18May

New AMA (NSW) leadership team to focus on key health issues affecting the state

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New AMA (NSW) President, Prof Brad Frankum, has been elected unopposed, following the end of the two-year term of his predecessor, A/Prof Saxon Smith. Dr Kean-Seng Lim, who is the current Royal Australian College of General Practice GP of the Year, is replacing Prof Frankum as Vice President. “It’s an honour to have been named […]
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01Apr

AMA (NSW) President: COAG offers little comfort to NSW Patients

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AMA (NSW) President, Clin A/Prof Saxon Smith, says the failure of the COAG meeting to solve the deadlock on long-term health funding pushes hospitals further into crisis. “The Federal Government’s plan on health has some decent ideas but provides no framework, planning, or funding to execute them. “It has consistently applied this light on the […]
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16Mar

Record emergency demand and nothing left to cut in state’s hospitals

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For the second year in a row, NSW hospitals have seen a record number of emergency patients in the fourth quarter, new Bureau of Health Information figures show. AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, says this highlights the dangerous mistake the Federal Government will be making when it cuts health funding next year. “Since the […]
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11Mar

AMA (NSW) President welcomes safer backyard pool laws

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, is welcoming the NSW Government’s moves to increase the safety of backyard pools. “The NSW Government is doing a lot of good work to increase safety for the community and it’s good to see it continuing work on backyard pools. “Sadly, a majority of the children who drown in […]
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21Feb

AMA (NSW) President: why are people arguing to make Sydney less safe?

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, says alcohol lockout laws in Sydney are saving lives and preventing injuries. “At the end of the day, the question is: should people’s safety be overridden by people’s right to buy alcohol at any time of day or night, at any location? “The evidence shows, not just in this […]
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22Jan

AMA (NSW) President welcomes hospital security audit

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AMA (NSW) President, Clinical Associate Professor Saxon Smith, has welcomed the Government’s response to the issue of violence in the state’s hospitals. “As recent incidents have shown, a review of NSW hospital security is sorely needed to protect patients and hospital staff. “AMA (NSW) welcomes the audit of safety measures at hospitals by the NSW […]
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18Jan

AMA (NSW) / ASMOF (NSW) Alliance welcomes new doctors to state’s hospitals

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The AMA (NSW) / ASMOF (NSW) Alliance is today welcoming nearly 1,000 new doctors to the State’s health system. Dr Danielle McMullen, the Chair of the Doctors-in-Training Committee, says this year’s group of interns is another record-breaker. “Today is the beginning of Orientation Week (or O Week) at NSW hospitals, the first day on the […]
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13Jan

AMA (NSW) President: Hospital shooting demonstrates dangers faced by health workers

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AMA (NSW) President, Clinical Associate Professor Saxon Smith, says the shooting at Nepean Hospital is a high profile demonstration of the dangers faced by health workers. “Doctors, nurses, paramedics, and other hospital staff often come into contact with threatening situations in the course of doing our jobs. “It’s important to remember that it’s not just […]
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02Jan

Despite knowing skin cancer risks, young people still sunbake

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New research on Australian attitudes to sun protection shows young people are still sunbaking with the intention to tan, despite knowing the skin cancer risk. AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, has surveyed nearly 1,400 medical students and he found nearly one third of them sunbake. “These results are typical for people in the under […]
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