Communication key to vaccine confidence
The AMA commends the Australian Government for listening to medical advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine and taking a more cautious approach to the rollout, with emerging evidence there is a very low risk of clotting associated with the vaccine.
“I want to emphasise the AstraZeneca vaccine for people who are 50 and over is considered very safe and the benefits vastly outweigh any risks,” AMA President Dr Omar Khorshid said.
9 APR 2021
No bonded medical program participant will be penalised
The AMA wrote directly to Minister Hunt on 1 April 2021 asking for him to provide an immediate undertaking that no bonded medical program participant will be penalised or placed in a worse situation because of being incorrectly opted-in to the new program by the Department of Health.
9 APR 2021
President and CEO update
No one expected the snap three-day lockdown in Brisbane, but hopefully it’s done the job to contain two clusters that broke out in Brisbane in March. It occurred just as general practices all over Australia started phase 1b COVID vaccinations. Phase 1b includes vulnerable patients, but also health care workers not already vaccinated in the 1a rollout.
1 APR 2021
Industrial relations course for doctors and medical managers
Griffith University is proposing to run an intensive short-course program focusing on industrial relations across a series of face-to-face workshops targeted at medical doctors and managers. The program will aim to upskill early, mid, and late career professionals with the skills required to efficiently navigate the industrial landscape within which they function.
1 APR 2021
Update your details
With AMA Queensland’s election now open for nominations, members need to ensure their details are up-to-date with us to ensure full voting rights.
Please note, for the purpose of this election if you need to make changes to your craft group, geographical area or other position in the register of members, this must be done by 12noon Monday 12 April 2021.
1 APR 2021
More fit-testing needed to protect doctors and the community
A survey by the Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Federation Queensland (ASMOFQ) and Australian Medical Association (AMA) Queensland has shown doctors may be at risk of contracting COVID-19.
Almost half of the 365 doctors who responded said they regularly treated patients who might be infected with COVID-19. However, 70 per cent said they had not been fit-tested for the P2/N95 face masks that are used when treating COVID patients.
30 MAR 2021
New to AMA Queensland Council - Dr Vikas Moudgil
AMA Queensland would like to welcome Psychiatrist Dr Vikas Moudgil to as a Greater Brisbane Representative on Council. Dr Moudgil is the Clinical Director at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and brings his medical knowledge, his advocacy in managing family violence and his experience representing psychiatrists to assist with matters of policy for AMA Queensland.
26 MAR 2021
Developmental Disability and Psychotropics guidelines
Therapeutic Guidelines has released revised guidelines on Developmental Disability and Psychotropic guidelines. All guidelines are now available in eTG complete.
23 MAR 2021
Event: The New Horizon - Leading doctors' health into the future
Date: Friday 4 June 2021
Time: 8am - 5pm
Location: The Calile Hotel, Brisbane (both face-to-face and online)
Doctors' Health in Queensland presents The New Horizon: Leading Doctors' Health into the Future
This past year has highlighted that a focus on doctors’ health is vital for the delivery of high quality, safe health care for our community. Supporting the health of doctors benefits the individual doctor, their health care team and the patients they care for.
23 MAR 2021
GPs kick-off priority vaccine rollout
Photo: Dr Ian Williams, GP and AMA Queensland councillor gives registered nurse Debra Bacon her COVID-19 vaccine
About 250 GP clinics will start administering COVID-19 vaccinations to vulnerable Queenslanders from today.
People who are eligible for phase 1b vaccination include healthcare workers, people aged over 70, people with a disability, people with an underlying medical condition and those in high-risk occupations.
22 MAR 2021