AMA Queensland is the peak medical body representing the state's doctors. We are doctor-led and patient-centred.
Ours is the only organisation that supports doctors from all craft groups and at all stages of their career – from medical student to senior active doctor.
This diversity of membership means that we are uniquely positioned to:
- identify and address gaps and duplication across the entire health system
- advocate for solutions that support all doctors and patients that ultimately leads to better health outcomes for all Queenslanders.
Add your voice to the AMA Queensland community of doctors who connect, collaborate and drive meaningful change, creating better health.
Here is a snapshot of our achievements we’ve secured for AMA Queensland members during 2023.
Revised Public Ruling to clarify that payments made directly to GP by patient are not subject to payroll tax
$70,000 Queensland Health financial incentive to interstate and international doctors to move to regional Queensland extended to junior doctors, GPs and VMOs
Trial of Single Employer Model for GP registrars
Ministerial agreement that any changes in scope of practice must be evidence-based and not result in autonomous models, and future government policies to clearly differentiate between full scope and extended scope, which requires further training
Clarification received on Robina Hospital emergency department expansion
$200 million to move long-stay hospital patients into aged or disability care in the community
New Hospital Performance website with publicly-available updates on bed numbers, waiting times and elective surgery lists
|Drug law reform
Drug diversion program for minor possession of cannabis expanded to all illicit drugs
Received assurance from federal Health Minister that no broad punitive actions on written consent for telehealth consultations will be taken until the law is amended
New Medical Board of Australian guidelines released to clarify prescribing rules for patients with no existing relationship with telehealth doctor
New legislation to crack down on illicit cigarette sales, expanded non-smoking areas, vapes banned in non-smoking areas
Liquid nicotine to be made prescription-only and personal importation scheme to end
Vaping ad bans and improved regulation introduced to federal parliament
Education program for school aged children
Enhanced GP access to COVID-19 oral antiviral treatments for at-risk patients, with molnupiravir (sold as Lagevrio) and nirmatrelvir and ritonavir (sold as Paxlovid) through the Prescriber Bag
GPs allowed to prescribe invermectin off label after AMA submission to TGA
Partial reopening of Gladstone maternity unit
Removal of locuming restrictions on obstetricians employed by Queensland Health
Funding for 20 GPs to train as GP obstetricians, later increased to 50 GPs to train as GP obstetricians and GP anaesthetists
Digital passport to enable healthcare workers to work across different HHSs
Two-month scripts for stable patients with certain chronic conditions
Genetic testing for newborns
Newborn Bloodspot Screening program expanded to include Spinal Muscular Atrophy and Severe Combined Immunodeficiency following years of AMA Queensland advocacy
Influenza vaccine made free to all Queenslanders from start of 2024 season, with clarity for GPs on how to order and be reimbursed
Meningococcal B strain vaccine to be made free in 2024 for children and older adolescents
Overall increase in health funding above inflation rate
Funding for AMA Queensland Ramping Roundtable recommendation to extend hospital transit and discharge lounge opening hours to free up ward beds for ED patients
$3.5 billion to triple bulk billing incentives
$50 million for a wounds consumables scheme in general practice
Longer GP consult items
Workforce Incentive Payment increase
Expanded telehealth access for MyMedicare-enrolled patients and practices
Funding for out-of-hospital care by GPs
Support for GPs visiting aged care facilities
New index methodology for MBS items
Private health policy
Federal Department of Health reports recommend changes to the Medicare Levy Surcharge and Premium Rebate in response to AMA calls for reform
Medicines and Medicare
The AMA federally intervened to ensure the 24/7 telehealth support for MS 2-Step from MSI to Healthdirect included appropriate training and support for Healthdirect nurses
MBS rebates for seven items for excisions of clinically suspected melanoma increased to align with fees for existing benign skin excision items
AMA Queensland Foundation
Three scholarships awarded to medical students in need
More than $150,000 raised
Plans to privatise Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs) scrapped following AMA advocacy
Dementia action plan no longer recommends additional training for GPs or MBS items to be accessible only to GPs with a sub-specialisation in dementia
MOCA 6 successfully negotiated and backdated
10 QIRC appearances
More than 17,000 member engagements, more than 500 stakeholder meetings
Events and hospital visits
More than 50 face-to-face events, more than 2,200 attendees
9 online events, 534 attendees
214 new employment contacts
815 member engagements
Bang for your membership buck
Added 1,500 extra exclusive deals and discounts to the list of membership benefits.
Arranged online and face-to-face events with opportunities to gain free advice from corporate partners.
Gave members access to industry and government updates as they happened – and often before.
Provided free, timely resources to help members navigate the ever-changing healthcare sector.
Powerful media voice
> 1,153 media mentions.
> 67.2M accumulated audience.
Ensured our members’ voices were heard nationally, locally and in the workplace.
Influenced governments and led the conversation:
Strong member engagement
>9,000 touchpoints providing help and information for our members.
Established more opportunities to represent your colleagues and profession:
Resolved industrial matters for individual members - ASMOFQ:
Hosted more than 2,753 attendees at more than 30 memorable events for all members:
Celebrated the achievements of our members:
9 online events, 534 attendees
Focus on mental health and wellbeing
New laws to safeguard the mental health and wellbeing of doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers by making Hospitals and Health Services (HHSs) and their boards responsible for staff wellbeing and for promoting cultures that support health, safety and wellbeing passed Queensland parliament in April.
Hosted Treating Doctors with Mental Health Challenges webinar
Fought for your safety
Conducted the eighth Resident Hospital Health Check, evaluating employment conditions and wellbeing among doctors in training across Queensland.
Workplace relations expertise
Helped members with workplace relations information and guidance more than 1,000 times.
Took our business-enhancing Private Practice Series to members across regional Queensland.
Ran free webinars supporting practice owners with financial, legal and best-practice advice.
Hosted webinars on emerging threats to the sector:
Industrial relations wins
Negotiated and backdated Medical Officers' Certified Agreement 6 (MOCA 6) and Mater SMO throughout the year to protect your pay and conditions
Took your concerns to Queensland Industrial Relations Commission
10 Queensland Industrial Relations Commission appearances
More than 17,000 member engagements
More than 500 stakeholder meetings
As your peak professional body we represent all Queensland doctors, no matter your craft group or career stage. We’re profession-led and patient-centred. Our activities are driven by our more than 9,500 members. Together, we’re creating better health for all Queenslanders.
Contact the AMA Queensland Membership Team:
- Call (07) 3872 2222
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org