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22 October 2015 Issue # 81

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Tougher laws on psychoactive substances welcomed

The Australian Medical Association (WA) has welcomed the State Government’s announcement of tougher laws on the sale, manufacturing and supply of psychoactive substances.

“The State Government, and the Mental Health Minister the Hon. Helen Morton, should be congratulated for finally closing the loopholes that synthetic drug manufacturers have been able to exploit,” AMA (WA) Vice President Dr Andrew Miller said.


“For too long law enforcement has been playing catch-up on these substances, banning one chemical derivative while 10 more hit the market.

“Most of the chemicals are completely untested on the human body and pose severe health risks ranging from psychosis to death.

“Now the burden of proof lies on suppliers of ‘bath salts’ and ‘potpourri’ to prove these products are legal and not psychoactive stimulants.

“WA was the first State to ban synthetic cannabis in Australia largely thanks to organisations like the AMA (WA) who led the charge. This new piece of legislation will go a long way in keeping these products off our streets,” Dr Miller said.


Payroll enquiries by doctors

Several months ago, the AMA (WA) raised with then Acting Director General, Professor Bryant Stokes the manifold difficulties members were facing in having pay errors rectified. The DG was concerned that this same issue continued to be raised with him by the AMA and took swift action directing the Acting Executive Director, Health Support Services (in charge of HCN) to meet with the AMA to sort out the problems.


The result was that the AMA has now met with the Acting Executive Director twice and, while it is early days for too much optimism, improvements seem to have been made and some issues are starting to be resolved. It has also been beneficial to discover the processes used by HCN to rectify issues, the lines of responsibility at different levels and their communication channels with the DOH.


For members who aren’t aware, if you have a payroll query it is important to raise the issue with medical administration in the first instance. Medical administration has responsibility to raise the matter with HCN if needed. Checking with medical administration first will also allow you to verify whether the correct information has been passed to HCN for processing in the first instance, as HCN will only be able to act on the relevant documentation submitted.


Meanwhile, members should continue to raise issues with the AMA’s industrial team by contacting Marcia Kuhne, Simon BibbyJosephine Auerbach or Leah Pantelis.


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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 they 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.


There are still spaces available in the remaining Youth Friendly Doctor workshops for the 2015 program:

 3rd November: Mental Health Disorders: Diagnosis and Assessment
17th November: Mental Health Disorders: The Psychosocial Wellbeing of Young People 


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.

If you would like more information about the program please contact the AMA (WA) via email or phone (9273 3000).


NPS MedicineWise: managing iron deficiency

The latest news from NPS MedicineWise provides information for GPs on identifying and correcting iron deficiency before surgery to help patients avoid a blood transfusion.


Patients with anaemia are significantly more likely to receive a blood transfusion compared with patients who were not anaemic prior to surgery. Blood transfusion is itself associated with morbidity and mortality in the postoperative period. In addition to risk of transfusion, it has been demonstrated that anaemia is associated with increased morbidity and mortality following orthopaedic surgery as well as impacts on postoperative recovery and quality of life.


NPS MedicineWise and the National Blood Authority have collaborated to develop a suite of resources to help GPs manage patients who are on a surgical waiting list and may require treatment for iron deficiency and anaemia.


For more information, please click here


New GP Training arrangements announced

The Government recently announced appointments to the new, profession-led GP Training Advisory Committee that will oversee governance of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program, as well as the names of the GP training providers for nine of the 11 new geographic training regions.


Professor Stephen Trumble has been appointed independent chair of the Advisory Committee, which will include representatives from the Registrar and GP Supervisor associations, independent clinicians, and an independent Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander GP. The Committee will be jointly managed by the RACGP and ACRRM. More information about the Committee is available here.


For more information, please click here.



AMA rejects plan to link PIP incentive payments to the MyHealth record

In a submission to the Department of Health, the AMA has rejected a government plan to link eHealth incentive payments under the Practice Incentive Program (PIP) to the adoption of the MyHealth Record (MyHR).


Federal AMA President Professor Brian Owler said that the Government proposal was poorly thought out and premature.


“Until now, the PIP e-health incentive has focused on building the capacity of practices to embrace various e-Health technologies to enhance the efficiency of patient care. The MyHealth Record is not at a stage where it can be adopted by practices, so it should not be linked to the PIP scheme,” Professor Owler said.


For more information, please click here.

Beauvine Festival

A magnificent medley of decadence and delight is set to pop up on Beaufort Street this October, as BeauVine, Perth’s new meat, wine, music and art festival comes to life.


Brought to you by the team behind The Beaufort Street Festival, BeauVine brings together popular Perth eateries and wineries, well-respected chefs and sommeliers in one of Perth’s most beautiful green spaces. 


Date: Friday 23 October - Sunday 25 October

Venue: Birdwood Square, Perth

Members have the chance to receive a 20 per cent discount to the festival. Simply email Des Michael to go into the draw.


For more information, please click here


Spring Racing Cup Carnival at Fraser's

Savour the excitement, atmosphere and style of the Spring Racing Cup Carnival with a Stakes Day outing at Fraser’s State Reception Centre.

Enjoy a four course menu, champagne, cocktails and a boutique beer station, plus a fashion show and the chance to win amazing prizes!

AMA (WA) members receive a special discount, simply type in the promotion code 'VIPAMA15' when booking online to take advantage of this offer.

Date: Saturday 7 November

Venue: Fraser's State Reception Centre. 

For more information, please click here


Limited time offer on Riedel glassware

Premium crystal and glass manufacturer Riedel  is offering AMA (WA) Members an exclusive 20 per cent discount off a purchase from the official online store, from now until Saturday 31 October 2015


Select from the full Australian portfolio of Riedel products, plus sister brands Spiegelau and Nachtmann.

Simply type in the discount code 'AMA2015' during check out to take advantage of this offer.


Please note this code does not apply to items already on sale, value packs, tasting tickets or limited edition items, nor can it be used in conjunction with any other offer.


Test Cricket offers for AMA (WA) Members

The AMA (WA) is pleased to announce exclusive discounts for the upcoming test match between Australian and New Zealand at the WACA from Friday 13 - Tuesday 17 November.


Members can pick from the following packages to enjoy these exclusive discounts:

Option One:


Premium dining experience in our best room. Restricted occupancy to ensure an exclusive experience. Guests have the incredible experience of getting on the field during tea break. This is a very privileged experience that has never been offered in Perth before. Available Saturday 14 November and Sunday 15 November only. Offer valid for 40 guests or more at only $895pp. Members save $95pp. 


Option Two


Private air-conditioned suite with a capacity of 10-20 people. Exceptional views down the wicket at $685pp (all inclusive). This offer is available on all days with the option to puirchase small quantities of tickets, plus every suite gets a signed bat as a door prize/souvenir. 

• Option Three

Exclusive use of a private air-conditioned marquee, with full seated three-course dining, premium guest speakers and fantastic views of the match from the west bank. $650pp. Sunday 15 November only. A minimum of 50 guests is required. Offer includes six signed cricket bats as door prizes. This is a $100pp discount exclusive to AMA (WA).


For more information or to register your interest,  please contact Des Michael 


Exclusive discounts to whale watching tours courtesy of Rottnest Express

AMA (WA) members have been offered an exclusive 25 per cent discount on Whale Watching Tours courtesy of Rottnest Express.


Witness the largest migration of whales in the southern hemisphere on this incredible two-hour tour, with the guarantee that you see whales or your next tour is free! 

The season operates from 5 September to late November 2015.


For more information, please click here


Save 20 per cent at this years Gourmet Escape

Margaret River Gourmet Escape presented by Audi, brings together over 50 of the world’s best chefs and wine experts in the ultimate culinary destination, the Margaret River Wine Region.

Enjoy 20 per cent  off the 'Gourmet Village' General Entry Tickets for the Sunday session.

Simply enter “GOURMET” when booking Gourmet Village tickets to take advantage of this offer. 

Offer ends at midnight on 6 November 2015. For more information, please click here


Exclusive discounts for AMA members.

Sandalford Wines is pleased to announce a very special offer that is genuinely not available anywhere else!


What is the very special exclusive offer?


A "40 per cent off the RRP Voucher" that can be used at any time until 30 December 2015 when you purchase any 12 bottles of wines from our Element, Winemakers Range, Margaret River Range, Estate Reserve and Prendiville Reserve Collections. 

Simply order online and once you get to the electronic kiosk, all you need to do is enter the code AMA2015!

For more information and other great wines on offer, please click here


Member Benefits

A wide variety of exciting events and movies are on offer in this month's On The Town.


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Various categories of benefits are available and these can be viewed by visiting Member Benefits.


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