Family GPs the panacea to COVID mental health concerns
Queenslanders are relying on their family GP more than ever, with a growing number of patients seeking mental health support as a result of the COVID pandemic.
In the lead up to World Family Doctor Day on May 19, AMA Queensland Council of General Practice chair Dr Maria Boulton said the pandemic showed just how important it was to have a family GP you trust and could rely on.
19 MAY 2021
Aged Care Royal Commission – Overview of recommendations
Aged Care in Australia has been plagued with poor health care standards, low staff ratios, under-resourcing and high waiting lists for numerous years. The outbreak of COVID-19 in Australian residential aged care facilities in 2020 triggered an urgent Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (Commission).
14 MAY 2021
Regional practices could benefit from COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program
Small regional and rural practices that experienced a decline in business due to COVID-19 shutdowns or restrictions may be eligible for between $2,000 and $10,000 in State Government grants.
The objective of this program is to support small businesses subject to closure or highly impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown restrictions announced by the Queensland Government, to adapt and sustain their operations, and build resilience.
14 MAY 2021
Fellowed GPs must update their Ahpra registration
The Australian Government made amendments to legislation in 2020 that changes how GPs access Medicare. GPs no longer access higher Medicare rebates by registering their Fellowship status with Services Australia. Your Medicare access will now be linked to your registration status with Ahpra and the Medical Board.
14 MAY 2021
Office of Hospital Sustainability a win for AMA Queensland advocacy
Queensland Health has created an Office of Hospital Sustainability (OHS) in direct response to AMA Queensland’s calls for environmental sustainability in healthcare.
Research shows the health care sector is responsible for at least seven per cent of emissions, with:
14 MAY 2021
Doctors plan roadmap out of ramping
The State Government’s $100 million funding boost for public hospitals was a small step towards fixing a $3 billion problem, according to Queensland doctors.
Emergency physician and AMA Queensland member Dr Kim Hansen welcomed the extra money for 65 new beds and support services but said it was not enough to alleviate clogged emergency departments across the state.
“It’s good to see the State Government responding but our public hospitals need innovative and effective models of care, as well as more funding,” Dr Hansen said.
11 MAY 2021
AMA Queensland scorecard Q1 2021
We are delighted to launch the AMA Queensland Scorecard that outlines our key achievements and results delivered in the first quarter of 2021. It provides a visual overview of our extensive work to advance and improve the medical profession in Queensland and support doctors in the delivery of exemplary health care for the community.
30 APR 2021
Doctors and nurses join forces to demand safety
The Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Federation Queensland (ASMOFQ) and Australian Medical Association (AMA) Queensland have continued to fight for the safety of frontline health workers by supporting a Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union (QNMU) dispute before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC).
The current QNMU case continues advocacy started by ASMOFQ last year that secured a commitment from Queensland Health to deliver a consistent program of fit-testing for personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline staff.
29 APR 2021