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27 Dec 2019

The AMA today released its 2020 vision for Australia’s hardworking rural doctors – and more funding for rural and remote hospitals is at the top of the list.

“It’s been a tough year for Australia’s rural communities, with droughts, fires, and floods dominating the headlines,” AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said.

“Throughout it all, our rural doctors have been there for their communities, working long hours with limited resources, and finding it hard to take a break.

Published: 27 Dec 2019

18 Mar 2019

Doctors working in regional, rural, and remote Australia are encouraged to take part in the AMA Rural Health Issues Survey 2019 to help shape rural health policy ahead of the upcoming Federal Election.

“Improving access to doctors for people who live in rural and regional areas must be a key priority for all political parties,” AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today.

“The AMA wants to hear from all doctors working in regional, rural, and remote Australia about how to support better medical care for rural communities.

Published: 18 Mar 2019

05 Oct 2018

Reports that Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) is targeting Australian-trained GPs should serve as a wake-up call for the Commonwealth Government, which has for many years neglected the need to better support general practice in caring for patients, AMA Council of General Practice Chair, Dr Richard Kidd, said today.

NHS England is reportedly offering incentives worth around $34,000 as part of a drive to recruit 2000 overseas-trained GPs by 2020/21.

Published: 05 Oct 2018

09 May 2018

Transcript:   AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, ABC Radio Great Southern, with Christine Layton, Wednesday 9 May 2018

Subject:  Budget savings measures and the doctor workforce changes

CHRISTINE LAYTON:   We're joined by Dr Michael Gannon, President of the Australian Medical Association. He is live from Canberra. Good morning, Dr Gannon.

MICHAEL GANNON:   Good morning where you are.

Published: 09 May 2018

09 Jan 2018

AMA Position Statement - Rural Workforce Initiatives

At least one-third of all new medical students should be from rural backgrounds, and more medical students should be required to do at least one year of training in a rural area to encourage graduates to live and work in regional Australia, the AMA says.

The AMA today released its Position Statement – Rural Workforce Initiatives,a comprehensive five-point plan to encourage more doctors to work in rural and remote locations, and improve patient access to care.

Published: 09 Jan 2018

08 Mar 2017

An Australian Tax Office plan to tax some scholarship programs aimed at addressing medical workforce shortages could hit rural and regional Australia, the AMA has warned.

Published: 08 Mar 2017

01 Feb 2017
Google has launched health cards with medically-verified details of more than 900 health conditions and diseases. AMA Vice President Dr Tony Bartone says it's a long-overdue improvement in the quality of information, but patients should still see their doctor if they are concerned about symptoms.

Published: 01 Feb 2017