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31 October 2013 Issue # 50

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Meeting of Salaried Doctors

AMA (WA) President Dr Richard Choong chaired a meeting of Senior Salaried Doctors and Doctors in Training at the FJ Clarke Lecture Theatre at Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre recently to update members on the current round of salaried negotiations. Members were advised of the key claims made by the Association on behalf of Senior and Junior doctors and the subsequent offer that had been made by the government.  Members in attendance were presented with two resolutions and discussed actions that could be taken should the Government not present an acceptable offer.

The AMA (WA) is confident that a resolution will be reached soon, and to the satisfaction of all parties.


AMA (WA) releases fun run guidelines

People taking part in fun-runs should ensure that they are properly prepared for the level of exertion required, the AMA (WA) said.

Following the recent deaths of two fun run participants at this year’s City to Surf event, the Association has released a set of guidelines providing health advice to participants.


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UGPA calls on government to urgently address clinical utility of PCEHR

United General Practice Australia has called on the government to heed concerns raised by GPs regarding the significant clinical utility issues associated with the Personally Controlled eHealth Record (PCEHR) system and address them as an urgent priority.

UGPA is calling for the implementation of the PCEHR to be profession-led and include:

  • GP input at every level of the PCEHR development life cycle, including planning through to implementation;
  • Ensuring the system is clinically safe, usable and fit for purpose;
  • Support by an acceptable, and robust legal and privacy framework;
  • Secure messaging interoperability as a critical dependency priority.


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Medical Register listing scam still an issue for GPs

The AMA (WA) has informed members that a number of practices have been approached with the offer of a free listing in the Australasian Health Professionals Directory. Unfortunately general practitioners and their practice managers are still falling for this scam, and it's likely to continue for the forseeable future.


On no account should doctors or practices make any payment or provide credit card details.


Those who have signed up to AUHPD should immediately send a follow-up communication rescinding their participation. Doctors and practices that receive demands for payment or financial information from AUHPD should immediately contact the local Office of Fair Trading or the ACCC.

For further details or information, please contact the AMA (WA) on (08) 9273 3008 or email Michael Prendergast.


Locum availability for Christmas 2013

Are you looking for a locum in December 2013?
We have a female vocationally-registered doctor who is currently planning her locum commitments and has some dates available in her schedule for the month of December.

If you would like to secure the services of our highly-qualified and skilled locum for the month of   December 2013 and are located in a District of Workforce Shortage, please contact Margaret Templeton on 9273 3033 or via email.


Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Bill 2013

Department of Health (WA) Chief Pharmacist, Neil Keen met with Dr Richard Choong to discuss the Bill and take comment from the medical profession on its implications for doctors and their patients. 


The Association had already been involved in discussions regarding certain aspects of the Bill including reporting of ‘over supplied’ and ‘drug addicted’ patients (and associated penalties), entry and removal of patients on and from ‘drug addict’ registers and recording of S8 prescriptions for patients.


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Fitness to drive assesments

AMA (WA) President, Dr Richard Choong, met with representatives from the Department of Transport to provide input into its review of Driver Assessment Services (DAS). 


The purpose of the review is to examine and improve processes for driver’s licence holders who have medical conditions. Dr Choong raised concerns around some of the processes relating to medical assessments for drivers, including impacts on the doctor / patient relationship, medico-legal and privacy concerns and the lack of clarity around conducting these assessments for patients with certain medical conditions.


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Immunisations & Vaccinations: The latest expert information for doctors

Despite sustained media campaigns to boost immunisation rates in WA, our State's immunisation rates have fallen.

The seminar will focus on the latest immunisation information for doctors, by doctors.


Guest speakers include Professor Jonathan Carapetis, Associate Professor Chris Blyth and Associate Professor Peter Richmond.

Date: Tuesday 5 November 2013.
          6:30pm for a 7pm start.

Venue: St. John of God Subiaco Hospital, Subiaco Clinic, Level 3 Conference Centre,
25 McCourt Street, Subiaco.

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Sing, learn and enjoy!

Join the renowned Collegium Symphonic Chorus conducted by Dr Margaret Pride for The People’s Messiah on Saturday 16 November 2013.

AMA (WA) is delighted to offer one member the opportunity of a lifetime to sing in The Peoples Messiah on 16th November.

Sing and learn about this beautiful style of music and join community members, soloists and the Collegium Symphonic Chorus (directed by Margaret Pride) performing an abridged version of Handel's Messiah.  

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Jinpa, under the stars

Enjoy a night of jazz and blues under the stars. This fundraising event helps to support two very special charities - Uni Camp for Kids and The Tibetan Community Appeal.

Entertainment will be provided by two highly acclaimed acts - The Pete Javeons Quartet, and Blues artist Lloyd Spiegel. Cocktail food and beverages will also be provided.


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Win a three day test drive in a Mercedes

AMA (WA) and Diesel motors are pleased to offer members the opportunity to experience the luxury of one of the following models of Mercedes for a three day period.


The vehicles up for offer are:
CLA 200
C250 BE

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