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21 December 2018 Issue # 116

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A festive message from AMA (WA) President

May your Christmas be one of joy, love, laughter and goodwill.


And your new year be a very healthy one as we all continue to work to ensure the Western Australian health system remains world class!


Best wishes,


Dr Omar Khorshid


AMA (WA) Christmas hours

The AMA (WA) wishes all members, a very merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Operating hours for the AMA (WA) during the festive season are:

Will remain closed on all the public holidays and Monday 24 December, with skeleton staff rostered on 27, 28 and 31 December.


Will remain closed on all the public holidays with skeleton staff rostered on 24, 27, 28 and 31 December.


Will remain closed on all the public holidays with skeleton staff rostered on 24, 27, 28 and 31 December.


Contracts of Employment

Primarily, medical practitioners covered by the WA Health System – Medical Practitioners – AMA Industrial Agreement 2016 (“the Agreement”), are employed on a fixed term basis. The Agreement’s Appointment Term Provisions* provide for appointments of:

• Five years for Senior Doctors, unless there is contrary written agreement;
• Three years for Interns, which takes them up to RMO Yr 3;
• 12 months for other Doctors in Training (“normally”), with the possibility of appointments for the nominal length of accredited training.


The AMA has long advocated for the Appointment Term Provisions to be reconsidered in light of a vastly different environment to the one where the above terms of appointment were established.


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


AMA (WA)'s Dr YES joins ABC Perth to discuss the issue of 'sexting'

Medical Director of AMA (WA)'s Dr YES program, Associate Professor Rosanna Capolingua, and program coordinator, Julian Ming, joined ABC Perth recently to discuss the need for sex education to evolve to keep pace with trends like sexting.


Research published this year suggests one in seven teenagers have sent explicit texts and one in four have received them. This prompted a change to the Dr YES program which now includes more up-to-date information about sexting and health. 


Listen to the radio segment online now


Dr Omar Khorshid discusses WA's first medicinal cannabis clinic with ABC Perth

WA's first medicinal cannabis clinic has opened up in Subiaco. Dr Omar Khorshid joined Geoff Hutchison on ABC Perth recently to discuss the opening. Dr Khorshid told ABC that nothing has changed in WA's stance on cannabis, nor has anything changed in the evidence behind medicinal cannabis. 


Listen to the full segment on ABC Radio website. (Please note, Dr Khorshid begins his segment at approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes in). 


Minute Clinic WA

AMA (WA) has been made aware that Terry White Chemmart at Westfield Innaloo are offering “convenient medical consultations” at Minute Clinic WA, via promotions on their Facebook page and website. The advertised “medical appointments” are provided by Nurse Practitioners, not by a medical practitioner as would be reasonable expected. The AMA (WA) has submitted a statutory offence claim to AHPRA given the use of the protected title “medical”, as well as to the ACCC for the misleading advertising.

Do you know an inspirational female doctor?

Our Medicus team are on the lookout for inspirational female doctors to contribute to an upcoming edition of Medicus focussing on Women in Medicine

Do you know someone who has beaten the odds and overcome adversity? Or someone with a great story to tell about their life and career in medicine? We'd love to talk to them!

Please email Janine Martin with further details and we will get in touch. 


Annual survey for WA health system staff

Research consultancy, ORC International has been appointed as the independent provider to conduct an annual survey of Western Australian health system staff.


The first of five annual surveys will be open from March 5 to 29, 2019.


The survey will measure staff engagement and support proactive strategies for future workplace planning. The initiative will enable staff to better communicate what works well, identify issues in the workplace and ensure their health and wellbeing is looked after.


More information to follow in the New Year. 


AMA Insurance Travel Policy for Members

Are you on the lookout for a travel policy for your next holiday or business trip? AMA Insurance has a new policy packed with value, available to AMA members at a special discounted price.


Cover includes:

  • pre-existing medical conditions
  • Business and leisure
  • Spouse and dependants and much more!

For more information, visit the AMA Insurance website. Alternatively, free call 1800 262 346 or email


Exciting opportunity for medical professional to join AMA (WA)

Policy and Research Lead – Medical Practitioner

The Australian Medical Association (WA) is seeking to appoint a medical practitioner with some background and an interest in public health to work with the Executive team at its head office in Nedlands.

The successful candidate will support the development of AMA health strategies and deliver a range of associated services.

This full time position is offered for a period of up to 12 months and offers an excellent opportunity to be part of an exciting and progressive organisation.

For a full position description, visit the AMA (WA) website.


General Practitioner Job | Katanning

AMA Recruit are currently seeking a General Practitioner to work in Katanning (Great Southern Region).

• This is a replacement role for a medium sized independent WAGPET Training practice
• The diversity of patients is both challenging and rewarding
• Practice staff are supportive and welcoming
• This is a DWS location, 3 hours and 15 minutes to Perth 


For further information or to apply, please visit the AMA Recruit website.


Alternatively, for more information on this or other upcoming work opportunities, please contact Dave Bell at AMA Recruit on 9273 3096 or


Are you a FRACGP qualified GP looking for a change of scenery?

The NHS are seeking Australian GP’s to live and work in England!


AMA Recruit, owned and operated by the AMA (WA), are the Australian representative for the NHS recruitment campaign for Australian GPs.


If you are seeking the chance to gain international vocational experience, then this is a tremendous opportunity to work overseas and use England as the base to explore the world. This also presents a great option for GP returners; those GPs who trained as MRCGP, and have been away from the UK for more than two years.

For further information on the opportunity, please contact Dave Bell at AMA Recruit on 9273 3096 or


Medical Products video blog series launched

Medical Products have launched an exciting new series of video blogs. 

Launched in November, the video blog series will provide viewers with product solutions, ideas and innovations that can help with the day-to-day life as a medical practitioner, facility manager or practice owner


Watch the introduction video online now


Free CPR for GP Members - 2019

Saturday 9 February | 9.00am - 12.00pm


Have you completed your CPR for the 2017 – 2019 triennium?


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


Youth Friendly Doctor kicks off 2019 with Ethics and the Law

Tuesday 12 February | 6.00 – 8.30pm


The Youth Friendly Doctor program is designed to provide the medical professional with the skills and knowledge to remain up to date with the most pertinent issues affecting young people and how to best manage these issues.

When working with young people in a medical setting, it is critical to have a comprehensive understanding of your ethical and legal responsibilities.


This workshop is designed to provide medical professionals with best practice and practical information on legal and ethical considerations of their young patients, assessment of a young person’s capacity and competence to consent to medical treatment, the right to confidentiality and the limited circumstances in which it may be broken.


Participants will learn effective engagement strategies, methods on managing difficulties that may arise in consultation and gain insight into how adolescents use health services.


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


Save big at the Audio Hub garage sale!

Need last minute Christmas gifts? Audio Hub has you covered with up to 30% off a range of products! From headphones, stereo speaker systems to home theatre systems and much more!


Shop online now or visit them in store at 139 Hay Street, Subiaco. 


Willie Creek Pearls New Year's Clearance

Bring in the New Year in style with Willie Creek Pearls New Year's clearance - up to 50% off* selected pearl jewellery!


Shop online now.


*Terms and conditions apply, see in store for details. 


Enjoy these festive offers at Palace Cinemas these holidays!

In celebration of the festive season, Palace Cinemas are launching a suite of new Summer offers:


$6 terrace sunset hour - 5.00 - 6.00 pm daily 

Palace Raine Square is proud to boast a stunning rooftop terrace bar that overlooks Yagan Square. With $6 Terrace Sunset Hour from 5pm to 6pm receive a selected tap beer, cider or glass of wine for just $6 (with a valid cinema ticket). Offer valid Friday 21 December - Friday 25 January 2019 at Palace Raine Square.


Bottomless popcorn at Cinema Paradiso

That’s right - bottomless Popcorn – all day, every day at Cinema Paradiso!  Free popcorn refills for every session from Thursday December 20 to Friday January 25, 2019, inclusive.


Family movie tickets for just $13
These school holidays, all tickets to the leading family movies are just $13 (before 5pm).  Films included in this offer are How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World, Ralph Breaks The Internet, Mary Poppins Returns And SpiderMan: Into The Spiderverse.


For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Palace Cinemas website


Wine Cellar specials brought to you by Winning Appliances!

Winning Appliances are offering AMA (WA) members access to discounted Liebherr Wine Cellars. This is a one off offer and is available while stocks last. 

The Single Zone Wine Cellar is a limited edition enveloped in black and finished with a sophisticated bold glass of red wine. It has a bottle capacity of 195 bottles, with a digital temperature display and 6 beech wood shelves and 1 base shelf. On special to AMA (WA) members for $1,999 (normally $2,847). 

The Multi Zone Wine Cellar, a remarkably functional and unapologetically stylish centrepiece, is designed with multi zone capabilities to ensure you can store reds, whites, roses and champagne in an optimal climate. On special to AMA (WA) members for $2,999 (normally $5,249).

Get your new wine cellar in WA stores located in Osborne Park, O'Conner, Joondalup and Myaree. Please note, these items are not available on display to view in stores. Store details and images of the wine cellars can be found here


Competition time!

AMA (WA) is offering members the chance to win FREE tickets to a range of movies, concerts, plays, shows or events currently on in Perth.

Win tickets to movies The Old Man and the Gun, Colette and Book Week or New Year's Eve Matinee at perth Concert Hall and more. 


Enter online now.

Write in and win

Got something to say? We would love to hear from you!

The AMA (WA)'s publication Medicus is calling on all members to send through any letters they would like to share with the profession. 

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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