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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
One of Western Australia’s most prominent Obstetrician and Gynaecologists has been elected as President of the Australian Medical Association (WA).
Dr Michael Gannon was elected last night at the AMA (WA)’s Annual General Meeting held at AMA (WA) headquarters in Nedlands.
Dr Gannon said it was a great honour to be elected as President after two years as Vice-President.
Aged 42, Dr Gannon is one of the youngest Doctors to hold the position of AMA (WA) President.
Dr Gannon was born in Perth at St John of God Subiaco Hospital where he is now Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Dr Gannon was educated at North Morley Primary School and Guildford Grammar School. Dr Gannon has been active in many medical organisations over the years, including serving as National President of the Australian Medical Students Association in 1993-94 and as Chair of the Doctors in Training Council (WA).
Dr Gannon has worked across WA, including time in Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, Paraburdoo, Collie, Armadale and Mandurah. He trained at Royal Perth Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital before studying and working overseas in Dublin, Cambridge and London.
A sports lover, Dr Gannon is a 28 year Member of the WACA and a Foundation Member of the West Coast Eagles Football Club. A third generation supporter, he was also Honorary Doctor at East Perth Football Club in their premiership years 2000-2002. He was runner-up in the famous Sale of the Century National Student Challenge in 1988.
“I am proud to have spent my working life in medicine, and I am proud to have served in a number of positions in the AMA,” Dr Gannon said.
He thanked outgoing President Dr Richard Choong for his leadership over the last two years.
“There has been no greater advocate of the importance of immunisation than Richard and his efforts in mental health have also been hugely influential in winning additional funding from the State Government in this area.”
“Richard also developed an excellent working relationship with WA Health Minister the Hon Kim Hames, which I hope to continue,” Dr Gannon said.
Dr Gannon is passionate about ethical medical practice and is a senior member of the Federal AMA’s Ethics and Medico-legal Committee.
Dr Gannon said he would stand against anything that would threaten the relationship between doctors and patients.
“At the core of medical practice is the doctor-patient relationship. I will fight anything that attempts to come between Doctors and patients, whether it be private health insurers, Government cuts, the health bureaucracy or other health workers seeking to substitute themselves for a Doctor.”
The AMA was the best organisation to lead the debate into the future of Medicare in the face of the government plans for major change.
“I am a great believer in the AMA and what it does for medical professionals. What is even more important is the work that the AMA does on behalf of the general community, our patients, in key areas of access to medical care and public health.”