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South Australia's response to COVID-19

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Information about individual state and national responses to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is changing rapidly.

Investigations are ongoing into the cluster of cases identified at Adelaide Airport on 1 April. Eleven baggage handlers and another two close contacts have tested positive for COVID-19 (to the morning of 2 April).

2 APR 2020

Australia Day Awards

2020 Australian of the Year, AMA(SA) member and Adelaide ophthalmologist Dr James Muecke

The AMA(SA) commended the work of South Australian ophthalmologist Dr James Muecke who was announced as Australian of the Year 2020 for his work in preventing blindness in low-income countries. 

11 FEB 2020

Stop Elder Abuse Campaign 2019

The 2019 campaign highlights the message ‘Know the signs. Speak up and help stop elder abuse’ and advises people to call the Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line Support and Referral Service 1800 372 310 if they have concerns about themselves or others, or to visit the website for more information.

Around one in 20 older Australians is experiencing some form of abuse from someone they know and trust, who is often a member of their own family.

24 MAY 2019

AMA(SA) Welcomes New President

3 May 2019

New AMA(SA) president wants health changes to focus on people: patients and those who care for them

Incoming Australian Medical Association (SA) President Dr Chris Moy says that after years of low morale and dysfunction resulting from changes imposed on the state’s health system, there must be a return to a simple focus on people.

6 MAY 2019

Partnerships the answer to healthcare crisis

The president of the Australian Medical Association in South Australia, Associate Professor William Tam, said today’s tour of the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s emergency department will give Australian College of Medicine (ACEM) president Dr Simon Judkins a ‘coalface’ view of conditions at the hospital.


‘The AMA welcomes insights from Dr Judkins and the ACEM about how emergency departments can and should work to maximise health and wellbeing outcomes for patients across South Australia,’ Dr Tam said.


9 APR 2019

AMA ready to help government build a sustainable, efficient SA Pathology


Australian Medical Association (SA) members will carefully monitor how the State Government uses the next 12 months to build effective, cost-efficient and sustainable public pathology services in South Australia.


Associate Professor William Tam, president of the AMA (SA), said the AMA welcomed the State Government’s decision to retain public control for now as the best result for South Australian patients, clinicians and future pathologists.


4 APR 2019

AMA(SA) calls on Govt to halt flawed mandatory treatment Bill

AMA(SA) calls on Govt to halt flawed mandatory treatment  Bill for children and young people

AMA(SA) Media Release

The AMA(SA) is calling on the government to put a halt on the controversial and flawed mandatory treatment Bill which would allow for mandatory (court-ordered) detention and treatment for children for up to 12 months – with the capacity to extend further.

29 NOV 2018

E-cigarettes regs welcome: AMA(SA)

SA e-cigarettes regulation welcome: AMA(SA)

AMA(SA) Media Release 

The AMA(SA) has welcomed the SA State Government’s action to regulate e-cigarettes, with legislation now having passed the SA Parliament.

“We have made tremendous strides in Australia against smoking,” says AMA(SA) President A/Prof William Tam, “but we need to be vigilant.”

26 NOV 2018