Policy and Advocacy
As the peak organisation representing the medical profession in Tasmania, the AMA develops policy solutions and provides responses to a broad range of health and medical issues of ongoing importance to the state. The AMA's current position statements, recent submissions, and other key policy documents can be accessed and downloaded under the policy subject links on this page.
How it is done?
The AMA in Tasmania is made up o three Divisions and each meet regularly to deliberate on members issues. These issues are debated and motions are forwarded to Branch Council. Branch Council has the ability to forward these motions to the Science and Public Policy Committee which will further develop the motion into a position statement to be passed back to Branch Council for adoption.
All three bodies maintain "watch lists" These are lists of issues that may need further attention from the AMA and are reviewed at each meeting.
Once an issue had been adopted by Branch Council as a policy position statement a copy of the statement is placed on the website at the link above. Media releases are sometimes generated if there is an explanation required at this stage.
The AMA office also keeps a large list of background information on each issue, and policy position for future reference.
Members are asked to contribute by attending Division meetings in your area.