19Sep

Renewed push for sugary drinks tax welcome

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, is welcoming the renewed push for a tax on sugary drinks in an effort to curb Australia’s obesity crisis. “Two-thirds of the adult population is overweight or obese and so are one in four children. “A tax on sugary drinks would send a clear message to people that products […]
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14Sep

Be prepared to listen on RUOK Day

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AMA (NSW) President, Professor Brad Frankum is encouraging all Australians to not only ask the question on 14 September, but to be prepared to listen. “It’s a simple question, but not always a simple answer. If someone is willing to talk to you it’s important to listen without judgement, take their feelings seriously and don’t […]
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23Jun

AMA (NSW) President: weighing patients is just like taking their blood pressure

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AMA (NSW) supports the NSW Government’s efforts to normalise weighing children and measuring their height when they come in contact with the health system. “AMA (NSW) continues to be supportive of the Premier’s priority to reduce the rates of childhood obesity in the state. “Given that obesity rates are where they are, it’s important that […]
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20Jun

AMA (NSW) welcomes State Budget’s infrastructure spend

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, says the State Government is continuing to make good investments in hospital infrastructure but recurrent funding is still a problem. “Over the past few years, the State Government has made big commitments to health infrastructure and followed through on those pledges. “I am glad to see the need for […]
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07Jun

Dr Tessa Kennedy’s speech to the NSW Health JMO Wellbeing and Support Forum

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We are here because four NSW doctors-in-training died by suicide within six months. However, I believe the solutions we seek today are to a much more widespread problem: the psychological distress and mental ill-health which may be created, exacerbated or perpetuated by the culture of medicine and way we work as doctors. This is my […]
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09May

Disappointing Federal Budget a blow to healthcare in NSW

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, says the 2017-18 Federal Budget is a disappointment and that it won’t have an appreciable effect on people’s access to healthcare. “AMA has been on record for years as saying insufficient investment in health will only block access to care for the poor, sick and vulnerable. “The small and […]
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24Mar

Cutting doctor’s sentence sends a poor message on violence against women

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, says reducing the sentence of Dr John Kearsley sends a poor message about society’s opinion of violence against women. “Dr John Kearsley is a man who drugged and indecently assaulted a younger female colleague. “This happened at a meeting arranged as a mentoring opportunity. “He abused his position of […]
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17Mar

Tetanus case should be a reminder to get vaccinated

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An unimmunised 7-year-old girl has been hospitalised with tetanus and it is a reminder to all parents to speak with their GPs about vaccination, AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum said. “For people worried about immunisation, vaccines are very safe and they prevent potentially deadly diseases like tetanus. “And for people who aren’t sure how […]
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15Mar

AMA (NSW) President: lack of health vision failing patients and hospitals

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, says the ongoing record-breaking numbers of patients presenting at NSW Hospitals shows a complete failure to address healthcare needs. “In 2016, all-time records were broken at the beginning of the year and then again at the end of the year for emergency department presentations. “The proportion of patients in […]
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