Healthway decision unhealthy

Healthway decision unhealthy

Tuesday 19 May 2015

Today’s announcement regarding the State Government’s plans for Healthway is confirmation of everything that we feared and everything that we warned about, AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon said.


“This is confirmation of the destruction of a world-renowned public health organisation. It is confirmation that its independence has been removed and that the government has instead created a body aimed at marginal seats and trying to ensure its re-election.


“This decision will almost certainly result in higher smoking and obesity rates – a sorry legacy for Minister Hames to leave.


“We will, unfortunately see a return to the bad old days of alcohol and fast food advertising and promotion at sporting grounds, including where children are present.


“This decision is another step taken by a government that is increasingly looking as though it is happy to be seen as anti-health.


“In his last year as Health Minister, Dr Hames has in a single blow, destroyed an internationally respected body. In its place, he has created an organisation with no other role than to help the re-election of governments.


“Unfortunately this government appears to be targeting health – the most important role a state government has.


“This is not Healthway – this is Barnett’s way.”


For further comment or to contact Dr Gannon, please call Robert Reid: 0422 553 877

Have Your Say

Do you support the TGA's decision to make codeine-based medicines prescription only?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
Why I Joined the AMA (WA)...
"It is my hope that we can tackle the challenges our profession faces, united as one. If we dislike our working hours, our pay, gender inequality or low training opportunities, we can change these together. As a nurse in my previous life, I know that when a profession stands as one, people listen."
Dr Rebecca Cogan
Dr Rebecca Cogan
Setting the agenda on the End-of-Life debate
Dr Katharine Noonan
Thursday, 31st May 2018

It is an issue that will dominate political, medical and ethical debate in Western Australia over the next year, if not longer.   And the Australian Medical Association (WA) is determined to have the voice of the medical profession heard …