Don't self-diagnose this flu season and get tested for COVID-19, says AMA Tasmania boss


As cold and flu season fast approaches, AMA Tasmania is urging Tasmanians not to ‘self-diagnose’ their symptoms and get tested for COVID-19. In 1 in 5 cases of COVID-19, patients are essentially asymptomatic, so what may seem like a normal cold, could in fact be coronavirus.

Listen as Professor John Burgess, President of AMA Tasmania, joins Aaron Stevens to discuss this and update on the current COVID-19 situation.

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15 JUN 2020

It makes sense to stay the line


Pre COVID 19 the State Governments 201920 budget projected investment in infrastructure including hospitals and health was $352.6 million, providing over $90 million to deliver Stage 2 of the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment, including $63 million in new funding.

4 JUN 2020

AMA President reminds Tasmanians to remain vigilant as restrictions ease


Listen as Professor John Burgess, President of AMA Tasmania, joins Aaron Stevens to update on the current coronavirus situation in our state. Professor Burgess also discusses news of a Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus, mental health, and whether information of historic cases is beneficial.

As stage one of the State Government's Roadmap to Recovery comes into play today, and COVID-19 restrictions slowly begin to ease, Tasmanians are being reminded to remain vigilant and continue following social distance and good hygiene practices.

21 MAY 2020

Telehealth could stay


There are renewed calls to make COVID-19 telehealth reforms a permanent feature of the state's health system.

However, the peak body representing medical practitioners says it will never fully replace face to face care.

About 10 million Medicare-funded telehealth services have been provided nationally since March, after a range of rebates were introduced to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

19 MAY 2020

Complacency is the biggest enemy we will have


As restrictions begin to ease across our state, AMA Tasmania President Professor John Burgess warns Tasmanians that we cannot just go back to the way things were before COVID-19. “Complacency is the biggest enemy we will have,” Professor Burgess says. Professor Burgess dubbed the coronavirus outbreak a ‘global wake-up call,’ stating we will need to adapt to social distancing and increased hygiene practices for the long-term in order to keep each other safe.

12 MAY 2020