People don’t always need super powers to do good deeds. Many people toil in other noble fields but only a few have the privilege of making the world a better place. Our super docs of AMA are back, equipped with their heroic vision and a strong belief in fighting for what’s right. Cutting through the chaotic mess of facts, working late hours, juggling multiple deadlines, and frequent stops at Parliament House - to be the voice for the voiceless.
Australian Gun Safety Alliance will save lives - Step in the right direction.
AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, has welcomed the launch of The Australian Gun Safety Alliance. Doctors see the damage caused by guns first-hand. The devastation, and physical and emotional trauma are present regardless of whether it’s through accidental misadventure or intentional misuse. Bearing this in mind, the AMA strongly opposes, and will continue its fight against, any campaigns or policies that seek to dilute or relax the restrictions on firearm purchase and ownership.
Move Asylum Seeker children and families off Nauru to better health care – A call for immediate action.
The medical situation of the children on Nauru has been described by health experts and staff as critical and getting worse. AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison demanding that the Government move asylum seeker children and their families off Nauru so they can recover and rebuild their lives. The AMA is also calling for a delegation of Australian medical professionals to have access to Nauru, in order to urgently assess the health and welfare of child refugees and asylum seekers.
Editors view: Over the course of the last few months, the issues that have been front and centre in the news, ranging from the dire need to intervene on Nauru to the political discourse around the effects of climate change, have had extensive input from health experts. The election of former AMA President, Dr Kerryn Phelps, as an independent in the seat of Wentworth is testament to the fact that an evidence-based approach to policy is a more effective tool than resorting to hateful vitriol to score political points. Whether it’s through conversations you have with your peers, interactions on social media, or campaigns - your powerful voice gets louder through the AMA.
Published: 07 Nov 2018