Structure and Federal Council

Meet the representatives on Federal Council, the AMA’s main policy-making body.

AMA's Constitution

The AMA’s Constitution outlines how the AMA is structured and governed and its main activities. It also explains the roles, responsibilities and powers of the Board, directors, Federal Council, management, and members.  

At the AMA’s Annual General Meeting on 22 May 2024 members voted on changes to the Constitution. In total five resolutions to change the Constitution were passed with an overwhelming majority. Read a copy of the updated Constitution  

Read a message from AMA President Professor Steve Robson about the changes  

 

AMA Federal Council

The AMA Federal Council meets quarterly and is the AMA’s main policy-making body. It is a forum to identify and debate emerging issues of relevance to the membership. 

Learn more about AMA’s advocacy

The Federal Council’s primary role is to:

  • form the policy of the AMA
  • propose changes to existing policy; and  
  • elect representatives to roles and committees.   

Meet the AMA's Federal Councillors

Prof Stephen Robson
AMA President
Prof Stephen Robson

 

One of Australia’s most highly-qualified doctors, Professor Steve Robson has been practising medicine for 35 years.

A Professor at the Australian National University Medical School, Steve works in both public and private practice in Canberra.

He grew up in small regional towns in Queensland and was the first member of his family to attend university.

Before training as a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist, Steve served as a Medical Officer in the Royal Australian Navy and has medals and a citation for war service.

Trained in Australia, the UK, and Canada, Steve is a Fellow of learned colleges in the UK and the US, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He was also President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. 

In addition to these roles Steve currently works with the NHMRC and the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator and has been a part of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on out-of-pocket costs, the National Endometriosis Taskforce, and the Australian Medical Council. He is one of the authors of the Oxford Textbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and has authored more than 200 research papers and articles and two other textbooks.

Steve is passionate about equitable access to healthcare , the economics of preventive care, and the mental health and wellbeing of doctors. He holds two research doctorates and master’s degrees in public health and genetics. He is currently researching the effects of socioeconomics on access to healthcare. 

Steve is currently completing a Master’s degree in Health Economics. He is a member of the Economic Society of Australia, the Australian Health Economics Society, and the International Health Economics Association.

Professor Robson first joined the AMA in 1984 as a medical student in Queensland. He has served as ACT President and is in his fifth term on the AMA ACT Board and is a Federal Councillor. He has also been President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. 

Dr Danielle McMullen
AMA Vice President
Dr Danielle McMullen

Dr Danielle McMullen is the Vice President of AMA and a GP in Townsville. She is the immediate past president of AMA NSW and has been involved with AMA at state and federal levels since 2011. She is a director of Drs4Drs, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She was a member of the Commonwealth Strengthening Medicare Taskforce, and also provides expertise to the TGA Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling. Danielle has a strong interest in good governance processes and building member engagement with the AMA.

Dr Matthew McConnell
Chair of Council and Physicians Speciality Group Representative
Dr Matthew McConnell
Kate
AMA Ltd Board Chair
Dr Kate Kearney
AMA Ltd Board Representative
Vacant
Dr Magdalena Simonis
Practice Group of General Practitioners Representative (elected)
A/Prof Magdalena Simonis
Practice Group of General Practitioners Representative (appointed)
Vacant
Dr Ian Kamerman
Practice Group of Rural Doctors Representative (elected)
Dr Ian Kamerman
Practice Group of Rural Doctors Representative (appointed)
Dr Merran Auland
Dr Hannah Szewczyk
Practice Group of Doctors in Training Representative (elected)
Dr Hannah Szewczyk
Dr Dan Wilson
Practice Group of Doctors in Training Representative (appointed)
Dr Dan Wilson
Dr Katherine Tan
Practice Group of Public Hospital Doctors Representative
Dr Katherine Tan
Anaesthetists Speciality Group Representative
Anaesthetists Speciality Group Representative
Dr Suzi Nou
Dr Chris Baker
Dermatologists Speciality Group Representative
Dr Chris Baker
Dr Sarah Whitelaw
Emergency Physicians Speciality Group Representative
Dr Sarah Whitelaw
Dr Hasthika Ellepola
Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Speciality Group Representative
Dr Hasthika Ellepola
Dr Peter Sumich
Ophthalmologists Speciality Group Representative
Dr Peter Sumich
Prof Edward (Ted) Mah
Orthopaedic Surgeons Speciality Group Representative
Prof Edward (Ted) Mah
Dr Clair Pridmore
Paediatricians Speciality Group Representative
Dr Clair Pridmore
A/Prof Daniel Owens
Pathologist Speciality Group Representative
A/Prof Daniel Owens
A/Prof Jeffrey Looi
Psychiatrists Speciality Group Representative
A/Prof Jeffrey Looi
Dr Xavier Yu
Radiologists Speciality Group Representative
Dr Xavier Yu
Surgeons Speciality Group Representative
Vacant
Ordinary Member
Vacant
Dr Ekta Paw
Ordinary Member
Dr Ekta Paw
Ordinary Member
Vacant
Bronwyn Fagan
Independent Member
Ms Bronwyn Fagan
Prof Walter Abhayaratna
ACT State Nominee
Prof Walter Abhayaratna
Dr Michael Bonning
NSW State Nominee
Dr Michael Bonning
A/Prof Robert Parker
NT State Nominee
A/Prof Robert Parker
Dr Maria Boulton
QLD State Nominee
Dr Maria Boulton
Dr John Williams
SA State Nominee
Dr John Williams
Dr John Saul
TAS State Nominee
Dr John Saul
Dr Jill Tomlinson
VIC State Nominee
Dr Jill Tomlinson
Dr Simone Raye
Australian Indigenous Doctors Association
Dr Simone Raye
Mr Allen Xiao
Australian Medical Students Association
Mr Allen Xiao

AMA state and territory organisations

The AMA is a federation and doctors in local states and territories play a key role in creating our policies.

State and territory AMA's are dedicated to providing members with representation on a variety of medical issues, professional services and commercial benefits.

 Find contact details for your local AMA