They worked in Queensland in Cooktown, Mount Isa and Brisbane to see if patient care improved. A report into the trial says there was some positive feedback from doctors and nurses, but “infrastructure, staffing and financial limitations” restricted the physicians assistants in some cases. The report says it was clear that clinical staff “felt more evidence is needed” before the position is rolled out. The AMAQ says the trial wrapped up months ago and Queensland Health still had not confirmed if the positions will be rolled out across the state. AMAQ president-elect Dr Richard Kidd says the Queensland Government should abandon the idea of physicians assistants, because it takes training places and jobs from junior doctors and nurses. “Why on Earth start looking at another part of the workforce that they’re not going to employ properly either?” he said. He says there is no room for physicians assistants in a health system already crowded with medical graduates. “The need for physicians assistants – if there ever was truly a need – is going to be eclipsed by the number of young doctors that are going to be out there,” he said. “Why have a physicians assistant when you’re actually producing enough physicians?” Dr Kidd says doctor assistants are not covered under the new national registration system. The AMAQ also says the report into the trial should be made public. Plan ‘on hold’ But Health Minister Paul Lucas has rejected the trial was a waste of time and money and it was a worthwhile exercise.
Physician is Senior Australian of the year
Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks (R) has been named the 2013 Senior Australian of the Year. Source: AAP SENIOR Australian of the Year Professor Ian Maddocks believes his national award can help raise the importance of the role of palliative care for the dying in the medical profession. The internationally recognised palliative care specialist, 82, was honoured on Friday for his work as a specialist and academic and his passionate advocacy for peace at the Australian of the Year awards ceremony in Canberra. Prof Maddocks said more work needed to be done in the area of palliative care. “There are still people in the other professions of medicine who don’t hand over to us, who don’t bring us in earlier enough,” he told reporters. “We can work alongside them, so that people are ready for that change when the other doctors say, ‘well sorry, there is no more treatment for you’. “Yes there is, there is lots more we can do.” Receiving his award, the emeritus professor at Flinders University in South Australia said he was still keen to promote palliative care as a general part of medicine practice. “We shall all die. Some of us will deny the approach of death. Some will experience difficult treatments and then be told there’s nothing to be done,” he said. “Palliative care affirms that there is always something that can be done.” Mental health and ageing minister Mark Butler said Prof Maddocks had made a significant contribution to the development of palliative care practices throughout Australia. An emeritus professor at Flinders University, the octogenarian from the Adelaide beachside suburb of Seacliff still provides care for the terminally ill and continues to supervise postgraduate students. Prof Maddocks has been a key leader in the Medical Association for the Prevention of War and the Nobel Peace Prize winning group, the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War. The married father of three, and grandfather to five, was appointed Professor of Palliative Care at Flinders University in 1988. Prof Maddocks was the first president of the Australian Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, and the first president of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Palliative Medicine.