The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has elected Dr Michael Gannon as its new president and Dr Tony Bartone as vice president.
Dr Gannon, an obstetrician and gynaecologist from Western Australia, will be replacing Professor Brian Owler whose two-year term has come to an end.
The current AMA WA president, Dr Gannon is head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the St John of God Subiaco Hospital.
The Australian health system is at a crossroads, making the role of the AMA and its relationship with government more important than it has ever been, he says.
“The AMA needs strong leadership with an appetite to engage constructively with government, whichever political party is in power,” says Dr Gannon.
“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,” he says.
Victorian GP Dr Tony Bartone was elected vice president.
He is the outgoing president of AMA Victoria, and a member of the AMA Federal Council.
Both were elected into the respective positions and inducted into the AMA Roll of Fellows at this year’s National Conference, which concluded in Canberra on Sunday 29 May.
Their two-year terms commence immediately.