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06 May 2015



Medicare – Midlife crisis? 


The Hilton Hotel, Brisbane, 29-31 May 2015

National Conference Twitter hashtag: #amanc15


The 2015 AMA National Conference – with the theme, Medicare: midlife crisis? - is taking place at The Hilton Hotel, Brisbane, from 29-31 May.

Speakers at the Conference include the Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP; and Shadow Minister for Health, the Hon Catherine King MP.

Former Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard, will address the Leadership Development Dinner for medical students and doctors in training. This session is closed to media.

There are no elections for AMA Office Holders at this year’s Conference.

Highlights of the Conference include:

Friday 29 May 2015

10.00am          Welcome to Country

10.20am          President’s Welcome and Opening Address

                        AMA President A/Prof Brian Owler

11.05am          Health Minister, the Hon Susan Ley MP

11.25am          Shadow Health Minister, the Hon Catherine King MP

11.45am          Presentation of the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) Prize for Excellence in Medical Research

                        Presentation of the AMA Indigenous People’s Medical Scholarship - the scholarship provides support and encouragement for Indigenous students studying medicine

12.15pm          Presentation from Platinum Conference Sponsor

                        Allocate Software

1.45pm            POLICY SESSION: Funding quality general practice – is it time for change?

3.45pm:           Presentation of inductees to the AMA Roll of Fellows

5.00pm            President’s Welcome Reception

Presentation of National Tobacco Scoreboard Achievement Award – awarded to the State or Territory Government that has done most in tobacco control over the past year

Presentation of the Dirty Ashtray Award – presented to the State or Territory Government that has failed to act on proven tobacco control activities

Presentation of the AMA Woman in Medicine Award

Presentation of the AMA Excellence in Healthcare Award

Presentation of AMA Media Awards (for media and lobbying activity by State and Territory AMAs)

7.00pm            Media PICFAC – Former Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard

                        Rydges Rooftop, South Bank, Brisbane

(Room to be advised)

7.30pm            Leadership Development Dinner -Rydges Rooftop, South Bank, Brisbane

Guest Speaker: Former Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard


The Leadership Development Dinner is proudly sponsored byAvant – Australia’s leading medical defence organisation.

Saturday 30 May 2015

9.00am            POLICY SESSION: Quality public hospital services: funding capacity for performance

11.00am          POLICY SESSION: Waste not, Want not: Ethics, Stewardship, and Patient Care

12.30pm          Sponsor Presentation on Palliative Care - Decision Assist

2.00pm            Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) Presentation

                        AMSA President Mr James Lawler

2.15pm            POLICY SESSION: General Practice Training – The future is in our hands

3.45pm            Presentation of President’s Award

The President’s Award is awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to the AMA and the broader medical profession through years of dedicated service

7.00pm            Gala Dinner – Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Presentation of the AMA Gold Medal

The Gold Medal is the highest honour the Association can bestow. It is awarded to members of the profession who have rendered outstanding services to the Association, to the practice of medicine, or to the community.

Sunday 31 May 2015

9.00am            SOAPBOX SESSION

                        A chance for delegates to discuss and debate contemporary health policy issues.

10.30am          POLICY SESSION: Key AMA Public Health Advocacy – local and global

12.30pm          AMA President’s Closing Address

                        AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler

12.45pm          Conference concludes


**Media are welcome to attend the Conference. There will be a media work room and a room for media conferences and interviews. Please advise if you will be attending for the duration of the conference.

The Twitter hashtag for the Conference is #amanc15

6 May 2015

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                            Odette Visser                      02 6270 5412 / 0427 209 753


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Published: 06 May 2015