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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18Dec

Planned Maitland hospital will not meet community needs

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, says the planned New Hunter Valley Hospital will not meet community demand for health services. “The proposed funding of $400 million will fail to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population in the Lower Hunter. “The Government is seeking to revert to a hospital design which will result […]
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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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