In the media

AMA updates advice to doctors with conscientious objections The AMA has released its updated Position Statement on Conscientious Objection 2019 (replacing the Position Statement on Conscientious Objection 2013). The policy was reviewed as part of the AMA’s routine, five-year policy review cycle. A conscientious objection is based on sincerely-held beliefs and moral concerns, not self-interest or discrimination (27 March 2019). Click here to view the AMA position statement on Conscientious Objection 2019. More...

Longer GP visits lead to a healthier Australia Australian GPs have called for Australian politicians to recognise the growing demand and need for patients to spend more time with their GP and increase the patient Medicare rebate for consultations longer than 20 minutes. GPs who do offer longer consultations need to increase their fees to ensure that they can cover the costs of providing care where Medicare falls short (26 March 2019). More...

Complaints about surgeon date back to 2006 Queensland bariatric surgeon William Braun faces accusations of medical negligence and misconduct dating back more than a decade and recent allegations regarding sexual harassment, bullying and intimidation recorded across three states and territories (28 March 2019). More...

Queensland denies mismanagement as public hospitals hit capacity The Queensland government has defended the management of south-east Queensland hospitals after the system hit peak capacity. The government also announced $3 million to help ease the pressure on public hospital emergency departments, mostly by securing beds in private hospitals (27 March 2019). More...

Clinical guideline for the diagnosis and management of work-related mental health conditions in general practice Developed to assist GPs with the diagnosis and management of work-related mental health conditions. The guideline recommendations were approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in late 2018. It is endorsed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). More...