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22 May 2020 Issue # 137

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AMA (WA) welcomes funding boost for medical research as a win for the state

Western Australia has taken a significant step towards a brighter and healthier future following the WA Parliament passing legislation that will provide substantial additional funds for medical research.


The WA Future Fund Amendment (Future Health Research and Innovation Fund) Act, passed by State Parliament yesterday, will finally supply substantial amounts of money into medical research in WA and follows many years of encouragement and lobbying by the Australian Medical Association (WA).


AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller said the passage of the legislation provided the opportunity to change the perception of WA being predominantly a primary industries state.


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


AMA (WA) 2020 Elections close Sunday 31 May

Nominations for AMA (WA) President, Vice President and Council positions are now open:

A. OFFICE BEARERS (elected by the General Membership):

  • President
  • Vice-Presidents (Two)

B. SPECIALTY GROUPS (elected by the Specialty Group membership)

• Anaesthetists
• General Practitioners
• Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
• Pathologists
• Psychiatrists
• Physicians
• Radiologists
• Surgeons
• Dermatologists
• Emergency Physicians
• Orthopaedic Surgeons
• Ophthalmologists
• Paediatricians


C. OTHER (3) (elected by the General Membership)

  • Three Ordinary Members

Nominations must be received by 5pm on Sunday, 31 May 2020. For further information and to download the nomination form, please visit the AMA (WA) website.


Joint Media Release: Select Committee on E-cigarettes

The Australian Council on Smoking and Health, Cancer Council WA, and the AMA (WA) have advised the West Australian Government to ignore recommendations on e-cigarettes made by three out of five members of a Parliamentary Select Committee of the Legislative Council.


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


Patients embrace Telehealth – COVID-19 reforms must be made permanent

Australian patients are overwhelmingly embracing telehealth as an important part of their health care management, making a very strong case for the government to make the COVID-19 telehealth reforms a permanent feature of our health system.


AMA President Dr Tony Bartone said that the AMA has been a strong telehealth advocate for many years and is delighted that patients are now reaping the benefits.


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


AMA calls for Single Employer Model for all GP Registrars

The AMA has called for the implementation of the single employer model for all GP registrars as part of the transition of GP training to the Colleges in 2021.


In its submission to the Department of Health, the AMA was broadly supportive of the Draft Framework for College-led GP Training in 2021, but highlighted that long-standing issues in GP training will not and cannot be resolved by the outcomes and objectives outlined in the new Draft Framework alone.


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


Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service

The Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service has been established  to provide advice on all issues relating to patient management of alcohol and other drug use. The service is available to all health professionals in WA and can be accessed via 6553 0520.


For further information, please visit the AMA (WA) website


PIP Teaching Payment has been temporarily amended for the duration of the COVID-19

The PIP Teaching Payment has been temporarily amended for the duration of the COVID-19 response period to assist practices to continue to perform the valuable work of training Australia’s future health workforce, while also ensuring the safety of patients, the practice and students. The amendments include:

  • a temporary removal of the requirement for practices to obtain a student signature before lodging a PIP Teaching Payment claim (practices must instead maintain records of teaching and names of students for audit purposes
  • practices may use remote arrangements (such as telephone and video-conferencing) to continue to provide training that involves medical students in patient care; and
  • practices may opt to perform three one-hour sessions across different days to qualify for the three-hour session time requirement. However, practices must not make a claim until the full 3 hour session is completed, and the claim can be made by using the last date training took place. To avoid overpayment, practices must not record the individual dates that the training took place on the claim form. Practices must maintain records of each training session for audit purposes.

For further information, please visit the AMA website


QLD RMO Campaign Webinar Series

Join us for this exciting series of webinars where we’ll explore the unique opportunities the Queensland RMO Campaign offers to doctors training across Australia. We’ll discuss the RMO Campaign application process, as well as specialty training options for Junior House Officers, Senior House officers, Principal House Officers, Registrars and trainees in North Queensland.

Learn how the campaign works, who can apply and how preferences work, as well as recruitment rounds and positions. Hear from doctors working in North Queensland hospitals and health services about the unmatched training opportunities the region offers from intern to fellowship.


Registration is essential to receive the webinar link. If you can’t attend the webinar, register to receive a copy of the webinar recording.

When: Every Thursday from 28 May to 25 June
Time: 4:30pm (WA)

  • Psychiatry training – Thu 28 May
  • QLD RMO Campaign Information session – Tue 2 June
  • Physician training: General Med and Paediatrics – Thu 4 June
  • General Surgery training – Thu 11 June
  • O&G training – Thu 18 June
  • Rural Medicine in NQ - Thu 25 June

Register here!


Jobseeker Online Training Program - take your resume writing and interview skills to the next level!

Tuesday 26 May, 10-11am AND Thursday 28 May, 2-3pm


The Jobseeker Online Training Program is a new course that has been developed to help you learn the art of resume writing and performing well in interviews. Planning and preparing your resume, and understanding the interview process, will help give you the confidence to achieve your next career step.


Your dream job is also the dream job of many other people. This program is designed for those interested in improving their resume and interview skills, to make your application stand out from the crowd and be the successful candidate.


The course includes a 30-minute live online group tutorial as well as a 30-minute one-on-one online session, tailored to individual requirements.


Register online here.


Resume and Interview Skills Workshop for interns and medical students

Tuesday 26 May | 12-1pm (online via Adobe Connect)

The AMA (WA) has developed a new course that will help medical students and interns learn the art of resume writing and performing well in interviews. Planning and preparing your resume and understanding the interview process will help give you the confidence to achieve your next career step as an intern or RMO.


Register online here.


AMA Victoria Women in Medicine | Wellness Webinar

Thursday 28 May | 7pm (AWST)


AMA Victoria's Women in Medicine Group is hosting a Wellbeing Webinar on Thursday 28 May from 7pm AEST.


Hear from:

* Dr Helen Schultz on doctor wellbeing and support during COVID;
* Professor Jill Klein on practical tools for coping during the pandemic; and
* Dr Linda Schachter
on sleep hygiene and insomnia.


Register online here


AMA Queensland's Junior Doctor Conference is going online!

Launching Saturday 27 June


Due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19, AMA Queensland is bringing the 2020 Junior Doctor Conference to your screens as JDC On Demand.

Launching on Saturday 27 June, the conference will run over eight weeks, with new content being released each week. This is like nothing you’ve seen before – register now to get involved!


Watch national and local speakers, listen to informative panels and engage with sponsors and your fellow delegates – all from the comfort of your own couch!


Join the Volvo Cars Perth Corporate Programme

Volvo Cars Perth is delighted to ioffer AMA (WA) members the opportunity to purchase a Volvo vehicle at a reduced cost.


The Volvo Cars Perth Corporate Programme includes:

  • Three years/ 60,000 kms free scheduled servicing*
  • Preferential service bookings
  • Reduced new vehicle delivery costs on XC40**
  • Access to Volvo financial products

For further information, please visit the AMA (WA) member benefits page


Enjoy 20% off your order at Bellarmine Wines

Bellarmine Wines Pemberton makes boutique limitedi-release wines from grapes grown on its estate in the beautiful pristine region of Pemberton.


The Bellarmine vineyard produces grapes that make excellent wines across all varieties planted there including the infamous Bellarmine Rieslings - three styles made each year which differ in sugar and alcohol levels, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Merlot and Petit Verdot.


For further information on how to access the discount, please visit the AMA (WA) member benefits page


Pagoda Resort discount for AMA (WA) members

Pagoda Resort & Spa, located within the vibrant City of South Perth, is superbly positioned overlooking Perth’s famous Swan River.

Whether travelling for business or leisure, the hotel offers a range of guest facilities and services.* Relax in the heated outdoor swimming pool and enjoy the fitness centre, sauna, bike hire and easy access to riverside cycle ways and walking paths. The resort’s 24-hour reception team will also be delighted to assist you with tour bookings.* 

AMA (WA) members can now access discounted ‘room only’ rates. For further details, please visit the AMA (WA) member benefits page


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