Doctors and Other Health Workers Must Be Protected in Times of Armed Conflict and Violence


The Australian Medical Association (AMA) Federal Council has adopted the World Medical Association’s WMA Regulations in Times of Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence as formal AMA policy.

The Regulations outline the duties of doctors working in armed conflict and other situations of violence and address the obligations of Governments, armed forces, and others in positions of power to allow health care personnel to fulfil their ethical duties to care for the sick and wounded, and to provide protection for health care personnel and facilities such as hospitals.

AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said today that the WMA Regulations have taken on greater relevance and significance with health workers being placed in vulnerable and dangerous situations in world trouble spots like Syria.

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