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HEALTH SHOULD BE PRIORITY IN ELECTION

AMA Tasmania President Professor John Burgess today called on all sides of politics to put health first in this Federal election campaign.


“We are yet to see any substantive commitment from either the federal Labor or Liberal Party for hospitals in Tasmania.


“Our acute care hospitals are bulging at the seams with growing demand.


“Our staff are being stretched to the limit dealing with the growing number of patients.

27 APR 2019

AMA CALLS FOR A SEAT AT THE ROYAL HOBART HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT SUMMIT

AMA Tasmania welcomes the summit scheduled in June to discuss the crisis in the Emergency Department of the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Vice President of the AMA, Dr John Davis said that as the organisation that represents doctors across the acute and primary sectors, the AMA is well placed to work with government on solutions.

“Our doctors are on the frontline in the emergency department and on the wards dealing with the increasing number of patients. They are the general practitioners whose patients are affected by the crisis.

23 APR 2019

THERE IS NO TIME FOR LATER

Last year the Hodgman Liberal Government offered the health sector within Tasmania, specifically the ED department of the Royal Hobart Hospital a cash injection of $5 million, while welcomed at the time, in light of today's shocking revelations surrounding the "breaking point" of our clinical staff this was clearly a band-aid solution that is no longer adequate.

The time has come for no more band aids from the government, but real action to solve the crisis that is hitting our emergency department at the RHH.

20 APR 2019

AMA Tasmania Federal Election Advocacy Platform 2019

Building health services in Tasmania
Tasmanians deserve high quality, accessible public health services, and political parties must support long term strategies that focus on this outcome. Our health care staff must be supported in delivering frontline care and we need to implement a strategic plan for our public hospitals and community health services across Tasmania.


The AMA identifies five key areas of broad health policy that deserve cross party political support:

12 APR 2019

TASMANIA HEALTH CARE FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

AMA Tasmania welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison's announcement today of $92 million for the Health care of Tasmanians. While we await further details on the funding allocations and the outcome of the election we are pleased to see that healthcare for Tasmanians is a priority to the Federal Government. It needs to be clarified as to whether this funding is an increase in addition to previously committed funding as part of prior announcements.

11 APR 2019

HOBART ENDOCRINOLOGIST AND UTAS PROFESSOR DR JOHN BURGESS ANNOUNCED AS NEW AMA TASMANIA STATE PRESIDENT

The Australian Medical Association Tasmania is pleased to announce Professor John Burgess, a Hobart based Endocrinologist from the Royal Hobart Hospital and the University of Tasmania has been elected as the President of the Australian Medical Association Tasmania.

Outgoing President Dr John Davis said “Professor Burgess brings to the role a diverse range of skills and experience, including medical practice, clinical leadership and research. AMA Tasmania and its Board look forward to working with him to implement the AMA health agenda.”

9 APR 2019

HEALTH: FRONT AND CENTRE

Health is firmly on the election agenda with both sides of parliament announcing️ policies.

AMA Tasmania welcomes the proposed budget investment in primary health care, particularly the long overdue lifting of the freeze on the MBS. GP’s have had to bear the increasing cost of delivering their services for far too long with the result that there has been less bulk billing and more substantial gap payments having to be paid by patients.

5 APR 2019

AMA WELCOMES GOVERNMENT’S MASTER PLAN FOR THE ROYAL HOBART HOSPITAL

President of the AMA Tasmania Dr John Davis today welcomed the releasing of the Government’s master plan for the redevelopment of the Royal Hobart Hospital and the announcement of $91 million over the next three years to commence stage two.

“Today’s announcement is a positive step forward, and we commend the government on the approach they have taken to listening to doctors, health professionals and the community on what is required for the next steps in the redevelopment of the RHH.

19 MAR 2019

NEW CEO FOR AMA TASMANIA ANNOUNCED

President of the AMA Dr John Davis announced today that the new CEO of the AMA in Tasmania will be Ms Lara Giddings.

Former Premier and Health Minister Lara will take over in early March from long-time advocate Mr Tony Steven, who has been with the AMA for ten years. Dr Davis said, “We are very pleased to bring Lara on to the team, and we look forward to continuing to build on the good work the association has done in representing our members and improving health outcomes for Tasmanian's”.

19 FEB 2019

CO-LOCATED PRIVATE HOSPITAL SERVICES IN TASMANIA

AMA Tasmania supports the opportunity for ensuring ongoing certainty around co-located private hospital services in Tasmania. The AMA believes it is essential to have a private hospital facility, including a useful Emergency Department capability, co-located with the Royal Hobart Hospital. By doing this, it ensures a critical mass and appropriate balance of staff and services are available for the city hospital precinct.

31 JAN 2019