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Goodbye, Amanda.

"Sometimes we become so accustomed to friends colleagues and family that when one of them dies there really is a gaping hole in our lives. Amanda was such a person. She was a wise and compassionate doctor and in more recent times she became a second mother to cohorts of medical students at the new medical school, Notre Dame Sydney, which is a campus built around former Sacred Heart Parish Church near St Vincent’s Hospital –a true focal point of Sydney. Amanda loved her work and her students, for whom she cared greatly and was like second mother to them. Many will surely be shattered by her death. Goodbye, dear friend and faithful servant of a noble profession."

Dr Jim Wilkinson (19/07/2016)

"Dr Amanda McBride was an active of the Australian Doctors' Fund Management Committee. A dear friend, a radio broadcaster, a loving wife, a teacher, a family GP, a strong person and advocate for women in medicine, a country girl and a kind and generous person who shone out even amongst other kind and generous people. We, on the ADF Management Committee will always remember Amanda with a smile on our face and a warm heart. Forever remembered and cherished."

Stephen Milgate - CEO & Director, ADF (19/07/2016)

A/Prof AMANDA McBRIDE

MBBS(Syd)

Most Recent Publications

2016 Jul

The Bulk Billing Paradox!

Persistent high rates of bulk billing is a weapon that politicians from all sides have used to justify the Medicare rebate “freeze”. It was not surprising that it featured in the recent Federal election along with a scare campaign over the alleged privatization of Medicare.

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2016 Jul

THE LAW AND EXPERT EVIDENCE

As you become more senior in the ranks of the profession, you may be flattered one day to receive a letter or phone call from a law firm seeking your opinion as an expert anaesthetist. Be very careful before you say yes. There is a whole body of law about expert evidence. A blunder can ruin your standing and good name.

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2016 Jun

Newsletter Editorial, June 2016

ADF Agenda, AHPRA Review, Website Upgrade, ADF Health Headlines, New Board Appointment, ADF Support for Rural Doctors, Where We Stand, Challenging the Health Crisis Narrative

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The ADF Supports / Opposes

The ADF Supports

Patient choice of doctor and the right to a second opinion. The right of a doctor to independently value their own service and the requirement to provide informed financial consent.
The vital role of the general practitioner, in preliminary diagnosis, referral and independent advice.
A strong private and public hospital sector, maximising their organisational strengths and capabilities.
Practical and sensible medical regulation that supports high standards of medical practice.
Profession led and supported quality assurance and professional development programs which strengthen the medical profession’s desire for continuous improvement.
Strong medical leadership on medical issues.
 
An affordable national medical register, State Medical Boards with strong medical representation, and a complaints process accountable to a single jurisdiction.
Doctors and health professionals being held legally accountable to their patients in cases of proven negligence.

 

The ADF Opposes

Forced patient registration, health fund ‘preferred provider’ networks that direct or influence referrals to health fund contracted doctors through incentives or penalties.
Budget holding, capitation, bundled payments, enforced role substitution and schemes designed to bypass the central role of the general practitioner.
Policies that distort the role of the public or private hospital sector for ideological reasons.
Make work schemes and naïve interventions designed to meet political agendas, not professional standards.
The imposition of bureaucratic or third party promoted control mechanisms, fads and marketing schemes disguised as quality control programs.
 
Using the voice of the medical profession to advance political agendas of the left or right.
An AHPRA bureaucracy with no accountability to any single jurisdiction.
 
 
No fault schemes which do not provide patients or doctors with due process in cases of alleged negligence.

 

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