Denial denial denial

Our hospitals have reached crisis point. Code yellows have become commonplace. King Edward Memorial Hospital (King Eddie's) and Joondalup Health Campus have cancelled elective surgery for two weeks. King Eddie's, our only tertiary maternity hospital, has also urgently advertised for 85 midwives and nurses as it struggles to keep up with demand.


Despite the terrible problems our public hospitals have been experiencing for months, it has taken the death of seven-year-old Aishwarya Aswath who waited two hours for treatment at an emergency department for the Minister for Health to be forced to respond to the media spotlight. Still, the powers-that-be remain in denial and try to tell us the hospital system is fine. When Roger Cook said it was an exciting time to be Minister for Health, AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller had to respond in the media.

“Well, I can tell you this is not an exciting time to be an emergency department doctor or nurse,” Dr Miller said. “I get a lot of distressed people contacting me about the conditions in which they’re trying to work, trying to do their best, trying to hold it together. They’re worried that someone is going to die, and that’s what happened last weekend. So, no, we’re not excited. We’re very upset about what’s happening.”

The Government has allowed the health situation to deteriorate. At the same time, they have a $2 billion budget surplus. The message from Dr Miller – “If this is what budget repair looks like, I’m not sure what we’re saving all the money for." He continued: "I don’t want to hear any bureaucrat or minister stand up and say that safety is our first priority in Western Australia at the moment because quite clearly it’s not.”

MEDCON 21 – the conference not to miss

Can’t travel interstate or overseas? No problem. Come to MEDCON21, the inter-college medical conference here in Perth. For professional development, CPD points, networking and more. AMA (WA) members recieve a significant discount on registration. Register now and get the early bird price.


All the colleges will be there. You should be too!



No disadvantage for BMP participants

There was quick action after the AMA contacted Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. Participants who had opted-in to the new statutory bonded medical program but weren’t legally ‘bonded’ under the new program, including those that thought they had completed their obligations and exited the program, should continue working as they are now, without fear of breach of contract.


The Department of Health has factsheets, FAQs and further resources.



Hospital Health Check 2021 – the good, the bad and the ugly

Every year Hospital Health Check is the survey that tells it like it is. The statistics gathered paint a picture of working conditions at our hospitals, as our doctors in training rate their workplaces in terms of teaching and training, rosters and overtime, morale and more.

Doctors in training, fill in the survey here and be in the running for an iPad. Get in now. Closing 21 April.




The AMA (WA) Awards – nominate now

Make sure the outstanding work of your colleagues is recognised and celebrated. Nominate them for the AMA (WA) Junior Doctor of Year Award (Dr Camille Michener Legacy Award) or the Hippocrates Award. Nominations close on 7 May 2021. Contact with any questions.



AMA (WA) events – past and future

FUTURE – keep an eye out for these events coming up soon for doctors in training and interns:


• Friday 14 May – evening cocktail function at Ambrose Estate for the Hospital Health Check results. Final-year medical students welcome too. 


• Wednesday 26 May – Financial Services seminar followed by drinks and nibbles, 10 Stirling Highway, Nedlands


PAST – the AMA (WA) Foundation Charity Golf Day was a great day of golf and fundraising for Dr YES. 



2021 Medical Careers Virtual Expo

Junior doctors and graduating medical students, this live virtual evening will help you make informed career choices. This is your chance to ask questions in real time, listen to personal journeys and hear keynote speaker, Dr Ashe Coxon. Coming up on Wednesday 28 April and Thursday 29 April.



AMA (WA) member exclusive

Shepherd’s Hut Wines

Enjoy a range of wines from the Porongurup Ranges. 10% discount with free postage throughout WA.


Pagoda Resort & Spa

Have a holiday overlooking the Swan River. Get discounted rates for room only.


Various categories of benefits are available and these can be viewed online.



Get cashback on top of your cashback!

AMA members are eligible to receive up to $5,000^ cashback on any loans successfully settled between 4 November 2020 and 31 December 2021. This is $2K AMA Member cashback^ PLUS up to $3K cashback from the bank or lender.^

If you’re not currently an AMA member and you decide to join, you will receive the AMA cashback offer as well as access to the AMA’s exclusive member benefits. ^See the website for T&Cs.



Voluntary assisted dying

Voluntary assisted dying will become a legally available choice at end of life on 1 July 2021. Get information and resources from the Department of Health website here or attend the Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Conference, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 May.



Diploma of Practice Management – new intake starting 19 April

This is the quintessential qualification for practice managers, aspiring practice managers and GPs who manage the operation of small to medium size health practices. The course offers online study with weekly lectures with two units per school term – no exams, no studies over school holidays. AMA members and their staff receive a $500 discount.



Spring into action with spreadsheets

This 10-week course is the perfect way to improve Excel skills for you and your staff over eight one-hour online lessons. The course starts 19 April. There’s good news about the cost for AMA (WA) members. Recommended retail price – $500. Members and staff (without assessment and unit issuance) – $250. If assessment are completed and unit of competency is issued – $400. For more information contact

GP Survey

General practitioners, Community Skills WA is seeking your input on the skills needed to be a GP – from education and training to industry opportunities and challenges. Fill in the WA Jobs, Education and Training (WAJET) survey for 2021.



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