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6 September 2016 Issue # 91

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Ramping figures continue to rise in WA

Ambulance ramping figures have reached crisis levels across metropolitan Perth, with patients waiting up to 10 hours  to be seen by a doctor.

Senior emergency department doctors said rising ambulance ramping figures are just the tip of the iceberg, with patients clearing ambulances only to wait  again to see a doctor inside the emergency departments of hospitals.

AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller has said the situation is out of control, and has reached a point where not all patients can count on the Western Australian public health system.


“We now have double queues, with ambulance ramping off the charts, but even when you get to the end of the ambulance ramp you join another internal queue to see a doctor,” he said.


“Complications will occur when you have people waiting on stretchers for such a long time to be treated,” he said.


For more on this report, please click here


Update on practitioners rostered on for 'additional hours' in public hospitals

The AMA (WA) continues to be concerned about reports from members about the practice to roster practitioners for “additional hours”, and pay those additional hours at ordinary rates.


As members are aware, there is no overtime provision in the Agreement.


As part of the “professional commitment”, the system for hours worked is designed for a “give and take” approach with an average of 40 hours per week. This means that for a full-time practitioner who works more than 40 hours one week, fewer hours should be worked the following week or fortnight. The same system applies for part-time and sessional practitioners on a pro rata basis.


However, in practice that isn’t what happens, because practitioners will tend to work whatever hours are needed and often don’t have capacity to reduce hours in a subsequent week or fortnight, particularly if contracted for a small number of sessions and/or in smaller departments.


Hence, the call-back provisions are designed to make sure practitioners are paid for additional hours worked, usually on return to the hospital.


However, the call-back clause has also been applied when additional hours are worked without the practitioner having left the hospital. There are many examples of where practitioners are simply not able to leave the hospital and then the time converges with the time they were to return.


In the AMA's view, the practitioner is then required to perform is equivalent to a call-back and there is no other mechanism under the agreement to deal with that adequately.


The AMA’s advice is to continue to claim a call-back when:


• The practitioner has not been able to leave the hospital, continues working and is still in the hospital when the next period of rostered duty/ward round commences;

• Attending a ward round on the weekend, whether rostered on call or not, unless able to reclaim the hours worked during the ward round at a later time; and

• At any other time when recalled to work while rostered on call.


For additional information or clarification, please contact the AMA’s Industrial Relations team on (08) 9273 3000.


Stop the Presses! Medicus is online

You can now access your favourite medical journal anytime, anywhere in a very easy-on-the-eye, user-friendly flip book format.

Search for articles and authors easily, select and save columns for future reference, click on live links for quick access to contacts and additional information – all in an environmentally friendly way.

If AMA (WA) members would like to discontinue receiving a printed version of Medicus, and opt instead for a digital version, please contact  Simone Wilson at the AMA (WA) on (08) 9273 3000. 

AMA (WA) 2016 Annual Charity Golf Day

The AMA (WA) invites you to participate in the AMA Foundation Charity Golf Day on Friday 4 November 2016 at the Royal Perth Golf Club.

We look forward to welcoming you to this annual event to share an enjoyable day with your colleagues, business partners and clients. There will be some amazing items up for auction, and as usual, proceeds will go to AMA (WA)’s Dr YES program.

The Ambrose tournament will allow for players of varying degrees of golfing prowess to get involved, and will be just as much fun for the novice golfer as the more experienced players in your team.

Registrations are now open – simply complete the Acceptance Form and send to Skye Connor at AMA (WA) via fax (9273 3073) or email.

Last year’s event was fully booked, so be sure to sign up early to secure your place!

For more information or to register, please click here


GP support key to success of Health Care Homes

Welcoming the announcement of the 10 Primary Health Network Regions to conduct the Government’s trial of the Government’s Health Care Homes initiative, Federal AMA President Dr Michael Gannon said that GPs must be properly resourced and supported to make the trial – and the concept – a success.


Dr Gannon said the Health Care Home is potentially one of the biggest reforms to Medicare in decades.


“The AMA is delighted that the government is using the Health Care Home trial to launch its renewed commitment to General Practice and primary care,” Dr Gannon said.


“We especially welcome the Prime Minister’s role in actively promoting this key plank of the Coalition’s health platform for the new term of Parliament.


“The AMA shares the government's vision for the Health Care Home, and we have been actively engaged in its development.


For more information, please click here

Let HTA recruit quality trainees for your business

Looking for entry level reception and administration staff to support your busy practice? Consider traineeship recruitment through Health Training Australia (HTA).


It is a low-risk, cost-effective employment option for your business because the entire recruitment process is managed for you.


Our service includes the management of all advertising, pre-screening and interviewing of potential trainees at no cost to you; as well as payroll requirements such as Superannuation, Workers’ Compensation cover, mediation and associated employment paperwork. 


All trainees are employed directly by HTA and placed with your business as the ‘Host Employer’, while completing their training in BSB31115 Certificate III in Business Administration (Medical). HTA charges are very competitive and based on cost recovery.


AMA members seeking further information about traineeships and how they can support your business can contact HTA via email or call 9273 3033.


Are you up-to-date with the revised Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) Registration Standard?

The Medical Board of Australia’s revised PII registration standard came into effect on 1 January 2016. The revised standard states that medical practitioners with professional indemnity insurance must have “appropriate retroactive cover for otherwise uncovered matters arising from prior practice undertaken in Australia” by 1 October 2016.


What do you need to do?

Visit the Medical Board of Australia website for details on the changes.

Ensure you have appropriate indemnity cover for your current practice and any prior practice. Your Certificate of Currency includes your current retroactive cover – you can obtain a copy via the MDA National Member Online Services.

If you have any questions relating to your retroactive cover or need to make a change to the date, please contact our Member Services team on 1800 011 255 Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 8.00pm (AEST).


Secure the financial future for you and your family

Alarmingly, less than half of us have it, and most of us don’t think we need it, but income protection insurance is one insurance everyone of working age should be considering.


AMA Financial Services can assist you with Income Replacement, Life, Total Permanent Disability and Critical Illness Insurance to protect you and your family. Call us on 08 9273 3077 or click here to make an enquiry.

AMA Medical Products Innovation Promotion now live

Our Innovations Promotion is live and AMA Medical Products is offering amazing deals on some of the biggest names in the industry.


Welch Allyn, Edan, Mesi, Zoll and iHealth are just some of the high end brands on offer in this month’s promotion, with delivery right to your practice available. 


Don’t miss out on this amazing offer ending in October 2016.

For more information on our latest Innovations catalogue, please click here



How to determine the right fees for your practice

The AMA encourages medical practitioners to determine their own fees based on their own practice costs. To guide medical practitioners in determining their fees and to assist those considering moving from bulk billing to patient billing, the AMA provides members with tools and resources, which are available here.


There is a checklist (members only) for those medical practitioners who have decided to move from bulk billing to patient billing and a template letter to explain to their patients why their fee is different to the Medicare rebate. The AMA Gaps Poster illustrates why patients might have to pay a gap. The poster shows the effect of the difference between the indexation of Medicare Schedule fees and the Consumer Price Index and average weekly earnings.


For more information, please click here

Spot Vision Screener

Discover how it is now possible to screen the vison of children up to the age of 2 during regular paediatric visits. with Spot Vision Screener.

The recommended screening every 1-2 years for children from age 2 through 19 can now be conducted quickly, easily and accurately using the Spot Vision Screener.

The Spot Vision Screener (SVS) is a handheld, portable device designed to help users quickly and easily detect vision issues on patients from six months of age through adults.


​The SVS screens both eyes at once from a non-threatening 1m distance in just one second.

For more information on this product, please click here

BEACH reports show GPs working harder than ever

Two reports released last week show that GPs are working harder than ever, and confirming their standing as the cornerstone of cost-effective quality primary health care, as the Australian population ages and chronic disease becomes more prevalent.


General Practice Activity in Australia 2015–16 and A decade of general practice activity 2006–07 to 2015–16, the final reports to be published by the University of Sydney’s Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) program, highlight the pressures on general practice. AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, said these reports show that GPs are working harder, and are delivering millions more services - including treatments, prescriptions, referrals, and tests -than they did a decade ago.


For more information, please click here

Free CPR for AMA (WA) members

Have you completed your CPR? RACGP requires CPR to be completed in this 2014 – 2016 triennium.

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


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

The next available CPR session is on Saturday 17 September  2016.


For more information and registration, please click here.


WAMSO Charity Concert

Join the WA Medical Students Orchestra (WAMSO)  for an afternoon of music from Star Wars, Mozart's symphonies, Sibelius and much more, in support of Ronald McDonald House Perth! The concert will also feature the talented WAMSO Cantori choir.

Date: 17 September 2016
Venue: Callaway Auditorium, UWA 

Tickets are available here. For more information please contact WAMSO.


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:

20 September: Young People’s Sexual Health
11 October: Young People, Ethics and the Law

Each workshop has an online classroom and therefore rural participants are encouraged to apply.


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 (9273 3000).


CTEC Conference: Developing a Surgical Career

Jointly presented by CTEC and RACS WA, this conference is aimed at Junior Doctors wishing to pursue a career in Surgery.


It will provide Junior Doctors with a vast amount of information relating to the RACS Surgical Education and Training (SET) program, Generic Surgical Sciences Exam (GSSE) and JDocs Framework.


Date: Saturday 22 October 2016
Venue: The University Club of Western Australia Theatre Auditorium


For more information and registration, please click here

Enjoy 40 per cent off Le Creuset cookware

Le Creuset is recognised the world over for market-leading, premium quality ranges of enamelled cast iron cookware, multi-ply stainless steel, toughened non-stick, and stoneware, along with its outstanding range of wine accessories.

Established in 1925, Le Creuset has been making world-class cookware for almost 100 years, and innovation remains at the forefront of Le Creuset’s success. Used by leading chefs and keen cooks around the globe, Le Creuset cookware offers outstanding performance time after time.

The AMA (WA) is pleased to offer members an incredible 40 per cent discount on Le Creuset’s Casserole range.

For more information and to put in your order with the AMA (WA), please click here


Free Tickets for Rachmaninoff Vespers

On return from New York, the magnificent Perth Symphonic Chorus with conductor Dr Margaret Pride will perform this monumental and superbly rich unaccompanied choral work.


The AMA is delighted to offer two tickets to this special show on Saturday 23 September at All Saints Floreat. 

Simply email Des Michael to go into the draw. 

Tickets are also available by clicking here


HBF Discounts for AMA (WA) Members

HBF Discounts for AMA (WA) Members
AMA (WA) have partnered with HBF Health to offer great discounts and benefits on your health insurance.

Details of this exclusive AMA (WA) member offer is available by clicking here or by calling 1300 132 549.


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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