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10 May 2019 Issue # 122

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AMA (WA) 2019 Elections

Nominations for AMA (WA) President, Vice President and Council positions are now open:


OFFICE BEARERS (elected by the General Membership)
a) President
b) Vice-Presidents (Two)


OTHER (3) (elected by the General Membership)
c) Three Ordinary Members


d) SPECIALITY GROUPS (elected by the Specialty Group membership)

• Anaesthetists
• General Practitioners
• Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
• Pathologists
• Psychiatrists
• Physicians
• Radiologists
• Surgeons
• Dermatologists
• Emergency Physicians
• Orthopaedic Surgeons
• Ophthalmologists
• Paediatricians


Practice Group Chairs
In addition, Council will comprise Practice Group Chairs made up of DiT’s (2), General Practice, Rural Practice, Private Practice and Public Hospital Doctors.


Nominations must be received by Friday 31 May 2019. For further information and to download the nomination form, please visit the AMA (WA) website



WA Budget bad news for health

The WA Budget is further bad news for health and means that hospital services will continue to struggle, the Australian Medical Association (WA) said yesterday.


“Unfortunately the 2019/20 Budget provides only a marginal increase in funding for the hospital sector which means longer waiting times for elective surgery, more time in emergency departments and more time sitting in the back of ambulances.” AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said.


“It is good to see the Premier and Treasurer announcing a surplus. However health will undoubtedly continue to suffer.“This is a very disappointing document as far as the health system is concerned and does nothing to address the problems in our hospitals,” Dr Khorshid said.


"However, the good news in the Budget was the recognition, again after a long fight and much advocacy by the AMA, of increased funding for medical research. Western Australia should and could be a leader in medical research and we need to stop the brain drain that is currently attracting our most skilled researchers to other cities and nations,” Dr Khorshid said.


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


Further details on the State Budget will be included in the May 2019 edition of Medicus as well as the next edition of Med e-link. 


Submission to the Review into Clinical Governance of WA Mental Health Services

The AMA (WA) has conducted a survey in order to provide direction for AMA (WA) advocacy and the AMA (WA)’s submission to the Review of the Clinical Governance of Public Mental Health Services in Western Australia (WA). The Survey was circulated to psychiatrists, general practitioners, emergency medicine doctors, addiction medicine specialists and any practitioner who has noted an interest in these specialities, mental health or AOD services. There were over 160 responses over the 6 days that the survey was available to practitioners. 


The AMA (WA) has urged the Review to prioritise recommendation timeframes and the parties responsible for implementing recommendations. This follows numerous high profile reviews of WA’s mental health services that have provided comprehensive analysis and recommendations designed to improve mental health services, which have so far failed to produce the required improvements. 


To continue reading and to view the submission, please visit the AMA (WA) website


AMA (WA) would like to thank all survey respondents for their time and feedback.


Labor Party Preventive Health Announcement

The Labor Party preventive health announcement recently appears not only old but contains few concrete commitments, Australian Medical Association (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said.


The policy, first announced in June 2016, acknowledges the importance of prevention but is weak without firm undertakings such as a pledge to introduce a sugar tax or to take concrete steps to address excessive alcohol consumption.


“Election statements are easy to make but to be taken seriously they have to contain substantial undertakings and not just high level strategies and frameworks,” Dr Khorshid said.


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


AMA says 'no' to anti-vaccination candidates

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said yesterday that the AMA is concerned about the number of election candidates who are spreading lies and misinformation about the worldwide success of vaccination in eradicating disease and saving lives.

Dr Bartone said it is disturbing that candidates, and even a whole political party, have been casting doubt on the proven benefits of vaccination. The AMA is aware of one anti-vaccination candidate who is also campaigning against fluoridation of water.


“The science is in and the evidence is clear – vaccination saves lives and improves public health around the world,” Dr Bartone said.


To continue readng, please visit the AMA website


AMA (WA) Charity Gala Dinner and Awards Night

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. 


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


General Practitioner Job | Toodyay

AMA Recruit are currently seeking a Fellowed GP to join a practice in Toodyay: 

• great opportunity to grow a patient list, as well as take over an established patient list in the only practice in town
• full time nursing support
• DWS, and MMM5, suitable for non-VR
• 1 hour and 20 minutes to Perth CBD, an hour's drive to Midland

For further information or to apply, please visit the AMA Recruit website


Alternatively, for more information on this or upcoming work opportunities, please contact Dave Bell at AMA Recruit on 9273 3096 or 


Fiona Stanley Hospital Open Day

Sunday 19 May | 1.00pm - 4.00pm


Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH), WA’s newest and largest tertiary hospital, is holding an Open Day on Sunday 19 May. 


This is a rare opportunity to see WA’s largest tertiary hospital in action and meet some of the people who deliver amazing care.


There will be lots to see and do for people of all ages, including:


• a health expo on the concourse with stalls and entertainment, including mental health, aged care, Aboriginal health, maternity, cardiology and more
• hospital tours, including theatres, intensive care, State Rehabilitation Service, hyperbaric and much more
• short presentations from our health experts in FSH Small Talks
• a self-guided art and garden tour
• a fascinating presentation about FSH and the state-of-the-art da Vinci robotic surgical system (external site)
• a close up look at a FSH Patient Transport vehicle and a St. John Ambulance.


Further information on the Open Day can be found online here.


Youth Friendly Doctor | Overweight and Obesity in Young People

Tuesday 28 May | 6.00pm – 8.30pm


This workshop, Overweight and Obesity in Young People, aims to increases participants’ understanding of the determinants of overweight/obesity in young people and improves skills and confidence in communicating with patients and their parents.


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.

The program is developed and delivered by health professionals with specific skills in the area of youth health, providing the most current information.

For more information or to register, 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


Four Week Wine Essentials Workshop - Register now!

Commences Tuesday 30 July | 6.30pm - 8.30pm


The Wine Education Centre (WEC) is the educational arm of Wines of Western Australia.


It is the prime provider of wine education for consumers and trade in Western Australia. It has been providing quality wine education for well over 40 years.


WINE ESSENTIALS – Four Weeks (two hours per week)
Price - $360


The wine essentials course provides the necessary information for all wine enthusiasts who are looking to increase their wine knowledge and approach to tasting. It is also an appropriate course for those about to enter the wine trade or winery cellar door operators.

The cost of the course includes an ‘Essential Wine Tasting Guide’, vineyard visit to the Swan Valley and food from Habitué.

Week One – Learn how to taste and assess a range of wine styles.
Week Two – White wine production and botrytis cinerea.
Week Three – Red wine production, oak and cellaring potential of wine.
Week Four – Food and wine matching to be held at Habitué restaurant, North Fremantle.

There will be six wines tasted each week.

Venue: Old Bridge Cellars, 221 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle WA 6159
Phone: 9335 2702 or Blair Hill on 0417 987461
Email enquiries:


As an AMA (WA) member, receive 15% discount by using the voucher code – WOWA2019. Register online now!


AMA (WA) Smartphone Photography

Your AMA is delighted to offer you this course which is specifically designed for those who own a mobile device (either Apple or Android) and would like to get the most out of their phone while traveling, documenting or just to appreciate special moments in everyday life.

You will learn just how broad your camera’s capabilities are and be introduced to some of the best free and purchased apps to assist in developing your photography.

You will also look at how to not only take images more effectively, but what you can do with them.

The future of mobile device photography is exciting and with upgrades to newer iPhones and Android devices and apps, camera phones are becoming extremely dynamic.

We will be running two courses at the AMA (WA) offices – 14 Stirling Highway on 6 June and 19 June from 6.15pm to 9.00 pm and the cost will be $79 per attendee. Tea and coffee will be provided.


If interested please email and credit card details will be required so as to secure a spot. There are limited spaces available so first in best dressed.


Win tickets to Perth Symphonic Chorus at Winthrop Hall!

Cast your vote and then off to relax at Winthrop Hall from 7.30pm on Saturday 18 May!


Bach’s Magnificat is one of the most joyous choral works of all time. The music is infectious and yet profound, the choral writing complex but memorably melodic, and the solo writing elegantly beautiful


Vivaldi’s Gloria is probably the second most loved choral work, Handel’s Messiah being the favourite. Its style is clear and tuneful, the choir clearly featured above a judiciously orchestrated accompaniment, and the arias exquisite and memorable. 


The Brandenburg Concertos are some of Bach’s most popular works. Renowned for their brilliance and dazzling style, the Concerto No. 4 for solo violin and 2 solo flutes is probably the most exquisite of them all, it’s melodic and virtuosic writing always delighting the audience. Soloists are Paul Wright (violin) with Emily Clements and Laura van Rijn (flutes).


Perth Symphonic Chorus, under Dr Margaret Pride’s guidance, will present a brilliant and exciting evening in the entrancing architecture and acoustics of Winthrop Hall. 


Simply email by Wednesday 15 May and answer this question: How many solo flautists will be performing?


Wine Journey with Frasers!

Come on a wine journey with the Fraser’s Group beverage director and co-founder of Taste | Wine to all corners of the world.


Where: Fraser’s Private Dining Room
Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Cost: $65 per person | includes 2 Riedel glasses (RRP $45)
Light snacks provided


May 18 | Food & Wine Matching 101
June 8 | New World vs Old World
June 29 | Off the Beaten Track
July 20 | French Revolution
August 3 | The Italian Job
August 17 | Spanish Inquisition
September 7 | Backyard BBQ
September 21 | Wines I drink At Home


Get your tickets online now or to go into the draw to win a double pass, please email 


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