The Australian Medical Association Limited and state AMA entities comply with the Privacy Act 1988. Please refer to the AMA Privacy Policy to understand our commitment to you and information on how we store and protect your data.



06 Feb 2019

The AMA pre-budget submission focuses on investment in public hospitals, the private health sector, the PBS, and primary care, as well as emerging policy priority areas: aged care, mental health, and medical research.

The AMA submission calls on Government to act in a number of areas including to:

  • lift funding for general practice over time to around 10 per cent as part of an effort to re-orientate the health system to focus more on general practice, with long-term savings to the health system anticipated in return;
  • boost funding for public hospital services beyond levels set out in the 2020-2025 agreement, and lift public hospitals out of their current funding crisis, which is putting doctors and patients at risk;
  • increase funding to the National Health and Medical Research Council for investment on fundamental health and medical research; and
  • funding to resource an appropriately sized, skilled and resourced mental health workforce, addressing workforce gaps as a priority.

 The AMA will release a broader policy agenda - encompassing Indigenous health, public health, prevention, medical workforce and other issues - ahead of the election.

The AMA Pre-Budget Submission 2019-20 is available at

Published: 06 Feb 2019