GP Network News, Issue 13 Number 3
In this issue: Practice nurse pay claim;Overall Medical Workforce Growing, but General Practice Workforce Shrinking;AMA Federal Budget Submission 2013-14;The Need to Screen – for Bowel Cancer;Email the AMA;Post new comment to the website;
More hearings were held before the Fair Work Commission (FWC) this week as the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) continues to push its claims for a multi employer collective agreement to cover around 800 general practices that have been hit with a log of claims by the ANF.
The AMA is taking the lead role in defending general practices against the ANF claim, which effectively seeks to impose public sector conditions on named practices. Many AMA members have assisted the AMA in the case, agreeing to appear as witnesses before the FWC. The AMA greatly appreciates this support.
At the time of writing, it was expected that hearings would conclude this week. A decision in the matter is expected in coming months.
AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said this week that the Medical Workforce 2011 report shows encouraging signs of growth in Australia’s overall medical workforce, but a relative decline in the supply of general practitioners raises serious concerns about patient access to quality primary care.
The report shows the number of GPs falling from 111.9 to 109.7 full time equivalent per 100,000 population between 2007 and 2011.
“The AMA has called for further investment in general practice, including an increase in the first year intake to the GP training program to 1500 a year (currently 1100) by 2016, to help build the GP workforce to sufficient numbers to meet community need,” Dr Hambleton said.
The report also shows that there was a 17 per cent increase in the number of doctors between 2007 and 2011 and there was also an increase in the supply of doctors working in rural and remote areas, but the rural medical workforce is still lagging well behind the metropolitan workforce.
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The AMA has called on the Federal Government to support general practice in a number of ways in its latest Federal Budget Submission. These include:
Click here to view the AMA Federal Budget Submission 2013-14.
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Although nearly one third of first-degree relatives of colorectal cancer patients have never been screened for the disease, a doctor’s recommendation to screen has a powerful motivating effect on CRC screening uptake, a recent study, by Ryan J Courtney et al, published in BMC Cancer, has found.
Next month, a health promotion campaign aimed at reducing the number of deaths caused by bowel cancer, FOBruary, will call on all Australians over the age of 50 to have an annual Faecal Occult Blood test (FOB test) to screen for bowel cancer. FOBruary is a collaboration between Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer (a Cabrini initiative) and Bowel Cancer Australia. GPs are urged to encourage relevant patients to have a FOB test.
Click here to read the study of colorectal cancer screening practices of first-degree relatives of colorectal cancer patients.We welcome your comments and suggestions as well. Please tell us what you think.
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Published: 25 Jan 2013