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7 July 2020 Issue # 139

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New AMA (WA) Council

The AMA (WA) would like to welcome its new council, which was voted in at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 24 June 2020.


Seven new councillors have been elected, bringing the total number of councillors to 41.


The AMA (WA) looks forward to supporting the new councillors in their endeavours to build an even stronger Association and drive it forward.


The new councillors are:


• Dr Brad Wood – Radiologist Specialty Group Representative.
• Dr Anna Robson – Paediatricians Specialty Group Representative.
• Dr Alex Swann – ordinary Member.
• Dr Kyle Hoath – ordinary Member.
• Dr Karina Power – co-opted member.
• Dr April Armstrong – co-opted member.
• Ms Hannah Matthews – co-opted member.


Med e-link and Medicus will profile the new councillors, and discuss their plans for the next 12 months. You can read more about the AGM in the July edition of Medicus.


AMA (WA) surveys public hospital doctors following WA Health’s intransigence over EBA

Despite the AMA (WA)’s good faith representations on priority matters, such as permanent employment for senior doctors, portability and retention of leave and specialist recognition for specialist GPs, WA Health has not been receptive to proposed reforms for the replacement WA Health System EBA. 

The AMA (WA) is surveying all public hospital doctors in the State to seek their views on priority matters and utilise contemporary data to corroborate the Association's concerns.

We strongly encourage all AMA (WA) members who work in WA’s public health system to complete the survey. The most recent reminder was sent on 1 July 2020 – if you did not receive the survey invitation, please  contact to organise a link to complete the survey.


Modern Award Wages

On 19 June 2020, the Fair Work Commission Minimum Wage Panel handed down its Annual Wage Review, awarding an increase of 1.75 per cent to the minimum salary rates contained in all Modern Awards.

The new minimum rates of pay must be applied as of the first full pay period commencing (1st PPC) on or after 1 July 2020.

Practices are advised that where an employee is in receipt of a salary which is in excess (over award) of the Minimum Award Rate as set out in the Award, then this increase as determined by the Fair Work Australia Minimum Wage Review Panel can be absorbed into that over award payment. This means that you do not have to automatically apply an increase to your current rates of pay, but should only do so where they no longer meet the new minima.


To view the Awards, please visit the AMA (WA) website


The future of your medical practice

Tuesday 14 July | 6.30 – 7.30 pm (AWST)

Telehealth isn’t replacing income lost through decreased face-to-face appointments. Waiting rooms are near empty. Patients are scared to return. That’s what we’re hearing from GPs.
There’s a lot of uncertainty around what happens next as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on.

If you want some advice about how to shape your financial fortunes over the next six months, this is the webinar for you.

FREE for all doctors [AMA (WA) members and non-members]


Register online here.


Discounted accommodation at Eco Beach Broome

Eco Beach is a multi-award-winning eco resort set in the pristine and untouched Kimberley.. Just over an hour's drive south of Broome, the accommodation provides guests with an unforgettable and unique wilderness experience whilst having minimal impact on the surrounding landscape.

Eco Beach is offering AMA (WA) members a 15 per cent discount if you book 2-3 nights or a 25 per cent discount if you book four nights or more.


For further information on how to access the discount, please visit the AMA (WA) website


Save 20% on a new, single-user subscription to eTG complete by Therapeutic Guidelines

eTG complete is a leading source of independent, evidence-based, practical treatment advice published by Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd for Australian clinicians. eTG complete includes therapeutic advice to assist practitioners with decision-making at the point of care to ensure their patients receive optimum treatment. The publication is recognised as providing an authoritative voice for therapy and treatment advice in every state and territory health service.


For further information on how to access the discount, please visit the AMA (WA) website


Access 10% discount at AusRecord

Document management specialist AusRecord is offering AMA (WA) members 10 per cent off on all items for filing, including files, labels, clips and accessories. Simply call (08) 9478 3322 and mention you are a member to receive this exclusive discount. 


For further information on how to access the discount, please visit the AMA (WA) website. 


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 share their thoughts, views and concerns via a letter to the editor.

Write to us (200 words max) at - the best letter will win a free one-year membership of Amazon Prime!


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