The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated global politics and economics for the last year. Political decisions in Australia have been led by medical advice. This medical advice has seen our Nation whether the worst of the global pandemic. As Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program continues and our economic recovery improves, the Australian Medical Association has prepared a blueprint to address the pressures on Australia’s public hospitals and private health insurance, and a plan to place General Practice at the centre of our health system as it emerges from the COVID-19 crisis. AMA President Dr Omar Khorshid, in his first address to the National Press Club, will release the report titled AMA’s Vision for Australia’s Health, outlining a future plan for better national health care.
Dr Omar Khorshid is an experienced medical leader and orthopaedic surgeon, specialising in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee and hip. He was elected President of the Federal AMA on 1 August 2020, and is a past President of AMA WA.
Omar was born in Melbourne and moved to Perth with his family as a child. He completed his medical degree at the University of Western Australia in 1997 and commenced his internship and residency at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 1998. He completed his Advanced Surgical Training in Orthopaedics and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2007.
After a year as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Fremantle and Rockingham Hospitals, Omar spent a year performing Fellowships in Sydney (knee surgery) and Edinburgh (complex joint replacement), before returning to Perth in 2009 where he works in both public and private hospitals as well as in medical education as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Curtin University’s Medical School.