OBGYN and GP to head up AMA for next two years

Obstetrics and gynaecology specialist Steve Robson and GP Danielle McMullen have been elected president and vice-president respectively by the Australian Medical Association.

Queensland-raised Professor Robson has been in practice in Canberra for 20 years and is in his fifth term on the AMA ACT board. He is also an AMA federal councillor and previous president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Dr McMullen is a GP in Sydney’s inner west and immediate past president of AMA (NSW). She was prominent in the NSW Health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both doctors have highlighted primary care reform as their main aims.

“We have come so far, but there’s still so much to be done,” Professor Robson said. “I am determined to see general practice not only survive but be recognised as the lynchpin it is in our health system. It is one of the most cost-effective ways of keeping Australians healthy.”

Dr McMullan said the new leadership team looked forward to seeing the $1 billion dollars in funding earmarked for general practice spent in a targeted and effective way as outlined in the 10 Year Primary Health Care Plan.

“Continuing the AMA campaign to stop the Hospital Logjam and restore sustainable funding to our public hospital system and hold the new federal government to account will be a priority also,” she said.

Professor Robson said other critical sectors included preventative health, private practice, public hospitals and aged care.

They both paid tribute to outgoing president Omar Khorshid and vice-president Chris Moy, who led the organisation through the pandemic.

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