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

Tasmania’s spiraling elective surgery must be more than a campaign headline


AMA Tasmania calls for a guarantee from all political parties that any promised increased funding into elective surgery will increase elective surgery capacity and be built into the long-term health budget. 

The Liberals commitment to the co-located hospital at the Launceston General Hospital and more money for hospital equipment is welcomed by AMA Tasmania. 

While increased funding to employ additional staff is also welcomed, this needs to be more than election promises. 

5 APR 2021

139 reasons to delay


The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill will return to Parliament next week for further debate. While it is likely that the legislation will be passed, based on the unanimous vote in the Legislative Council and the majority vote in the House of Assembly, any bill must be safe and well written. It must also provide the highest level of protection for both patients and doctors.

26 FEB 2021

Time is running out……climate change action is needed now!


Australian Medical Association (AMA) Tasmania is joining the Federal AMA, the British Medical Association (BMA) and the American Medical Association in declaring climate change a medical emergency.

Dr Helen McArdle President AMA Tasmania said today, "AMA Tasmania joins with Federal AMA as an association made up of doctors actively supporting the adoption of the Climate Change Bill being considered by the Australian Senate.

5 FEB 2021