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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23Jun

Commonwealth cuts will see NSW lose five-and-a-half Westmead Hospitals

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith is welcoming the record health spend in the State Budget. “The State Government is keeping pace with its previous commitments to health. “There are two parts to health funding: infrastructure and the recurrent spending you need to keep hospitals operating. “The recurrent investment is not quite at the level […]
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12Jun

Make sure you’re vaccinated against measles and whooping cough

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Unvaccinated travellers are continuing to bring cases of measles back to Australia and infection rates of whooping cough are spiking once again. “Many places in the rest of the world popular with Australian travellers are experiencing measles outbreaks,” AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, said. “Unfortunately, what we’re seeing is a number of unvaccinated Australians […]
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19May

UV rays don’t take holidays – stay sun safe in winter

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, says that even though winter is around the corner, UV rays don’t take holidays and skin cancer prevention is still a priority. “As we head into winter in NSW, it’s still important to protect yourself from the sun. “UV rays don’t take holidays and just because it’s getting cooler […]
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07May

AMA (NSW) President welcomes legislation to ban e-cigarette sales to children

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AMA (NSW) President, Dr Saxon Smith, says he is glad the State Government has moved so soon after Parliament resumed to ban e-cigarettes from being sold to children. “I’m very happy to belong to an organisation that has been part of the campaign to ban e-cigarette sales to children. “I’m also very happy that the […]
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