AMA releases its Vision for Australia’s health

first_imgAMA releases its Vision for Australia’s health Australian Medical AssociationThe AMA this week laid out its vision for the future of the Australian health system in a major speech to the National Press Club, with the goal of making Australia the healthiest nation in the world. The AMA’s Vision for Australia’s Health looks beyond the pandemic and provides a blueprint to secure a robust, sustainable health system for decades to come with high quality, patient-centred care at its heart. The vision outlines areas of the health system in need of reform based around five policy pillars – general practice, public hospitals, private health and an equitable, innovative health system for all – underpinned by a bedrock of core principles supporting a stronger health system. The vision has a strong focus on general practice, which Dr Khorshid highlighted in his speech.Dr Khorshid emphasised that general practice is vital as the starting point of the health care system – not to mention the backbone of vaccine efforts. He said that if we are to have any hope of stemming the tide of chronic disease in our nation, we need to bolster this first line of defence.As part of the AMA’s new approach of developing detailed policy papers, the paper – “Putting Health Care back into Aged Care” was released, which highlights where crucial investment into GP services is needed to support Australians in Aged Care.Dr Khorshid cautioned that while the Government’s investment in response to the Royal Commission is welcome and significant, it sadly had some significant oversights when it comes to our nation’s GPs.In the AMA’s Aged Care paper, modelling estimated that if governments invested sufficiently in primary health care and aged care, over four years (2021-22 to 2024-25), $21.2 billion could be saved in public and private health care from avoidable hospital admissions, from older people in the community or in nursing homes.Dr Khorshid said that it is critical to ensure greater access to GPs when dealing with the healthcare needs of older Australians – especially if we want to stop the flow of unnecessary hospital transfers.The AMA will continue to campaign for Medicare to better support GPs to look after patients in Aged Care facilities – so that more older Australians can maintain access to their usual GP once they enter an Aged Care Home.There was little in the Government’s response to the Royal Commission that addressed this.Primary healthcare professionals’ control or influence approximately 80 per cent of healthcare costs, with 83 per cent of patients seeing a GP each year. Yet spending on General Practice accounts for only 8 per cent of total government health spending.One tenth of the costs they control. There is a huge opportunity to save on expensive hospital care by investing in primary care.Now is the time to back our General Practitioners.See AMA’s Vision for Australia’s Health here.Read the transcript of Dr Khorshid’s National Press Club Address here. /AMA/AusMed News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AMA, Australia, Australian, Australian Medical Association, chronic disease, general practice, General Practitioner, Government, health, healthcare, Investment, Medicare, nursing homes, older people, primary care, private health, royal commission, sustainablelast_img read more

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IPL 2017: Rising Pune Supergiant replace Ravichandran Ashwin with Washington Sundar, Royal Challengers Bangalore sign replacement for Lokesh Rahul

first_imgRising Pune Supergiant have picked Tamil Nadu all-rounder Washington Sundar as a replacement for off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who was ruled out of the Indian Premier League season 10 with a groin injury. (More IPL News)Sundar, who bats left-handed and bowls right-arm off-spin, was picked following a trial by the franchise a few days ago.The 17-year-old Sundar, a top-order batsman, began bowling more on the advice of Indian Under-19 coach Rahul Dravid and played a key role in his state team, Tamil Nadu’s Vijay Hazare Trophy and Deodhar Trophy victories this season.Sundar was a key member of the Indian team that reached the Under-19 World Cup final in Bangladesh last year.Meanwhile, Kerala wicket-keeper batsman, Vishnu Vinod, has replaced injured Lokesh Rahul in the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad. Rahul was ruled out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury. The 23-year-old Vinod has had a good run in the limited-overs formats in domestic cricket, hitting a total of 16 sixes in T20 competitions.Australian fast-bowler Ben Hilfenhaus has been signed by the Delhi Daredevils as a replacement for South African batsman JP Duminy. Hilfenhaus has represented Australia in 27 Tests, 25 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 7 T20 Internationals. He has played for two IPL franchises in past editions.last_img read more

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