This pandemic is not over, and COVID-19 remains a real risk in Tasmania.
We now have COVID-19 back on Tasmanian soil with three overseas travellers testing positive to the virus while in hotel quarantine.
There is no need to be alarmed, but there is a real and urgent need to be very much alert to the increased risk of COVID entering our community.
9 DEC 2020
Independent review of the response to the north-west Tasmania COVID-19 outbreak report
AMA Tasmania welcomes the release of the Independent Review of the Response to the North-West Tasmania COVID-19 Outbreak report. We will take a close look at the recommendations and work with the government and our doctors to implement those recommendations where appropriate.
9 DEC 2020
AMA Presidents oppose dangerous Physician Assisted Suicide law
Dear Members of the Tasmanian House of Assembly,
We the undersigned present and past presidents of AMA Tasmania write to ask you to oppose the Tasmanian End of Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) bill which seeks to legalise and enable Physician Assisted Suicide.
3 DEC 2020
Lara Giddings says people may not be needed in the office every day
The chief of Tasmania's peak doctors' body says the global COVID-19 pandemic may mean some workers continue to work from home in some capacity for the foreseeable future.
Lara Giddings, the State's first female Premier and a former Minister for Health took over as chief executive of the Tasmanian branch of the AMA in March 2019.
She said COVID-19 had firmly put working from home as a necessary option for those workplaces that could be flexible.
23 NOV 2020
Our Healthcare Future
AMA Tasmania welcomes today's Government announcements including into the critical and overdue investment in ICT. All parts of Tasmania's health care system must be based on the reality that all aspects of the health system are linked, and depend on each other to meet patient and community demand effectively, this can only be achieved by investment in IT infrastructure and a clear ICT strategy.
6 NOV 2020
$45.5 million elective surgery boost welcomed
AMA Tasmania Vice President Mr Scott Fletcher said, "our elective surgery lists are at an all-time high, and any increase in funding for elective surgery is welcomed as this will help us to manage that.
We know Tasmanians are sitting on these waiting lists for far too long. In the interest of those patients, the AMA welcomes the additional health funding but would like to see this develop into long-term sustained funding that allows appropriate planning and recruitment of staff.
6 NOV 2020
24-hour service at the Mersey Community Hospital Emergency Department
AMA Tasmania welcomes the government's announcement today confirming the return to a 24-hour service at the Mersey Community Hospital Emergency Department having successfully implemented the safe and sustainable resourced model of care needed to provide this welcomed and deserved service to the community.
28 OCT 2020
AMA Public Hospital Report Card warns of public hospital funding gaps
Doctors have warned of a perfect storm for patients seeking treatment for non-COVID conditions, if the federal government doesn't commit further funding for public hospitals.
The Australian Medical Association Public Hospital Report Card 2020 shows a national increase in the number of patients presenting to emergency departments and longer waiting lists for treatment.
2 OCT 2020
AMA’s public hospital report card predicts dire outlook for health outcomes post-COVID
Inadequate funding, blowouts in elective surgery waiting lists and overstretched emergency departments are among a range of issues highlighted in a new report on the country’s public hospitals.
2 OCT 2020