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19 October 2017 Issue # 103

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Do not be weak on codeine, Minister

State Health Minister Roger Cook is putting the health of West Australians at risk by joining a push to reverse the decision to make codeine products available by script only, the Australian Medical Association (WA) has said.

Mr Cook signed a letter with all other state health ministers, with the exception of South Australia, urging Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt to reverse the Therapeutic Drugs Administration decision to make codeine products available only by script in order to minimise the risk of addiction and overdose.

AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said he was extremely disappointed that Mr Cook had put the lobbying and economic power of pharmacists before the health of West Australians. “The minister told me and others very recently that he was supportive of the TGA decision,” Dr Khorshid said.


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Update: Dispute over payment for additional hours worked

The AMA (WA) continues to receive reports from senior practitioners about being paid for additional hours worked at the end of a rostered shift at their ordinary base rate of pay under the WA Health System – Medical Practitioners – AMA Industrial Agreement 2016 (the AMA Industrial Agreement).

The AMA (WA) has held discussions with the Department of Health (the System Manager) about this practice.


The AMA (WA) has argued it is in breach of the AMA Industrial Agreement to pay additional hours worked at the ordinary rate rather than as a call-back and this practice adopted by health service providers represents a change in the previously longstanding practice whereby additional hours worked at the end of a rostered shift were paid as a call-back.


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Influenza not to be taken lightly

Australian Medical Association (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid believes more needs to be done to convince parents that influenza is a potentially life threatening virus and that vaccines are safe.

Writing in the latest issue of the AMA (WA) magazine, Medicus, Dr Khorshid said that while WA had not had a particularly bad flu season this year, the rest of Australia had experienced a record number of cases and more than 120 deaths.


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Commitment to improve mental health and wellbeing of doctors

Doctors are not the supermen and women that many think they are, and must take ownership of their own health, Australian Medical Association (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid has said.

Officially opening the Moving out of the Blue: Solutions in Doctors’ Welfare seminar earlier this month, Dr Khorshid said it was not only significant that junior doctors’ wellbeing was being discussed, it was vital that solutions to this problem were found.

Organised by the AMA (WA) Junior Doctors’ Welfare Committee along with the Doctor’s Health Advisory Service WA, the fully booked seminar included doctors from all sectors of WA Health.


Live-streamed to ensure remote and regional doctors would not miss out, the seminar covered the stigma of mental health issues, burnout, access to leave and the efficacy of current procedures for dealing with doctors in distress.

Panellist Dr David Oldham, representing the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service, highlighted the importance of improving the culture of the health system.

“We need to improve culture at the organisational level, individual team or department levels and of course the individual itself,” he said.

Dr Oldham added that one key message that he has reiterated during his tenure as a counsellor for junior doctors, was that the stigma surrounding mental health kills.

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2017 Dr YES Charity Golf Tournament

The AMA (WA) invites you to participate in the 2017
Dr YES Charity Golf Tournament on Friday 3 November 2017 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 and 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.


Registrations are now open – simply complete the Acceptance Form and send to Skye Connor at AMA (WA) via fax (9273 3073) or email.


Last year’s event was fully booked, so be sure to sign up early to secure your place!


For more information or to register, please click here.


AIHW releases new report on access to mental health services

Close to 10 per cent of the Australian population accessed Medicare-subsidised mental health services in 2015–16, according to a report released recently by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).


The report, Mental health services: In brief 2017, shows that 2.3 million people (9.4 per cent of the Australian population) received Medicare-subsidised mental health services in 2015–16—an increase from 1.6 million (7.2 per cent of the population) in 2011–12.

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Siver Chain unveils Enhanced Medical Mixed Reality Technology

Silver Chain Group recently unveiled a new technology it is developing called Enhanced Medical Mixed Reality (EMMR).

EMMR can be used with a Microsoft HoloLens headset to integrate ‘mixed reality’ technology with real-life and projected holograms in patients’ homes.


This introduces the idea of ‘holoporting’ medical practitioners into peoples’ homes for consultations and diagnostics. 


A natural step up from Telehealth, the EMMR interface allows for in-person communication, and the ability for specialists, other health professionals or family members to join the conversation and engage with the decisions being made.

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Professional development workshops

From October 2017 to February 2018, the AMA (WA) and MDA National will collaborate on a series of professional development workshops for General Practitioners, practice staff and specialists working in private practice. 

The workshops will focus on issues such as:

  • Emerging Risks for a Medical Practice
  • Mental health workplace awareness

The next workshop takes place on 14 November 2017. These events are free for AMA (WA) members and two practice staff, and $50 per workshop for non members.

All workshops will take place at AMA House, 14 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands.


For more information and registration, please click here.


RACGP QI & CPD Points when you complete Youth Friendly Doctor Workshops

The Youth Friendly Doctor (YFD) Program seeks to build the capacity of General Practitioners to communicate more effectively with young people, address the barriers young people face in accessing healthcare and promote adolescent friendly policies, facilities and service delivery.


This program is accredited with the RACGP and attracts Category 1 and or Category 2 QI&CPD points.

The next workshops in the YFD program are:

• 24 October: Mental Health: Diagnosis and Assessment
• 7 November: Mental Heallth: Psychosocial.


Each workshop has an online classroom for the participation of rural participants.

FREE for AMA (WA) members. $50 per workshop for non-members.

Please click here for the registration form.

If you would like more information, please contact the AMA (WA) via email or phone 08 9273 3000.


Online Health Economics and Finance Course with Murdoch University

This short course introduces key frameworks and principles of health economics. It consists of four full-day workshops, in which you will learn how the Australian and comparative international healthcare systems are financed and funded.

This course is fully available online, however face-to-face workshops at Murdoch University are also available. 

For details and enrolment, please click here


Join the AMA (WA) now and receive two months free membership

The AMA (WA) is offering up to two free months of membership if you join in November and December 2017. 

Enjoy advice, advocacy and representation, free seminars and events, member benefits and much more when you join. 

For details, please click here

Get cooking with Kitchen Warehouse and Le Creuset

Embrace cosmopolitan style with Le Creuset’s Taste of the City collection inspired by modern flavours and influences of city living. This summer’s collection features the launch of a deep, dramatic and new Marine Blue range.


Chef Sophie Budd will be showcasing WA's seafood with this new Le Creuset collection. Sophie worked for seafood legend Rick Stein at the age of 16 and will share with us some much-loved dishes, creations and stories from this experience. 


Date: Wednesday 15 November 6.30 – 8.00pm
Venue: Kitchen Warehouse, 381 Scarborough Beach Road, Osborne Park WA 6018

Cover charge: $25

Special Le Creuset offer of $100 wine voucher on the night and gift with purchase.

RSVP by 6 November by contacting Des Michael via email.

Getaway with the AMA (WA)

The Mackerel Islands are a unique adventure playground, both on land and in the sea. Easy to get to, the islands are located off the mid-coast of Western Australia, 22km from the mainland of Onslow, or approximately 1,400km north of Perth, in the spectacular Pilbara region.

Whether you’re seeking a family holiday, a group getaway, a castaway-style adventure or a romantic retreat, you’ll find your ideal escape here. This is the place to reconnect with loved ones, where you can experience true relaxation or be as active as you like surrounded by sand, water and nature.


AMA (WA) members are offered 10 per cent off the best available rate for accommodation until 30 June 2018. Conditions apply, not valid in conjunction with any other offer.


Free ticket to Risky Business pairing event

Risky Business is ending the year with a wine dinner at Petite Mort on 2 November.

Risky Business Wines brings together the vision and decades of experience of grape grower and viticulturalist Rob Quenby and vintner, John Waldron. From our first vintage in 2013, we’ve been sourcing fruit from select regions, producing small batches of fine and distinctive wines from each area.

Six Risky Business wines will be paired with five exquisite dishes prepared by Head Chef Todd Stuart. The evening will be relaxed and very interactive. 

The AMA (WA) is offering one free ticket to this exclusive event, simply email Des Michael for your chance to win. 

TIckets to the event are $99 and space is limited, so get in quick to avoid missing out. 


Free tickets for opening night of Breathe

The AMA (WA) is offering free double passes to the opening night of the Cunard British Film Festival, with double passes to Breathe

Breathe tells the story of Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garlfied). After contracting polio at the age of 28, Robin Cavendish is confined to a bed and given only months to live. With help from his family and inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Cavendish devotes the rest of his life to help fellow patients and the disabled.

Simply email Des Michael for your chance to win. 


Member Benefits

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