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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

02 May 2019

The AMA is warning that the Queensland Government has set a very dangerous precedent by allowing pharmacists to dispense the contraceptive pill, as well as antibiotics for urinary tract infections, without a current prescription.

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that the move undermines the importance of continuity of care and threatens the health of patients.

“No other State or Territory in Australia allows these medicines to be prescribed by pharmacists,” Dr Bartone said.


Published: 02 May 2019

10 Aug 2017

With deaths and illnesses from codeine use in Australia increasing, the AMA supports the TGA's decision to make the painkiller prescription-only from February 2018.


Published: 10 Aug 2017