The Doctors Reform Society (DRS) is an organisation of doctors and medical students promoting measures to improve health for all, in a socially just and equitable way. The Society was formed in 1973 to support a proposal for a publicly-funded universal health insurance system. Medibank (now Medicare) was successfully created despite opposition from the Australian Medical Association.
All members’ views are valued, and open debate on all health issues is encouraged both within and outside the organisation. The DRS functions as a medico-political think tank, a lobby group and a public resource centre.
Membership of the Doctors’ Reform Society is open to all medical practitioners and medical students who believe that everyone, regardless of their social or economic status, should have access to high quality healthcare.Click here to find out more about membership
The 2016 DRS National Conference will be held in Fremantle, Western Australia on 22-23 October 2016. The venue is the Lord Forrest Room at the Federal Hotel, 23 William St, Fremantle. You can now download the conference flyer.
Guest speakers on the Saturday morning (22 October) include Dr Alice McGushin on Climate Change and Dr Raewyn Mutch on Refugee Health.
A policy session on the Saturday afternoon will allow members to collectively revise some important aspects of DRS policy.
The conference dinner ($60) will take place on the Saturday evening at The Raw Kitchen, 181A High Street, Fremantle.
Our Annual General Meeting will take place on the Sunday morning (23 October).
The online registration form is here.
We look forward to seeing you at our conference.
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