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5 September 2014 Issue # 66

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Medical Board announces registration fee increase

The Medical Board of Australia has set its registration fee for 2014-2015 at $715, limiting the increase to the national CPI. The annual renewal fee will apply from 1 August 2014 and cover the registration period for most practitioners of 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015.


For more information, please click here


FIFO mental health inquiry

The Education and Health Standing Committee of the WA Legislative Assembly has called an Inquiry into mental illness in fly-in, fly-out workers. The Committee will inquire into:

• The contributing factors that may lead to mental illness and suicide amongst FIFO workers
• The current legislation, regulations, policies and practices for workplace mental health in WA
• Current initiatives by government, industry and community, and recommended improvements


The Inquiry comes after nine FIFO workers working in WA’s Pilbara region have committed suicide in the last 12 months. The Inquiry will look at a range of issues including the support services that are available to FIFO workers, availability of mental health first aid facilities and the availability of on-site counselling, advisory and associated services.


The AMA (WA) supports the Inquiry, but stresses the importance of thoroughly investigating the underlying issues and identifying how we can change things. It will be important that the Inquiry investigates whether mining companies are doing enough to support the mental health needs of their employees.


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Consultation paper on the review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme

The public consultation paper on the review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme has been released. The Independent Review will attempt to assess the success and achievements of the National Registration & Accreditation Scheme and to ascertain the changes that are required to improve it.


It was just four years ago that sweeping changes were introduced to the regulatory system that oversees the safe practice of health professions in Australia.


The Independent Reviewer, Mr Kim Snowball, is undertaking a wide consultation process to inform and shape the recommendations he will make to the nation’s Health Ministers about how they can deliver continuous improvement to the health professions’ regulatory system.


The Association will be preparing a formal submission to the Review and welcomes comments from members. Contact Chris Kane via email or call on (08) 9273 3060.


To read the Consultation Paper, please click here


Decisions to withhold and withdraw life sustaining medical treatment

The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) recently published a research article examining Australian doctors’ level of knowledge of the law on withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack decision-making capacity, and factors associated with a higher level of knowledge.


The report concluded that among doctors who practise in the end-of-life field, there are some significant knowledge gaps about the law on withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack decision-making capacity.


Significant consequences for both patients and doctors can flow from a failure to comply with the law. The research report recommended that steps be taken to improve doctors’ legal knowledge in this area and to harmonise the laws across Australia.


To read the MJA article, please click here


Green light for practice nurse contribution to health assessments

AMA President, Associate Professor Brian Owler said today that the Department of Health (DoH) has finally provided satisfactory clearly-worded clarification about the role of practice nurses when undertaking health assessments.

A/Prof Owler said that the AMA raised the alarm when the Department of Human Services (DHS) issued advice in June that stipulated practice nurse time would no longer count in Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) health assessment items.

“The AMA alerted the Health Minister, DHS, and the Department of Health that this advice undermined primary health care arrangements, and was at odds with the Government’s stated objective of making the best use of the health workforce,” A/Prof Owler said.


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Letter to A/Director General of Health Prof Stokes on the reconfiguration of WA health

The AMA (WA) has written to Acting Director General Professor Bryant Stokes about concerns raised by medical practitioners through the AMA’s Inter Hospital Liaison Committee.


The issues concern the impact of the cost of opening Fiona Stanley Hospital on the operation of other hospitals. 


A copy of the letter can be found here

The AMA will inform members of the response and any progress.


Update on new Midland Public hospital

The AMA (WA) has raised many issues at different levels of Government concerning the closure of Swan District Hospital and the opening of Midland Public Hospital.

A matter that has been raised by the AMA membership on many occasions is about which outpatient services will be offered by St John of God Health Care (SJOG), the private provider of the new public hospital.

A letter has been sent to the Premier on this issue, and A/DG Prof Bryant Stokes has provided a list of outpatient services to be provided. 


The AMA (WA) is also discussing with the Government and SJOG the conditions and entitlements that will apply to medical practitioners transferring to SJOG. All issues concerning outstanding entitlements have been put in writing to the A/D General of Health.


Issues concerning acceptance of entitlements and conditions to be offered to transferring medical practitioners have been put in writing to SJOG. The AMA has developed “Swan Information Bulletins” to inform members of activity on this matter, which can be found on the AMA (WA) website


A meeting of medical practitioners will be held at Swan District Hospital late in September. This will be a feedback meeting to enable the AMA to update members on progress with discussions with both WA Health and also SJOG and for the AMA to receive feedback from members on key issues. We will let members know the date of the meeting via emails, the website and through this newsletter.


To view the lates Swan Information Bulletin, please click here.  


Applications for the 2015 AGPT Program – second intake open Monday 8 to Friday 19 September 2014

WAGPET will be participating in the second intake for Rural Pathway applicants to the 2015 Australian General Practice Education and Training (AGPT) program.

The second intake will be open to new applicants as well as those who were not offered a training place through the first intake. Applicants who applied in the first intake will not be required to participate in the MMI and SJT components of the National Assessment Process again.


For more information about the application process, please click here.


Come take a closer look!

AMA Medical Products is the exclusive West Australian distributor for the Univet range of Magnifying Loupes and Lights. 


Italian manufactured, comfortable, ergonomic, durable, attractive, affordable and most importantly they work.

Visit our Nedlands showroom or contact our Customer Service team on (08) 9273 3660 to arrange a demonstration of this exciting new range with one of our experienced Territory Managers.

Ride to Conquer Cancer seeks medical volunteers

On 18-19 October 2014, thousands of Riders will cycle over 200 kilometres in The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting Harry Perkins Institue of Medical Research.


As they embark on this epic journey, they’ll need your help! The Ride needs wonderful people like you to join their Medical Crew.


Crew Members are the backbone of the event. Due to their hard work and dedication, Crew Members experience the same perks as the Riders such as access to a hot shower, catered meals and a cosy tent at Camp.


For more information and registration, please click here

Locum Opportunity - Northern Suburbs

AMA Recruit currently has a requirement for a Locum General Practitioner within the northern suburbs of Perth.


This is to cover for the main GP who is taking annual leave and will be required to work between two practices. Hours will be 7am-4.30pm Monday to Friday, and there may be some requirement to cover on call or after hours during the period.


If you have full registration as a GP and are able to work in an area that is not a designated area of need from 15 September – 23 October, we would like to hear from you!

If you require any further information regarding this or any other locum opportunities, please contact our helpful consultants at AMA Recruit on 9273 3033 or via email

Investing wisely in 2014 – tips & trends for investors

With over 30 years in the industry, CommSec’s Chief Economist, Craig James, has a wealth of experience in analysing economic and financial trends for Australian investors.

He is a regular media commentator and is the daily spokesperson for CommSec on several national news bulletins.

This exclusive member only event is a great opportunity to share Craig’s industry knowledge, skills and experience and ask him any burning investment questions you may have.

Date: 24 September 2014 
Venue: Nedlands Yacht Club, The Esplanade, Nedlands


For more information, please click here


2014 AMA (WA) Charity Golf Day

The AMA (WA) proudly invites you to participate in the
AMA Foundation Charity Golf Day on Friday 31 October 2014 at the Royal Perth Golf Club.


We look forward to welcoming you to this annual event to share an enjoyable day with your colleagues, business partners or clients. There will be some amazing items up for auction, and as usual, proceeds will go to AMA (WA)’s Dr YES program.

The Ambrose tournament will allow for players of varying degrees of golfing prowess to get involved, and will be just as much fun for the novice golfer as the more experienced players in your team.


For more information and registration, please click here.


Sports Medicine Update: “The Female Athlete Triad”

Following on from the success of last year’s “Drugs in Sport” seminar, the AMA is holding another Sports Medicine Update for Doctors on another important and topical subject and are lucky enough to have Carmel Goodman present on the topic of the “Female Athlete Triad”.

The Female Athlete Triad (Triad) is described as the interrelationship between energy availability, menstrual function and bone mineral density. This condition is seen in females participating in sports that emphasise leanness or low body weight.


Date: Thursday 9 October 2014
AMA (WA), 14 Stirling Highway, Nedlands
Cost: FREE for members, $150 for non-members. 

For more information, please click here


Do your staff need CPR training?

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


The learning outcomes of this unit provide the participant with a nationally-recognised unit of competency and will cover:

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

The next training session will take place at AMA (WA) headquarters on Wednesday 17 September 2014 from 6 – 9pm.

For more information, please click here.


An evening of sensory indulgence with Bose in Subiaco

The Bose Store, Subiaco, will open its doors exclusively for AMA (WA) members/ partners to be amongst the first in Australia to view the latest additions to the Bose product family, on Tuesday 23 September from 5:30pm  – 8pm.

On offer will be delicious canapés, fine wines as well as a chance to win some door prizes and exclusive AMA (WA) member discounts.

Limited numbers are available, so get in quick to avoid missing out!

RSVP to Des Michael no later than Wednesday 17 September.


Father's Day specials for AMA (WA) members

Celebrate this Father's Day in style with a range of discounts courtesy of Willie Creek Pearls. 

This exclusive offer for AMA (WA) members includes a Mother of Pearl pen and and Neo Pearl Necklace or bracelet. 

Simple go the Wille Creek website and enter the online codes at checkout to recieve your discount. 


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