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29 March 2019 Issue # 120

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Hospital Health Check 2019 survey open

The Hospital Health Check (HHC) is the annual survey of issues affecting Doctors in Training (DiTs) in WA from working conditions and wellbeing, to career path and education. It is designed for all levels of DiTs – from Interns to Fellows with improved questions from previous years, catered to each level to find out what you want and need for your medical career and life.


Now a nationwide initiative, the HHC started in WA in 2015 developed by the Co-Chairs of the Doctors in Training Committee. Previous years Hospital Health Checks have been the turning points for DiTs on a number of issues including increasing transparency and access to Annual Leave, increasing access to Professional Development Leave, increasing access to Flexible Working hours, Highlighting the poor morale at PMH which triggered the CAHS review.


Have your voice heard today: complete the survey online now.


Promised health investment not good enough

The recent Labor Party announcement on health infrastructure is a very disappointing start to the election campaign.

“A billion dollars across the whole of Australia through to 2025 is little more than a drop in the ocean,” AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said.


“Despite $8 billion in infrastructure spending over recent years, WA still has the lowest number of hospital beds per capita in the country and many of those hospital facilities are well past their use-by dates.”


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


State Government to fund adult measles vaccination program

Earlier this week, the State Government announced the funding for an adult measles vaccination program at a cost of almost $100,000 a year. 


The measles vaccine will be offered free to people aged between 20 and their early 50s – or those born after 1965 – who may have lost their immunity. AMA (WA) President, Dr Omar Khorshid, spoke on 6PR urging people to take up the offer of the free vaccination. 


Medicus feature – calling on all doctors to share their stories

The upcoming April edition of Medicus will focus on the important issue of a fragmented health system and training regime and its impact on doctors in training.

Under the Health Services Act 2016, there are now eight separate employers in the WA Health System. This means that the issues faced by DiTs as they move between employers in the private sector/interstate are now being encountered by those moving within the WA public sector itself. Issues faced include loss of industrial entitlements and access to leave (annual, long-service, PDL), amongst others.

The WA Health System is NOT supportive of recognising industrial entitlements and prior service – DiTs lose prior service and accrued entitlements, or have entitlements paid out, often for very short breaks in service that are either necessary for their training, or at least are critical to their development as a doctor.

We are therefore looking for doctors who have been affected in such a way – have you lost any entitlements, been unable to access PDL or retain your sick leave?

We would like to share your experiences as part of our cover story for Medicus - even anonymously if you so wish.

Please contact Janine Martin if you would like to share your experiences.


Health & Medical Research & Innovation Delegation to Israel

Monday 27 May to Sunday 2 June 2019


The Australian-Israel Chamber of Commerce as well as leaders from Western Australia’s health and medical organisations invite you to join them to experience first-hand how and why the tiny country of Israel has become a global leader in Health and Medical research and innovation. Being led by the Hon. Roger Cook MLA, The Director General, Health Dr David Russell-Weisz and The Chief Scientist of WA, Professor Peter Klinken, this is an exciting opportunity for professionals working within the health and medical sectors interested in learning from the innovative start-up nation of Israel.


Meet some of the key players and thought leaders in government policy development, venture capital, technology transfer organisations, hospital administration, start-ups and medical researchers, amongst others.


For further information to express your interest in attending, please visit the AMA (WA) website


Don't forget to nominate a Junior Doctor of the Year

The Junior Doctor of the Year Award was inaugurated in 2010 and acknowledges the outstanding contributions of Junior Doctors in areas such as:


• Teaching and Education
• Leadership and Advocacy
• Doctors' Wellbeing
• Community Service


The Award has been developed in recognition of the significant contribution to the Medical Profession and the Community that was made by Dr Camille Michener. Camille was an exceptional practitioner and achieved more in her 30 short years than many would in a life much longer. Camille will be remembered as an outstanding doctor, a staunch advocate, dedicated AMA (WA) member and benevolent friend, well-liked and respected by all who knew her.


Find out more about the criteria for the Award, the nomination process and online nomination form at alternatively download the entry/nomination form.


Nominations close at 4:30pm, Monday 15 April 2019.


General Practitioner Job | Bunbury

AMA Recruit are currently seeking a General Practitioner to join a successful, GP-led Practice in Bunbury. 


  • The practice has excellent facilities, especially treatment and procedure rooms;
  • This is a WAGPET practice with a strong, ongoing passion for GP training;
  • The practice inputs significant, ongoing investment in high quality staff and facilities. 

For further information or to apply, please visit the AMA Recruit website


Alternatively, for more information on this or upcoming work opportunities, please contact Dave Bell at AMA Recruit on 9273 3096 or 


Clinical Governance in WA’s Mental Health System

The 2018 Review of Safety and Quality in the WA health system recommended that there was an urgent need to simplify and clarify organisational arrangements supporting effective clinical governance of mental health services.  Consequently, WA Health is conducting an independent review into the clinical governance of public mental health services in Westerns Australia.  The Clinical Governance Review will focus on:


• Defining the current clinical governance structures
• Lack of clarity / gaps / duplication
• Fragmentation / Interface
• Effectiveness
• Support for quality improvement and innovation
• Learning culture
• Opportunities for clinical governance improvement / reform


The AMA (WA) encourages clinicians to provide feedback to the Review by completing the Review survey online now


Diploma of Mental Health

The Diploma of Mental Health (CHC53315) will allow you to build upon your current skills with specialist insights into this critical aspect of healthcare.


It covers 20 vital units including


• Provide recovering oriented mental health services
• Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drug issues
• Implement trauma informed care


When studying with AMA Training, the Diploma of Mental Health can be completed anywhere in Australia with our Assisted Study Program Delivery.


For more information, visit the AMA (WA) training website.


Free CPR for GP members

Saturday 6 April | 9.00am - 12.00pm


Have you completed your CPR? RACGP requires CPR to be completed in the 2017 – 2019 triennium.

The AMA is delivering 3 hour courses for GPs requiring CPR training to meet practice accreditation requirements. The learning outcome of this unit provides the participant with a nationally recognised unit of competency: HLTAID001 – Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

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 or to register online, visit the AMA (WA) website.  


Free workshop: Are you ready to buy your first home?

Wednesday 10 April | 5.30pm – 7.00pm


AMA Financial Services and Bankwest are delivering a FREE, one hour workshop to help you understand the journey of home ownership.


Topics being covered include:

  • Where to start?
  • How much do you need to save?
  • How much should you borrow?
  • How to choose the right home loan for your situation and learn what is involved in the process?
  • What insurance protection do you need when you take out a home loan?
  • Latest property trends and insights.

For more information or to register, visit the AMA (WA) website


Youth Friendly Doctor | Psychosocial Wellbeing

Tuesday 16 April | 6.00pm – 8.30pm

This second workshop of the Youth Friendly Doctor series, Psychosocial Wellbeing, addresses care planning and coordination of pharmacological, psychological and social interventions for adolescents, establishing skills in the medication management of common psychiatric disorders and safe prescribing. This module equips doctors with approaches to psychosocial interventions for adolescents and their families and knowledge of common practical psychological techniques for clinical practice.

For more information or to register, visit the AMA (WA) website


Win a BMW 320d for the Weekend

AMA (WA) and Auto Classic are delighted to offer you this opportunity to experience the newly launched 3 series BMW.

Pick up: 3.00pm-5.00pm on a Friday at Auto Classic
Return: 8.00am- 3.00pm the following Monday at Auto Classic
Members can park their own vehicles at Auto Classic in a secure, locked garage with CCTV and 24 hour surveillance.


Drive area:
SOUTH to Mandurah, Armadale, Byford areas
NORTH to Yanchep North areas
NORTH EAST to Bullsbrook, Chittering, Gidgegannup areas
EAST to Hills being Mundaring, Parkerville, John Forrest


Please ensure you bring your drivers’ license with you – no license no car.

Please note that the driver of the vehicle is responsible for any fines incurred such as traffic/speeding fines or parking fines.

This offer is only available for AMA WA members.

To register you interest and for more information, please contact Des Michael ASAP.


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.


This month, win tickets to movies The Chaperone, Wonder Park, Pet Sematary or the 2019 Spanish Film Festival. Enter online now!


Remember, AMA (WA) members also 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.


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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