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

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STOOPS TO NEW LOW TO AVOID CRITIQUE OF HEALTH POLICIES

“The decision by the Government’s Department of Human Services to threaten an Australian who uses a variation on the Medicare logo to highlight concerns about the future of Medicare reveals a new low in the Coalition’s approach to Medicare”, said Dr Tim Woodruff, president, Doctors Reform Society. “This Australian citizen’s crime appears to be that he is using the Medicare logo in his efforts to inform the public about the Federal Government’s wish to destroy Medicare as we know it”.

“Meanwhile the Government itself is unapologetic about using the logo in its own election campaign.”

“What does the Government want to hide from the Australian public when it pursues policies to silence voices that disagree with those policies? Does it really want Australians to accept health policies which will take us to an expensive, inefficient, privatised, Americanised system? Why does it wish to suppress alternative voices?”

“We need debate. We need many voices expressing their concerns, their fears, their hopes, and we need to respond. Suppressing public voices will not lead to a more effective, efficient, and equitable health system”

Articles

23rd Jul 2016

Elitism/Entitlement drives our leaders policies

Source: Eureka Online Magazine
By: Dr Tim Woodruff

A FAIR GO OR SHOULD WE TAX PEOPLE WHO ARE UNLUCKY ENOUGH TO BE SICK?

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