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Welcome to the AMA's online newsletter

31 May 2019 Issue # 123

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AMA (WA) Elections for Office Bearers and Council 2019

Nominations for AMA (WA) President, Vice Presidents (two), Ordinary Council positions and Specialty Group Representatives have now closed.

This year, for the first time, the AMA (WA) will use electronic voting. TrueVote Pty Ltd will conduct the election on behalf of the Association.

TrueVote is an independent electronic ballot management organisation. 

AMA (WA) voting members can use a wide range of internet devices from which to cast their personal ballots including smart phones, tablets and desktop computers.

All connections to TrueVote servers are fully encrypted and secured with member voting accessible at any time throughout the ballot period.

The protection built into TrueVote ensures there is no opportunity for unauthorised access to voting or member details contained in the ballot.

The next step in the process is to ensure that all eligible members who wish to participate in the voting process must be financial. If you are still to renew your 2019 membership, or wish to join as a member please contact AMA (WA) Membership office immediately on (08) 9273 3011.

The declaration of results will be announced at the 2019 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 3 July.

Should you have any questions please contact the AMA (WA) Returning Officer, Paul Boyatzis on (08) 9273 3007.


Wage Theft

AMA (WA) has taken a strong stand against wage theft by the WA Health Department.


Our submission to the Government’s inquiry into the issue argued that severe penalties should be considered in an effort to curtail the practice.


ABC Perth recently featured the problem, focussing on comments made by AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid, who said junior doctors in particular are actively being discouraged from claiming overtime that they are legally entitled to be paid.


Watch the clip online here.


WA members inducted into the AMA Roll of Fellows

The AMA has inducted seven new members into the AMA Roll of Fellows, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to both the medical profession and the AMA. Among those inducted were AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid and AMA Councillor Professor Mark Khangure.


AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, announced their addition to the Roll at the AMA National Conference in Brisbane at the weekend.


“These seven outstanding doctors have excelled not just in their medical specialties, but in their roles as advocates for the profession,” Dr Bartone said.


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


Local GP, Dr Alan Leeb, wins AMA Excellence in Healthcare Awards

A Perth GP who developed a surveillance program to actively monitor vaccine safety in real time is the recipient of the 2019 AMA Excellence in Healthcare Award.


Dr Alan Leeb was announced as the winner at the AMA National Conference held in Brisbane at the weekend. Dr Leeb has once again shown how WA doctors lead Australian medicine in so many ways. “WA is well known for achieving far beyond our population size, especially in medical care and research. Dr Leeb has my congratulations for his incredibly hard work and dedication in achieving this important award. One of the greatest inventions in civilised history has been vaccination. SmartVax has become a vital too in ensuring continued public confidence in vaccination,” AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said.


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


AMA (WA) Charity Gala Dinner and Awards Night - Just 3 weeks away!

The AMA (WA) 2019 Charity Gala Dinner and Awards Night is set to be another incredible night! Being held Saturday 22 June at Hyatt Regency Perth, the evening will transport you to Italy – think Lambretta’s, Red Wine and Pasta.. La Dolce Vita!


The evening raises money for the AMA (WA) Foundation and through it the vital work done by our Dr YES program – a unique health education program through which a team of dedicated volunteer medical students provides advice and support to WA high school students on sexual health, drug, alcohol and mental health issues.


For further information, visit the AMA (WA) website or register online now. 


AMA Financial Services - Make the most of your tax deductions and strategies

Now’s the time to put in place the strategies that could save you paying more tax than you need to.

One strategy you could consider is funding your insurance premiums through superannuation. And, for the more comprehensive insurance options, usually only available outside of super, there are tax-effective options including claiming a tax deduction on your income protection insurance.

The tax tips and tax return checklist will help you prepare your tax return and includes some handy tax tips on:


  • making voluntary super contributions and claiming a tax deduction
  • prepaying interest
  • super co-contributions
  • offsetting capital losses

If you would like to take advantage of some of these strategies or would like to know more about the best tax-effective investments, please contact AMA Financial Services on 1800 262 346 or email


Medical & Surgical Instruments – New Product Launch

Do you use reusable medical or surgical instruments? You can now buy the type, model and quality of instruments that best fit the needs of your medical practice, day surgery, general practice, surgery or hospital.


To view the range, visit your one-stop-online-shop


To purchase, contact AMA Medical Products via 08 9273 3022 or email to grab your AMA member 20% DISCOUNT code. Applies to all purchases to June 30.


Don't forget to renew your membership

Did you know, your AMA (WA) membership is tax deductible? Renew prior to June 30 to claim. 


Your continued support allows us to achieve significant outcomes for doctors. Help us do it again this year! 


To renew your membership, please visit the AMA (WA) website


AMA Recruit's new website now live!

The new AMA Recruit website is now live. With improved job search functionality, the new AMA Recruit website has been designed with both GP and practice needs in mind.


Please visit or call Dave Bell, General Practice Staffing Specialist, on 0439 361 218 if you would like to discuss any of the current vacancies we have advertised. At AMA Recruit, we work hard to connect the right doctor to the right practice.


Up to $7,000 Available for Women’s Leadership Development

A pool of scholarship funding is currently available for women working in the health sector to participate in a range of leadership development courses. Funding is provisioned across three key management levels. 


The Advanced Leadership Program (ALP) is a high-impact and challenging developmental experience for elite female leaders. Over a career-defining, twelve-month journey, participants engage in a deep exploration of their own strengths and weaknesses as they relate to building and leading highly effective organisational communities.


Experienced senior and executive leaders/managers are eligible to apply for a $7,000 partial scholarship to assist their participation in the ALP.


Applications close 5.00pm 21 June. Apply online now!


Youth Friendly Doctor | Young People’s Sexual Health

Tuesday 18 June | 6.00pm - 8.30pm


The aim of this workshop is to increases participants’ understanding of adolescent sexual development and learning experiences, awareness of the prevalence of STIs amongst young people and how best to prevent them.


The Youth Friendly Doctor program is designed to provide the medical professional with the skills and knowledge to remain up to date with the most pertinent issues affecting young people and how to best manage these issues.


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


Free CPR for GP members

Wednesday 19 June | 6.00pm - 9.00pm


The AMA is delivering 3 hour courses for GPs 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, 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


Indies & Idols at Perth Concert Hall

Wednesday 19 June | 7.30pm


Discover orchestral music by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, The National's Bryce Dessner and singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens alongside their shared classical music influences, performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.


Watch the Indies & Idols Australian Chamber Orchestra promotional video on YouTube.


To go into the draw to win a double pass, please email or get your tickets online now via the Perth Concert Hall website.



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