AMA National Conference 2019 – We Want To Hear Your Voice


The 2019 Federal Election is expected in mid-May, but there is a much bigger national event for our Association taking place that month – AMA National Conference in Brisbane.

This year’s National Conference will be held at the Sofitel Brisbane from May 24-26, and we would love to see you there and hear your views about health policy and what your AMA can do to add even greater value to your membership.

There will be plenty happening.

The formal policy sessions are highly topical and at the heart of how we care for our patients and care for ourselves every day, and how we will perform our important work into the future. The key sessions are:

  • Doctors’ Health – putting the spotlight on how doctors can and should look after their own health, and the ongoing barriers to that care
  • Aged Care – the key role of doctors in improving clinical care for older Australians in an environment where governments are facing greater financial constraints;
  • Artificial Intelligence – how artificial intelligence will change the way we practise medicine, but also introduce a new range of ethical, professional, and workforce considerations;
  • Mental Health – the changing role of our mental health system, and the key advocacy challenges for the AMA to ensure services provide continuity of care between the ED and the GP; and
  • Medical Workforce – how we deal with an oversupply of doctors, the maldistribution of doctors, and how we can make vocational training work best for all Australian communities in need of quality medical care.

Following the outstanding success of our very first grassroots policy development debates ‘from the floor of conference’, the popular Conference delegate policy debates are happening again this year. We asked our local members via the State and Territory AMAs to submit policy debate topics to be discussed by delegates ‘live’ at Conference. Everybody and anybody can have their say. But you must come to Conference to share your views and opinions. This is AMA democracy at work. 

The policy debate topics this year include:

  • Should all GP registrars be employed under single employer contracts?
  • The implications of non-fatal strangulation in family violence.
  • Credentialed pharmacists in rural and remote areas.
  • Alcohol use in pregnancy.
  • Paid family and domestic violence leave.
  • Introducing targets for rural research funding and facilities.

But there is much, much more to Conference than work and talk.

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 in specialised areas 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.

Our members are our strength. I look forward to seeing you in Brisbane in May.

Dr Tony Bartone
Federal AMA President

 Register before 1st April 2019 and save.