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15 June 2017 Issue # 98

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AMA (WA) elects a new President

The Australian Medical Association (WA) has elected an orthopaedic surgeon as its newest President.

Dr Omar Khorshid, one of the youngest Presidents in the AMA (WA)’s history at the age of 42, was elected unopposed at the Annual General Meeting held in Nedlands last week.

Educated at the University of WA, Dr Khorshid has been an outspoken and prominent voice in the AMA (WA) for many years after joining the Association as an intern.

Dr Khorshid said it was a huge honour to be elected AMA (WA) President and thanked outgoing President Dr Andrew Miller for his term in office.

For more information, please click here


PMH review and recommendations welcomed

The AMA (WA) welcomed the Report into the Morale and Engagement of Clinical Staff at Princess Margaret Hospital, and urged the State Government and CAHS Board to implement all of its recommendations.

“The Report confirms the concerns of doctors and other medical professionals at PMH raised by the AMA (WA) both in the media and during private meetings with the Government,” AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said.

“It makes it clear that these issues include morale, access to leave and engagement of clinical staff at the hospital.”

“This is vindication for all consultants and junior doctors who have been doing it tough at PMH, and we hope that this damning review is the catalyst for a much-needed culture change at PMH,” he said.

For more information and to view the indpendent committee's report, please click here


Sleep-shift allowance update

Psychiatric Registrars should be aware that if they are rostered to work consecutive shifts, they are entitled to be paid a 50 per cent loading for all hours that they work after their first day shift.


The loading is also paid in alongside any overtime allowance if they find that they are working these shifts during a period of overtime. 


Psychiatric Registrars are occasionally rostered to work 9.00 am on the first day, and finish either at 9.00 am the next day or alternatively 5.00 pm the next day.  All the hours after 5.00 pm on the first day attract this 50 per cent allowance.


You are encouraged to check your payslips to see if the allowance is being paid. If you have any queries please contact the AMA (WA) Industrial Team.


AMA (WA) excellence recognised at National Conference

The AMA (WA)'s lobbying efforts and dedication to public health advocacy was recognised at the AMA National Conference last month, as the AMA (WA) won awards in the Best Lobby Campaign, Best Public Health Campaign and Most Innovative use of Website and New Media categories.

The outstanding work done by the AMA (WA) in securing Three-year Employment Contracts for Interns, designing a world-class mental heatlh program and creating a website outlining the importance of health during the WA State Election were all considered outstanding campaigns, and highlighted some of the reasons why the AMA (WA) remains the strongest State AMA in the country. 

For more information, please click here


End of financial year strategies – AMA Financial Services

30 June is fast approaching, but there’s still time to consider the strategies available to you to build your wealth. Below are simple tips that could help maximise what you’ve got this financial year.


  • Pay interest in advance
  • Make a concessional contribution to Super
  • Government co-contribution
  • Protect your income and save on tax

For more information, please click here.


AMA Family Doctor Week 2017

The AMA Family Doctor Week highlights the role of GPs – our family doctors – and their value to the community and the health system as they deliver high-quality holistic health care.

Family Doctor Week will run from Sunday 23 July to Saturday 29 July 2017. The theme for this year’s event is Your family doctor: all about you.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says Australia has one of the best health systems in the world. Its strength stems from general practice and the pivotal role of the general practitioner. GPs are the first port of call when Australians feel unwell, and GPs manage 90 per cent of the problems they encounter.

To find out how you can get involved with Family Doctor Week, please click here


Another compelling reason to start your professional business training with AMA Training

The Diploma of Leadership and Management program is now accredited through the RACGP for 90 Category 1 CPD points.


Ideal for Medical professionals and Practice managers alike, the Diploma of Leadership and Management will empower you with the tools, expertise, and acumen to truly grow as a business leader.


It is the perfect qualification for those looking to learn new and develop existing skills necessary to operate at a high level in complex and varied business roles, as well as lead and drive a successful organisation.


AMA Members receive a $300 discount off the standard price. Practice staff may also be eligible.


Details of the course can be found here.


For more information please contact Chris Hamilton at AMA Training on 1800 248 292 or via email.


Dr YES does Mandurah

24 keen Dr YES volunteers journeyed to Mandurah last month for two action-packed days delivering health education sessions to high school students.

This year's trip to the Mandurah and Peel region proved to be extremely successful, with great feedback from students, school and volunteers. The trip also presented an opportunity for some of our newer volunteers to improve their skills and expand their knowledge.

Dr YES reached more than 400 students in two days on a range of issues, from harm minimisation to debunking students’ misconceptions about GPs and accessing support services.

For more information, 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:


• 1st August: Eating Disorders in Young People
• 15th August: Social Media and the Internet: The Impact on Young People’s Wellbeing
• 5th September: Overweight and Obesity in Young People
• 17th October: Young People, Ethics and the Law


Each workshop has an online classroom for the participation of rural participants.

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 08 9273 3000.

Adhering to RACGP Guidelines on equipment for comprehensive care

Does your practice adhere to Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) guidelines and standards for general practices?


The RACGP has formulated guidelines in order to ensure that practice facilities meet occupational health and safety requirements and create a safe and effective environment that enables general practitioners (GPs) and staff to provide patients with effective care.


To find out more, please click here.





It’s not too late: Take advantage of the small business asset deduction opportunity

Fortunately for medical practices thinking of purchasing medical equipment, the Federal Government  introduced the Small Business Asset Deduction Opportunity.


Under this scheme, small businesses, including practices and consulting rooms earning less than $2 million, can take advantage of a $20,000 instant asset write-off. The scheme will be available until 30 June, 2017.


For more information, please click here.


AMA (WA) Annual Charity Gala Dinner 2017

Bookings are now open for the AMA (WA) Charity Gala Dinner and Awards Night to be held on Saturday 29 July 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Perth Grand Ballroom.


Please join us for a magical night of celebration, entertainment and prizes.


For all queries or to reserve your table at the dinner, please contact Skye Connor on 9273 3028 or via email.


Bookings can also be made on the AMA (WA) website.


Please note, following your completed online registration you will be redirected to the AMA (WA) homepage, and a confirmation email of your successful booking will be sent to your email address.

Hundreds of short courses available anytime, anywhere

AMA Training Services is offering new online short courses that are informative, convenient, and highly interactive.

We focus on creating warm, supportive communities for our learners. New course sessions begin monthly, with catergories that include Business Software, Computer Programming, Microsoft & Adobe Applications, Photography & Design, Business skills and many more.

For details, please click here


Aboriginal Health Conference 2017

Western Australia’s leading Aboriginal health conference is back in 2017 and  brings together health professionals, educators, researchers and Indigenous leaders from across the country.

Learn through practical educational workshops and clinical problem-based case studies, receive clinical and best practice updates and hear from leading experts, medical specialists, researchers and health practitioners who are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Australians.

Date: Saturday 1 July -  Sunday 2 July 2017. 

Venue: Parmelia Hilton Perth

For more information and registration, please click here 



ANZSOM Annual Scientific Meeting 2017

This years 'must attend' conference for those in occupational health, the ANZSOM Annual Scientific Meeting 2017 will be conducted over three days and providing a diverse range of topics and learning formats.

This year's meeting recognises the diverse nature of the occupational health community and focuses on bringing health professionals and other interested parties together for an exciting learning and networking experience.


Also featured is a pre-conference visit to Rottnest Island, a range of practical site visits, and plenty of activities for accompanying guests.

Date: 20 - 23 August 2017

Venue: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle.

For more information and registration, please click here


Enjoy big savings on Hospital and Extras cover with HBF

AMA (WA) members can enjoy up to 12 per cent  off Hospital and Extras cover with HBF.

In addition to saving on Hospital and Extras cover, your corporate benefits include:

• Up to 52 weeks complimentary cover if you are on sick leave without pay. Does not apply to overseas visitor health cover. Members must have been on a corporate plan for 12 months.

• Up to 26 weeks complimentary cover for your spouse & dependants in the event of your death. Does not apply to overseas visitor health cover.


For details, please contact HBF on 1300 132 549 or via email 


Huge savings 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.


Free tickets to Hounds of Love

Set in Perth in 1987, HOUNDS OF LOVE is a drama-thriller set in an era when the city still didn't lock its doors at night. Hounds of Love delves into the now staple of Australian film: unsuspected violence behind ordinary suburban doors.


John (Stephen Curry) and Evelyn (Emma Booth) look ordinary enough, if a bit rough; nobody guesses what goes on behind closed doors.  


Inspired by real life crimes, Hounds of Love is a confronting thriller examining themes of breaking free from psychological control and domestic violence.

The AMA is offering double passes to this event, please email Des Michael to go into the draw. 


Barbagallo Jaguar Clearance Sale extended

By popular demand, the Barbagallo Jaguar Demonstrator Clearance has been extended for 2017.

For a strictly limited time contact or visit Barbagallo Jaguar to find
exceptional value on a wide range of demonstrator models. Save thousands on the 2016 and 2015 XE models, and tens of thousands on the 2016 XF models. 

For more information, please click here


Penguins Formalwear discounts offered for attendees to the AMA (WA) Charity Gala Dinner

Penguins Formalwear would like to offer a 20 per cent discount to all guests attending the AMA (WA) 2017 Charity Gala Dinner and Awards Night.

Let them help you get dressed and looking polished for an unforgettable night out. Penguins Formalwear would also like to offer special discounts for purchase items, including dinner shirts bow ties and pocket squares.

For more information, please contact Des Michael.


Stay in luxury for the AMA (WA) Charity Gala Dinner

Fraser Suites Perth is offering an AMA (WA) member only deal for the weekend of the AMA (WA) 2017 Charity Gala Dinner and Awards Night.

Experience luxury accommodation in the Studio Suite or spoil yourself in one of the One bedroom Suites.

The rate includes breakfast for two in Heirloom by Pete Evans, complimentary WiFi and a late check out.


To book, call the friendly reservation team on 08 9261 0000 and quote the promo code AMA.


Alternatively you can book online and enter the promo code AMA


Beat the crowds and save at Winterworld

Winterworld is skating into Fremantle and Hillarys from 24 June – and there is snow place like it!

Skate before 30 June and under 5's skate for free!


For tickets and more information, 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.

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