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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07Sep
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What is the plan for non-COVID healthcare? AMA (NSW) 

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AMA (NSW) is calling on the State Government to be transparent with the public about the impact of delaying non-COVID care on patients and our health system.  “We appreciate the challenges facing the NSW Health system as it deals with the evolving and urgent COVID-19 crisis, and we understand the need to provide all possible resources […]
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25Aug
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NSW must keep lockdown measures in place: AMA (NSW) 

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AMA (NSW) is calling on the Premier to stay the course on lockdowns in NSW while our health system struggles to cope with the current demand.  "We know people are tired, want to see their families, and are increasingly vaccinated, but this is not the time to ease restrictions at any level,” said AMA (NSW) President, Dr Danielle McMullen.  “We understand the desire for certainty, and we think discussion about modelling and […]
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21Aug

The best vaccine is the one you can get today: AMA (NSW) 

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AMA (NSW) is calling on the Commonwealth Government to urgently improve their vaccination communication campaign and provide clear advice to Australians about vaccination.     Every time there is a new vaccination announcement from the Commonwealth, GPs see appointments cancelled. GPs, including those in areas hardest hit with COVID, are concerned by declining numbers and increased hesitancy.     The AMA is urging NSW residents not to […]
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12Aug

AMA (NSW) calls on the NSW Government to mandate COVID vaccinations for healthcare workers in hospitals

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AMA (NSW) is urging the NSW Government to make vaccinations mandatory for healthcare workers in hospitals to boost vaccination rates and help slow transmission of COVID-19 in healthcare facilities.     “Healthcare workers are already largely vaccine compliant but making vaccination a requirement will help push the minority over the line,” said AMA (NSW) President, Dr […]
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22Jul

AMA (NSW): ‘No Mask – Stay Home’

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AMA (NSW) is encouraging people of Greater Sydney not to burden GPs by seeking mask exemption certificates, telling them to stay home instead.     “I recognise the frustration that prompted Minister Hazzard and the NSW Police to seek a formal mask exemption process. However, requiring people to seek medical certification for mask exemptions will significantly […]
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