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16 August 2019 Issue # 126

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AMA (WA) warns rushed VAD Bill is unsafe for patients and families

The Australian Medical Association (WA) has called on the State Government to not rush the community in its consideration of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, which has recently been introduced into State Parliament.


While the AMA (WA) is opposed to any legislation that allows the termination of life, Parliament and society, of course, have a right to consider this approach.


However, AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller said the proposed legislation was fundamentally flawed, lacked essential safeguards and oversight.


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


AMA (WA) requests Malcolm McCusker to clarify scope of VAD Bill

Statement by AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller - 9 August 2019


The AMA (WA) stands for high quality end-of-life care for all – and for compassionate and open discussion.


We commit to listen to all and respect the decision of Parliament and doctors involved on both sides of the current debate about the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019, recently introduced into State Parliament. The medical profession, like the community, is in two minds on this important Bill.


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


Funding announced to reduce violence in WA hospitals

Earlier this week, Health Minister Roger Cook announced a commitment of $5 million to reduce violence in WA hospitals. 


The short-term government plan is in response to a recent anti-violence summit, which was attended by more than 100 healthcare staff as well as security and union members.


AMA (WA) Emergency Medicine Spokesperson Dr David Mountain spoke to Karl O’Callaghan on 6PR to discuss the plan. 


To listen to the segment, visit the 6PR website


Doctors in training – Have you completed the national Medical Training Survey?

The Medical Training Survey is a national, profession-wide survey of all doctors in training in Australia. It is a confidential way to get national, comparative, profession-wide data to strengthen medical training in Australia.

The survey has been organised and funded by the Medical Board of Australia and AHPRA, and is being run independently by research agency, EY Sweeney.

By getting feedback from doctors in training, the survey will deliver robust national data that will help improve medical training. Aggregated, anonymous results will help identify potential issues in medical training that could impact on patient safety, so these can be addressed.

Doctors in training can do the survey on their phone, tablet or laptop in two ways:

  • interns and international medical graduates just click on the survey link sent in the email invitation from AHPRA (search your inbox for AHRPA or email heading: Medical Training Survey) or;
  • all other doctors in training can do the survey when they renew their medical registration.

For further information on the survey, please visit the Medical Training Survey website.  


AMA (WA) Charity Golf Day: Register now!

Friday 25 October | 11.00am onwards 


The AMA (WA) invites you to play in this year's Charity Golf Day being held Friday 25 October at 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 great wine and fabulous food.


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


Are you looking for a qualified tradesperson?

Developed for AMA (WA) members and backed by Global Home Response, AMA Home Advantage does more than simply connect you to a tradesperson, we manage the whole process for you to ensure that you get:

  • Value for money with no hidden fees or call-outs
  • A tradesperson who turns up on time, is friendly,helpful and qualified
  • 12 month workmanship guarantee
  • Issue resolution

Services include:

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Carpentry
  • Handyman
  • Glazing
  • Home & Pest Inspections

More services will be launched in the coming months.

To find our more or to make an online booking, please visit the AMA Home Advantage website. Alternatively please call 1300 038 241 to book a job or email and a consultant will get back to you.


Are you a GP looking for your next opportunity?

AMA Recruit has a range of vacancies available for GPs who are thinking about their next career move. The new AMA Recruit website allows you to filter roles by location and choose the type of practices you are interested in (independent, small group, corporate or not-for-profit). Roles can also be filtered by specialty (skin, women’s health, chronic disease, rural and remote, and many more).

To start searching for your next role, visit the AMA Recruit website.


Alternatively, contact Dave Bell, General Practice Staffing Specialist, on 0439 361 218 or email


Register to attend RACGP's early career GP conference

Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 September | Vines Resort


The RACGP New Fellows Committee invite early career GPs and new Fellows to attend the annual Early career GP conference on Saturday and Sunday 7– 8 September at the stunning Vines Resort.

The next phase of the GP journey can sometimes be very daunting; moving from a registrar to a specialist GP. The New Fellows Committee has designed the conference program to provide the best advice and education to assist you succeed in your GP journey; preparing you for what’s next. 


In designing the program, The New Fellows Committee thought about all the information they would have liked to have known following their transition to fellow. 


For further information or to register, visit the RACGP website


Youth Friendly Doctor - Young People Ethics and the Law

Tuesday 27 August | 6.00pm - 8.30pm


When working with young people in a medical setting, it is critical to have a comprehensive understanding of your ethical and legal responsibilities.


This workshop is designed to provide medical professionals with best practice and practical information on legal and ethical considerations of their young patients, assessment of a young person’s capacity and competence to consent to medical treatment, the right to confidentiality and the limited circumstances in which it may be broken.


Participants will learn effective engagement strategies, methods on managing difficulties that may arise in consultation and gain insight into how adolescents use health services.


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


Youth Friendly Doctor - Social Media and the Internet

Tuesday 10 September | 6.00pm - 8.30pm


Social Media and the Internet: The Impact on Young People's Wellbeing, will provide doctors with a greater understanding of this vital topic that will assist them in understanding the potential risks, safety and mental wellbeing of young people and the issues they face online.


Topics being covered include:

  • Types of social media and how they are used among young people
  • Positive and negative impacts of social media and;
  • Common signs of cyber-bullying in young patients. 

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


CPR for Practice Staff

Saturday 21 September | 9.00am - 12.00pm 


The AMA is delivering 3 hour courses for staff requiring CPR training to meet practice accreditation requirements.


The learning outcome of this unit provides the participant with a nationally recognised unit of competency: HLTAID001 – Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation


The course will cover:

  • Assessing the situation and responding to the signs of an unconscious casualty
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation following Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines
  • Defibrillation awareness

This program attracts 5 category 2 RACGP points.


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


Australasian Doctors' Health Conference 2019

Friday 22 and Saturday 23 November


The Australasian Doctors Health Conference (ADHC) is being held in Perth on 22 and 23 November 2019. These conferences have been held biennially in Australia and New Zealand for nearly 20 years, with 2019 being the first time the event will take place in WA.


The theme is the important topic of “Creating a Healthy Workplace”. This will be relevant to doctors at all stages of their career, from medical students, to doctors in training, to doctors established in their chosen career. A particular focus will be looking at the impact of the work environment on a doctor’s health, be they a solo private practitioner or working in a large tertiary hospital. Issues will include the effect of medical culture on work life balance, bullying and harassment, and physical and mental health problems. The conference will also be relevant to anyone involved in the training or management of doctors.

Key note speakers include Professor Fiona Wood, Professor Geoff Riley, Dr Nikki Stamp and Dr Geoff Toogood (Crazy Socs for Docs).


For further information or to register, please visit the Rural Health West website


WIN a double pass to Mozart Requiem at St Boniface Cathedral, Bunbury

Sunday 25 August | 3.00pm


Celebrate Mozart and the launch of Harmonia Australis, a new not-for-profit, Perth-based orchestra and chorale with the Overture to Marriage of Figaro, Laudate Dominum, and Mozart's arrangement of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah, and culminating with his masterpiece, Requiem in D minor. 


To go into the draw to win a double pass, please email by Wednesday 21 August. 


For further information or to purchase tickets, please visit the trybooking website


WIN double pass to Soul Slap at the Kalamunda Music Festival!

Saturday 24 August | 6.00pm


The Milford Street Shakers head to the Perth hills on Saturday 24th August for the inaugural Kalamunda Music Festival's MAIN EVENT!

The spectacular 11-piece band will have you jumping out of your seat and on the dance floor as they take you on a memorable journey across the iconic 60s musical landscape performing Motown hits and more!


To go into the draw to win a double pass, please email by Wednesday 21 August.


For further information or to purchase tickets, please visit the eventbrite website


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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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