Dr Tony Bartone elected as AMA President, Dr Chris Zappala Vice President

12 Jun 2018

Victorian GP, Dr Tony Bartone, was elected new President of the Federal AMA at the recent AMA National Conference, replacing Dr Michael Gannon whose two-year term has come to an end. Dr Chris Zappala was elected new AMA Vice President.

Dr Bartone, the immediate past Vice President of the Federal AMA, is a former President of AMA Victoria. In a passionate speech to delegates, Dr Bartone spoke about how the dedication and care that his family GP showed to his father during a serious health crisis inspired him to pursue a vocation in medicine.

“I now want to fight for Australia’s doctors so that they can continue to deliver the same quality health care that my father received,” Dr Bartone said.

Dr Bartone spoke to the enormous bottlenecks in the training pipeline, and the continuing struggle for some doctors around their own health and wellbeing.

“The AMA, under my leadership, has the solutions to these issues. Solutions such as… a national medical workforce strategy with quality flexible training solutions, addressing workforce distribution issues, resolving the impasse that is mandatory reporting, and supporting our colleagues who are experiencing mental health issues.”

“We will have a Federal Election in the next year, and I am ready for any early election call,” Dr Bartone said.

Dr Chris Zappala was elected Vice President. Dr Zappala is a Brisbane thoracic and sleep physician, current AMA Board member, former AMA Federal Councillor, and former AMA Queensland President.

Transcript: AMA President Dr Tony Bartone, Press Conference, 27 May 2018

Speech – AMA President Dr Tony Bartone – AMA National Conference, 27 May 2018

Speech – Outgoing AMA President Dr Michael Gannon – AMA National Conference, 25 May 2018