Dr Michael Gannon elected as new AMA President
Western Australian obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr Michael Gannon, was elected new President of the Federal AMA last Sunday, replacing Professor Brian Owler whose two-year term has come to an end. Victorian GP, Dr Tony Bartone was elected new AMA Vice President.
Dr Gannon, the AMA WA President and former AMA WA Vice President, is the head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the St John of God Subiaco Hospital, where he was born. He has been passionately involved with the AMA since he was a medical student, and has been Chair of the AMA’s Ethics and Medico-legal Committee for the past two years. He was inducted into the AMA Roll of Fellows at this year’s National Conference.
Dr Gannon said the AMA needs strong leadership with an appetite to engage constructively with Government, whichever political party is in power.
“There are currently reviews into the Medicare Benefits Schedule, private health insurance, and primary health care underway. It is vital that the profession has a strong voice in Canberra, and is willing to embark on constructive interaction with Government in responding to the recommendations that these reports will inevitably include,” Dr Gannon said.
The new Vice President, Dr Bartone is the outgoing President of AMA Victoria. He is a member of the AMA Federal Council, AMA Council of General Practice and was inducted into the AMA Roll of Fellows on Friday.