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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

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

AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, Lateline - Down Syndrome Diagnosis in Pregnancy

A number of mothers of children born with Down Syndrome say they were put under repeated pressure to terminate their pregnancy from doctors. AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, told Lateline that "It is sad and entirely inappropriate," that women feel pressured into making decisions. However, Dr Gannon said if additional information came to light in the course of the pregnancy, for example, "major heart abnormalities", then, he said "it's important ... that that additional information is provided to families and that they're given the opportunity to review their decision-making."

A number of mothers of children born with Down Syndrome say they were put under repeated pressure to terminate their pregnancy from doctors. AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, told Lateline that "It is sad and entirely inappropriate," that women feel pressured into making decisions. However, Dr Gannon said if additional information came to light in the course of the pregnancy, for example, "major heart abnormalities", then, he said "it's important ... that that additional information is provided to families and that they're given the opportunity to review their decision-making."