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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
Australian Medical Association (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon was last night re-elected for a second one-year term.
Dr Gannon, an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and who was first elected as State President in June last year, was re-elected to the top position unopposed.
“It is an honour to represent the medical profession and to fight for public health for WA. It is an even greater honour to be elected to the position a second time,” Dr Gannon said.
“The past year has seen a number of positive results for health in WA, and it gives me great pride to have contributed in a range of ways to health policy in our state.
“From helping to push the importance of immunisation in our community; to encouraging the government to implement and properly fund its own mental health plan and helping to close down commercial solariums, the AMA has had a range of wins in public health.
“I am proud of them all and thank my Council and the AMA office staff for their assistance,” he said.
“There was one big loss which happened on my watch – and medicine in WA will suffer as a result.
“The Federal and State Government’s decision to approve Curtin University’s ill-considered medical school is an expensive folly.
“The AMA’s strong voice in WA depends on a strong membership base, and I am happy to report that the Association’s membership is at an all-time high. The past 12 months have seen us actively work towards recruiting new members and in this, we have been very successful.
“The AMA in WA has had another successful year and has led the debate on a range of health related issues.
“I will continue to fight and fight strongly for public health in our state over the next year. I and the AMA will also continue to fight to ensure health spending is protected and front line health services do not suffer State or Federal government funding cuts.
“The AMA in WA is not at war with the State Government. But I will happily lead the battle if that is necessary.
“I will continue to fight for Healthway. It cannot just become an organisation to be used for the re-election of the Government of the day.
“Royal Perth Hospital needs redevelopment. We cannot get the new Children’s Hospital and the new Midland Hospital as wrong as we got Fiona Stanley.
“There are critical ongoing issues that WA Health is grappling with and I will continue to lobby the corridors of power to ensure that health is protected,” Dr Gannon said.
In other results, Dr Andrew Miller and Dr Omar Khorshid were re-elected as AMA (WA) Vice Presidents.