What is the AMA doing for you?

The AMA has achieved much for GPs and their patients over the last year. Important work that has been undertaken by AMA Council, Council of General Practice and AMA staff includes:

 

  • Fighting for the continued right of Australians to choose and see their own family GP
  • Ensuring that vocationally registered GPs be recognised as Specialists under new national registration arrangements and blocked a RACGP proposal to mandate that only Fellows of the College be granted Specialists recognition
  • Securing changes to Level C & D MBS items which enabled GPs to spend more time with patients
  • Securing Government funding to increase places for prevocational GP trainees
  • Winning crucial amendments to midwives and nurse practitioner legislation mandating collaborative arrangements with doctors
  • Securing Federal Budget funding of $390 million for GPs to hire practice nurses
  • Continuing the ‘War on Red Tape’ and the onerous paperwork in MBS, PBS and other reporting arrangements
  • Advocating to ensure that the public and media are aware of the real costs of primary care and the inadequacy of current MBS funding
  • Securing significant extra Federal Budget funding for existing GP Practice infrastructure
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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
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Morale in General Practice: Is the glass filling up?
Dr Simon Torvaldsen
Thursday, 5th December 2019

This month’s Medicus magazine focused on morale in our hospitals – but what about morale amongst us general practitioners? Some would say that General Practice has been downtrodden and neglected for so long that GPs have forgotten what it is …