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12 Sep 2019

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that important reforms to medical bonding programs will benefit medical graduates and the rural and under-serviced communities they will serve as doctors.

The Parliament yesterday approved the Health Insurance Amendment (Bonded Medical Programs Reform) Bill 2019, which will completely overhaul the Bonded Medical Places (BMP) and Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship (MRBS) programs, as announced in the 2018/19 Federal Budget.

The reformed arrangements will apply to all new program participants from January 2020.

Published: 12 Sep 2019

12 Sep 2019

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that the stories revealed in this week’s Four Corners program on ABC TV were tragic and should never have happened, but they are indicative of a much bigger problem that rural communities have faced for decades – poor or no access to the high quality health services enjoyed by Australians in larger regional centres and the capital cities.

Dr Bartone said that Australia has one of the best health systems in the world, with a highly trained and skilled workforce, but not all Australians have equal access to all the benefits.

Published: 12 Sep 2019

16 May 2019

Rural doctors around the nation are crying out for an urgent investment in funding and resources to improve staff levels and hospital facilities in the struggling rural health system, a new survey has found.

The AMA Rural Health Issues Survey 2019 found that more staff and workable rosters was the most critical priority for improving rural health outcomes as rated by rural doctors, unchanged since the last survey in 2016.

That was followed closely by more trainee doctors in rural areas, and the need for modern hospital facilities and equipment.

Published: 16 May 2019

08 May 2019

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that rural Australians are still waiting to hear major announcements from the major parties to address the serious and specific health needs of rural and remote communities.

Dr Bartone said it is surprising and disappointing that rural health remains largely neglected this far into the election campaign.

“It is inconceivable that millions of Australians who experience higher incidence of the drivers of chronic disease could be overlooked,” Dr Bartone said.

Published: 08 May 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

08 May 2018

The AMA welcomes tonight’s Budget announcement of a range of initiatives to improve access to health services for rural and regional Australians.

AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, said that many of the initiatives – outlined in the Stronger Rural Health Strategy as part of the Health Budget – are a direct response to AMA rural health policies and the AMA Budget Submission.

“We welcome the Government’s strong focus in this Budget on improving access to doctors in underserviced communities, particularly rural Australia,” Dr Gannon said.

Published: 08 May 2018

08 May 2018
The Federal Budget is notable as much as for what is not in it as for what is, AMA President Dr Michael Gannon says.

Published: 08 May 2018

21 Oct 2017

The AMA today congratulated Professor Paul Worley on his appointment to the new position of National Rural Health Commissioner.

Welcoming the appointment, AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, said that Professor Worley is a highly respected member of the profession who has made a substantial contribution to rural health over many years.

“Professor Worley has a big job ahead of him, and he will have the full support of the AMA and other groups with a commitment to improving access to quality health services in rural, regional, and remote Australia,” Dr Gannon said.

Published: 21 Oct 2017

18 Apr 2017

It is critical that new visa arrangements strike the right balance between filling vacancies with locally trained graduates and ensuring that communities, particularly in rural and regional Australia, have enough doctors with the appropriate specialist skills and experience to meet patient need, the AMA says.

Published: 18 Apr 2017

09 Mar 2017

The AMA has made a submission to the review of distribution of medical school places around the country, arguing that while some redistribution is needed, it is not the sole solution for the rural and regional medical workforce.

Published: 09 Mar 2017