08Dec

AMA (NSW) President issues a wake-up call on skin cancer

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, is reminding Australians about the deadly threat of skin cancer ahead of his presentation at an international conference on the disease in Melbourne. “At my practice, diagnosing new skin cancers is a daily occurrence for me but I’d prefer to help people prevent getting skin cancer in the first […]
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28Nov

AMA (NSW) President: “cooking” sunscreen cuts protection by up to 40%

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World first Australian research has revealed that “cooking” your sunscreen can reduce its effectiveness by up to 40 per cent. “This highlights the need for Australians to throw out their old sunscreen and buy new sunscreen every summer to ensure good protection from the sun,” AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, said. “The research was […]
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20Nov

Take care of your health during heatwave

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With Sydney facing its hottest November day since 1982 and much of NSW in a heatwave, AMA (NSW) is reminding people to stay hydrated and keep cool. “Heatwaves like the one we’re seeing today can cause serious harm to people through heatstroke and dehydration. “Wherever you are today, make sure you drink enough water and […]
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23Oct

Domestic violence: too many kids dying or suffering brain injuries

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AMA President, Prof Brian Owler, is in Sydney today to raise awareness about the effects of domestic violence on children (details below). He is joining with Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, and his NSW Counterpart, Dr Saxon Smith, to launch a new AMA campaign. “Children are all too commonly victims of domestic violence and […]
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21Sep

AMA (NSW) President: Concerned about coeliac? Go to your doctor

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, is warning against relying on in-pharmacy tests for coeliac disease. “Tests for coeliac disease that are being offered in pharmacies are unreliable and will not give you a clear idea if you have coeliac disease or not. “The in-pharmacy tests provide both false positive and false negative results. “This […]
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19Sep

Sunscreen shame: Australians use less sunscreen than Norwegians

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, says research has shown Australians are using less sunscreen than Europeans each year. “Everyone in Australia is familiar with the sun safe messages of slip, slop, slap, seek and slide but there’s evidence people aren’t acting on this information. “Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria and Norway all reported a greater […]
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15Sep

AMA (NSW) welcomes efforts to raise awareness about sepsis

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, says Sepsis Awareness Month is a good reminder of this deadly condition and the importance for doctors to be aware of it. “Sepsis can affect anyone but the very old, very young, and people with weakened immune systems are at greater risk. “It is a potentially deadly medical emergency […]
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07Aug

AMA (NSW) President: Medibank risks harm to regional patients

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Medibank Private’s ongoing feud with Calvary hospitals is driven by money, is to the detriment of patients and is derived from an obstinate misunderstanding of how medicine works. “This is particularly going to be a problem in rural centres like Wagga Wagga, where the Calvary Hospital is unable to take Medibank Private patients beyond the […]
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06Jul

AMA (NSW) welcomes commencement of outdoor smoke free dining laws

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AMA (NSW) Vice President, Prof Brad Frankum, says he is pleased to see the commencement of smoke free outdoor dining around the state. “This is an excellent day for NSW, with diners now assured of smoke free dining at cafes and restaurants whether they choose to eat inside or outside. “Smoking is not just a […]
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03Jul

AMA (NSW) President: small changes can yield big health results

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Doctors around the state are getting behind NSW Health’s Make Healthy Normal campaign to prevent and reduce overweight and obesity. “People’s perception of what is and isn’t a healthy weight really has shifted to the point where unhealthy weight is being identified as healthy. “It’s hard to solve a health problem when it isn’t recognised […]
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