High-profile deputy throws hat in the ring for top AMA job

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton? That is the possible scenario, as the association’s high-profile deputy – and its highest-profile GP – is the only openly declared candidate so far in the upcoming national leadership ballot.

Confirming his nomination last week, Dr Hambleton pledged an era of advocacy for GPs and doctors in training while maintaining a constructive but watchful eye on Government across all areas of healthcare.

“We’ve got huge issues with training the next generation of doctors… that we need to get right,” the Queensland GP told MO. “Everything steals off that – because that’s what all doctors have to be exposed to before deciding [which specialisation] to go in.”

GP membership has remained “steady” for the past decade at 7000–8500, according to the AMA. Given they are still the association’s largest constituency, Dr Hambleton believed