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29 November 2017 Issue # 104

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Bullying, fear of reprisals rife among King Edward Memorial Hospital staff

An internal report has revealed that patient safety at Perth’s largest maternity hospital has been seriously affected by a raft of issues, such as bullying and chronic staffing shortages.


A survey of King Edward Memorial Hospital employees was told staff were afraid to disclose details of bullying throughout the ageing facility because they “had to watch their back”.

AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said the report uncovered a host of worrying issues.

“Many of these issues are potentially dangerous, including inconsistent health quality, significant under-reporting of adverse events, evidence of a ‘bullying culture’ at the hospital and lack of clinical engagement,” he said.

For more on this report, please click here


Increased activity of the mosquito-borne Barmah Forest virus

The mosquito and arbovirus surveillance program undertaken by the Department of Health has detected ongoing activity of Barmah Forest virus (BFV) in mosquito populations in the southwest of Western Australia. BFV has been detected in 16 pools of mosquitoes collected in the Peel and Leschenault regions between August and October 2017.


However, notified human cases of BFV in the region have remained low with just one case in the Leschenault region in September and one case in the Peel region in October.


In contrast, while Ross River virus (RRV) has not been detected in mosquito populations in the southwest, there have been six human cases notified in the Leschenault region and 16 in the Peel region between August and October 2017.


Mosquito numbers in coastal areas of the south-west are increasing due to the recent warmer spring weather and the Department of Health wishes to remind general practitioners to request testing for both RRV and BFV for any patients presenting with symptoms to ensure all cases are recognised and reported. This will assist with defining high risk areas of the south-west so that vector mosquito populations in those areas are appropriately managed.


If you would like further information on mosquito-borne disease in WA, please contact Medical Entomology  


AMA Corporate Travel Insurance

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Enjoy the benefits of a superior corporate travel cover without the paperwork, medical certificates or the need to predict your trips and confirm approval for changes.

Discounted premiums from $440* now apply. Speak to our Client Relations team on 1800 262 287 (Free Call) or email us to find out more

Health precinct a game-changer for Murdoch

Become a part of Perth’s world class health and knowledge precinct, featuring five integrated buildings that will include:

• 12,500sqm office/medical space*
• 5,000sqm retail space*

• 175 residential apartments*

• 150 bed aged care facility*
• Medical hotel
• Short-stay accommodation

Fini Group is seeking medical and commercial expressions of interest for the vibrant mixed-use precinct, where people will live, work and be entertained.

For further information, please click here.



Flu season ahead: be prepared

AMA Medical Products have teamed up with market leading Flu Vaccine Manufacturer Sanofi to ensure that we're one step ahead of the 2018 flu season.

AMA Medical Products is offering an early bird offer, so get in quick and beat the price rise on vaccines. Discounts apply to volume purchases.

For more information, please click here


TGA workshops: Codeine up-scheduling

From 1 February 2018, medicines containing codeine will no longer be available over the counter in pharmacies.

The Department of Health Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is working in collaboration with Primary Health Networks and pain specialists to ensure health professionals dealing with chronic and acute pain management have alternative strategies to use in preparation for 1 February and beyond.

The TGA invites you to attend an evening workshop on the up-scheduling of codeine, and the opportunity to engage with senior TGA representatives as well as leading specialists in acute and chronic pain management and addiction.


Date: Thursday 30 November 2017, 6 - 9pm. 

Venue: Fraser's Restaurant 

For more information and to register, please click here


Free CPR for AMA (WA) GP Members

Have you completed your CPR?

RACGP requires CPR to be completed in this 2017-2019 triennium.


The AMA (WA) is running free CPR courses for member doctors at the Nedlands premises on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings.


The next course will take place on Saturday 10 March 2018 and there are only limited spaces available, so get in quick to avoid missing out.


For more information, please click here.


ICAN celebratory dinner

Join us to celebrate International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weopons (ICAN) recieving the Nobel Peace Prize for spearheading the 2017 UN treaty to ban nulcear weapons.


The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to ICAN for its work in drawing attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.


Date: Sunday 10 December, 6pm - 9pm


Venue: Spirit House Thai Restaurant.


Cost: $35 per person (pay at the door).


For more information and to register, please click here


Join the AMA (WA) now and receive two months free membership

The AMA (WA) is offering up to two free months of membership if you join in November and December 2017. 

Enjoy advice, advocacy and representation, free seminars and events, member benefits and much more when you join. 

For details, please click here

Save this Christmas with Le Creuset

The AMA (WA) is offering massive discounts on Le Creuset crockery that is unmatched anywhere else in Australia. 

Get ready to cook up a storm this festive season with discounts of up to 30 per cent off Le Creuset's cast iron range.

This offer is only available until 6 December 2017 and stock is limited, so get in quick to avoid missing out. 

Simply have a look at what's available and send your orders to Des Michael


Fantastic deals on Laura Cole's incredible artwork

Get that special someone the perfect gift this Christmas thanks to celebrated local artist Laura Cole.

All of Laura's paintings are negotiable from now until Christmas, simply have a look at what's on offer, email Laura the collection name and number of the painting(s) you are interested in (e.g Rottnest #32)  and Laura will take your choices to the gallery for you to see.


There's no obligation to buy and any excuse to see her artwork up close is worth your time! 


Huge discounts on Sandalfords Wine

Sandalford Wines is pleased to provide AMA (WA) members an incredible 40 per cent discount off the recommended retail price on a range of wines.


Simply go the Sandalford Wine website, send an order for 12 bottles and once you get to the electronic kiosk enter the code AMA2017.


40 per cent will automatically be deducted from the RRP of the wine you have ordered.


Exclusive offer on some of Australia's top drops

Purchase any wines from Xanadu, Yering Station, Mount Langi Ghiran and Yarrabank and recieve 15 per cent off any of your purchases as well as free freight for orders over $200.

Use your special AMA coupon code AMAWA17 at the checkout to obtain your discount. This offer is only available until 31 December 2017.

To access this offer, simply click the links above, sign up and insert the code when checking out. 

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.

Not a member? Join now!


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