About the AMA

Get to know the AMA - the peak professional body for doctors in Australia.

About the AMA

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is the peak professional body for doctors in Australia. 

The AMA promotes and protects the professional interests of doctors and the healthcare needs of patients and communities. 

Representing doctors, the AMA works with governments to develop and influence health policy to provide the best outcomes for doctors, their patients, and the community.

The AMA represents and supports all Australian doctors and medical students. We are member-run and led, fighting for fairness and equality, and lobbying and campaigning on the issues affecting the medical profession.

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Equity, diversity, and inclusion  

The AMA works to improve and promote equity, inclusion, and diversity in Australia’s medical profession through its policy and advocacy work. Read more about how the AMA advocates and values equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The AMA’s approach to diversity and inclusion carries through to our workplace. We practise what we preach - providing AMA employees with the opportunity to harness their interests, abilities, and experiences, as well as providing everyone with the opportunity to be their best and feel valued and respected at work.

AMA governance

Learn more about the AMA’s leadership and decision-making structure from the Federal Council and Committees and Working Groups to State and Territory AMAs and the Board of Directors.

Annual reports

AMA Annual Reports contain detailed information on our strategy, advocacy, and financial statements.

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AMA history

The history of the AMA dates back to the early 1800s, when groups of doctors banded together under various names and for various objectives. 

Learn more about the AMA's history

Awards and honours

The AMA awards and honours recognise the distinguished and notable service of members and the inspirational work of individuals working towards better outcomes for their patients and communities.

 Learn more about the awards and recipients

Indigenous scholarship

The AMA Indigenous Medical Scholarship was established in 1994 with the objective of encouraging and supporting our First Nations people who are studying for a medical degree at an Australian university.  

The Scholarship targets Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students who demonstrate a commitment to their community and to medicine, and who may not have the financial means to realise their dream. 

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Careers at the AMA

At the AMA, we are proud to be “Leading Australia’s Doctors – Promoting Australia’s Health”. The AMA, as Australia’s peak health advocacy organisation, exists to advance the health of the community and the professional interests of doctors.  

Our team is one of our biggest strengths. Be part of the voice for better health care in Australia. See your work make a difference on a national scale.  

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Medical Journal of Australia

The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) has been publishing ground-breaking medical research since 1914.  It is the journal of the Australian Medical Association. Since the first MJA issues were published, the highly held values of the Journal have remained unchanged: recording the progress of scientific medicine and assisting in interpreting the practice of medicine in all its branches.  

Today, the MJA has evolved to become a modern journal that continues to translate our founding values into practice. The MJA has an ongoing commitment to supporting the medical profession by publishing high-quality, relevant information useful in medical practice. This is reflected in recent journal metrics, with over 335,000 monthly views online, our highest ever impact factor achieved in 2019 (5.44), and we are among the top 16 general medical journals globally.  

The MJA is published twice a month with one issue in January and December (22 issues a year) and covers all the important issues affecting Australian health care. The MJA publishes the latest Australian clinical research, evidence-based reviews, clinical practice updates, authoritative medical opinion and debate, and developments within the humanities with respect to medicine. The MJA encourages comment and debate from its readers. The MJA welcomes articles in all these categories.  

Read the latest MJA