 2020

08 Jan 2020
AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that local community GPs must be involved in future disaster and emergency planning to ensure primary health care is coordinated and ready when disasters like bushfires, floods, and storms devastate suburbs, towns, and farms.

Published: 08 Jan 2020

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

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