Welcome to the Doctors Reform Society of Australia

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.

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Join the DRS

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
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2016 DRS National Conference

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, . 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, 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.

Media Releases

20th Jun 2016

Forget bulk billing, forget a fair go, lets have a privatised health system

By: Dr Peter DavorenAnd: Dr Tim Woodruff

The Prime Minister’s assurance that he is not intending to privatise Medicare must be questioned. His policies are making it harder for our patients to get decent health care. Privatisation by stealth is here. He already plans to privatise the Medicare payments system. His claims simply do not ring true, said Dr Peter Davoren, President, Doctors Reform Society.

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23rd Jul 2016

Elitism/Entitlement drives our leaders policies

Source: Eureka Online Magazine
By: Dr Tim Woodruff


Do our leaders believe in a fair go? The Prime Minister has stated that he and Lucy have been lucky and observed that “there are taxi drivers that work harder than I ever have and they don’t have much money”. Read more