15Nov

AMA (NSW) President: Yes vote sends a strong message to Canberra

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, says he is delighted with the news that the yes vote was so strong for marriage equality. “AMA (NSW) has been campaigning in favour of marriage equality and today’s result is excellent. “The vote itself may have been a flawed process and an invitation to make LGBTIQ Australians the […]
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26Oct

AMA (NSW) President: There is still time to say ‘Yes’ to marriage equality

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, is encouraging Australians to vote yes in the Marriage Law Postal Survey – before it’s too late. “We have a monumental opportunity to reject discrimination and promote equality for all Australians,” he said. “The AMA supports marriage equality, because this is a health issue. “LGBTIQ Australians experience significantly poorer […]
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09Oct

AMA (NSW) President: health risks of codeine outweigh benefits

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, says the Therapeutic Goods Administration decision to make codeine available by prescription-only from 1 February 2018 correctly reflects the health risks of this medicine. “Codeine is an opioid drug that is derived from poppies. It is metabolised into morphine in the liver and people can become addicted to it […]
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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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