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Position Statements

Out-of-Hours Primary Medical Care - 2004. Revised 2011

Out-of-hours primary medical care refers to medical care provided outside normal general practice surgery hours. The provision of out-of-hours care is considered one of the indicators of a quality general practice. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for General Practices 4th Edition1 includes the practice responsibility ‘to ensure reasonable arrangements for medical care for patients of the practice outside its normal opening hours’.

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Doctors and Preventative Care

Doctors, particularly general practitioners, provide long-term and continuous care to many patients, and often develop an ongoing relationship with them which can lead to an increased sense of respect and trust.

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Independent Nurse Practitioners

The AMA does not support a role for the independent nurse practitioner.

Independent Nurse Practitioners position statement

The AMA's support for the role of General Practice Nurses (GPN) is outlined in a separate AMA position statement and policy resolution.

General Practice Nurses position statement

Local Lead Clinicians Group

Medical practitioners (doctors involved in patient care) have long held concerns that decisions about how health services are delivered and resources for health services are allocated, are made without proper advice from the medical profession.

The establishment of Lead Clinician Groups will ensure medical practitioners have a role in the stewardship of health care resources.

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Primary Health Care

This Position Statement examines the role of general practice in the delivery of primary care services in Australia.

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Shared Electronic Medical Records

Doctors treat patients most effectively when they have access to all the necessary clinical information.  Patient safety and the quality of care will be improved if treating doctors can access and contribute to electronic medical information about the patients they are treating. This can be achieved through the sharing of electronic medical records (EMR) and information between treating doctors across all healthcare settings.

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