The 2018 AMA National Conference will give members a greater voice
BY AMA PRESIDENT MICHAEL GANNON
Colleagues, after another exciting year for the AMA, it is time to prepare for the AMA National Conference. This year’s conference will be held at the QT Hotel, Canberra, from 25-27 May 2018.
As in previous years, the Conference will open with addresses from the Health Minister, Shadow Health Minister, and Leader of The Greens. The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader have also been invited to share their health policy objectives.
However, the new Conference format will give AMA members a platform to debate the most pressing challenges facing our profession and the healthcare system.
The AMA is committed to member engagement. In keeping with that, the floor of the Conference will be opened to debate on issues of interest and relevance to members and the broader community.
The second day will be given over to debate on issues put forward by the State and Territory AMAs and the Practice Group Councils within Federal AMA. Under the AMA’s Constitution, the role of National Conference is advisory only. However, these debates will provide an opportunity for all members to have direct input into policy development.
Our Councils and Committees are working hard to ensure that the topics to be debated will be the issues that are of most relevance and interest to members. As an attendee, your voice will ensure that your AMA not only helps build and sustain the health system in which we work but improves outcomes for our patients and the broader community.
The Conference’s social events will connect you with AMA leaders and your colleagues from across the country. The breakfast roundtables on Sunday will also provide an opportunity for delegates to gain more expertise on a particular area of interest.
I encourage all members, from all parts of the profession, whether trained in Australia or overseas, to participate. Your opinions and views will inform our advocacy. The more members involved in this year’s conference, the better the AMA can represent your interests.
I look forward to meeting with you and hearing your views at this year's Conference.