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15 October 2014 Issue # 67

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MDA Members vote against merger

The proposed Merger between MDA National and MIGA will not proceed, as a majority of MDA National Members voting at MDA National’s Scheme Meeting on Saturday did not approve of the proposed Merger.


MDA National Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Peter Forbes, said that MDA National's leadership team acknowledged that the Members' vote expressed a desire for MDA National to retain its current structure.

For more information, please click here


Figures show medical graduates still struggling to find placement

The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) has obtained figures showing that hundreds of medical graduates will not be able to become doctors in our community.


The National Medical Intern Data Management Working Group has completed an audit of offers, and concluded that approximately 240 Australian graduates will not be offered a State or Territory position.


AMSA President, Jessica Dean, said that AMSA is very disappointed that such a large number of graduates from Australian medical schools will be unable to practise in Australia.


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2014 John S Lekias Memorial Lecture announced

The AMA (WA) and the University of Western Australia are delighted to announce the 2014 John S Lekias Memorial Lecture to be held on Thursday 13 November at the UWA Club, commencing 6.30pm.


The 2014 Lecture is entitled:
Paediatric Sleep & Epilepsy: A research and clinical update on the evaluation and management of children with nocturnal seizures.


The 2014 Lekias Lecturer is Associate Professor Shelly K Weiss Paediatric Neurologist at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto Canada. A/Prof Weiss is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and Past President of the Canadian Sleep Society.


For more information, please click here


General Practice Webinar

As you would be aware, the 2014 Commonwealth Budget contained a number of significant changes to general practice.


The changes included the co-payment proposal, GP training, primary health networks (Medicare Locals) and the incursion of private insurers into general practice.


The AMA has been active in lobbying for general practice, including putting forward an extensive alternative co-payment proposal based around addressing the urgent need to improve funding to allow for quality general practice.


We have also been using the challenges posed by the Budget to highlight the critical role of GPs and the urgent need for appropriate investment in quality general practice.


As an AMA member, we want to provide you with the opportunity to hear directly about the AMA's advocacy for GPs and to provide your feedback.


As such, AMA Council of General Practice Chair, Dr Brian Morton, and Federal AMA President  A/Prof Brian Owler will be holding a webinar so you can tell us what is important to you.


The webinar will be held on the evening of 23 October at 7pm AEDT.


To register, please contact Michelle Grybaitis.


Health Services Union finishes industrial action

The Health Services Union of Western Australia (HSUWA) has called off all industrial action in public hospitals after the Government agreed to go to arbitration to resolve its long running pay dispute.


All allied health employees will receive a 2.75 per cent pay increase backdated to 1 July 2014.

There is no date yet for arbitration. For further information, please contact Marcia Kuhne via email.


Closure of Swan District Hospital (SDH) and opening of Midland Public Hospital (MPH)

Following an AMA (WA) meeting held on 7 October 2014 with Members affected by the closure of Swan District Hospital and the opening of MPH by St John of God Health Care, the AMA (WA) is holding a further meeting on 25 November 2014.


The meeting will be held at SDH at 6.30pm in the Stroke Unit dining room (just outside of the Stroke Unit). The meeting will be another opportunity for the AMA to brief practitioners about further discussions with WA Health and SJOG about the transfer of entitlements and other issues related to the closure.


Pizza and light refreshments will be provided by the AMA.


Please rsvp to Puanna-Lea Kapi by COB Friday 21 November 2014 if you are able to attend.


GP Registrars – Contractors or Employees?

The Association has received a number of queries relating to the engagement of GP Registrars, specifically whether GPT3 Registrars can be lawfully engaged as independent contractors rather than as employees.

Whilst the Association is aware that on the face of it there may be a perception of financial benefits associated with the engagement of Registrars as independent contractors, in terms of savings on tax, superannuation, paid leave entitlements, medical indemnity and workers compensation insurance, the Association strongly cautions against this practice, on the basis that the risks associated with this practice far outweigh any potential benefits.


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Delay for release of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Webclaim

The release of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Webclaim for medical claims has been delayed.


Development of the medical component of DVA Webclaim is continuing and the DVA website will be updated when a firm release date can be advised.


The allied health component of DVA Webclaim has been made available as of 15 September 2014 on the Department of Human Services (DHS) Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) portal.

DVA Webclaim details are available on the DVA website.

For instructions on registering for an individual PKI certificate go to the Department of Human Services (DHS) PKI page and follow the steps and fill out your Application for a PKI Certificate Form.


HealthPro Protect – Insurance that is tailored to meet the unique needs of your medical practice

AMA Insurance Brokers have designed an insurance package to specifically  provide customised risk and asset protection to medical  practices.


HealthPro Protect has been carefully engineered with you in mind, with exclusive features to minimise any disruption(s) in the event of a claim.

For more information on indicative premium rates and the unique benefits available under this policy or to request a quote, please click here.


VR'd GP available for Perth Metro DWS Location from March 2015

Do you have a vacancy in your practice in 2015?

We have a female vocationally registered GP who will be available for a permanent placement, or minimum six months locum from March 2015.

If you would like to secure the services of this highly motivated and skilled doctor during this period, or would like to discuss your practice staffing needs, please contact Margaret Templeton or Dave Bell on 9273 3000 or via email.


New ADF post-discharge GP health assessment

All former serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) can now access a health assessment from their GPs funded under the Medicare Benefits Schedule items 701, 703, 705 and 707. The assessment will help GPs identify and diagnose the early signs of physical and/or mental health problems among former serving ADF members.


For more information, visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website.


Last chance for great discounts in this year's Entertainment Book

Help us raise funds for the AMA (WA) Foundation by ordering the new Entertainment Book. By ordering through the AMA (WA), 20 per cent of your purchase will go towards the Foundation.


Great discounts are available on a range of products including restaurants, leisure activities, accommodation and much more.


Order online, or contact Louise at AMA reception on 9273 3000 or via email



AMA (WA) Medical Products Spring Promotion 2014

AMA (WA) Medical Products is pleasd to announce the launch of its 2014 Spring promotion.


From stethoscopes to wheelchairs and ECGs to Spirometers, AMA (WA) Medical Products has all the equipment you need. Contact our customer service team who are local, friendly, motivated and have the technical knowledge to provide the sales experience you deserve.


For more information about the promotion, please click here or call (08) 9273 3000.


AMA (WA) Members Footy Competition Winner

We are pleased to announce that Dr Paul Kwei is the overall winner of this years competition.


Paul tied with Deidre (an alias tipper) on 148 but won on a count back.


Paul’s prize is having his 2015 AMA (WA) Membership paid by AMA Financial Services.


Congratulations to Paul and all this year’s participants – look out for details next year!

Locum availability for Christmas 2014

Are you looking for a locum in December 2014 - January 2015?

We have a female vocationally registered doctor who is currently planning her locum commitments and has some dates available in her schedule for the months of December 2014 and January 2015.

If you would like to secure the services of our highly qualified and skilled locum during this period and are located in a District of Workforce Shortage please contact Margaret Templeton on 9273 3033 or via email.

Derby Day Delight!

Atlas Pearls and Perfumes are delighted to invite AMA(WA) members, partners and friends to an exclusive VIP event to celebrate Derby Day and the start of the racing carnival.

In traditional Derby Day fashion, please wear black and let us style and match you with stunning Atlas South Sea white and silver pearls.

Date: Derby Day - Saturday November 1, 2- 4pm


Venue: Atlas Pearls and Perfumes Showroom,  Shop 1 47-49 Bay View Terrace, Claremont

Dress:  Black and White


Space is limited so get in quick to avoid missing out! RSVP to Des Michael by 27 October 2014.

Does your staff need CPR training?

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


The learning outcomes of this unit provide the participant with a nationally-recognised unit of competency and will cover:


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

Date: 18 October 2014 from 9am - 12pm


Venue: AMA (WA) headquarters, 14 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands


Cost: $80 per participant


For more information, please click here.


Free CPR for AMA (WA) Members

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


The learning outcomes of this unit also provide the participant with a nationally recognised unit of competency.


The course will cover:

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

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

Date: 15 November 2014.


For more information, please click here.


CV Skills for Doctors - Give Yourself the Competitive Edge

The AMA (WA) is hosting a workshop designed to assist Doctors and Medical Students who are contemplating applying for College Training Programs and/or other medical positions within the health industry.


Once fully registered for this seminar, pre-reading documentation will be provided for preparation of interview skills, application letter and Curriculum Vitae.


This seminar will involve an interactive workshop that provides a simulated panel interview with feedback on performance.


Date: Thursday 6 November 2014

Cost: $50 for Members, $250 for non-members. 


For more information and registration, please click here


Future Proofing your Personal Wealth

With a focus on future proofing and securing personal wealth, this seminar is a great opportunity for medical professionals to hear valuable tips and advice from a leading expert in the field.


Topics that will be discussed include:
•  Wills
•  Succession and estate planning
•  Testamentary trusts
•  Enduring Power of Attorney
•  Enduring Power of Guardianship
•  Contested wills
•  Testamentary capacity – how a doctor determines capacity


Date: Tuesday 28 October
Cost: FREE for Members, $150 for non-members


For more information and registration, please click here

Enjoy a seafood masterclass with Winning Aplliances

Celebrity chef and WA's favourite fishmonger Josh Catalano will be hosting a seafood masterclass at Winning Appliances next month. 


Experience a master at work and get some hints on how to prepare your next dish like a pro, all while enjoying premium wines and canapes. 

Date: Thursday 5 November 2014
Venue: Winning Aplliances Osborne Park. 22 King Edward Road. 


Please reserve your spot by emailing Des Michael by 27 October 2014


For more information, please click here


Sharps Safety Forum

The 2014 Sharps Safety Forum is being hosted by the Infections and Immunology Health Network.

This forum will provide participants with the opportunity to:

• hear an update on WA data on occupational exposures
• share your knowledge and experience with sharps safety
• learn from others’ experience with sharps safety
• discuss innovative solutions to challenges
• connect with colleagues who have a shared interested in the area of sharps safety



To register, please complete and return the attached form by COB Friday 17 October 2014. For more information, please click here


Enjoy HBF discounts by joining the AMA

AMA (WA) members receive up to 12 per cent off all HBF Hospitals and Essentials cover.


Receive a discount on any payments made in the year of taking up the discount offer (applies from the date of joining the AMA Corporate Plan).


To access this member benefit, quote your AMA Membership Number when you call HBF’s AMA Corporate Membership Line: 1300 132 549 or email


Commonwealth Bank – Amazing home loan savings for AMA members

AMA Members receive a 0.85 per cent discount on the standard variable rate for new home loans, investment home loans, viridian lines of credit and portfolio loans, along with a Personal Relationship Manager and fee free Gold Credit Card.

This exclusive offer is only available through the AMA (WA) and CBA Premier Banking.

For more information, contact Andre Francis at the CBA on 0424 056 692 or via email.


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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