- Written by Staff
- Published: 02 August 2014
Despite well-formulated submissions to the Senate’s Community Affairs References Committee and a lengthy door-stop press conference at Parliament House by its president, A/Prof Brian Owler the AMA is yet to detail how it will feels the Abbott government should amend the proposed changes to out-of-pocket costs for healthcare.
One thing is clear: while the peak body remains committed to the principle of co-payments, it does not support the Budget’s across-the-board $7.00 per GP visit co-payment, calling it “poorly designed… bad health policy because of potential perverse outcomes which create even greater demand for more expensive health services”.
In its Senate submission the AMA argued that, “The Government is justifying the health budget measures on the basis that Australia’s health spending is unsustainable. It is not.“
- Written by Chris Gavaghan
- Published: 21 June 2014
Spring of 2012 had been a fairly dry season on the East coast, punctuated with a significant amount of windy days. Such was the 12th of October when I deliberated about how to get to work – drive my car or bicycle?
Like many Emergency Physicians, I find myself relatively time poor and find it a challenge to get sufficient, regular exercise. I have always found it appealing to use the opportunity of bicycle commuting a useful way to achieve both transport and exercise aims.
- Written by Staff
- Published: 28 July 2014
Far from Lismore, where Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash, fronted the media on Wednesday 23 July to promote a health-funding component in the Federal Coalition’s 2014/15 Budget, AMA President, Assoc Prof Brian Owler, was voicing his organisation’s concerns about key aspects of the package at the National Press Club in Canberra.
While the specifics differed – Nash spoke on infrastructure support for GP practices, Owler on health fund involvement in primary care and GP co-payment fees - the timing highlighted the continuing gulf between the Abbott government and key organisations over both proposed and rumoured changes to public health funding.
However, a whiff of compromise is in the air: while certain aspects of the Budget, including the $7.00 co-payment, are yet to be debated in the potentially hostile Senate, they are already under review by the government.
- Written by Staff
- Published: 20 July 2014
Now in its 16th year, the Australian Lesbian Medical Association (ALMA) conference www.almas.org.auhas chosen Alice Springs for the 2014 gathering, themed “Medicine Women Head to the Heart”.
Scheduled to run from 7-10 August, the conference carries on a tradition born out of the need of individual lesbian doctors to find a supportive network within a medical environment, according to Co-Convenor, Dr Wendy Pryor.
- Written by Kerry Wilcox (Cardiac and Chronic Disease program manager for NNSWLHD)
- Published: 16 July 2014
Pacemakers combined with Implantable Cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) are being inserted at an increasing rate for patients at high risk of sudden death from a cardiac arrhythmia such as in heart failure. Patients with advanced progressive illness may at some stage reach a point where continued defibrillation is no longer consistent with the goals of their care. In addition, many patients with pacemakers are unaware that they have a defibrillator as well as a pacemaker in place.
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