Email not viewing correctly? View it in your browser .

Join The AMA (WA) Renew Membership Medical Products Online Shop Events Member Benefits FB T


Welcome to the AMA's online newsletter

1 August 2017 Issue # 100

Feedback on Med e-link (WA) is welcomed. Send your views to .

Excellence awarded at the AMA (WA) Annual Gala Dinner

WA Police Commissioner Dr Karl O’Callaghan has been recognised by the Australian Medical Association (WA), receiving the Associations’ top non-medical award at the weekend.


Dr O’Callaghan, who was appointed as Commissioner in 2004, was presented with the AMA (WA)’s President’s Award at the Association’s Gala Dinner on Saturday night, capping off a remarkable career.

Also recognised at the Gala Dinner was beloved General Practitioner Dr Steve Wilson, who was presented with the AMA (WA)’s top medical recognition, the Hippocrates Award.


Dr Khorshid said Dr Wilson had always put the patient first and had given himself to medicine over many years.


“Dr Wilson is the role model of an ‘old fashioned GP’. Many doctors can learn a great deal from his example of patient care and quality medicine,” Dr Khorshid said.

The Dr Camille Michener Legacy Award, presented to WA’s top Junior Doctor, was awarded to Dr Sarah Newman.


The Camille Michener Legacy Award recognises the significant and outstanding contribution by Junior Doctors in the areas of teaching and education, leadership and advocacy; and the well-being of doctors along with community service.

For more information, please click here


Survey of Senior Practitioners working in the public sector

The AMA (WA) is conducting a survey of all senior practitioners working in the public sector designed to measure clinical engagement and the morale of senior doctors providing services at all publicly operated hospitals and health services in Western Australia.

The results will be used to direct AMA (WA) advocacy, with summaries of the results being presented to relevant stakeholders. 

No survey respondent will be identified.

Members should contact Marcia Kuhne or David Copland at the AMA with any questions or comments.


Armadale Hospital update

The AMA (WA) has held a meeting with the Board of the East Metropolitan Health Service to discuss concerns raised by a large number of doctors across a number of departments about micro-management, interference with clinical resourcing and decision making and restructuring of services without consultation with the medical staff responsible for the delivery of the services.


The AMA is awaiting a response from the Board.


The AMA has surveyed all doctors at Armadale Hospital following the concerns referred to above. The survey will also measure clinical engagement and the morale of senior doctors at Armadale Hospital.


Members should contact the industrial team at the AMA with any questions or comments about Armadale Hospital or the survey sent out in July. 


Hospital Health Check – Doctors in Training update

The AMA (WA) together with the Co-Chair of the DiT Committee Dr Michael Page and Dr Rebecca Wood has met with the Chairs and the Chief Executives of the South Metropolitan Health Service Board and the North Metropolitan Health Service Board to present detailed analysis of the AMA (WA) Hospital Health Check 2017 and discuss the results.

Both Board Chairs and CEs have been receptive to issues raised.

Members should contact Mary Waldron at the AMA with any questions or comments.


Child Development Service update

The AMA (WA) is representing members employed by the Child and Adolescent Health Service in the Child Development Service.

Due to changes introduced to how work is managed and the time frames for assessment and review of patient cases, members have reported significantly increased pressures.

The AMA will keep members informed about the discussions with CAHS management.

Members should contact Marcia Kuhne at the AMA with any questions or comments


St John of God Midland CEO resigns

St John of God Midland Public Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dr Glen Power resigned from his position on 17 July 2017.


St John of God Health Care Executive Director WA Hospitals John Fogarty will fulfil the duties of CEO of SJG Midland Public Hospital while a recruitment process is undertaken by the organisation.


Mr Fogarty said Glen played a key role in the successful commissioning and opening of the hospital and the outstanding care it has delivered to the community in its first 18 months of operations.


“I thank Glen for his dedication and commitment to the organisation and wish him all the best with his future endeavours,” Mr Fogarty said.

Looking for placement or need staff? Let AMA Recruit help

It's been another busy month at AMA Recruit with practices large and small seeking both replacement and growth GP staff, and we've helped a range of GPs who've moved town, completed GP training, or were looking for a new challenge.

To view a selection of work options on offer, please click here.

The changing nature of the Primary Care jobs market means that not all positions are listed, so please do get in contact if you're looking for work in coming months, or into 2018.

To discuss GP work options, please feel free to contact AMA Recruit on 9273 3000 or via email.


Are a few minutes a day all you have to spare?

Subscribe to MDA National's Medico-legal Blog and stay up to date on pertinent matters that could impact your career and reputation.


Keep up with the latest medico-legal matters on topics ranging from Munchausen’s syndrome and doctor-rating websites to privacy breaches and patient confidentiality scams targeting doctors.


Click here to subscribe today!


ANZSOM Annual Scientific Meeting 2017

This year's 'must attend' conference for those in occupational health, the ANZSOM Annual Scientific Meeting 2017 will be conducted over three days and provide 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


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:

• 15 August: Social Media and the Internet: The Impact on Young People’s Wellbeing
• 5 September: Overweight and Obesity in Young People
• 17 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.


Rotto Ramble 2017 - A med race for junior doctors and medical students

Test your medical skills and knowledge as you race around Rottnest Island responding to life-threatening medical emergencies.

• Challenge your wilderness survival medical skills through simulated emergency scenarios.
• Build your confidence as you learn tips and tricks from experienced emergency physicians.
• Bring out your inner competitor as you work with your peers to complete the challenges and win the Rotto Ramble trophy!

Date: Friday 8 - Sunday 10 September 2017.

Location: Rottnest Island


For more information and to register, please click here.


Lift the Lid: Mental Health and Our Kids

Join researchers, health professionals, community leaders, students, persons with lived experience and their families at this inaugural community forum to shine a light on why early intervention is so vital, and how Rotarians and the wider community can help.

This is well worth attending for anyone concerned about the issue of mental wellbeing in children.

Date: Wednesday 13 September 2017

Venue: The University Club, UWA, Crawley

For registration and more information, please click here


30% off Le Creuset's cookware

Enjoy a whopping 30 per cent discount off Les Creuset's new Mist Grey range, perfect for all your cooking needs.

Get the discounted Cast Iron Singature 26cm Casserole dish and we'll bundle in a Storage Canister and Utensil Jar, saving you a total of $200. 

For more details and to register your interest, please contact Des Michael 


Huge savings with Atlas Pearls

With a 20 year long history in pearling, Atlas is a global leader in eco-pearling and one of the top producers of the highly sought after silver and white South Sea pearl, commonly known as 'the queen of all gems'.

Enjoy an incredible 30 per cent discount off all standard Atlas pearl strands and pearl studs this August! 

This offer is only valid from 4 August 2017 and is exclusive to AMA (WA) Members.

For more details, please contact Des Michael.

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.

Not a member? Join now!


The Med e-link (WA) distribution list has been updated. If you wish to change your email address, please reply to this email. To update your contact details with the AMA (WA), please email us at

If you no longer wish to receive this service, you can unsubscribe

Copyright © 2013 Australian Medical Association of Western Australia
14 Stirling Highway, Nedlands WA 6009. Ph (08) 9273 3000