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28 July 2016 Issue # 90

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AMA calls for statewide MMA ban

AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller has called on State ALP leader Mark McGowan to pledge not to seek nor accept any donations from any organisation wanting to change the current state ban on cage fighting.


“We find it very curious that Mr McGowan decided to announce his disappointing change of heart on this issue on the same day that salesmen from the UFC were in Perth to lobby state politicians,” Dr Miller said.

“We also want to know if any donations have already been made to the ALP from any groups lobbying against the current ban.

“Mr McGowan’s backflip seems to be a grab for a few votes. MMA is a dangerous activity where the ultimate aim is to knock out your opponent. Once trapped in a cage, the losing fighter can be beaten and kicked unconscious within the rules of this violent spectacle," he said. 


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Online PBS authority approvals system goes live

Doctors can now get an authority number to prescribe PBS Authority medicines online. That’s right, no more dialling the approvals phone line and waiting on hold until a clerk gives you an authority number.


The catch is that prescribers need to log onto Medicare’s Health Professionals Online System (HPOS) until medical practice software providers get on board.


The AMA urges everyone who prescribes PBS Authority medicines to contact their practice software provider now, urging them to add this functionality to their prescriber software. Obviously the online PBS Authorities system must be available directly from doctors’ clinical and prescribing software, with online forms automatically populated from existing data.


However, medical practice software providers will only develop products that include online PBS Authority approvals functionality on the basis of ‘client interest’.


For more information, please click here


GP-Pharmacist team delivers better outcomes for patients

This Family Doctor Week, the AMA is encouraging the Federal Government to support the AMA’s proposal to integrate non-dispensing pharmacists into GP-led primary care teams.


Federal AMA President Dr Michael Gannon said that the AMA’s Pharmacist in General Practice Incentive Program (PGPIP) would enhance the care provided to patients, provide new career opportunities for pharmacists, and create significant budget savings across the whole health system.


“Integrating non-dispensing pharmacists within general practices as part of a GP-led multidisciplinary health team would improve patient health,” Dr Gannon said.


For more information, please click here


AMA (WA) 2016 Clinical Conference

Following the very successful 2015 conference to South Africa, the AMA (WA) is pleased to confirm that the 2016 AMA (WA) Clinical Conference will this year be held in Boston and Washington DC, with a post conference tour of New York.


For those who have travelled with the AMA before you will already know that our conferences are highly regarded and that there is a significant element of trust in what we do. 


The clinical component of the conference is well underway and is being developed in collaboration with the Harvard University Medical School.

The conference will take place from 7 October - 22 October, with four nights in Boston, three nights in Washington DC and an optional four nights in New York.

The formal part of the conference will be in Boston although we are extending part of the clinical conference to include Washington DC. We fully expect that some of you may want to spend a few more days in NY or seek to travel to other destinations in the US.

For more information, please click here.

For registration, please click here.


Doctors offered short-term contracts

The AMA (WA) has heard an alarming number of reports about senior consultants in public hospitals being offered six-month contracts, in breach of the Department of Health Medical Practitioners (Metropolitan Health Services) AMA Industrial Agreement 2013 (the AMA Agreement).


Members are reminded they are entitled to be offered a five-year contract when offered employment as a consultant in the public sector.


The only other alternative to a five-year contract is a short term contract of up to six months for a single purpose: “to meet short-term exigencies”. This is recognised by the AMA Agreement.


In other words, if you are employed in an ongoing role, you should be offered a five year-contract. If a health service offers you a six-month contract, you should insist on being offered a five-year contract unless you genuinely agree that a shorter term suits you.


If in doubt, contact the AMA before signing. If you sign the contract, it is deemed to be a written agreement with you and enables the health service to avoid their responsibility under the AMA Agreement, even though the AMA would argue it is an abuse of process.


Once a five-year contract is coming to an end, the health service is required to advise the practitioner three months prior to the contract end date if no further contract is to be offered.

For more information or to discuss your current contract, please contact  a member of the AMA (WA) industrial team.


Health Care Home trial must be properly funded

During AMA Family Doctor Week, the AMA is calling on the Federal Government to allocate appropriate funding for the trial of the Health Care Home model of care for patients with chronic disease.


Under the model, also known as the Medical Home, patients have a continuing relationship with a particular GP to coordinate the care delivered by all members of the patient’s care team.


In March, the government committed $21 million to allow about 65,000 Australians to participate in initial two-year trials in up to 200 medical practices from 1 July 2017. However, the funding is not directed at services for patients.


Federal AMA President Dr Michael Gannon said that the Health Care Home is potentially one of the biggest reforms to Medicare in decades, and the AMA is keen to work with the government to make it a success. 

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Let HTA recruit quality trainees for your business

Looking for entry level reception and administration staff to support your busy practice? Consider traineeship recruitment through Health Training Australia (HTA).


It is a low risk, cost effective employment option for your business because the entire recruitment process is managed for you.


Our service includes the management of all advertising, pre-screening and interviewing of potential trainees at no cost to you; as well as payroll requirements such as Superannuation, Workers’ Compensation cover, mediation and associated employment paperwork. 


All trainees are employed directly by HTA and placed with your business as the ‘Host Employer’, while completing their training in BSB31115 Certificate III in Business Administration (Medical). HTA charges are very competitive and based on cost recovery.


AMA members seeking further information about traineeships and how they can support your business can contact HTA via email or call 9273 3033.


AMA Medical Products launches mobile health line

Mobile health or mHealth is an exciting concept in the field of medicine. As the term itself suggests, mHealth applications involve the use of mobile devices in collecting health data, delivering consumer healthcare information, real-time monitoring of patient vital signs, and directly providing care.

AMA Medical Products is delighted to announce that we will be entering this exciting new realm of healthcare. AMA Medical Products is the only medical product vendor in Australia supplying the iHealth range. For more information, please click here


After-hours opportunities in Perth

AMA Recruit has opportunities to work in the after-hours setting and in practices both North and South of the River, including Midland, Joondalup, Wanneroo, Currambine, Rockingham, Mandurah, Warnbro and others.


DWS exemption available for sessions after 6pm weekdays, and on weekends. These will be commitments for ongoing weekly sessions.


Contact Dave Bell at AMA Recruit to discuss your availability.


AMA Innovation Seminars: End of Life Care

This interactive session is intended for health professionals at any stage of their career to better understand the medico-legal issues around end of life care planning and capacity.


Speakers from MDA National will lead discussions involving:

  • the practitioner’s role in evaluating capacity;
  • fitness to drive – issues around Enduring Power of Attorney and Guardianship, death certification and reportable deaths;
  • how to effectively manage bereavement and appropriate release of deceased patient's notes; and
  • detailed discussion on end of life care and Advanced Health Directives legal aspects, communication and managing family expectations.

Date: 9 August 2016

Venue: AMA (WA) Training Room, 14 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands

For more information and registration, please click here


RACGP QI&CPD Points when you complete Youth Friendly Doctor Workshops

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 healthcare 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 next workshops in the YFD program are:


2 August: Eating Disorders in Young People

16 August: Social Media and the Internet: The Impact on Young People’s Wellbeing

30 August: Overweight and Obesity in Young People


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.

Please click here for the Registration Form.

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


Positive Workplace Student Forum

Benefit from the wisdom of our panel of medical and surgical experts from the public and private sector as they discuss medical workplace behaviour. This is a great opportunity for all medical students. 

Place a question for the panel in the box outside Notre Dame's Galvin Library or ask one on the night.

Date: 9 August 2016

Venue: University of Notre Dame. 

For more informaiton, please contace Betti Puglisi


Get the Edge: Research basics for doctors in training and first-time researchers

Learn from experienced researchers and leaders in the field on:

  • Core regulatory requirements for successful research (including Good Clinical Practice and national guidelines)
  • Ensuring that patients/participants are protected, and keeping within ethical and legal parameters
  • Ensuring that research aligns with institutional and regulatory requirements
  • Research for higher degree
  • Grants and funding – the basics.

Date: 10 August 2016. 

Venue: 14 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands.

FREE for AMA Members. 

For more information and registration, please click here


Enjoy great savings with Aurelio Costarella

Aurelio Costarella is one of Australia’s most respected designer brands with seasonal collections in the flagship boutique in Perth and in David Jones stores nationally. The E-boutique carries the largest selection of pieces and features online exclusives.

AMA (WA) members can enjoy up to 40 per cent off selected items. For more information and to view what's on offer, please click here


Free Karma Club membership for all AMA members

Following Karma Resort's recent launch of Karma Club, we are delighted to offer all AMA members to join Karma Club for FREE (normally valued at $499).

Karma Club is a members’ club with a difference – no strings, no stuffiness. Just a superb way to enjoy a little more Karma in your life. Karma Club is your opportunity to immerse yourself in the experiences we offer, while enjoying exclusive, members-only benefits.

Some of the benefits include:
• 25% off all Karma Resorts around the world
• 25% off food and beverage at any Karma Resort
• 25% off any treatments in our spa rooms
• Upgrade to our best available room or villa
• Access to VIP Members-Only parties, lifestyle and networking events.

Sign up to the Karma Club and use the promotional code AMA to join!


Free tickets to Cellar Door in the City

Poppin Cork Events is bringing wineries from the Great Southern to your doorstep! Come along to taste a handpicked selection of wines in a social relaxed atmosphere.

Winerries include Voyager Estate, Thompson Estate, Happs Wines, Cape Grace Wines, Cape Mentelle, Howling Wolves Wines, Clairault Streicker and Churchview.

Date: 25 August 2016
Venue: Aqua Bar, Barrack St Jetty. 
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Simply email Des Michael to go into our double pass giveaway! 

Free tickets to WADO 2016

The West Australian Doctors Orchestra will hold its seventh biannual concert at Fremantle Town Hall on 28 August 2016. Proceeds from this event will go to the Australian Doctors for Africa (ADFA) Charity. 

Enjoy a stunning rendition of Mozart's Piano Concerto No 20 with Roland Brand, and Dvorak;s 9th Symphony (New World).

The AMA (WA) is offering two tickets to this event, simply email Des Michael to go into the draw. 

Tickets are also available for $35 for adults, $30 for children under 12 and concession card holders. For tickets, please contact ADFA.


Three double passes to Andrey Gugnin's Perth concert

Taking place every four years, the Sydney International Piano Competition is one of the world's most anticipated events, where talented young pianists compete passionately for international recognition. From a record 283 nominees worldwide, 32 piano virtuosos were selected to battle it out in Sydney through a stunning series of competitive performances.

Out of a field of six finalists, Andrey Gugnin was chosen as the First Prize Winner on 23 July.


Andrey will perform  live in concert on Tuesday 9 August 2016, 7.30pm at Perth Concert Hall.


The AMA (WA) has three double passes up for grabs, simply email Des Michael for your chance to win! 


Enjoy 40 per cent off Le Creuset cookware

Le Creuset is recognised the world over for market-leading, premium quality ranges of enamelled cast iron cookware, multi-ply stainless steel, toughened non-stick, and stoneware, along with its outstanding range of wine accessories.

Established in 1925, Le Creuset has been making world-class cookware for almost 100 years, and innovation remains at the forefront of Le Creuset’s success. Used by leading chefs and keen cooks around the globe, Le Creuset cookware offers outstanding performance time after time.

The AMA (WA) is pleased to offer members an incredible 40 per cent discount on Le Creuset’s Casserole range.

For more information and to put in your order with the AMA (WA), please click here


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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