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Welcome to the AMA's online newsletter

30 November 2018 Issue # 115

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Access to leave

Access to leave plays an intrinsic role in promoting employee wellbeing and facilitating professional development, in turn ensuring your employing health service can operate effectively, which has a direct positive impact for patients.  Despite this, the AMA (WA) has been disappointed that members employed in the WA Health System, covered by the WA Health System – Medical Practitioners – AMA Industrial Agreement 2016 (“the Agreement”), continue to contact the AMA (WA) to highlight restricted access to leave or inappropriate management of leave entitlements.


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


AMA General Meeting

Wednesday 5 December | 6.30pm 


A Special Resolution has been proposed to amend the AMA (WA) Constitution. The following amendments will be made to ensure that the AMA (WA) Constitution is not reliant on certain model clauses outlined in the Associations Incorporation Act 2015, which will apply in the event that the Special Resolution is not passed by members.


You are invited to consider the content and vote on the Special Resolution to amend the AMA (WA) Constitution at a Special General Meeting, which will be held at the AMA (WA) office, 14 Stirling Highway, Nedlands on 5 December 2018 at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start. The Special General Meeting is anticipated to be very brief.


To view the associated documents, please visit the AMA (WA) website


Women in Public Health Leadership event

On 21 November the Hon Roger Cook MLA, Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Mental Health, hosted the inaugural Women in Public Health Leadership event. The lunch, hosted in conjunction with the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA) brought together emerging female leaders in an informal forum to discuss challenges women face in progressing as leaders, the importance of garnering support from female peers, and to showcase their successes and accomplishments. The AMA (WA)’s Dr Katharine Noonan attended in her capacity as Policy and Research Lead. “The discussions, while at times infuriating, were also invigorating. It is encouraging to have an ally in Minister Cook and exciting to be surrounded by similarly minded, ambitious women with enormous leadership potential.”


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


Free ACWY meningococcal vaccine program extended

The McGowan Government has announced it will extend the State-funded meningococcal ACWY vaccine program for children aged one to four years to ensure that more children receive this life-saving protection.

In Western Australia, 76,000 children aged one to four have received a meningococcal ACWY vaccine - this represents 55 per cent of children in this age group. More than 61,000 children remain unprotected.


The initial announcement earlier this year which saw the Federal Government add the ACWY vaccine to the National Immunisation Program resulted from a concerted lobbying campaign by several groups, including the AMA (WA). 


For further information, visit the Government of Western Australia website.


Is it possible to do Advance Life Support Online? Dr Nick Williams might have the answer

For most doctors requiring Advanced Life Support (ALS) credentialing, the last time they actually utilised it was when they did their last credentialing. Outside of an emergency department (ED) setting it is an infrequent event, but we recognise the need to maintain the skills, as many of us are required to keep it current every three years to maintain our professional CPD requirements. This was certainly my experience after having worked as a VMO in an ED in metropolitan Adelaide for 13 years and now as a visiting general practitioner to rural and remote South Australia.


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



Black Swan Health's YAppEE App

Black Swan Health's YAppEE (Youth App Empowering Employment) is a free app-based service designed to help young people to maintain stable employment and income through real-time mental health support.


The YAppEE smartphone app allows participants to check-in daily and help identify and prevent issues in the workplace before they escalate.


The app can be used to supplement existing support services and enhance opportunities to maintain employment. The app can be used by anyone aged 15 to 25 who is struggling with their mental health and does not require a formal mental health diagnosis.


Black Swan Health Clinical Director Gordon Shymko explains how the app can be beneficial for young people struggling with their mental health. View the video online


General Practitioner Job | Booragoon

AMA Recruit is currently seeking a General Practitioner to join a Private Billing Practice in Booragoon.

• join a practice that provides excellence in health care to patients with a personalised, compassionate service
• enjoy clinical autonomy in this established, purpose built, modern medical centre
• ready patient base available, including a high proportion of private bill


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


Part- Time Medical Officer (Stress Testing) | Midland

The focus of the Medical Officer position is to conduct stress testing with the assistance of a cardiac nurse or technologist.


This role is based in Midland (some sessions in Joondalup) and is a casual position, working 3 – 4 hours per day, from 9:30am to 1:30pm, Monday to Friday.


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,


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


Wine sale: Mt. Misoon 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

AMA (WA) members can now access $100 off a case of the exceptional Margaret River Mt. Misoon 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. Mulberries and luscious blackcurrant fruit line the soft palate that is built around fine tannins and quality French oak.

Normally $220 per case of 12, reduced to $120 per case of 12 delivered to your door (Perth metro area). 


Order online now and use the code 'AMAWA'  to access the discount. 


Win a double pass to Perth Symphonic Chorus Messiah

Saturday 22 December | 7.30pm 


The wonders of this glorious oratorio are made almost endless when directed by Perth’s own brilliant choral director Margaret Pride OAM.

Exquisite arias such as 'I Know My Redeemeth Liveth' and 'Rejoice!' are contrasted with the majesty of arias like 'The Trumpet Shall Sound' and 'Thus Saith the Lord'. The real genius of this work, however, is revealed in the great choruses sung to perfection in baroque style by Perth Symphonic Chorus, and accompanied by our very own nationally recognised Perth Baroque Orchestra led by the exceptional violinist Paul Wright.


To go into the draw to win a double pass, email Des on by 12 December. 


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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