Public Health

#363 COVID-19 exposure site closures and impact on general practice - update

In recent weeks, AMA Victoria, and particularly our Section of General Practice, have been advocating extensively, both publicly and privately, on the issue of general practice closures, and have urged the Government to adopt a more proportionate, risk-based approach to ensure access to vital primary care. Today we received a pleasing update from the Victorian Department of Health, representing due recognition of our tireless advocacy on this issue.

#362 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including COVID Positive Pathways, National Safe Work Month, and child oral health knowledge and GPs.

#358 General Practice update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for GP members, including Vaccination Enhancement Grants and COVID-19 exposure site closures and the impact on access to general practice.

#354 President's message

The last 18 months have left Victorian healthcare workers absolutely exhausted. Many of our members have not had proper breaks for this period of time. Despite this, healthcare workers are going to face even more challenges in the coming months. AMA Victoria President, Dr Roderick McRae, shares his thoughts with members about how we can navigate the coming months together.

#351 Fact sheet - Mandatory vaccination in medical practices

Employers face possible legal risks in imposing a mandatory requirement that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19. Issues relating to mandatory vaccination have not, to date, been decided by the courts so it is not possible to state with confidence a definitive legal position. A medical practice could direct its employees to be vaccinated if such a direction is both lawful and reasonable. Whether or not such a direction will be reasonable will depend on a number of factors.

#348 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including the closure of GP clinics by the Victorian Department of Health, recruitment of IMGs, cross border travel, and prioritisation of vaccination for children of healthcare workers.

#346 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including how proposed mental health law reforms will undermine patient care, the new bike helmet road safety rule relevant to health practitioners and the WorkSafe Victoria Clinical Hotline.

#343 Digital image based prescribing arrangements extended

AMA Victoria has successfully pushed for an extension of digital image based prescribing arrangements until 31 December 2021. However, the Victorian Department of Health has emphasised this will be the last such extension, with doctors urged to integrate electronic prescribing into their practice.

#342 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including health system demand pressures related to COVID-19, Australia's Annual Overdose Report, and a new legal course to help health professionals deliver quality end-of-life care.

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