When judging the health policies of the major parties for the 2019 Federal Election, AMA President Dr Tony Bartone said the glaring omission from both sides was an overarching vision for the long-term future of the Australian health system.
Dr Bartone said there was no comprehensive and coordinated plan to combat the rising prevalence of chronic disease and address the complex health needs of the significantly increasing and ageing Australian population.
He said there was no vision that articulates coordination, collaboration, and efficiency across the whole health system. A system where prolonged waiting times for access to care is the new norm. A system that threatens to become tied up in recurring economic funding shortfalls.
In his address to the National Press Club, Dr Bartone will explain that all sectors of the health system – primary care, public hospitals, private health, aged care, mental health, rural health, Indigenous health, end-of-life care – are linked, and that governments must fund and nurture them in unison if the health system is to successfully serve the needs of the Australian community.
Dr Bartone will set out the AMA’s recommendations to assist the new Government realise a visionary future for affordable and accessible health care for all Australians in the decades ahead.
Dr Anthony (Tony) Bartone was elected Federal President of the AMA in May 2018, having served as Vice President since May 2016. He served as President of AMA Victoria (AMA VIC) from 2014 to 2016, and as Vice President of AMA VIC from 2012 to 2014.
Dr Bartone is an experienced General Practitioner and management executive, working in two General Practices in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. His principal specialty interests include men’s Health, mental health counselling, care co-ordination of patients with multiple chronic illnesses, and aged care. Dr Bartone graduated from Melbourne University in 1984 after completing his residency at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, and obtained his fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1990.
Dr Bartone also completed a Master of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School in 2004 with First Class Honours average.
Dr Bartone has held many Federal AMA Council and Committee positions since 2008, including serving as a member of the AMA Council of General Practice.
At the 2016 AMA National Conference, Dr Bartone was awarded Fellowship of the Association in recognition of his outstanding services to the AMA and as a mark of the high esteem in which he is held by Fellow members.