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11 October 2016 Issue # 92

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Health Services Boards will make positive difference: AMA (WA)

The Health Services Boards established to oversee WA health will be an important part in seeking ways to fix our health system, currently under severe strain, the Australian Medical Association (WA) said.

“The five boards recently established by the WA Government are an investment in expertise and will provide much-needed leadership and accountability in a tough time for public health services,” AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller said.

“We hope the new Boards will take on the task of improving the major cultural and efficiency issues that currently exist in the WA health system. How can we have spent so much money and still lag far behind other states in some important measures of patient care?”

“The Boards however are a positive move and the costs involved in their establishment and running will soon be found in efficiencies and initiatives they will recommend.”

“It is appropriate that some of the best and brightest medical minds in the State have been appointed to the boards, rather than people with no experience in medicine or patient care. They will be recommending and overseeing actions to make positive changes to our health system," Dr Miller said.


For more on this report, please click here


AMA demands fair go for GPs with pathology collection arrangements

Federal AMA President Dr Michael Gannon has made a direct plea to Health Minister Sussan Ley to scrap Government plans to change rental rules for pathology collection centres located in general practices and other medical facilities.

The Government announced a sudden and unexpected deal with Pathology Australia during this year’s Federal election campaign to impose tighter rules on collection centre rental arrangements in exchange for the pathology companies dropping their high profile campaign against the Government’s Medicare bulk billing policies.

Dr Gannon said that the AMA is demanding the Government immediately drop its deal with Pathology Australia.

“The Government wants to implement a blunt cap on the rents paid by pathology companies for pathology collection centre space in general practices and other medical suites,” Dr Gannon said.

“This policy was reached without any proper consultation with general practice groups or other providers of collection centres outside the major pathology companies.

“It was also reached without acknowledgement of previous consultations and what stakeholders thought was a clear plan to address any inappropriate rental arrangements," Dr Gannon said. 

For more on this report, please click here



AMA (WA) 2016 Annual Charity Golf Day

The AMA (WA) invites you to participate in the AMA Foundation Charity Golf Day on Friday 4 November 2016 at the Royal Perth Golf Club.

We look forward to welcoming you to this annual event to share an enjoyable day with your colleagues, business partners and clients. There will be some amazing items up for auction, and as usual, proceeds will go to AMA (WA)’s Dr YES program.

The Ambrose tournament will allow for players of varying degrees of golfing prowess to get involved, and will be just as much fun for the novice golfer as the more experienced players in your team.

Registrations are now open – simply complete the Acceptance Form and send to Skye Connor at AMA (WA) via fax (9273 3073) or email.

Last year’s event was fully booked, so be sure to sign up early to secure your place!

For more information or to register, please click here


National terms and conditions for the employment of GP Registrars in 2017

The AMA is pleased to advise that General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) and General Practice Supervisors Australia (GPSA) have reached agreement on the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER) commencing in 2017 - three months earlier than the previous agreement, and just in time for registrars and practices to negotiate their employment arrangements for 2017.

The new agreement continues to cover GP registrars undertaking Australian GP Training in all general practice terms of training, and has been brokered with the assistance of the AMA.

GPSA Chair, Dr Bruce Willett, said supervisor and training practice feedback received prior to negotiations heavily informed the GPSA negotiation team’s position and, given the existing Medicare freeze, rising costs and the freeze on training practice subsidies, no increase to the base rates, nor the percentages, has occurred at this negotiation.

The NTCER is a goodwill document that applies because of the agreements in place between the Australian Government and the Regional Training Organisations (RTOs), which require training practices to observe it.

The NTCER agreement reached for 2017-18 again requires that registrars be engaged as employees, and allows for percentage payments to be made on a billings or receipts basis not less than every three months.


For more information, please click here


The AMA Corporate Travel Policy: comprehensive cover for those unforeseen events

The AMA Corporate Travel policy has been tailored specifically to the needs of the Medical and Health Profession, with key features being:

• Worldwide cover provided for both business and leisure travel
• Cover includes accompanying spouse/de facto and dependent children when either travelling together with, or separately to directly join or leave, the Insured
• Joint Insured cover option for independent travel
• Ski / Snow Sports cover and Charter Flights cover options
• Up to 180 days covered per trip
• No exclusions for pregnancy (except Life Insurance)
• Cover for pre-existing medical conditions, subject to policy terms and conditions
• Evacuation cover
• Detention and Extortion cover included under Kidnap and Ransom
• Access to Dynamic Assist 24 hour, 365 day Emergency Service
• Policy renewable for the Insured up to 85 years of age


So to secure your peace of mind and optimum enjoyment when travelling, contact us on 1300 763 766 or email to get a quote today!


New Guidelines for General Practitioners to help them manage type 2 diabetes

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in conjunction with Diabetes Australia have released the General practice management of type 2 diabetes 2016-2018 handbook.

The revised guidelines are designed to support General Practitioners and provide an accessible summary of best practice.


Focusing on factors that are relevant to current Australian clinical practice, the new guidelines have a focus on individual patient preferences and self-management.

The guidelines are free to download on the RACGP and Diabetes Australia websites. Copies of the guidelines will be distributed to RACGP members, endocrinologists and diabetes educators across Australia.

Hardcopies of the handbook can be obtained from Diabetes WA.


Early Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

Thanks to AMA Medical Products appointment as a preferred distributer of Welch Allyn products in WA, healthcare providers can now screen for Vison Threatening Diabetic Retinopathy (VTDR) in just three minutes!

The Welch Allyn RETeval-DR Electroretinograph is a portable handheld device that streamlines the screening procedure, producing immediate results. With high accuracy and a low technical failure rate, the RETeval-DR Electroretinograph proves to be an essential device that eye experts and general practitioners can use to provide early screening procedures.

For more on this product and more from the AMA Medical Products team, please click here



Seeking health professionals with specialised knowledge and experience in rare and genetic diseases

The Genetic and Rare Disease Network in Western Australia is compiling a register of health professionals who have specialist knowledge and experience in a particular rare and/or genetic disease.

This register could create networking opportunities for health professionals across Australia and improve access to specialist knowledge. 

Health professionals are asked to complete the survey linked below. Please feel free to distribute the survey link to colleagues.

To access the survey, please click here

AMA Financial Services update - Changes to 2016 Budget super reforms.

On 15 September 2016, the Treasurer announced changes to 2016 Budget super reforms. Please note these changes are subject to the passing of legislation and should be discussed with your financial adviser.


The proposed changes are viewable here.

CTEC Conference: Developing a Surgical Career

Jointly presented by CTEC and RACS WA, this conference is aimed at Junior Doctors wishing to pursue a career in Surgery.


It will provide Junior Doctors with a vast amount of information relating to the RACS Surgical Education and Training (SET) program, Generic Surgical Sciences Exam (GSSE) and JDocs Framework.


Date: Saturday 22 October 2016
Venue: The University Club of Western Australia Theatre Auditorium


For more information and registration, 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:

•  25 October: Mental Health: Diagnosis and Assessment
•  8 November: Mental Health: The Psychosocial Treatment of 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.


Please click here for the registration form.


If you would like more information, please contact the AMA (WA) via email or phone (9273 3000).


Free CPR for AMA (WA) Members

Have you completed your CPR? RACGP requires CPR to be completed in this 2014 – 2016 triennium.

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

This activity attracts 5 category 2 RACGP points and 20 ACRRM points.

The next available CPR session is on Wednesday 2 November 2016.

For more information and registration, please click here.


Futile Care and End of Life Matters

The Western Australian Audit of Surgical Mortality (WAASM) will host a Symposium next month on End of Life Care at the Harry Perkins Insistute (QEII).

The Symposium will feature discussions on preparing for the inevitable, managing dying, Parliament’s role in End of Life matters and more.

Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2016


Places are limited - please register your interest as soon as possible (CPD points are anticipated for this activity).


For more information and registration, please click here.


HBF Discounts for AMA (WA) Members

HBF Discounts for AMA (WA) Members
AMA (WA) have partnered with HBF Health to offer great discounts and benefits on your health insurance.

Details of this exclusive AMA (WA) member offer is available by clicking here or by calling 1300 132 549.


Wine Essentials Course

The Wines of WA in conjunction with Old Bridge Cellars would like to offer AMA members a 15 per cent  discount to the Wine Essentials Wine Course on Tuesday 18 October at 6.30pm at Old Bridge Cellars, North Fremantle.

Use the code WoWA2016 to receive your discount when enrolling through try booking.


Win a chance to become Entwined in the Valley

The Swan Valley’s premier food and wine festival, Entwined in the Valley is back this November 4-6 and will be headlined by ‘Punk Princess of Pastry’ Anna Polyviou.


Hosted by the City of Swan the three-day event brings together a host of top chefs, winemakers and local producers to highlight the delights of the region.

The festival’s much loved Entwined in the Valley Degustation Dinner will take place on November 6 at Mandoon Estate Winery and we have two tickets valued at $500 to give away.

All you have to do to be in the running is answer the following two questions correctly.


1. Name a past guest chef who has cooked at an Entwined in the Valley Degustation Dinner.
2. Name one other event happening at Entwined in the Valley 2016.

You’ll find all of the info you need on the Entwined in the Valley website, along with details on all of the exciting events.

Send your answers to Des Michael to go into the draw to win!


Tickets to the Top 50 Tasting

Celebrate the best WA wines at this years Wine Show WA Top 50 Tasting. 

An essential afternoon for all wine lovers, sip sniff and swirl your way through all of the 2016 Wine Show's Top 50 trophy ands medal-winning wines, whilst enjoying light refreshments from the Print Hall kitchen. 

Date: Wednesday 26 October

The AMA (WA) has two tickets up for grabs, simply email Des Michael for your chance to win. 

Test drive a new Nissan X-Trail today!

AMA (WA) Members have the unique opportunity to test drive a Nissan X-Trail for two days, with no obligation other than to have fun!

Members can leave their car with Duncan Nissan (and recieve a complementary wash and vacuum) ready for them to pick up on return.

This offer is availble throughout October, with the option to pick up on Tuesday and return Thursday, or pick up Friday and return Monday. Simply email Des Michael for more information or to arrange a booking.



Free tickets to an experience you won't forget

Blank Space Productions is bringing EDGE to the Chrissie Parrott Art Space in October and November.

EDGE is 10 shows, 10 writers, 23 Actors and you. Each show will be a totally unique and immersive experience unlike any live show you have seen before. You will be drawn into the process of making theatre and no two nights will be the same. Each evening a new scene is brought to life by the actors, director Bridget Le May from Blank Space Productions and a crucial ingredient… the audience.

The AMA (WA) is offering two tickets to this unique experience, simply email Des Michael for your chance to win. 

For 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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