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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon today announced his decision to stand for election as Federal President of the Australian Medical Association.
Dr Gannon said that he felt very strongly that the AMA needed to refocus on the healthcare of everyday Australians.
“We risk becoming less relevant to the medical debate in Australia,” Dr Gannon said.
“While I understand that there are numerous social issues that might impact on the nation’s health, we must concentrate on the day to day clinical care we afford patients and find ways of protecting universal health care.
“With the Federal election likely to be called in coming weeks, now is the time to put access to healthcare, its affordability and quality at the top of the election agenda,” he said.
“Health is under pressure in Australia like never before. The Federal Government must not be allowed to use health as a target for savage budget cuts.
“We, as Australia’s foremost health advocacy organisation, must focus on what Australians are worried about – their health services.
“We need to indicate a willingness to engage with and work with the Federal Government, whether it be the Coalition or Labor.
“I am proud to have worked on Federal Council under current President Professor Brian Owler over the past two years. I acknowledge his many achievements. He has taken up many issues but in the lead up to the election, it is time to focus on health policy and our key messages.”
“After 25 years in medicine and taking part in the politics of health care, I believe now is the time to indicate a willingness to serve in the position of president.”
Dr Gannon added that significant changes needed to occur in the way we address problems in the healthcare sector.
“As a nation, we cannot keep producing the same reports and coming up with the same solutions to emergencies in Aboriginal health, Mental health and Aged care,” he said.
“We must use the Primary Health Care Review to find ways to nurture our high quality General Practice sector. GPs in Australia provide the community and the taxpayer with enormous value for money, saving millions of dollars in preventing expensive admissions to hospital. Yet the Medicare freeze is putting this at risk.
I believe in my ability to lead the profession through striving for the common goals of delivering individual clinical excellence to patients, with the highest standards of ethical medical practice.
I listen intently to what the people of Australia are saying. I listen to my colleagues who take care of people all over the nation and respond to their different needs and circumstances every day,” Dr Gannon said.