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Professor Owler will set out priorities to strengthen the Australian health system to cope with growing demand. Acknowledging the political and economic realities that confront Governments, Professor Owler will outline the practical, affordable, and achievable policies and actions that the AMA believes will best serve the health needs of the Australian population.
Professor Brian Owler was elected Federal President of the AMA in May 2014.
He is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Westmead Private, Sydney Adventist Hospital at Wahroonga, and Norwest Private Hospital.
Professor Owler has a PhD from the University of Sydney and spent 18 months performing research at the Academic Neurosurgery Unit at the University of Cambridge. He is a Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Sydney.
Professor Owler has a particular interest in public health advocacy. He can be seen on billboards and on television as the face and voice of the “Don’t Rush” advertising campaign targeted at reducing speed-related road accidents in NSW.
As AMA President, Professor Owler has highlighted the health and social harms of alcohol abuse and domestic violence. He has also been a strong public voice on the health effects of climate change and the benefits of immunisation, and is a champion for Indigenous health.
Professor Owler led the AMA’s campaign for Australia to take a leading role in responding to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa in 2014. And he was front and centre in the AMA’s successful campaign to have the Government scrap its plans for GP co-payments.