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AMA in the News

04 Jul 2016

Your AMA has been active on policy and in the media on a range of issues crucial to making our health system better. Below is a snapshot of recent media coverage.


Doctors suffer for e-health records
AMA has called for a moratorium on changes that will penalise general practices thousands of dollars if they do not upload patient health summaries to the My Health Record system. Doctors could charge patients a new fee to recover the $60,000 they stand to lose annually if they refuse to use the Federal Government's new electronic system, which could spell the end of bulk billing.

Doctors’ boss to limit calls for cash, The Australian, 8 June 2016
AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, believes he has to be mindful of the budget deficits and not ask for “more, more, more” funding for public hospitals. Dr Gannon said the freeze on GP rebates, in particular, was the “number one issue” for the AMA.

TV show a catalyst for research prize,, 2 June 2016
Professor Emily Banks , a researcher at The Australian National University (ANU) was recognised with a Medical Journal of Australia research prize for a study that focused on whether an episode of the ABC television show Catalyst led to a drop in the number of Australians taking heart attack medication. Professor Banks and her colleagues, including lead author, Andrea Schaffer from the University of Sydney, Sallie-Anne Pearson and Timothy Dobbins from the University of NSW and Nicholas Buckley from the University of Sydney, were presented with their prize and plaque at the AMA’s 2016 National Conference in Canberra.

GP visits could rise $25, warns AMA chief, Courier Mail, 30 May 2016
Doctors could start charging patients an extra $25 a visit, AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, warned. “Unravelling the (Medicare) freeze is so important. The AMA will continue that campaign. But that’s the start of a bigger conversation.” Dr Gannon said.

Dr Michael Gannon named new Australian Medical Association president, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 May 2016
Western Australian obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Michael Gannon pledged to work "constructively" with whichever party formed government, shortly after he won the Association's election at its national conference in Canberra on Sunday.  Victorian GP and former president of the Association's Victorian branch, Dr Tony Bartone, was voted Vice President. Dr Gannon and Dr Bartone will each serve two-year terms.

New concussion guidelines for children welcomed by local sporting teams, The Age, 29 May 2016
The Australian Medical Association and the Australian Institute of Sport released a statement recommending children aged under 18 who suffer concussion should not return to the sporting field until at least two weeks after their symptoms have cleared. The voluntary guidelines came out of a joint project between the AMA and AIS, which saw the creation of a government-funded website, resources and warnings for parents, coaches and sports administrators to be more cautious when allowing children with head injuries back on to the sporting field.

NT wins AMA Dirty Ashtray award, SBS News (online). 27 May 2016
The Northern Territory Government has been awarded the AMA’s Dirty Ashtray Award, ranking it last in the nation for efforts to reduce smoking. The AMA said the NT needed to ban smoking at all pubs, clubs and dining areas and eliminate exemptions for high roller rooms at casinos. On the plus side, the NT was the first jurisdiction to implement a comprehensive prison smoking ban.


Dr Gannon, 2UE Sydney, 20 June 2016
AMA President Dr Michael Gannon spoke about out-of-pocket costs for surgery. Dr Gannon said that doctors have a right to charge reasonable fees, but that no one can reasonably justify bills of $20,000 or $30,000 for an afternoon's work.

Dr Michael Gannon, 2UE Sydney, 15 June 2016
The Australian Medical Association says the Federal Government's My Health Record system needs more work before it can deliver improvements to patient care. Dr Michael Gannon, AMA President, says it's not fair to penalise doctors if the system is not up to scratch.

Dr Michael Gannon, 720 ABC Perth, 8 June 2016
Dr Michael Gannon opened up about his childhood, his early career experiences, and his motivations and aspirations in a wide-ranging interview.

Australian Medical Association, 5CC, 7 June 2016
Rural doctors called on the major political parties to get behind a ‘rural rescue package’ jointly proposed by the Rural Doctors Association of Australia and the Australian Medical Association.
The package aims to attract more doctors with the advanced medical skills needed by country communities to rural practice.

Dr Michael Gannon, 2HD, 1 June 2016
Dr Michael Gannon, newly elected President of the Australian Medical Association, said being elected was a tremendous honour, adding that he was looking forward to working for his colleagues.  Dr Gannon urged the Federal Government to lift the freeze on the Medicare rebate, claiming it was going to have a big impact on those that the use the services of GPs.

Dr Michael Gannon, Radio National, 30 May 2016
Dr Gannon, the new President of the AMA, said the Association opposes the Medicare freeze but there is room for consultation in other areas of health policy. He said the AMA will continue to pressure all political parties to have the rebate freeze scrapped.


Dr Gannon, Channel 10, 3 June 2016
Dr Gannon said the AMA wanted a national prescription tracking system to crack down on medicine abuse at a time when Australia’s prescription drugs abuse rates have been reported the second highest in the world.

Dr Michael Gannon, Sky News Live, 1 June 2016
Dr Gannon, newly elected AMA President, said GPs are at breaking point and their ability to provide quality services is limited at the current level of Government funding. He added that investments in general practice provided a lot of benefits, including helping keep patients out of hospital emergency departments.

Dr Michael Gannon, ABC News 24, 29 May 2016
Dr Michael Gannon, incoming AMA President, vowed to continue to campaign against the freeze on Medicare rebates.


Published: 04 Jul 2016