AMA seeks health policy debate

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton used his National Press Club address today to call for a shift away from the focus on the “issues that divide us” and instead engage in a battle of ideas and policies about economic security, health, education and employment.

“Along with the economy, it is health and education that are the issues foremost in people’s minds. In a modern country like Australia, you would expect and hope that the federal election would be fought on these issues,” he said. 

“Let’s shift the focus to the policies that will make us a healthier and smarter nation.”

Despite sharing enthusiasm for the health reforms of the Rudd government following the 2007 election, Dr Hambleton said the reinstalled prime minister’s “big picture health reform vision looks more like a passport photo today”. 

He congratulated the Labor government for expanding doctor training