A budget for today, but more is needed to meet the needs of tomorrow


AMA Tasmania welcomes the increased investment in health services as announced in the budget to help alleviate immediate pressures in our hospitals today. However, more needs to be done to prepare for tomorrow.

We have a population growing older and sicker each year, increasing demand on our services, which have not been keeping up – hence our elective surgery lists have blown out, and our emergency departments are at breaking point.

We need more vision, more action, more investment.  

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26 AUG 2021

Elective surgery waiting list reduction plan


AMA Tasmania welcomes the government’s elective surgery waiting list reduction plan released today.

Across the state our public elective surgery lists contain patients that require urgent, semi-urgent and surgery within a year. All these continue to grow in number, and patients are waiting far too long.

17 AUG 2021

State-wide clinical services plan for health


AMA Tasmania welcomes today's commitment made by the State Government to implement a state-wide clinical services plan for health, a plan the AMA has lobbied for some time.

President Dr Helen McArdle noted, “the last comprehensive state-wide Clinical Services Plan was released in 2007.

30 JUL 2021

Roy Fagan Centre inquiry findings


AMA Tasmania Vice President Dr John Saul said today that the AMA welcomed the long-overdue release of the report into a patient's care at the Roy Fagan Centre.

"It is important that lessons are learnt by everyone at all levels of government from the circumstances surrounding the event that led to this report.

14 JUL 2021

AMA Tasmania stands ready to work with Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff


AMA Tasmania President Dr Helen McArdle today congratulated Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff on his appointment to Health and Mental Health and Wellbeing portfolios.

“We look forward to working with Minister Rockliff on the issues confronting the Tasmanian health system.

“We enjoyed a positive and productive working relationship with the former Minister for Health, Sarah Courtney and wish her well in her new portfolios.

18 MAY 2021

President Statement to members - VAD


As you will undoubtedly be aware, the Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation introduced into Parliament, with its many amendments, iterations, review panels, meetings, inquiries, presentations, consultations, advocacy, and lobbying later has now been passed. It will come into law in Tasmania in 2022 once Royal assent is received.

7 MAY 2021

Health is the key issue as we head to the polls


Health is the number one issue in this election for a good reason.

Our mental health service is in crisis.

Our alcohol and drug services are on the verge of collapse.

Our acute care hospitals are bulging at the seams with growing demand, and our waiting lists are blowing out.

30 APR 2021