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29 January 2016 Issue # 84

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AMA Public Hospital Report Card 2016 paints a poor picture for WA Hospitals

The AMA’s latest snapshot of the performance of Australia’s public hospitals points to an imminent crisis as the effects of Federal funding cuts make it harder for hospitals to meet growing patient demand and to reach significant performance benchmarks.


The AMA Public Hospital Report Card 2016, released yesterday, shows that, against key measures, the performance of our public hospitals is virtually stagnant, and even declining in key areas.


Federal AMA President, Professor Brian Owler, said the disappointing results are a direct consequence of reduced growth in the Commonwealth’s funding of public hospitals, and things will get much worse in coming years unless the Commonwealth reverses its drastic cuts from recent Budgets.


“The States and Territories are facing a public hospital funding ‘black hole’ from 2017 when growth in Federal funding slows to a trickle,” Professor Owler said.


AMA (WA) president Michael Gannon said WA’s performance was “nothing to boast about” and he expected waiting times to worsen with looming cuts to services.


“We’re seeing the Commonwealth gradually withdraw funding to hospitals, while the State is cutting staff and services,” Dr Gannon said.


“There are many statistics that reflect how well a system is performing but it’s fair to say these are some key measures, and WA is hardly perfect," he said. 


For more on this report, and to view the AMA Public Hospital Report Card 2016, please click here


AMA (WA) celebrates Australia Day Honours

The Australian Medical Association (WA) has celebrated the work and dedication of those West Australians recognised for their outstanding contribution to the community through the practice of Medicine in the annual Australia Day honours list.

“It is an honour to call the individuals who were officially recognised yesterday as medical colleagues and friends. Their work in medicine a testament to their character and dedication,” AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon said today.

“In particular the AMA (WA) is extremely proud of three of its members, who were each awarded Membership of the Order of Australia,” he said.

For more information, please click here.


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.


Upcoming workshops in the Youth Friendly Doctor workshops for the 2016 program:

16 February: Young People’s Sexual Health -

15 March: Alcohol and Drug Use among 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.


For more information about the program please click here. Alternatively you can contact the AMA (WA) via email or phone (9273 3000).


A gap in your defence insurance could prove very costly

Would you like some extra peace of mind against things that may not traditionally be covered by other policies, or a little extra help or comfort for other unexpected events? 

This specialised product covers a variety of different exposures not normally covered by traditional policies. 

Covering the expenses associated with the defence, and sometimes pursuit, of legal representations, it includes:

  • Privacy Breaches
  • Medicare Audits
  • AHPRA Registration Investigation
  • Disputes with ATO
  • Tenancy/Property Disputes
  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal Appeals and more. 

For more information on this product, please click here.


New Year is the time for AMA members to take advantage of training benefits and savings

AMA Training Services is delivering the Diploma of Leadership and Management, which is ideally suited for medical practice staff who are working or seeking career development as a coordinator, manager, supervisor or team leader.


The Diploma of Leadership and Management can be completed as an existing worker traineeship, with the bulk of the cost of training being covered by the State Government. It is likely, however, that funding to support the traineeship for existing workers will only be available to those who enrol in the qualification up to the end of 2016.  Members may also be eligible to receive payroll tax exemptions for staff undertaking the traineeship.


Members seeking further information about traineeships, course pricing and training material should contact AMA Training Services via email, or call 9273 3000.


Training post Webinar with WAGPET

WAGPET is currently seeking general practices in WA, with experienced, passionate GPs to become supervisors for registrars on the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program.

To find out more about what is involved, join us for an interactive webinar with one WA’s award winning supervisors Dr Tim Koh, principal supervisor of Ocean Keys and Currambine Family Practices, and Chair of the RACGP WA Faculty board.

Hear Tim's perspective on what it means to be a supervisor, as well as the practical benefits of having registrars at your practice.


For more information or enrolment, please email Kate Green or call 9473 8200.


Vintage Elvis bushfire appeal

Perth Symphonic Chorus (PSC), supported by the Rotary Clubs of Western Australia, is presenting a Vintage Elvis Concert to aid victims of the recent bushfires. 

Come along to the Perth Concert Hall on 6 February 2016 to support this worthwhile event. Featuring a live band, an ‘all-comers’ choir and of course Elvis ( impersonator Jackson Griggs), Dr Margaret Pride and the Perth Symphonic Chorus invites the public to enjoy some of Elvis’s most well known songs.


For more information and tickets, please click here


AMA Innovation Seminar: Coroner's Court

This seminar will cover what you need to know about appearing at a coronial inquest from both the perspective of the Office of the State Coroner and a medical defence organisation.

Doctors – of all specialties – are the most likely of any profession to be called on to give evidence at a coronial inquest. This event is of particular importance for doctors of all specialties, and especially interns, residents and registrars.

Date: 10 February 2016


For more information and registration, please click here


WA AIDS Council Training

Presented by Reena D’ Souza Training and Development Officer, Organisational Development, WA AIDS Council Educators from the WA AIDS Council will provide up to date information on the important topic of HIV.

This workshop will offer GPs and other interested health professionals the opportunity to increase their awareness and understanding of modes of transmission, risk assessements, addressing stigma and more. 

Date: 24 February 2016


For more information and registration, please click here


Free CPR for AMA (WA) Members

RACGP requires CPR to be completed in this 2014 – 2016  trriennium.


This course provides participants with the skills and knowledge required to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines.

The learning outcomes of this unit also provide the participant with a nationally recognised unit of competency.


The next course is on 23 March 2016, for more information, please click here.


Win a double pass to The Ten Tenors new show The Power of TEN

The Power of TEN is a celebration of the exhilarating and unique sound for which The TEN Tenors are now world-renowned. In this spectacular new show,


The TEN Tenors take on the most dynamic songs in the world, with beloved classics by Puccini, Rossini and Verdi and artists as eclectic as Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Bruno Mars, Fun and the Everly Brothers. Be amazed by the almighty force of ten extraordinary voices, united by music, in an evening that will take your breath away.


Playing at the Regal Theatre, Perth on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 February. Tickets on sale now from Ticketek


For your chance to win a double pass, email Des Michael to register your interest. 


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