This month in The NSW Doctor, AMA (NSW) releases its Vision for a Healthier NSW, hear from the health spokespeople ahead of the State Election, a report back from O-Week 2019, completing medical training but not in a straight line, industry news and more.


Thinking long term

FROM THE CEO Thinking long term Short-term, populist policies fragment care and increase costs across the system. We need a healthcare strategy that can be adapted to meet the needs of a growing population in NSW. This year, for the first time in my 20-year career, we are getting the joy of not one but [...]

Creating a vision for health

PRESIDENT'S WORD Creating a vision for health With both a State and Federal election on the horizon, it’s the perfect opportunity to consider health as an ecosystem – adequately resourcing and planning the systems to work in conjunction with each other. Healthcare is complex. And when faced with a complicated problem or issue, it is [...]

Vision for a healthier NSW

FEATURE Vision for a healthier NSW We must continually strive for a health system that is patient-centred, equitable, integrated and innovative. In the months leading up to the State Election, residents in NSW signalled health would be a key election issue in deciding how to vote. On the Federal stage, analysts also predicted health would [...]

Who should speak for health?

FEATURE Who should speak for health? NSW State Election health candidates reveal their top priorities, the greatest challenges facing the sector, and which public health issues they are most passionate about… Brad Hazzard Minister for Health Mr Hazzard stepped into the health portfolio more than two years ago. Since then, he has steered through a [...]

O Week

FEATURE O Week The number of new interns in NSW cracked 1000 this year – the largest intake ever in State history. This year, NSW placed 1021 interns – up from 999 in 2018 – into the State hospital system. The number of intern placements has been slowly creeping up over the last five years, [...]

Hitting the pause button

STUDENT VIEW Hitting the pause button Sometimes you have to see it to believe it, but your journey through medicine doesn’t have to be a straight line, writes Dr Ashna Basu. As my cohort – the class of 2018 – started their first day as new interns, I felt trepidation, nerves, and excitement. But while [...]

Termination of VMO contracts

INDUSTRY NEWS Termination of VMO contracts A VMO contract may be terminated in certain circumstances; however, there are a number of arguments you could make should you wish to challenge a termination of contract decision. Andrew Campbell explains... Chapter 8 of the Health Services Act 1997 (the Act) governs the engagement of Visiting Medical Officers [...]

Referral brokers undermining clinical care

NEWS Referral brokers undermining clinical care AMA (NSW) has joined the Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association (ADIA) in urging the NSW Government to clamp down on the referral broker model. Both groups are calling on the NSW Government to introduce regulations to safeguard the integrity of the referral process; ensuring referrals for medical services are based [...]

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