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30Sep
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AMA (NSW) welcomes decision to restart day procedures in private hospitals

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AMA (NSW) is pleased the NSW Government has announced day procedures will resume in private facilities from Tuesday 5 October. “This is a win for patients who have been anxiously waiting for much-needed non-COVID care,” said Dr Danielle McMullen, AMA (NSW) President. “It also means medical professionals can get back to the business of reducing […]
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21Dec

AMA (NSW) President: Work for home, if possible

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Danielle McMullen is urging employers to allow employees to work from home wherever possible. “Please encourage your employees to work from home if possible. Don’t put them at risk unnecessarily,” Dr McMullen said. “We need to be extremely vigilant right now to reduce the spread of COVID-19, which means staying home. […]
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11Oct
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It’s too early to remove NSW communities from hotspot list: AMA (NSW) 

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AMA (NSW) is urging the Commonwealth to reconsider its expiration date on hotspot status for communities in NSW.  “The hotspot status gives medical professionals a few more tools in the toolbox to deal with pandemic and it’s premature to cut that support,” said Dr Michael Bonning, AMA (NSW) Chair of Council.  “We are in the […]
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07Oct
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AMA (NSW) concerned State is moving ‘too fast too soon’

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AMA (NSW) is urging Premier Dominic Perrottet to pump the brakes on lifting restrictions in NSW. “We’ve got a new Premier in the driver’s seat, but that's not a good enough reason to deviate from the course set out,” said Dr Danielle McMullen, AMA (NSW) President. “Keeping people safe must be the Premier’s top priority. […]
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07Oct
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Joint Statement: NSW Government delay on Ice Inquiry recommendations is costing lives: COVID-19 makes comprehensive strategy to tackle addiction issues more urgent

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An alliance of peak health bodies including the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and its Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) NSW, are calling on the NSW Government to stop delaying […]
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01Oct
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AMA (NSW) recognises Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s contributions to health

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AMA (NSW) acknowledges the services of Premier Gladys Berejiklian. “While the AMA did not always agree with all decisions of the Berejiklian Government, the medical profession respected the Premier for ensuring that health advice was considered throughout the State’s COVID response,” said AMA (NSW) President, Dr Danielle McMullen. “She also ensured Dr Kerry Chant and […]
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22Sep
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AMA (NSW) calls on the NSW Government to make elective surgery a priority

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The NSW Government is backing the wrong horse, says AMA (NSW) President, Dr Danielle McMullen, who says planning for outdoor sporting events should not take precedence over the reopening of elective surgery. “Allowing 5000 punters to attend a horse race, while patients continue to sit on wait lists for elective surgery is poor form,” Dr […]
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15Sep
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Record-breaking hospital activity exacerbating doctor stress levels

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Doctors are facing higher than ever levels of hospital activity and indicate excessive workloads are contributing to workplace stress.  “Even before the second wave of COVID hit NSW, we were experiencing strikingly high emergency department activity and a corresponding spike in admitted patients. There is pressure throughout all parts of the system and the downstream […]
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09Sep

NSW must release updated modelling showing impact of easing COVID restrictions on health system

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The Australian Medical Association (AMA) said the New South Wales Government’s plan released today to start reopening from the COVID-19 lockdown lacked sufficient detail, including any modelling of future case numbers and health system impacts.  AMA President Dr Omar Khorshid and NSW State President Dr Danielle McMullen said that although the NSW Government stated it was following the Doherty modelling prepared […]
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