Addressing intergenerational health disparities: The -1 to 5 Healthy Start Agenda
The AMA recognises that many factors impact a child’s health and wellbeing. In particular, a healthy start to life commencing with parental health pre-conception through to age 5years, fundamentally impacts every person’s lifelong health and wellbeing prospects. Many of the factors impacting the -1 to 5 years of life are influenced by the family, community and access to government services.
1 OCT 2019
HOSPITAL BUDGET CUTS WILL CAUSE CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE
The AMA is perplexed at the comments of the Treasurer, Peter Gutwein about the impending cuts to hospitals budgets.
Vice-President Dr John Davis said “If one thing about the problems in health is clear, it’s that cutting hospital budgets in the current climate would be the height of stupidity. There is simply no room for cuts to hospitals without causing catastrophic damage to already over stretched services.”
30 JUL 2019
Sting in the tail of private health cover
There is nothing worse for a patient than having paid private health insurance only to be left with a large out of pocket expense at the end of his or her episode of care. “Beware of specialists’ hidden fees” (3 July), pointed the finger at doctors’ fees as being the problem, but it failed to address the reluctance of private health insurers to be open and transparent about their rebate fee structure.
10 JUL 2019
AMA WELCOMES HEALTH PORTFOLIO RESHUFFLE
Sunday 30th June 2019
Today the President of AMA Tasmania, Professor John Burgess commented: "the AMA welcomes the opportunity to work with Minister Courtney and Minister Rockliff in advancing the delivery of effective health care and preventative health strategies to the Tasmanian community."
"The Tasmanian Health Service and the Health portfolio has been caught in a deepening crisis for an extended period. The AMA sees this Cabinet reshuffle as a sensible way of health moving forward with a fresh start.
30 JUN 2019
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT ACCESS SOLUTIONS MEETING
With the increasing pressure being experienced by Emergency Departments at Tasmania’s public hospitals, AMA Tasmania welcomes the opportunity to participate in the emergency department Access Solutions Summit scheduled for tomorrow.
AMA spokesperson Dr Frank Nicklason said today: “We see this as a chance to listen, learn, and to contribute solutions.
“It is well documented that patients across Tasmania are subjected to ongoing hospital access block, preventing them from receiving timely hospital care in the right location within the prescribed time frames.
18 JUN 2019
AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT CONFIRMS CRISIS ACROSS ALL TASMANIA’S MAJOR HOSPITALS
Today’s release of the Auditor General’s Report into the delivery of Emergency Department Services provides the independent evidence of the crisis in our hospitals the AMA has been raising publicly for some time.
AMA Tasmania spokesperson, Dr. John Saul said that the report was damning, and that action was required across the hospital system from more funding to better governance.
“What this report confirms is that extraordinary blowouts in ambulance ramping times, overcrowding in our EDs and bed block on our wards, is affecting patient care.
28 MAY 2019
GOVERNMENT HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT LITTLE MORE THAN A STUNT
AMA Tasmania President Professor Dr John Burgess commented “today’s hospital funding announcement by the Government smacked of being nothing more than a stunt.
“It is a reannouncement of funding supposedly committed in last year’s budget in which 298 (just two less than this year) extra hospital beds were promised, but nothing of significance delivered.
“Importantly, this Budget begins the rollout of 298 brand new beds in our hospitals.” Minister Ferguson 14 June 2018
26 MAY 2019
STATE WIDE WINTER INFLUENZA PLAN WELCOMED
With the winter flu season upon us and our emergency departments across the State already stretched, AMA Tasmania Vice President, Dr. John Davis welcomed the release of the government's Winter Demand Management Plan.
Dr. Davis said, "it is crucial for the government to have a plan in place to deal with the threat of influenza on the community and hospitals; however, we were disappointed that the AMA was not consulted on the strategy.
“While the plan, overall, is welcome and much needed, as a key stakeholder, AMA Tasmania should have been consulted.
19 MAY 2019