CampaignNews and updates on campaigns affecting doctors
Why Support Us
Our purpose is “strengthening, defending and promoting the patient-doctor relationship” and the fundamental freedom to choose. In an environment where the medical profession is evolving and undergoing continual change, we need to ensure that doctors do not become marginalised in those issues which directly impact on patients. To be actively involved and working with health activist groups and government representatives costs time and money. By supporting the Australian Doctors’ Federation you can help us work for the best outcome for your patients.
Australian medicine must remain independent of control and ownership by big government or health corporations. Doctors must be the patient’s advocate, not the servant of third-party payers.
Government departments and commercial organisations increasingly require doctors to fill in forms on paper and electronically in order for patients to be eligible for benefits. Not only does this cut into patient consultation time, it is blatant cost-shifting.
Decisions by government that de-medicalise medical boards and committees that regulate and impact medical practice are a danger to the public and erode the confidence of doctors in the independence of the regulator. The ADF maintains that medical boards must be chaired by qualified medical practitioners.
The ADF appreciates the value and contributions of senior doctors and has proposed a registration category for senior active doctors that will promote public safety and maintain the valuable involvement and mentoring role of Australia’s senior doctors.