All parties involved in the conflict must ensure healthcare personnel, transportation and facilities are protected and ensure doctors and other healthcare workers can fulfil their ethical duties to provide safe and impartial care to all requiring medical care.
The AMA supports the World Medical Association’s (WMA) calls that all parties involved in the conflict must:
respect established International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and not use health facilities as military quarters or depots, nor to target health personnel facilities and vehicles
provide to health personnel the adequate conditions to treat all patients with humanity and in compliance with the ethical values of their professions, including medical neutrality
use humanitarian corridors to permit the safe provision of health equipment and humanitarian supplies required in Gaza.
The AMA commends all healthcare personnel on the frontline who are risking their own lives to provide care to all those who require it.
The AMA understands this conflict is causing great distress amongst healthcare workers in Australia and around the world.
Australian doctors who are experiencing distress can contact Doctors4Doctors for support by visiting www.drs4drs.com.au.
Read the WMA's statement on medical neutrality
Read the WMA Regulations in Times of Armed Conflict and other Situations of Violence 2012 as adopted by the AMA
Read the Ethical Principles of Health Care in Times of Armed Conflict and Other Emergencies on the WMA website
Read the Colombo Declaration