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AMA Victoria elects new President

 Dr Stephen Parnis was tonight elected unopposed as the new President of AMA Victoria.

Dr Parnis takes over the position of President from Dr Harry Hemley, who served for a record three years as AMA Victoria President.   Dr Parnis is an emergency physician at John Fawkner Private Hospital and Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital and has served as the Vice President of the AMA for the past two years. As Vice President he was a vigorous advocate for reducing instances of violence in hospitals and on violence against health workers more generally.

Dr Parnis said he was keen for AMA Victoria to pursue a number of key issues, including ensuring Victoria has a sufficient and well trained medical workforce, improving information communication technology in the state’s hospitals and promoting the uptake of advanced care directives.

“I believe AMA is a great force for good and I am honored to continue on from the fantastic work of Dr Hemley .

Dr Parnis said that AMA Victoria will be calling for more postgraduate specialist training positions and ensuring that training provides quality, opportunity and service provision, especially in state’s growth corridors an regions.

‘Another thing we will be doing is keeping a keen eye on the Government’s election promises’ said Dr Parnis. 

The Government’s commitment to produce 800 new beds is being watched closely by AMA Victoria who strongly supported the new beds initiative. 

Dr Parnis will take up his new role from Wednesday, 16 May 2012. 

AMAV council members also elected Dr Tony Bartone as Vice President, reelected Dr Gary Speck for another two year term and welcomed two new board members, Associate Professor Robyn Langham, and Dr Xavier Yu.

For more information contact Media and Public Affairs Officer, Struan Robertson on 0437 450 506.

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