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28 July 2014 Issue # 64

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Suspension of Philip Nitschke welcomed

The Medical Board of Australia has made the right decision by suspending the registration of Philip Nitschke as a doctor, AMA (WA) Vice President Dr Andrew Miller has said. 

“The medical profession is relieved to be rid of Dr Nitschke and wishes to assure the community that we will always help those with treatable illnesses to recover and live,” Dr Miller said.


For more on this report, including a video of Dr Miller's live cross to ABC 24, please click here.

To view Dr Miller's appearance on Channel 9 regarding Nitschke's suspension, please click here



Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection made notifiable

MERS-CoV became a notifiable infectious disease in Western Australia, as of Wednesday 2 July, following publication of a notice in the Government Gazette the previous day.


An accompanying notice designated MERS-CoV a “dangerous infectious disease”, as defined in the Health Act 1911. The latter designation allows the use of formal powers – as outlined in section 251 of the Act – to order public health disease control measures such as isolation, quarantine, and testing, should they be necessary.


Attending doctors and pathology laboratories are now required by law to notify the WA Department of Health of persons considered on clinical and epidemiological grounds, or as a result of testing, to have MERS-CoV infection.


For more information, please click here.


Flexible working arrangements for junior doctors

One of the initiatives the AMA (WA) Doctors in Training Committee has in 2014 is to improve access to flexible working arrangements for junior doctors in Western Australia.


As part of its ongoing advocacy, the Committee is keen to gauge the interest in part-time and flexible working arrangements and assess the prevailing attitudes towards part-time employment.


The Committee would be very grateful if you could take the time to complete the following survey.


If you require any information on the survey or would like to get more involved with the advocacy the Committee is currently undertaking please do not hesitate to contact Nicola Roman at the AMA (WA).


AMA and GP Registrars working to overcome setbacks to GP training

In an important preview to AMA Family Doctor Week 2014, GP Registrars gathered in Sydney earlier this month to discuss the future of general practice training against a backdrop of major policy setbacks announced in the May Budget.


The GP Registrar Forum, hosted by the AMA, was attended by AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, Chair of the AMA Council of Doctors in Training, Dr James Churchill, Chair of the AMA Council of General Practice, Dr Brian Morton, the Chair of General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA), Dr David Chessor, and a group of hand-picked GP registrar leaders.


A/Prof Owler said that the Federal Budget had introduced changes that would have a lasting effect on general practice training in Australia.


For more on this report, please click here


New Health Department and Treasury data show smoking at all-time low

Ongoing misinformation about tobacco sales in Australia is being driven by the tobacco industry to undermine the effectiveness of plain packaging, according to the Cancer Council Australia.

Cancer Council Australia CEO and medical oncologist, Professor Ian Olver, said independent tobacco sales figures published by the Department of Health showed tobacco consumption in Australia in the March quarter of 2014 was at an all-time low.

New Treasury figures were further indication of a decline in smoking, with tobacco clearances (including excise and customs duty) falling by 3.4 per cent in 2013 relative to 2012 when tobacco plain packaging was introduced.


For more on this report, please click here


Regional WA boosts immunisation rates, report card prompts response

The percentage of children in regional WA who are fully immunised has increased over the past year to a level where immunisation rates in regional WA have now surpassed the national average.


In recent years, regional Public Health Units (PHUs) have prioritised immunisation and introduced a variety of strategies that have been successful in raising immunisation rates.


Examples of these are:
• Conducting programs, in many of the regional PHUs, that involve monthly follow-up of every family with a child who is overdue for immunisation.

• Regional PHUs providing regular immunisation updates – one region provides a quarterly summary report to all immunisation providers that includes postcode level information on numbers of overdue children and allows comparison between different areas. Other regions run immunisation information days for providers.

• Regional PHUs introducing more flexibility around immunisation provision, such as immunisation delivery by school health nurses, in after-school clinics and delivery of immunisations in a variety of settings, including the home.

For more on this report, please click here.


Treating doctor medico-legal reports.

The provision of treating doctor medico-legal reports is an inevitable and often unwelcome part of clinical practice. It can also be a source of complaints.


This article outlines the steps involved in preparing a ‘good’ medico-legal report and provides some strategies to minimise the possibility of a complaint.

A request for a doctor to prepare a report for legal purposes can be received from:
• a patient
• a lawyer
• an insurer or statutory body, e.g. WorkCover
• the police
• a court.


For more on this article, please click here


AMA (WA) Medical Products 2014 EOFY Promotion

AMA (WA) Medical Products has launched its 2014 End of Financial Year (EOFY) Promotion.

Follow the link below to see our large range of medical products with super savings and bonuses. The promotion runs from June through to the end of August 2014.

From stethoscopes to wheelchairs and ECGs to Spirometers, AMA (WA) Medical Products has all the equipment you need. Contact our customer service team who are local, friendly, motivated and have the technical knowledge to provide the sales experience you deserve.

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


Urgent VR GP Locum required for inner Perth metro practice

Due to leave commitments, a VR GP Locum is required for an inner metro private practice. 60 per cent of billings and full patient load are guaranteed.


Mondays to Thursdays  2.00pm – 5.30pm
Wednesdays and Fridays  8.00am – 12.00 noon
Alternate Saturdays -  8.30am – 12.00 noon

For further information please contact AMA Recruit or phone (08) 9273 3033.


What is your financial plan?

Many medical professionals earn a good income, pay a lot of tax, and don’t have the time to find out the best strategies for their finances.


People come to you for your medical expertise, just as people consult a financial planner for their financial expertise. What exactly can a financial planner assist with?


Let’s look at the likely life stages in a medical professional’s life.


New TGA Medicine Shortages Website

In May 2014, the TGA, working in collaboration with Medicines Australia and the Generic Medicines Industry Association, launched a searchable website to provide up-to-date information on current, anticipated and resolved medicine shortages, as well as discontinued medicines.


The website also provides links, where possible, to information on substitute medicines or therapeutic alternatives.


An alert service has also been set up so subscribers can receive instant notifications or a weekly newsletter on medicine shortages.


For more information, please click here


Great discounts available in this year's Entertainment Book

Help us raise funds for the AMA (WA) Foundation by ordering the new Entertainment Book. By ordering through the AMA (WA), 20 per cent of your purchase will go towards the Foundation.

Great discounts are available on a range of products including restaurants, leisure activities, accommodation and much more.

Order online, or contact Louise at AMA reception on 9273 3000 or via email before 30 April 2014 to receive an extra bonus!


For more information, please click here.


Health assessments - Fog lifting on practice nurse time

After strong lobbying by the AMA, a statement from the Department of Health (DOH) regarding whether medical practitioners can count nurse time when determining which MBS Health Assessment item applies is on the way.

For more information, please click here




Recent detection of highly resistant N. gonorrhoea strain A8801

The Department of Health recently provided the AMA with information to be distributed to GP members regarding a highly resistant N. gonorrhoea strain.


The Department wishes to remind GPs that PCR (NAAT) testing does not allow for antimicrobial resistance testing and, where possible, cultures should be collected.


For more information, please click here.

Medicare – Essentials for Private Practice

This seminar is designed to provide doctors with an overview of the Department of Human Services and the Medicare program. The emphasis will be on providing information to practitioners who have minimal experience with the Medicare system but who wish to learn more.

The seminar will address a number of frequently asked questions about services in the Medicare Benefits Schedule, including:

• Details on specific item numbers and claiming requirements
• A review of the Department of Human Services’ Compliance Program and;
• An outline of available online education products and resources

Date: Wednesday 13 August 2014
Time: 6pm for a 6:30pm start.
Venue: AMA (WA), Nedlands
Cost: Members and a Practice Manager FREE
Non Members: $50


For more information and registration, please click here


2014 AMA (WA) Charity Golf Day

The AMA (WA) proudly invites you to participate in the
AMA Foundation Charity Golf Day on Friday 31 October 2014 at Royal Perth Golf Club.


We look forward to welcoming you to this annual event to share an enjoyable day with your colleagues, business partners or 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.


For more information and registration, please click here


WADO 7th annual charity concert

The West Australian Doctor's Orchestra  will be hosting its 7th annual charity concert on Sunday 17 August. 


Conducted by the well renowned pianist Mark Coughlan, patrons will enjoy sensational renditions of Bruch's Violin Concerto No.1 and Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony. 


The WA Doctor's Art Society will also have some work on display for those interested, with funds from this event helping to support Autism West.


Date: 2:00pm, Sunday 17 August 2014
Venue: Fremantle Town Hall
Cost: $30 for adults, $25 for children under 14 & concession


Tickets are available at the door, or contact Gabriella La Bianca via email or phone (08) 6389 1833.


Commonwealth Bank – Amazing home loan savings for AMA members

AMA Members receive a 0.85 per cent discount on the standard variable rate for new home loans, investment home loans, viridian lines of credit and portfolio loans, along with a Personal Relationship Manager and fee free Gold Credit Card.


This exclusive offer is only available through the AMA (WA) and CBA Premier Banking.


For more information, contact Rosa Pirozzi at the CBA on 6229 1019 or via email


Last chance offer for discounts on Riedel wine glasses

The world’s best wine glasses manufacturer, Riedel, is offering AMA (WA) members a fantastic range of discounts until the end of July.  

Enjoy a 25 per cent discount on the Degustazione range, or try out the Spiegelau Wine Lovers range with a massive 50 per cent discount.

Riedel is also running a warehouse sale with 50 per cent off a limited selection of products, 

These fantastic offers only run until the end of July, so get in quick to avoid missing out!


For more information, please click here.


Member Benefits

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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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