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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The AMA (WA) is looking forward to working with the new Federal Government in providing the best quality healthcare possible for all Australians.
“The Association is excited about tackling health issues with the new Prime Minister elect and his cabinet, particularly the new Health Minister,” AMA (WA) President Dr Richard Choong said.
“Tony Abbott has an excellent record as Health Minister with the Howard Government, so we are excited to work with a Prime Minister who understands the importance of quality healthcare.
“We have already had consultations with Shadow Health Minister Peter Dutton, and welcome him as the new Minister for Health, along with Senator Fiona Nash, who has been appointed as Assistant Minister for Health.
“Tony Abbott said that he would, “under-promise and over-deliver” if he won the election, and the AMA (WA) hopes that this slogan will apply to health, which took a back seat to other issues in this election.
“As a general practitioner I hope that primary health care is an important focus for the new Federal Government.
“We need a re-evaluation of our frontline health care services, and the Federal Government must assist in this by removing the bureaucratic red tape surrounding Medicare locals.
“These institutions sap much needed funds that should be allotted to GPs, who provide a much more efficient and cost effective healthcare service than Medicare Locals,” Dr Choong said.
He also extended his congratulations to the achievements made by the Labor Government, particularly on tackling smoking rates in Australia.
“We look forward to continuing our work with Tanya Plibersek and the new leader of the Opposition, whoever that may be.
“The tobacco plain packaging legislation will always be regarded as a landmark achievement for health in Australia, and we hope the new Government will take up the gauntlet and deliver some landmark legislations of their own,” Dr Choong said.
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