Medi-hotel quarantine isolation is needed to support all Tasmanians

"Tasmanians have the capacity to not just flatten the COVID-19 epidemic curve; we can crush it" Professor Burgess, President of AMA Tasmania said today.

Tasmania needs access to medi-Hotel quarantine isolation to support all patients who are infectious with COVID-19 but do not otherwise require hospitalisation. It needs to be announced today and implemented.

24 MAR 2020

Dr Nicky Beamish, Psychiatrist and AMA Spokesperson

The AMA is committed to providing expert advice and opinions on this ever-evolving health crisis. Many Tasmanians are so concerned about the coronavirus outbreak, that it’s having a detrimental impact on their mental health. Listen as Dr Nicky Beamish, Psychiatrist and AMA Spokesperson, joins Aaron to discuss what you can be doing to take care of your mental health in these strange, unprecedented times. If you're struggling with your mental health and need someone to talk to, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

18 MAR 2020

AMA Public Health Awards 2020

The AMA is seeking nominations of people or groups who have made an extraordinary contribution to health care and public health.

Recipients will be invited to attend the 2020 AMA National Conference in Canberra in May 2020, where the awards will be presented. The AMA may contribute to travel costs for recipients to attend the presentation.

In the year following the presentation of the awards, recipients will have the opportunity to participate in interviews with interested media, and engage in AMA supported activities promoting their work in their field of expertise.

20 FEB 2020


Tuesday 18 February 2020
President of AMA Tasmania, Prof. John Burgess today welcomed the Government’s announcement of much needed reform of the governance system within health.

Professor Burgess said that AMA Tasmania had been calling for reform over the past year and today’s announcement was a step in the right direction.

“We are pleased with the positive engagement we have had with the Minister and the Secretary of Health since their appointments on the issue of governance reform.

18 FEB 2020

Deadly gap robbing Tasmanians of decades of life


This week many of you will have travelled between two worlds, unaware that for each kilometre you drove on the Brooker Highway the median life expectancy between suburban areas declined by one year — 19 years of life expectancy lost for 19km travelled.

Between these Hobart suburbs, the life expectancy drops to a level not seen in Australia since the 1930s.

How can this be?

25 JAN 2020