We must be the patient’s doctor;
not the government’s doctor;
nor the doctor of big business
A Better Future for Patients and Doctors
Why the Australian Doctors’ Federation?
The importance of the doctor-patient relationship is backed by a legal duty of care by doctors to their patients, as well as an ethical and legal responsibility for the doctor to act in accordance with accepted science.
Who is the Australian Doctors’ Federation?
“I argued that we must be the patient’s doctor; not the government’s doctor; nor the doctor of big business.”
– Dr Bruce Shepherd AM, Founder
The ADF believes in a friendly and cooperative working relationship with all organisations who are promoting and supporting the highest standards of medical care for Australian patients. The ADF makes submissions to government on important issues impacting on the doctor-patient relationship. Given that the ADF has ongoing involvement with working doctors across all disciplines, we believe our advice is practical, relevant and real, and hence valuable for determining the likely beneficial effects of government or administrative action on patient outcomes. As such, the ADF has been involved in all major issues impacting on the doctor-patient relationship since its establishment in 1989.
Our Principle Objectives
To maintain, improve, advance and promote the ethical standards, integrity and reputation of the medical profession
Choice of Health Care
To maintain, improve, advance and promote health care for all Australians and ensure that there is freedom of choice of health care
To increase the Medical Profession’s awareness of the community’s continuing and changing health care needs
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