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Welcome to the AMA's online newsletter

8 March 2019 Issue # 119

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Finished working with WA Health?

If you have recently finished working in the WA Health System and you are not taking up employment with another WA Health System employer, then you are legally entitled to receive all monies due to you on the payday following your last day of employment.  Anything beyond this is a breach of your former employer’s legal obligations under the WA Health System – Medical Practitioners – AMA Industrial Agreement 2016.


A number of members have contacted the AMA (WA), advising that they have not received payments in accordance with the Agreement.  To date the AMA (WA) has so far secured prompt payment for all members who have experienced a delay in payment and subsequently contacted the AMA (WA).


If you are currently waiting on any outstanding payments from your former WA Health System employer, please contact the AMA (WA) Industrial Team, who will support you securing a timely payment of your outstanding monies.


WA health experts disturbed by Philip Morris policy interference

WA's leading health agencies are appalled tobacco giant Philip Morris Limited will this morning testify before the WA Parliament's Select Committee on Personal Choice and Community Safety that is investigating whether WA should relax its laws on e-cigarettes and other similar products.


AMA (WA) along with Cancer Council WA and the Australian Council on Smoking and Health have joined forces to call out the clear conflict of interest of the multinational participating in an Inquiry that will have a public health outcome.


To continue reading, please visit the Cancer Council WA website


New rules for doctors prescribing alternative therapies

Doctors who prescribe alternative therapies would need to tell patients to seek a second opinion and provide written information about risks associated with the therapy under new guidelines from the Medical Board of Australia.


Dr Omar Khorshid joined Oliver Peterson on 6PR to discuss the Board's plan. Listen to the full radio segment online now


No link between measles vaccine and autism, major study confirms

A major study has ruled out any link between the mumps, measles, and rubella vaccine and autism.


The decade-long study analysed all children born in Denmark to Danish-born mothers between 1999 and 2010 - a cohort of well over 650,000 children.


Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal, the study reveals the MMR vaccine does not increase the risk of autism, even for high-risk children.


AMA (WA) Vice President, Dr Mark Duncan-Smith joined Oliver Peterson on 6PR to discuss. Listen the radio segment online now.


Nominations for the Junior Doctor of the Year 2019 now OPEN

The Junior Doctor of the Year Award was inaugurated in 2010 and acknowledges the outstanding contributions of Junior Doctors in areas such as:


• Teaching and Education
• Leadership and Advocacy
• Doctors' Wellbeing
• Community Service


The Award has been developed in recognition of the significant contribution to the Medical Profession and the Community that was made by Dr Camille Michener. Camille was an exceptional practitioner and achieved more in her 30 short years than many would in a life much longer. Camille will be remembered as an outstanding doctor, a staunch advocate, dedicated AMA (WA) member and benevolent friend, well-liked and respected by all who knew her.


Find out more about the criteria for the Award, the nomination process and online nomination form at alternatively download the entry/nomination form.


Nominations close at 4:30pm, Monday 15 April 2019.


AMA Recruit welcomes new Practice Support Consultant

Welcome to Kristel Maltese, our new Practice Support Consultant who has joined the team to focus on delivering a specialised, timely, cost-effective recruitment service to specialist and general practice.


Kristel brings to AMA Recruit extensive recruitment and administration experience. With over 8 years' experience in executing end-to-end recruitment campaigns for small and medium-sized enterprises and large government based organisations, Kristel can assist you with recruiting the right candidate for your practice.


To find out about the new services you can access, continue reading online


AMA Financial Services – 3 Generation Testamentary Trust bundle for AMA (WA) members for $ 1990

The 3-Generation Testamentary Trust offered by one of AMA Financial Services’ Estate Planning partners, Legal Consolidated Barristers and Solicitors offers additional advantages over a testamentary trust, which include:


• 3-Generation Testamentary Trust 

• Superannuation Testamentary Trust 

• Divorce Protection Trust 

• Maintenance Trust 

• Enduring Power of Attorney

• Enduring Power of Attorney - Medical Treatment

If you would like to discuss your personal situation and need help reviewing or establishing your will, please contact our Financial Advisers Venus Wong or Jyothi Sarac on 1800 262 287 or email us at


Department of Health survey: strengthening immunisation requirements for WA children

The Department of Health is seeking feedback from the early education and care industry, schools, government, parents and other stakeholders to determine the most effective option for achieving improved childhood immunisation rates in WA.


For further information, and to complete the online survey, please visit the Department of Health website


'16 Cancers'

On Sunday 17 February 2019, Make Smoking History aired the state-wide campaign ‘16 Cancers’. This powerful WA-made campaign highlights both the common and lesser known cancers that can be caused by smoking and emphasises the immediate and long-term consequences these cancers can have on a person’s life.


The campaign illustrates that cancer from smoking can have a devastating and debilitating impact on smoker’s lives. The advertisements finish with the line ‘There are 16 different types of cancer caused by smoking... and you have one clear way to reduce your risk’. Smokers will be encouraged to visit the or call the Quitline (13 78 48) to kick the habit.


‘16 Cancers’ will run from 17 February to 13 April 2019 in both metropolitan and regional areas.


To view the television advertisement, visit the Make Smoking History YouTube channel.


For more information about the Make Smoking History campaign, please contact Sarah Beasley at Cancer Council WA on (08) 9388 4370 or email


It's an emergency | How medical research helps doctors make life and death decisions

Thursday 14 March | 1.00pm - 2.00pm 


Join Professor Daniel Fatovich as he reveals the latest clinical research to emerge from Royal Perth Hospital’s Emergency Department.

Broken bones, brain trauma, blood poisoning, heart attacks, asthma attacks and drug overdoses are just some of the reasons why we can be rushed to hospital at any time of the day or night – and when your world comes crashing down, Professor Daniel Fatovich is the person you want by your side.


This a free event and is being held at City of Perth Library Auditorium, 573 Hay Street, Perth. 


To register your attendance, please visit the Eventbrite website


Medical Careers Expo

Wednesday 13 March | 5.30pm - 8.45pm


Being held at The University Club of Western Australia, the 2019 Medical Careers Expo is a free event for junior doctors and graduating medical students, brought to you by the Postgraduate Medical Council of WA together with AMA (WA). 


Register online today and take this opportunity to discuss and discover career options with over 30 health services, specialty colleges and other relevant organisations at the Expo.



GP Registrar Seminar: Know Your Employment Rights

Tuesday 19 March | 6.30pm – 8.30pm

The AMA (WA) is running a series of four seminars to help GP Registrars answer questions on employment arrangements and how to manage conflict in the workplace.

The first seminar in the series will explain the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER), including minimum rates of pay, hours of work, payment for training and leave entitlements. We will explain how the conditions apply to you as a GP Registrar and what various provisions mean for you in a practical sense when you are working at a practice.

RACGP and ACRRM points will be applied for all medical practitioner seminars.

For more information, visit the AMA (WA) website or register online now.


CPR for Practice Staff

Wednesday 20 March | 6.00pm - 9.00pm


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.


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 more information, visit the AMA (WA) website or register online now


Positively Outrageous Service

Wednesday 20 March | 6.00pm - 8.30pm


The Positively Outrageous Service workshop will teach you how to amplify your marketing efforts by delivering positive customer experiences that build your brand and create competitive differentiation.


This two-hour workshop will be presented by AMA (WA) Training Services General Manager, Jan Norberger.

Topics being covered include:

• Leveraging positive customer service to grow your business
• Is good customer service still good enough?
• Customer Service vs Customer Experience
• Understanding customer behaviour (Net Supporter Score)


For more information, visit the AMA (WA) website or register online now


Australasian Doctors’ Health Conference 2019

Friday 22 and Saturday 23 November


The Doctors' Health Advisory Service (DHAS) of Western Australia (WA) invites you to join them at the 2019 Australasian Doctors Health Conference (ADHC) in Perth, Western Australia.


The 2019 conference theme, Creating a Healthy Workplace, is relevant to doctors at all stages of their career, from medical students, to doctors in training, to doctors established in their chosen career. The impact of the work environment on a doctor's health and will be addressed through keynote addresses, workshops, case study learning sessions and abstract presentations.


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