Mukesh reappointed to top job

Melbourne GP, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal (pictured) has been reappointed chair of World Medical Association.

The former AMA president was handed another two-year term at the association's council meeting in Bali last week.

The organisation was set up in the aftermath of World War II to protect clinical independence of the profession an promote ethical behaviour. Its membership has grown to cover 102 national medical associations.

Dr Haikerwal said it was an "honour" to be reappointed given the importance of the World Medical Association's work, particularly on the threat of non-communicable disease and the social determinants of health.

The association has played a key role in highlighting the plight of doctors and hospitals in countries like Bahrain and Syria — often attacked and killed during their course of their work looking after patients.