Our Membership and Values
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The Australian Doctors’ Fund is a long-standing and proud supporter of the Australian medical profession, its achievements, its proud history, its support of diversity in medicine, its general compassion and its substantial contribution to the high standard of living all Australians are able to enjoy. We love doctors and we will always advocate for their desire to deliver high standards of medical care.
Compared to our forebears, Australians now enjoy one of the highest standards of medical care in the world, but we cannot take this for granted. There will always be those who advocate for a UK-style ‘big government’ command and control model of healthcare, or a US style ‘managed care’ system where doctors are contracted to health corporations who then control what the doctors can do for patients in line with their profit-based corporate objectives.
The Australian Doctors’ Fund supports any and all actions that strengthen and enhance the doctor-patient relationship across Australia, including choice of doctor, the legal accountability of doctors to their patients, the high standards of medical training and medical standards as set by the medical profession.
The Australian Doctors’ Fund has a proud 25 year history of participation in public policy determination and representation on all issues that impact on independent medical practice and ultimately the very quality of Australian healthcare. It was founded by Dr Bruce Shepherd AM after the 1984 Doctors’ Dispute.
The Australian Doctors’ Fund communicates with parliamentarians at all levels of government from all parties, and makes its research available online at the ADF Library and through briefing papers, conferences and meetings.
Anyone can become an Associate Member of the Australian Doctors’ Fund, or make a contribution.
Associate Members and contributors can choose to receive:
The Australian Doctors’ Fund Management Committee meets weekly by teleconference to discuss relevant and important issues impacting on the doctor-patient relationship. These meetings often include outside invited experts on relevant topics.
Members of the ADF are those Associate Members who make substantial contributions to the Fund through giving of their time and effort to promote the objectives of the Fund.
To become an Associate Member, simply complete the following application together with your membership fee of $80 (inc. GST). A Concessional Membership is available to registrars and medical student for $25 (inc. GST).