07Jul

AMA (NSW) President disappointed at Federal Coalition’s cuts to Indigenous health

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, says the Federal Government’s withdrawal of millions in funding for Indigenous health services in the state is very disappointing. “Indigenous health services are vital and do great work in providing culturally appropriate care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. “This is a segment of the Australian population whose […]
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01Jul

Health a life and death issue for patients

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AMA NSW President, Prof Brad Frankum, is calling on the community to stand up for Australia’s health system this election. Prof Frankum said he was aware of GPs in south western Sydney actively encouraging their patients to use their vote to end the Medicare rebate freeze. “This is not the AMA taking sides in politics, […]
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23Jun

Insurance and Regulation Reform Package 2015

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The NSW Government announced reforms to the workers compensation system in NSW in August 2015. The reform package has affected three areas: benefits for workers including increases to the maximum lump sum compensation, death benefit lump sum amount, and funeral expenses, and extending of the medical benefit cap benefits for employers including performance discounts on […]
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21Jun

State Government invests in prevention, Federal hospital funding still a worry

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, says the State Government has made some good investments in preventative health, including $14 million to tackle childhood obesity. “The NSW Government should be commended for recognising the need to invest in childhood obesity prevention programs. “The growing obesity epidemic presents a lifelong risk of poor health outcomes and […]
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20Jun

AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, to visit Maitland and Cessnock today

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, will be visiting Maitland and Cessnock to speak with local doctors and candidates about health issues in the region. During the day, he will be talking to local politicians and community members about the need for adequate health funding in the lead-up to the Federal Election. In the evening, […]
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13Jun

AMA (NSW) President: Health Australia Party misses the point

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AMA (NSW) President Prof Brad Frankum says the Health Australia Party is missing the point and should leave healthcare policy to people better suited to the task. “I am concerned that a one-issue political party has sprung up around wanting to put unproven alternative health products on equal footing with thoroughly-researched medical practices. “The Health […]
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03Jun

AMA (NSW) welcomes greater regulation for cosmetic surgery

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, is welcoming the State Government’s new safety regulations on cosmetic surgery. “Patient safety is paramount and these new regulations will improve safety for people who undergo these kinds of procedures. “Cosmetic surgery, just like any other kind of surgery or medical treatment, has the potential for unintended outcomes and […]
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01Jun

AMA (NSW) President: latest report shows another backward step in hospital performance as emergency presentations break records

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AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, says the State’s hospitals are beginning to slide on performance measures, despite the best efforts of staff. “This is the second quarter in a row that we’ve seen the record broken for the number of presentations at NSW emergency departments. “There was also a surprisingly large nine per cent […]
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