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24 September 2015 Issue # 80

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Sexual harassment unacceptable and inexcusable: AMA (WA)

AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon has said that any culture of sexual harassment in our health system needs urgent attention.

His comment follows a recent sexual harassment survey conducted by the AMA (WA), which saw almost 1,000 replies over a three day period.

“The survey results were a shocking read, and highlight just how endemic this problem is,” Dr Gannon said.

“Sexual harassment in this day and age, in a profession with a proud history of gender diversity, is a complete and utter disgrace," he said.

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Tackling Testicular Cancer

Young men should regularly “check their tackle” Australian Medical Association (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon recently told students at Trinity College.

Speaking to a group of more than 300 Year 11 and Year 12 students, Dr Gannon said men all too often forgot their own health.


Appearing with special guests from the Socceroos, including superstar Tim Cahill, Dr Gannon said it was important that all men regularly considered their health.


“The tragic reality is that of those boys here today, maybe three of you will be diagnosed with testicular cancer.”


“Women are very good at looking after their health, they are very good for going to see their GP, turning up for cervical cancer screening, to have conversations about family planning, talking about diet and exercise. They are much better about health promotion than men,” Dr Gannon said.


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President's diary over August and September.

It's been an incredibly busy month for AMA (WA)  and its President Dr Michael Gannon. From meetings with the Minister for Mental Health, discussions with the Canadian Medical Association on end of life care,  strategy meetings on immunisation and much more, the AMA (WA) has worked tirelessly to improve health outcomes in Western Australia. 

A full recap of AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon's engagements attended on behalf of Members during the months of August and September can be found here


Review of the Medicines and Poisons Act 2014 Regulations

The assent of the Medicines and Poisons Act 2014 (the Act) was tabled in Parliament on 2 July 2014. The Act replaces the aged Poisons Act 1964 in regulating medicines and poisons in WA.


The Poisons Act 1964 was supported by the Poisons Regulations 1965. It is proposed that new subsidiary legislation be developed to support the new Act and supersede the 1965 regulations.


The AMA (WA) has been invited to input into the consultation for the proposed Regulations. The AMA (WA) previously provided a detailed submission to the Bill. It is important that we represent the medical profession to ensure workable and useful Regulations.

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Want a safety net for unforeseen Legal Costs?

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• AHPRA and Medical Board Registration Appeals
• Medicare Audit Disputes
• Disputes between Business Partners
• Tax Disputes
• Breaches of the  Privacy Act
• Prosecution Defence for Occupation Health and Safety Breaches and many more.


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Exclusive member Offer 25% off INR Test Strips (until stocks last)

AMA Medical Products has an offer on Roche Coaguchek 48 INR test strips, that we would like to extend to AMA (WA) Members before releasing it to the public.


Between now and Friday the 9th of October (or until all stocks are sold) you can buy 1 Box or 20 Boxes at just $177 each.


If you would like to take advantage of this special offer, simply confirm your order by emailing our friendly Customer Service Team


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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 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.


There are still spaces available in the remaining Youth Friendly Doctor workshops for the 2015 program:

- 20th October: Young People, Ethics and The Law
- 3rd November: Mental Health Disorders: Diagnosis and Assessment
- 17th November: Mental Health Disorders: The Psychosocial Wellbeing of 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.

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


AMA (WA) Annual Charity Golf Day

The AMA (WA) invites you to participate in the AMA Foundation Charity Golf Day on Friday 30 October 2015 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.

Registrations are now open – simply complete the Acceptance Form and send to Skye Connor at AMA (WA) via fax (9273 3073) or email.


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Perth Symphonic Chorus' Spring Concert

Welcome Spring in with style by entering the draw to win two tickets to Perth Symphonic Chorus' Spring Concert!

Enjoy Schubert’s well loved Unfinished Symphony, followed by two gorgeously written works for choir and orchestra: Larsson’s In God Disguised and Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht.

Date: Saturday 10 October
Venue: Perth Modern School 

To register your interest, please email Des Michael

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Exclusive discounts to whale watching tours courtesy of Rottnest Express

AMA (WA) Members have been offered an exclusive 25 per cent discount on Whale Watching Tours courtesy of Rottnest Express.


Witness the largest migration of whales in the southern hemisphere on this incredible two hour tour, with the guarantee that you see whales or your next tour is free! 

The season operates from 5 September to late November 2015.


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Save 20 per cent at this year's Gourmet Escape

Margaret River Gourmet Escape presented by Audi, brings together over 50 of the world’s best chefs and wine experts in the ultimate culinary destination, the Margaret River Wine Region.

Enjoy 20 per cent  off the 'Gourmet Village' General Entry Tickets for the Sunday session.

Simply enter “GOURMET” when booking Gourmet Village tickets to take advantage of this offer. 

Offer ends at midnight on 6 November 2015. For more information, please click here


Exclusive discounts for AMA Members.

Sandalford Wines is pleased to announce a very special offer that is genuinely not available anywhere else!


What is the very special exclusive offer?


A "40 per cent off the RRP Voucher" that can be used at any time until 30 December, 2015 when you purchase any straight 12 bottles of wines from our Element, Winemakers Range, Margaret River Range, Estate Reserve and Prendiville Reserve Collections. 

Simply order online and once you get to the electronic kiosk all you need to do is enter the code AMA2015!

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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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