20Feb

Health Minister’s sugar tax rejection premature

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, says the Federal Health Minister is letting the people of NSW down by dismissing a sugar tax so readily. “The problem posed by the massive incidence of overweight and obesity in NSW and Australia is a complex one for which there is no silver bullet. “We will need a […]
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10Feb

Doctor suicide – resources and a need for action

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An open letter from AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum I wanted to acknowledge my anonymous colleague for their heartfelt post – There  is something rotten inside the medical profession. I am sad to say we have lost at least three colleagues in the last 12 months, that I am aware of, some still in […]
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19Jan

AMA (NSW) President: Baird Government has kept health promises

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, says Mike Baird’s Government has been strong on keeping its commitments on health funding. “The Baird Government has kept an excellent record of delivering on the funds it has pledged to health infrastructure. “Even with everything else going on in the health portfolio, under Mike Baird and Jillian Skinner, […]
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18Jan

Stop the Clock: In Australia, a child is abused every 15 minutes

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, is today launching the Stop the Clock anti-child abuse campaign at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. “Too many children arrive at hospital with injuries deliberately inflicted by their carers. “These can range from broken bones, to burns, to head injuries that cause lifelong disability. “However, even this is just […]
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14Dec

Federal Government cries poor but overall health funding is stable

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, says he’s glad Federal Government funding for public hospitals is going up because it’s been so low in recent years. “The last 10 years of Federal Government recurrent funding for public hospitals has been highly variable. “From growth of 13.1 per cent in 2008-09 to lows of negative 4.9 […]
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08Dec

Relaxing takeaway alcohol opening hours a mistake

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, says extending the opening hours for takeaway alcohol sales is a mistake that will lead to more violence. “The Callinan recommendations regarding the lockout laws and closing times for pubs and clubs in inner Sydney are well-reasoned. “They are a compromise solution that will ensure people can seek entertainment, […]
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08Dec

Obesity is a national health crisis, Government needs to act

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, is today challenging federal politicians to take a stand on overweight and obesity and begin work on a national prevention plan. “Today’s report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that even in the slimmest part of the country, more than 50 per cent of the population […]
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07Dec

AMA (NSW) President: Bureau of Health Information highlights need in Bega

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, says the latest Bureau of Health Information report shows exactly why South East Regional Hospital needs more staff. “There was a surge of almost 40 per cent in the number of emergency presentations in Bega between Q3 2015 and Q3 2016. “The drop in performance measures prompted the Health […]
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07Dec

Increase in demand for emergency hospital treatment triples population growth

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, says demand for emergency hospital treatment in NSW is increasing at three times the state’s population growth. “The latest Bureau of Health Information report continues the trend of setting all-time records, this time in the number of people admitted to NSW hospitals. “There were nearly half a million occasions […]
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