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6 September 2019 Issue # 127

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End of an era celebrations!

More than 200 people gathered at Matilda Bay last night to mark the retirement of AMA (WA) Executive Director Paul Boyatzis. Guests heard from Director General of the Department of Health Dr David Russell-Weisz, Immediate Past President Dr Omar Khorshid, AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller and the man himself – Mr Paul Boyatzis. Paul’s 31 years of dedication was celebrated in style – a wonderful night was had by all!

More images and a wrap-up of the evening to follow in the October edition of Medicus.


WA’s Climate Health Inquiry

The Australian Medical Association (WA) will be making a submission to the DoH Climate Health WA Inquiry. We have prepared a survey and are inviting members to take part. Please email if you wish to complete the survey and provide comments.


This inquiry is reviewing current planning and response capacity of the health system in relation to the health impacts of climate change. It will make recommendations for improvement with respect to climate change mitigation and public health adaptation strategies.


Have you completed the VAD survey?

The AMA (WA) VAD survey is still open. Join 1,180 of your colleagues who have already completed the survey. We value your opinion and want to make sure you can contribute along with your colleagues to this important discussion which will impact society and all medical professionals.

Thank you to those who have completed the survey so far. To those yet to complete the survey, a reminder was sent earlier today via Truevote. Please ensure to check your Junk folder if the email does not appear in your Inbox.


AMA (WA)'s response to Dr Heather McNamee AusDoc article

An article recently published on AusDoc written by Dr Heather McNamee criticised the AMA (WA) for not speaking in defence of Dr Alida Lancee's "freedom of speech", in relation to her reported AHPRA warning.


The AMA (WA) was given the opportunity to respond to the article and accusations. To read Dr Andrew Miller's response, please visit the AusDoc website here


The AMA declares climate change a health emergency

The AMA has joined other health organisations around the world – including the American Medical Association, the British Medical Association, and Doctors for the Environment Australia – in recognising climate change as a health emergency.


AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller spoke with 6PR earlier this week and explained the ways warming climate is having an impact on health.


To listen to the radio segment, please visit the 6PR website here


WIN: A History of Medicine in Western Australia – A biographical and historical account to 1900

Are you interested in reading about the history of medicine in WA? The AMA (WA) are giving readers the chance to win a copy of A History of Medicine in Western Australia written by Dr. B. C. Cohen. This book provides both a biographical and historical account of medical persons and events from the earliest days until the formation of the WA Branch of the British Medical Association


To go into the draw, simply email the Med e-link team by Friday 20 September.


Are you thinking about which medical specialty is right for you?

Final intake applications for the 2020 Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program are now open and will close Monday 23 September 2019 (3pm AEST). You can apply at either or both GP college websites:

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

GP as a career has the breadth, scope and complexity of treating patients of any age and gender and sees patients through all stages of illness. This creates enormous variety and is professionally challenging.


As a GP, you never know what is about to walk through the door. Each day, GPs investigate and analyse how culture, psychological and sociological circumstances affect people’s health and experience of disease. GPs use this understanding to empower patients to lead healthier lives.


For further information, please visit the WAGPET website


Superannuation: Too important to ignore – AMA Financial Services

Superannuation is the one thing you could do for your financial future this year that could make a big difference to your retirement income. But how much do you need?


That’s a big question.


As we know, everyone’s needs are different, unexpected expenses just crop up and none of us know how long we will actually be in retirement.


To continue reading, please visit the AMA (WA) website


AMA (WA) Charity Golf Day: Register now!

Friday 25 October | 11.00am onwards 


The AMA (WA) invites you to play in this year's Charity Golf Day being held Friday 25 October at Royal Perth Golf Club. 


There will be some amazing items up for auction and as usual, proceeds will go to the AMA (WA)’s Dr YES program.


The Ambrose tournament allows players of varying degrees of golfing prowess to get involved, so the novice will have just as much fun as the more experienced player.


The day on the course is followed by an evening of catching up with friends and colleagues over some great wine and fabulous food.


For further information or to register, please visit the AMA (WA) website


GP After Hours opportunities with AMA Recruit

.As we see WAPHA’s GP urgent Care Network Pilot commence this month, we have several opportunities for GPs to work in after hours.


Using the new AMA Recruit website, you can choose the After-Hours category to bring up jobs near you and to suit your availability.


Alternatively, contact Dave Bell, General Practice Staffing Specialist, on 0439 361 218 or email


Youth Friendly Doctor - Social Media and the Internet: Last chance to register

Tuesday 10 September | 6.00pm - 8.30pm


Social Media and the Internet: The Impact on Young People's Wellbeing, will provide doctors with a greater understanding of this vital topic that will assist them in understanding the potential risks, safety and mental wellbeing of young people and the issues they face online.


Topics being covered include:

  • Types of social media and how they are used among young people
  • Positive and negative impacts of social media and;
  • Common signs of cyber-bullying in young patients. 

For further information or to register online, please visit the AMA (WA) website


GP Registrar Seminar: Negotiating Terms and Conditions

Wednesday 11 September | 6.30pm - 8.30pm


The AMA (WA) is running a series of seminars to help GP Registrars answer questions on a range of issues from employment arrangements to managing conflict in the workplace.


In this final seminar of the series, Negotiating Terms and Conditions, we will prepare you to negotiate terms and conditions as a contractor or an employee when coming to the end of your training.


This seminar will cover:

  • restraint of trade
  • indemnity
  • your rights and obligations with respect to administrative support and consumables
  • leave and leave cover

For further information or to register online, please visit the AMA (WA) website


CPR for Practice Staff

Saturday 21 September | 9.00am - 12.00pm 


The AMA is delivering 3 hour courses for staff requiring CPR training to meet practice accreditation requirements.


The learning outcome of this unit provides the participant with a nationally recognised unit of competency: HLTAID001 – Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation


The course will cover:

  • Assessing the situation and responding to the signs of an unconscious casualty
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation following Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines
  • Defibrillation awareness

This program attracts 5 category 2 RACGP points.


For further information or to register online, please visit the AMA (WA) website


Youth Friendly Doctor - Mental Health: Diagnosis and Assessment

Tuesday 1 October | 6.00pm - 8.30pm


Mental Health: Diagnosis and Assessment outlines high prevalence mental health issues facing young people and enhances skills in distinguishing low prevalence and common co-morbid diagnoses.


On completion of this workshop, doctors will have improved ability to assess the psychosocial wellbeing of adolescents using screening tools, consultation techniques and standardised psychometric instruments. 


For further information or to register online, please visit the AMA (WA) website


Australasian Doctors' Health Conference 2019

Friday 22 and Saturday 23 November


The Australasian Doctors Health Conference (ADHC) is being held in Perth on 22 and 23 November 2019. These conferences have been held biennially in Australia and New Zealand for nearly 20 years, with 2019 being the first time the event will take place in WA.


The theme is the important topic of “Creating a Healthy Workplace”. This will be relevant to doctors at all stages of their career, from medical students, to doctors in training, to doctors established in their chosen career. A particular focus will be looking at the impact of the work environment on a doctor’s health, be they a solo private practitioner or working in a large tertiary hospital. Issues will include the effect of medical culture on work life balance, bullying and harassment, and physical and mental health problems. The conference will also be relevant to anyone involved in the training or management of doctors.

Key note speakers include Professor Fiona Wood, Professor Geoff Riley, Dr Nikki Stamp and Dr Geoff Toogood (Crazy Socs for Docs).


For further information or to register, please visit the Rural Health West website


Mozart by Candlelight

Wednesday 16 October | 5.30pm doors and bar open, 6.30pm concert


Set in the stunning St George’s Cathedral, flooded by candlelight, guests are welcome to enjoy food and bar options whilst Perth Symphony brings to life the music of Mozart, juxtaposed with works by living composers Joe Chindamo (AUS), Jonathan Dove (UK) and more, who have drawn inspiration from Mozart's musical legacy and bringing a whole new life to classical music.


Having been rested in 2018, the Candlelight Series is anything but a traditional concert and the evening is woven together with letters written by Mozart himself, giving a unique insight into the mind of this iconic composer.

The program includes a world premiere: a complete reimagining of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by renowned Australian composer Joe Chindamo, tailored to a contemporary audience, commissioned by Perth Symphony especially for this concert. Expect to hear the music of Mozart like never before, as Perth Symphony gives the WA premiere performance of Dove’s ‘An Airmail Letter to Mozart’ along with Mozart’s most beloved classics and greatest earworms of all time.

This concert is made possible thanks to funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and support from Silverstream Wines.


To go into the draw to win a double pass, please email by Friday 11 October. 


For further information, please visit the Perth Symphony website. 


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Write to us (200 words max) at - the best letter will win anything from movie/theatre tickets to bottles of wine. 


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