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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The Minister for Health, the Hon. Sussan Ley, better understands the negative impact of the decision to approve the establishment of a medical school at Curtin University following a meeting with
AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon.
The private meeting, held in Brisbane immediately before today’s start of the AMA National Conference, was an opportunity for
Dr Gannon to talk to the Federal Minister about issues of key interest to WA medical professionals.
“Most of the discussion however was about the Federal Government’s calamitous decision to allow a third medical school in WA,” Dr Gannon said.
“The decision resulted after heavy lobbying by her Liberal Party colleagues from WA.
“We hope that Ms Ley now understands the terrible impact that this will have on medical education and health in our State. I explained to the Minister how the intense lobbying of the Prime Minister and herself had more to do with marginal seat politics and property development than health.
“The Government should reverse their ill-considered decision. Unfortunately I do not expect this to happen. But I believe that following our meeting today, Ms Ley will not make the same mistake again and will not approve other new medical schools.
“No additional medical students would be good news for the rest of Australia. We will continue to seek solid undertakings from both State and Federal Governments that the major bottlenecks in GP and Specialist training are addressed,”
Dr Gannon concluded.
Caption: AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon and Federal Minister for Health, the Hon. Sussan Ley in Brisbane.