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20 May 2018

All Australians should consider planning for their end of life care, so that their families and doctors know their wishes, AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, said today.

Today is the start of National Palliative Care Week, which this year has the theme, “What matters most?”

“Australians need to plan ahead for their end of life care and discuss it with their loved ones and health professionals,” Dr Gannon said.

Published: 20 May 2018

13 Jun 2017

Medicinal cannabis has great potential for use in palliative care, juvenile epilepsy, and forms of spasticity, but doctors remain concerned about its potential diversion into the general community, following moves by the Senate to allow easier importation of cannabis. The drug is also a major source of mental illness in the community and AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, says it is essential that whatever is being brought into the country is safe, even when it is being used in the palliative care setting.

Published: 13 Jun 2017

22 Dec 2016
The AMA recognises and appreciates the special work done by doctors, nurses, other health professionals, and all workers involved in caring for dying patients, their family members, and their carers.

Published: 22 Dec 2016