Former AMA president eager for global challenge

FORMER AMA president Dr Mukesh Haikerwal (AO) has said he is grateful for the opportunity to chair the World Medical Association (WMA) for the next two years, after being elected to the position last week.

“This is something that I have been allowed to do by the AMA and by my family and to a degree by my patients,” he said.

“It is something I’m certainly grateful for and getting the confidence of the world body is something I’m immensely proud of.”

Dr Haikerwal said he would like to see the Australian experience in fighting chronic disease used as an example for health services in other countries. Plain tobacco packaging legislation revealed by the Government last week also shows “the way to the rest of the world,” he said.

“The main thing for an organisation like the WMA, with nearly 100 national medical associations as members, is to try to get some synergy.”