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27 Jun 2018



President at the Press Club

AMA President Dr Tony Bartone will deliver a televised address to the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra on Wednesday, July 25. The event coincides with AMA Family Doctor Week (July 22-28). Bookings can be made by visiting or calling the Press Club on 02 6121 2199. 


New AMA bosses for some States

Dr Dilip Dhupelia has been elected the new AMA Queensland President. Dr Dhupelia is the Director of Medical and Clinical Services for Queensland Country Practice, Queensland Rural Medical Service for Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, and works as a part time GP in Toowong in Brisbane’s inner west. Dr Michael Cleary is AMA Queensland’s new Vice President

Dr Kean-Seng Lim is the new AMA NSW President. Dr Lim is the 2015 RACGP General Practitioner of the Year and is a member of the AMA (NSW) Council. He is a GP Principal in a group practice in Mt Druitt and a GP Supervisor. He is currently the Secretary of the Mt Druitt Medical Practitioners Association. Dr Danielle McMullen is the AMA (NSW) Vice President.

Associate Professor Julian Rait is the new President of AMA Victoria. He is an eye specialist who joined the AMA as a young graduate from Melbourne Medical School in 1982. He most recently served the organisation as Chair of the Council of AMA Victoria and Chair of the Council of Private Specialist Practice for the Federal AMA. Dr Roderick McRae was elected new AMA Victoria Vice President.

Dr John Davis is AMA Tasmania’s new President. A Hobart based general practitioner, Dr Davis returns to the President’s chair after having previously held the position in 2014. Dr Davis is also a member of Tasmanian General Practice Forum. Dr John Burgess was elected Vice President of AMA Tasmania.

Dr Antonio Di Dio is the new AMA ACT President. Dr Di Dio is a Canberra GP. He has practised for the past 10 years in Canberra. A key interest area for Dr Di Dio is pastoral care for colleagues, through roles with the Doctors Health Advisory Service in NSW and the ACT. He has also been prominent with the Medical Benevolent Society. 


Advance Care Planning Australia wants applicants for ongoing ACD research

The National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study is now open and ready for applications.

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) is leading pioneering research to build a national picture of the prevalence of Advance Care Directives (ACDs) across all health and care services, and to evaluate how well an individual’s clinical care plan aligns with their documented personal preferences.

It is inviting GP clinics, hospitals and residential aged care providers to take part. Following a successful pilot study last year, the research involves auditing the health records of people aged 65 and over to determine the prevalence of ACDs and other advance care planning documentation.

ACPA will send participating organisations a customised report presenting their results benchmarked against other de-identified participants. This will show how well advance care planning is being implemented within their service and help identify areas for improvement. Organisations that participate in future rounds of data collection will be able to track their progress over time.

More information can be found at:

Applications close July 26, 2018.

Published: 27 Jun 2018