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28 September 2018 Issue # 113

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Inquiry into Health Department governance and operation vital

It’s time for a wholescale and fully independent investigation into the entire governance and operation of WA’s health system.


AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid has recently written to Premier Mark McGowan calling on the Government to immediately establish a full inquiry.


The AMA (WA) has previously raised with the State Government the lack of accountability and transparency in the health system highlighted by a number of recent reports and inquiries.


Every report in recent years continues to highlight the same fundamental deficits in the management and operation of our health system, including poor performance monitoring and oversight; a lack of accountability and ineffective governance structures.


To continue reading, visit the AMA (WA) website


AMA (WA) President, Dr Omar Khorshid, discusses euthanasia with 60 Minutes

Last week, AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid, appeared on Channel Nine's 60 Minutes to discuss the AMA's view on euthanasia after Perth GP, Dr Alida Lancee, admitted to assisting terminally ill patients to end their lives:


"The AMA's position nationally is that we don’t support doctors acting to end people's lives, where that’s the main intention," Dr Khorshid said.


The segment can be viewed on the 60 Minutes website


The AMA (WA)'s position statement on End-of-Life Care can be found on the AMA (WA) website. Please note, you must log in to view the position statement. 


AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, heads west!

National AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, headed west this week to provide an opening address at the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association's Conference, held at Crown Perth. 


While in WA, Dr Bartone also appeared on 6PR program, Drive with Oliver Peterson, to discuss all things aged care, Indigenous health, euthanasia and E-cigarettes. To listen to the full radio segment, visit the 6PR website or read the transcript on the AMA website


Innovation: Solutions for an Ageing Population Conference

The AMA (WA), in collaboration with City of Joondalup, ECU, Bethanie, Aus Global Exchange and Shanghai Science and Technology Service Centre for Ageing recently held the Innovation: Solutions for an Ageing Population Conference. 


The three-day conference, which attracted about 120 attendees, was officially opened by Health Minister Roger Cook. 


Topics discussed included the changing landscape of healthcare in Australia, regulatory and economic outlooks, the future of aged care development in mega cities, the challenges and opportunities of expanding services in a commercial world and an innovative education program to support aged care workforce.


Senior Lawyer steps into Director's role at AMA (WA)

Australian Medical Association (WA) would like to welcome Warren Edwardes as Director of Industrial and Legal Affairs. Warren will take over from outgoing Director Marcia Kuhne when she retires later this month after more than six years in the role.


Warren comes to the AMA (WA) with many years’ experience in law and industrial relations in both the public and private sectors. He is a qualified solicitor admitted to practise in Western Australia and a previous Director of Business Law WA, the law firm of the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIWA).


Read more on the AMA (WA) website.


Upsize your super with downsizer contributions

Legislation has passed that will enable people aged 65 or over to make additional super contributions of up to $300,000 per person from the proceeds of the sale of their home from 1 July 2018.

These are known as ‘downsizer contributions’ and they can be made on top of the existing contribution caps, without having to meet certain contribution rules and restrictions.

The opportunity

The downsizer contribution rules remove some of the barriers that prevent or restrict the ability to make super contributions at age 65 or over.

Provided certain other conditions are met (see below) eligible people will be able to contribute up to $300,000 per person (or $600,000 per couple) from the proceeds of selling their home on or after 1 July 2018.

The contributions won’t count towards the concessional (pre-tax) or non-concessional (after-tax) contribution caps and there is no maximum age limit. Also, the ‘work test’ (for people aged 65 to 74) and the ‘total super balance’ test won’t apply


For further information, visit AMA Financial Services website

Celebrating 25 years of the AMA (WA) Charity Golf Day

Tickets are still available for the 25th AMA (WA) Charity Golf Day, being held Friday 26 October 2018 at the Royal Perth Golf Club.


There will be some amazing items up for auction and as usual, proceeds will go to the AMA (WA)’s Dr YES program.


The Ambrose tournament allows players of varying degrees of golfing prowess to get involved, so the novice will have just as much fun as the more experienced player.


The day on the course is followed by an evening of catching up with friends and colleagues over some fabulous wine and food.

For more information and to register, please click here


Phone survey: Choosing your medical speciality

Determining what factors influence an individual's career choices will help to guide all those involved in the journey of training junior doctors.


With better insights, we can support junior doctors to be well-informed and supported in making their speciality career choices. PMCWA, AMA WA and WAGPET are conducting a short, personalised interview process to gather this information. This study received ethics approval from the Curtin University Ethics Committee.


The involvement of as many doctors as possible in the process will greatly improve the quality of the data and influence future discussions that will ultimately benefit current and future generations of doctors.


We are currently seeking participants for this survey. The survey takes 30 minutes and if you choose to participate, you will receive a $50 gift voucher and go in to the draw to win an iPad Pro.


Book your survey time online now



Workshop: The Psychosocial Treatment of Young People - places still available!

Tuesday 9 October | 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start


This Youth Friendly Doctor workshop 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 and to register, please visit the AMA (WA) website.


GP Registrar Seminars: Negotiating Terms & Conditions

Tuesday 16 October | 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start


The AMA (WA) is running a series of four free seminars to help GP Registrars answer questions on employment arrangements and how to manage conflict in the workplace.


The last seminar of the series, Negotiating Terms and Conditions, will prepare you to negotiate terms and conditions as a contractor or an employee when coming to the end of your training. It will cover issues including: restraint of trade, indemnity, your rights and obligations with respect to administrative support and consumables, leave and leave cover, rights and obligations regarding patients, “ownership” of patients and patient files when you leave, rendering of accounts, intellectual property and insurance issues.


For further information, visit the AMA (WA) website or register online now


Wine and Cheese Masterclasses

Join Blue Cow Cheese Company and Fraser’s Restaurant as we bring wonderful farmhouse cheeses matched to unique wines.

Presented by local cheese expert, Nicholas Bath, from Blue Cow Cheese Company the evening includes five cheeses with five wine tastings matched by our expert Sommelier here at Fraser’s.


Whether you’re are an avid cheese and wine aficionado, or just interested in furthering your knowledge, this evening is a must.


Themes & Dates
November 14 – Triple Cream & Sparkling
November 28 – Premium Cheese, Champagne & Sparkling


6:30pm – 8:30pm


From $75pp


To go into the draw to win tickets to the Wine and Cheese Masterclasses, email Des on by Monday 8 October.


Wine and Wax Art Workshop

Sunday 7 October |1.00-4.30pm | Happs Cellar Door & Gallery


Learn the ancient art of encaustic with artist Colin Pratt. Painting with pigmented wax is a method that is equally suited to beginners and advanced painters alike.


All materials are supplied and you will take two-three finished paintings home with you. A complimentary glass of wine and shared platters will be served during the break.


To go into the draw to win tickets, email Des on by Monday 1 October. 


Sweet Wine Symposium hosted by Happs Wines

Saturday 20 October | Happs Cellar Door


Join Happs Wines for their inaugural Sweet Wine Symposium to celebrate all things sweet! Happs will be hosting a people's choice tasting of over 20 categories with wines from all over Australia. Not a sweet wine drinker? Beers and a dry wine bar will also be made available on the day.


To go into the draw to win tickets to the Sweet Wine Symposium, email Des on by Monday 8 October. 


Australian National Polocrosse Championships tickets up for grabs!

For the fourth time in almost 40 years, WA will play host to the Australian National Polocrosse Championships, from October 1 to 7, with this year set to be special with the Championships celebrating its golden jubilee.

The event will see over 500 competitors and 600 horses making a land-based 
pilgrimage to participate. The Polocrosse Championships will also be the perfect opportunity to try the many food and wine options on offer as part of the Entwined in the Valley event.


To go into the draw to win tickets, email Des on by Monday 1 October.


Invitation: Exclusive made-to-measure experience by Brioni

Saturday 6 October


Parker & Co are inviting AMA (WA) members to an exclusive made-to-measure experience by Brioni. Available across a wide range of categories, Brioni bespoke offers the exclusivity of a unique garment, entirely modelled and hand crafted in Italy to meet your most precise requirements. 


Appointments will be available for one day only. RSVP to 08 9321 8621 or


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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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