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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
Australian Medical Association (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon was today inducted into the prestigious Roll of Fellows at the AMA National Conference in Canberra.
Dr Gannon was recognised for his years of service to the AMA, in particular his unwavering commitment to protecting the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship, safeguarding the interests of the medical profession and driving significant reform in the area of maternity services in Western Australia.
Dr Gannon began his leadership roles early in his medical career, his first being President of the Australian Medical Students’ Association while studying medicine. He joined the AMA upon graduating in 1995 and later as a member of the federal AMA Doctors in Training Committee, he became a spokesperson for the successful Safe Hours campaign.
Dr Gannon assumed a prominent role in the AMA (WA)’s campaign for reform of state maternity services and his representation helped convince the WA Government to reconsider its position on a number of reforms.
He has also been front and centre in resisting a ‘task substitution’ agenda, working hard to ensure women in public hospitals enjoy high levels of medical supervision and access to the full suite of options that make pregnancy, labour and delivery a safer and more positive experience.
Despite the demands of a busy career as Head of Department, Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St John of God Hospital in Subiaco, Dr Gannon is Chair of the AMA’s Ethics and Medico-legal Committee, and is leading a number of policy reviews, including on assisted dying.
During the past two years as President, Dr Gannon has worked hard to grow the AMA (WA)’s commitment to public health in areas such as mental health, immunisation, road safety and tobacco regulation. He has also vigorously campaigned, and continues to do so, against the creation of a third medical school in WA, arguing that the failure by successive governments to invest in the medical training pipeline will have adverse effects for years to come.
Also inducted into the AMA Roll of Fellows were rural GP Dr Paul Mara, intensive care specialist Dr Peter Sharley, GP and AMA Victoria President Dr Tony Bartone, and Hervey Bay GP and former AMA Queensland President Dr Shaun Rudd.