AMA elects GP Dr Tony Bartone president

New Australian Medical Association president to advocate on behalf of patients and healthcare providers.

Health Minister Greg Hunt MP welcomed the incoming AMA president via Twitter, and also thanked outgoing president Dr Michael Gannon for his service.

Dr Bartone is the first GP president of the AMA in four years, and has promised to champion improved access to health care, especially in rural and remote Australia, as well as supporting clinicians in delivering patient-centred care.

Digital health will be a key enabler of these priorities, and Dr Bartone specifically called for better support for clinicians to update their patients’ digital health records, as well as for the provision of telehealth services. A Medicare rebate for telehealth would be high on his agenda, he said.