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21 December 2015 Issue # 83

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MYEFO Statement indicates difficult future for health sector

AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon has pledged to fight any proposed cuts to health funding, following another blow for the health sector in the Federal Government’s MYEFO statement.

Dr Gannon said removing bulk billing incentives for pathology and diagnostic imaging services would only increase the health cost burden for families in WA. While protections remain for concession card holders, there is again little understanding for the difficulties faced by the working poor.

“This is really just another co-payment by stealth, and the Government is once again ignoring its core responsibility to provide access to affordable, quality health services for the Australian people.

“Cutting Medicare patient rebates for important pathology and imaging services is another example of putting the Budget bottom line ahead of good health policy.

“These services are critical to early diagnosis and management of health conditions to allow people to remain productive in their jobs, for the good of the economy," he said. 


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High quality General Practice in Bassendean available

A member and colleague of the AMA (WA), who  operates a very busy, high-quality General Practice, offering a full range of comprehensive services to the community in Bassendean and its surrounding suburbs, has decided to cease practice and devote his time to family pursuits and achieving a full recovery from a recently diagnosed illness.


He has asked the AMA(WA) to assist him in seeking colleagues and other interested parties, who would be interested in purchasing the practice as a going concern.


For more detailed particulars and an information package please contact Mr Michael Prendergast at the AMA (WA) on (08) 9273 3008, or Noelle Jones on (08) 9273 3000



Training delivers benefits and savings for AMA members

AMA Training Services is now in a position to offer members the Diploma of Leadership and Management, a course that will assist in developing staff leadership and management skills.


The Diploma of Leadership and Management course is ideal for medical practice staff who are working or seeking career development as a coordinator, manager, supervisor or team leader.


Members’ new and existing eligible staff are able to complete the Diploma of Leadership and Management through traineeship arrangements, which may provide members the additional benefit of being able to claim payroll tax exemptions for their staff.


Members seeking further information about pricing and training material should contact Alan Hill at AMA Training Services on 9273 3000 or at


AMA Medical Products 2015 Quarter 4 Promotion

AMA (WA) Medical Products is pleased to announce the launch of its 2015 Quarter 4 Promotion. 

With the promotion set to end by 31 December 2015, there's no better time to snap up some of the incredible deals on offer. 

As a bonus, we will be giving away a free tendon hammer with every order, so get in quick to avoid missing out!

For more information, please click here or call (08) 9273 3022.


Youth Friendly Doctor Program

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 health care 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 first workshops for the 2016 program are open for enrolment:

 2 February: Young People, Ethics and the Law
16 February: Young People’s Sexual Health

Each workshop has an online classroom and therefore rural participants are encouraged to apply.


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

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


News for GPs from the Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services’ latest newsletter for health professionals contains a number of items of interest to GPs, including notification that you no longer need to provide accreditation certificates for the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) if already registered for PIP, and a reminder that the Healthy Kids Check must now be billed under an MBS attendance item.


News for Health Professionals directs readers to its Incentives News Update, which explains that the details of renewed accreditation certificates for practices that are registered with the PIP and Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP) are now updated automatically. PIP After Hours Incentive requirements are also outlined, as well as the Health Professionals Online Services (HPOS) that enables practices to view and update practice details online, apply for individual incentives, confirm practice details for PIP and PNIP confirmation statements, and add or amend practitioners.


The newsletter also reminds GPs that Healthy Kids Checks must now be billed under an MBS attendance item as they can no longer bill Healthy Kids Checks under the MBS health assessment items, 701, 703, 705 and 707. Item 10986, which was for Healthy Kids Checks performed by a practice nurse or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner, is no longer listed on the MBS.


A gap in your defence insurance could prove very costly

Would you like some extra peace of mind against things that may not traditionally be covered by other policies, or a little extra help or comfort for other unexpected events? 

This specialised product covers a variety of different exposures not normally covered by traditional policies. 

Covering the expenses associated with the defence, and sometimes pursuit, of legal representations, it includes:

  • Privacy Breaches
  • Medicare Audits
  • AHPRA Registration Investigation
  • Disputes with ATO
  • Tenancy/Property Disputes
  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal Appeals and more. 

For more information on this product, please click here.


PHNs must not be used to ration health care: AMA

The AMA this week released its Position Statement on Primary Health Networks (PHNs) 2015, which replaces the AMA Position Statement on Medicare Locals 2011.


AMA Vice President, Dr Stephen Parnis, said the AMA supports the need for an overarching structure of Primary Health Care Organisations (PHCOs) such as Medicare Locals or Primary Health Networks (PHNs), but they should not become agencies for rationing health funding or devolving the Federal Government’s core primary health care responsibilities.


“PHNs have an important role to play in improving the integration of health services within primary health care, enhancing the interface between primary care and hospitals, and ensuring health services are tailored to the needs of local communities,” Dr Parnis said.


“General practice must be at the heart of PHNs, and GPs must be heavily involved in the leadership and management of PHNs.


Dr Parnis said that the Government’s recent mental health reforms and some of the preliminary work of the Primary Health Care Advisory Group point to a bigger, more controversial, and potentially unwelcome role for PHNs in primary health care funding.


For more on this position statement, please click here


AMA proposes stronger support and standards for international medical graduates

The AMA this week released its new AMA Position Statement on International Medical Graduates 2015, replacing the AMA Position Statement on Overseas Trained Doctors 2004.


The new Position Statement sets out the AMA’s policy on International Medical Graduates (IMGs), particularly those IMGs who are yet to establish themselves in the Australian medical workforce, and recommends priorities for recruiting, assessing, training, and supporting IMGs.


AMA Vice President, Dr Stephen Parnis, said that IMGs have made an enormous contribution to the Australian health system in recent decades, especially in providing care in under-serviced communities.


“The new Position Statement emphasises the need to better support IMGs in their professional careers, but also to help them and their families gain access to community services such as health and education.


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Free CPR for AMA (WA) Members

RACGP requires CPR to be completed in this 2014 – 2016  trriennium.

This course provides participants with the skills and knowledge required to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines. 


The learning outcomes of this unit also provide the participant with a nationally recognised unit of competency.

The next course is on 13 February 2016, for more information, please click here


DivaLicious and The Impresario (Mostly by Mozart!)

The dueling divas are back! This time with their modernized version of Mozart’s one hour opera-play renamed “DivaLicious and The Impresario” at the Art Gallery of Western Australia as part of Fringe World 2016.


“DivaLicious and the Impresario” will be performed at 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Thursday 28th and Saturday 30th January 2016 at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.


For more details, please click here


The perfect gift idea for Christmas with Fraser's Restaurant Group Venue gift cards

What better gift to give this Christmas than a special dining experience at one of Perth's lovely venues with Fraser's Group venue gift cards?

Our new personalised gift cards have the added convenience of being re-usable, and can be redeemed at any one of our restaurant group venues including Fraser's Restaurant, The Old Brewery, BWG Steakhouse, Indiana, Greenhouse Perth, The Botanical Cafe, as well as our airport venues Haymarket, Macchinetta and Longneck.


To purchase your gift card, please call 9481 7100 and it will be sent to you directly. 


Enjoy wonderful wine with Flying Fish Cove

Enjoy a wonderful bottle of wine this Christmas courtesy of Flying Fish Cove.

Flying Fish Cove won 2 trophies at the 2015 Cowra Wine Show for 2013 Wildberry Reserve Shiraz and along with another trophy and a slew of gold and silver medals during this year’s wine show circuit.

To celebrate, Flying Fish Cove would like to offer AMA members the chance to try our wines with a 15 per cent case discount plus free freight within Australia with all orders. Offer ends on  31 January 2016.


Simply mention that you are an AMA member  when putting in your order via email or call the the Flying Fish team on 08 9755 6600.


Member Benefits

A wide variety of exciting events and movies are on offer in this month's On The Town.


To enter, visit AMA (WA) for your chance to win free double passes to one of these events.


Remember, AMA (WA) members have exclusive access to discounts across a wide range of goods and services.


Various categories of benefits are available and these can be viewed by visiting Member Benefits.


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