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19 September 2017 Issue # 102

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Over-the-counter codeine - changes to supply

From 1 February 2018, medicines that contain low-dose codeine will no longer be available without prescription in pharmacies.

The medicines affected include codeine-containing combination analgesics, available under brand names such as Panadeine, Nurofen Plus and Mersyndol, and pharmacy generic pain relief products, and codeine-containing cough, cold and flu products, available under brand ranges such as Codral, Demazin and pharmacy generic cough, cold and flu medicines.

Research shows that current over-the-counter low-dose (< 30 mg) codeine-containing products offer little additional pain relief when compared to similar medicines without codeine.

There is evidence to suggest that paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations available as a single pill can be offered as an alternative to codeine-based analgesics for short-term management of pain in patients able to take NSAIDs and for whom paracetamol alone is not sufficient.

For more information, please click here


Update on hourly units for Sessional Practitioners

Health Shared Services (HSS) is planning to convert Sessional Practitioners from sessional units to ensuring they are paid in hourly units. This is a program that is scheduled to take place across the major hospitals from September 2017 through to June 2018 to ensure correct application of penalties on part sessions under the WA Health System – Medical Practitioners – AMA Industrial Agreement 2016 (the AMA Industrial Agreement).

The AMA (WA) has raised concerns about the process but not the payment of penalties. Based on past experience, practitioners have had entitlements reduced, or alternatively have leave accruals incorrectly applied which have to be paid back at a later date.

For more information on this update, please click here


Ross River and Barmah Forest virus disease risk warning

The Department of Health is reminding residents and travellers in the south-west region of Western Australia, including the Perth metropolitan area, to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites over the coming months.


The warning follows the first detection of mosquito-borne disease activity in the region for the 2017/18 mosquito season.


The Department has an information pack for health practitioners, to access this information, please click here

Hard copies of the GP guide and other resources are also available on request, simply contact
Dr Abbey Potter 
at the Environmental Health Directorate.


GP required for training practice in Rockingham

AMA Recruit is looking for a General Practitioner to work in a GP led, WAGPET family practice.

This family practice has six GPs, large consult rooms with natural light and you’ll work alongside two passionate partners, who have practised in the area for over 20 years -  so there is a loyal following in the community.


You’ll take over an established patient base, and there is high demand for GP services.

This is a purpose built medical centre, with well-resourced treatment rooms, alongside the district hospital.


If you’re interested in this role, contact Dave Bell at AMA Recruit.


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.


AMA Financial Services - the new super rules contain some good news

The 2017 superannuation changes provide new opportunities for you to finance the cost of your life insurance needs.


The 10 per cent rule is history. This rule prevented employees making additional tax deductible contributions into superannuation, even though their additional contributions were within the concessional (tax deductible) contributions cap.

Outline of new measures

From 1 July 2017, you may make additional deductible personal contributions into superannuation, provided that you do not exceed your concessional contribution caps.


This means that any unused concessional contribution cap amounts can fund personal insurance arrangements in a tax effective way.

For more information, please click here.


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MIGA Doctors in Training Grants Program

MIGA’s Doctors in Training (DiT) Grants Program provides funding to assist doctors in training pursue advanced training opportunities in Australia and abroad. 


The funding is intended to assist doctors meet the costs incurred in pursuing their training opportunity. Costs may include travel, accommodation, program fees and other associated expenses

Four individual DiT Grants of $5,000 each are available, and applications for the 2017 program are now open. 

For more information, please click here


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:

  • Building the right team
  • Common and emerging risks for a medical practice and
  • Mental health workplace awareness

The first workshop takes place on 2 October 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.


Moving Out of the Blue: Solutions in Doctors’ Welfare

In September 2016, the AMA (WA) DiT Committee held the symposium, Out of the Blue: Supporting the Welfare of Doctors in Training, to assess the wellbeing issues in West Australian hospitals.


Working from the symposium feedback and the recent AMA (WA) Hospital Health Check, the 2017 Symposium is an opportunity for doctors, management and executive to come together to discuss practicable solutions to improve doctors’ wellbeing in our hospitals.

This event is presented by the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service WA (DHASWA) and the AMA (WA) Doctors in Training (DiT) Welfare Subcommittee.

Date: Tuesday 3 October 2017
Venue: University Club of Western Australia, Hackett Drive, Crawley


For more information and to register, 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:

• 17 October: Young People, Ethics and the Law
• 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.


Loud Shirt Friday: an international doctors' wellbeing day

Show your support for doctors’ and other health professionals’ mental health and wellbeing on Friday 20 October 2017 by donning your ‘loudest’ shirt and brightening up your work day!

Loud Shirt Friday allows all hospital staff to show support and help raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing. Doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and allied health staff are all invited to wear a loud shirt and show support.

The event was inspired by the recent tragic loss of colleagues and friends in the health and medical field to suicide, reminding us all to look out for each other, ensure we debrief when tragedy strikes and provide an ear or shoulder when one is required.


Check out the Loud Shirt Friday website for information, ideas and resources.

ACLM 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting

The Australasian College of Legal Medicine invites you to join us in Perth for this exciting program that will explore aspects of "The Law and Ethics of Therapeutics".


Topics include state regulation of medical cannabis, non-consensual clinical drug trials, tooth whitening issues, drug supplies in disasters, novel psychoactive substances, cannabis in pregnancy, pharma sponsorship in hospitals, off-label prescriptions, sterilisation of disabled persons, nano-safety and therapeutics, paediatric therapeutics, prescribing drugs of dependence and real-time reporting.


Date: 21 & 22 October 2017

Venue: Parmelia Hotel Hilton, Perth WA


For more information and registration, please click here.


Free tickets to Faber Winery's 20 Anniversary celebration

Faber Vineyards is celebrating 20 years of success and would love for you to join them.

This two-day event on 24 and 25 September will include free wine tastings, masterclasses, barrel tastings, door prizes, music and much more. 

The AMA (WA) is offering two free tickets for this fantastic event, simply email Des Michael to go into the draw. 

Tickets include two bottles of Faber wine to take home, wine glasses and six vouchers to redeem for food, drinks or experiences (additional available for purchase on the day).

Tickets can also be purchased from ticketebo at $65 per person, click here for more information


BMW Basement Sale

Auto Classic BMW is holding its first ever BMW Basement Sale Event from Wednesday 20 – Saturday 23 September 2017.


As a valued BMW Advantage partner, AMA (WA) members are offered an exclusive opportunity to secure the world’s Ultimate Driving Machine.


The AMA (WA) is already a platinum corporate partner of BMW Advantage with the major benefit being 5 Years/80,000km free servicing. However, Auto Classic BMW is now complementing that with free on-road costs  - but strictly limited to four days only.

For more information, please click here


Double passes to Macy Gray

The incredible Grammy Award winning Macy Gray will be performing in the intimate surroundings of the Astor Theatre on 27 September 2017.


Macy will perform her favourite tunes and then her favourite R&B songs in a DJ set.

The AMA (WA) is offering double passes to this event, simply email Des Michael for your chance to win. 


School holiday delights with Project Passport at Perth Zoo

Explorers, pack your bag, collect your passport and set off on a global adventure these school holidays.


Venture around the Perth Zoo with our action-packed itinerary and see if you can match our animal’s passport photos with their passport page. You can even have your passport stamped along the way and send a personalised postcard to someone special.

This event runs from 23 September to 8 October, for more information please click here


Get cooking with Kitchen Warehouse and Le Creuset

Hone your culinary skills just in time for the festive season, with Kitchen Warehouse, Chef Sophie Budd and Le Creuset  at the Kitchen Warehouse showroom in Osborne Park.

This event is exclusive to AMA (WA) members, and space is limited. To register your interest, please email Des Michael

Date: 15 November 2017. More details to follow.


Member Benefits

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