Communications and advocacy update: 23 February

23 February 2023

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including:

Commencement of Victorian Parliament for 2023- Political advocacy

Since Victorian Parliament commenced sitting for 2023 on 2 February, AMA Victoria has met with senior politicians from the ALP, Liberal Party, and Greens to advocate for members and the Victorian medical profession on a variety of fronts.

Amongst other issues, we have held discussions on:

AMA Victoria is willing to meet with elected representatives from across the political spectrum to advocate on issues of importance to our members and the medical profession. If there is an issue that you believe warrants raising with Victoria’s elected representatives, please contact Senior Policy Adviser, Lewis Horton, at

Independent Review Panel into compulsory treatment criteria and alignment of decision-making laws

Last week, AMA Victoria’s Section of Psychiatry met with the Independent Review Panel tasked with providing advice/recommendations to government into compulsory treatment criteria and alignment of decision-making laws in Victoria.

AMA Victoria felt it was a very worthwhile meeting in which the Chair (Shane Marshall AM) provided an excellent opportunity for all of us to contribute and to speak frankly and freely.

The Chair and Panel members were open minded and asked questions that caused us to reflect deeply on some of the more challenging issues being faced by the Panel.

We were particularly appreciative of the fact that our involvement was at an earlier stage of the independent review process, which is not always the case with similar government-initiated consultations.

Our Section of Psychiatry relayed to the Panel that AMA Victoria is happy to assist as its process evolves in the period ahead - whether that be through advice, similar formal meetings, provision of research literature, or dealing with practical real-world issues and challenges.


Victorian Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Partnership Action Plan

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and the Victorian Department of Health are seeking input into the Victorian Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing Partnership Action Plan. The plan has a particular focus on prevention and cultural safety actions for Victorian Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing. If you would like to contribute to AMA Victoria’s response, please contact  


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