AMA Adopts New Anti-Racism Policy
The AMA Federal Council has formally adopted a new Anti-Racism Statement as AMA policy. The Statement was produced by the AMA’s Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee, which was established in 2017 to support a culture that recognises the values of respect, equity, and inclusion.
AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that the Anti-Racism Statement demonstrates the AMA’s commitment to opposing racism across the health care industry and in Australian society.Dr Bartone said that the AMA acknowledges that an ongoing and shared commitment across organisations, governments, and individuals is required to eliminate racism in health care.
“We support a health care system that provides equity of access to quality care for all Australians,” Dr Bartone said.
“The AMA is the peak advocacy body for all doctors working in Australia, and we represent a diverse range of individuals. The medical workforce is made stronger through the inclusion of people from diverse backgrounds who bring unique skills, perspectives, and networks to the health industry.”
The AMA believes that broad collaborative efforts within the health care sector can better utilise the benefits of the diverse cultures and languages within Australia to collectively work together towards the eradication of racism.
The AMA Anti-Racism Statement is at https://ama.com.au/equity-inclusion-and-diversity