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22 June 2018 Issue # 110

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Preventive Health Taskforces: Help shape AMA (WA) advocacy

The WA Preventive Health Summit on 2 March 2018 resulted in a call to action for government to make real commitments and achieve concrete outcomes in obesity and alcohol.

It was acknowledged that clinical leadership, along with robust research, health policy and media influence will be essential in curtailing the poor health outcomes related to obesity and alcohol.

The AMA (WA) has been asked to contribute to a collaborative taskforce for both obesity and alcohol, with short and medium-term priorities for action. Along with public health input, the AMA (WA) will provide clinical expertise and representation in the media.


We are seeking AMA (WA) member involvement in the development of strategies around alcohol and obesity.


If you have expertise in these areas and are interested in contributing to AMA (WA) public health advocacy, please contact Dr Katharine Noonan via email.


AMA (WA) AGM set for 4 July 2018

Members are advised that the AMA (WA) Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 4 July, at the Association’s headquarters in Nedlands, starting at 6pm.


Members who attend will be invited to join in the discussion on AMA (WA) business and enjoy the fellowship of colleagues. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.



• Declare meeting open
• Apologies
• Confirmation of minutes
• Annual Report of Council
• Approval of the new Constitution
• Declaration of Ballot of Office Bearers and Members of Council
• Investiture of the President
• Closing of meeting by President.


For more information please contact the Secretariat at 9273 3028.


A motion will also be put forward to amend the AMA (WA) constitution. For more details please view the post below.


AMA (WA) Constitutional Amendment

A sub-committee of the AMA (WA) Council has reviewed the AMA (WA) Constitution following the initial constitution modernisation that occurred last year, with the creation of the AMA (WA) Board, and proposed a number of amendments.

Motion 1 at the upcoming AMA (WA) Incorporated AGM, to be held on 4 July 2018, will ask members to vote in favour of adopting the entire proposed Constitution.

There will not be the option to vote in favour of some changes and decline to others. As such, you have been provided with three documents:


For more information, please click here


2018 Private Practice Annual Minimum Wage and Award Increases

The Australian Fair Work Commission and the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission handed down their annual Minimum Wage and Award increases on 1 and 13 June 2018 respectively.

The new minimum award wage schedules are attached herewith, and may apply to you as follows:

1. If you are operating your business through a company or other incorporated trading entity (ie in the Federal system), and employing staff under the terms of the Health Professional and Support Services Award 2010, or the Nurses Award 2010, please refer to the Private Practice Bulletins No. 1, 2 and 3.

2. If you are operating your business as a sole trader or other unincorporated entity (ie in the State system), and employing staff under the terms of the Clerks (Commercial, Social and Professional Services) Award 1972, or the Nurses (Doctors Surgeries) Award 1977, please refer to the Private Practice Bulletins No. 4 and 5.

If you are uncertain about your status, we advise that you seek independent legal advice.

All new minimum wage rates are applicable from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2018.

To view the the schedules, please click here. For further information, please contact Josephine Auerbach via email  or telephone 9273 3023.


WAIRC Upholds AMA (WA) Position

The WA Industrial Relations Comission has handed down its decision in the dispute between the AMA (WA) and the East Metropolitan Health Service with respect to the employment status of one of it's long-term medical practitioners.

The AMA successfully argued that the practitioner's latest appoitnemnt was an open-ended appointment, equivalent to a permanent appointment. 

Whilst the decision of the Commission is case specific, the AMA (WA) urges all memebrs to check their contractual status before signing any new contracts. 


For more information on this case, please click here


Benefit from Insurance? It’s possible!

AMA Financial Services and PPS Mutual presents a seminar on how you can be part of a select group to benefit from a radical reappraisal of how risk insurance can work.


Learn about: 


• How to be part of a member-owned and successful mutual insurance model
• How to access top rated insurance cover exclusively for professionals.

Date: Tuesday 14 August 2018.
Venue: AMA House 14 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands.


FREE for AMA (WA) members.


For more information,please click here.


Last chance to take advantage of the small business asset deduction opportunity

Time still remains for businesses generating less than $2,000,000 revenue per annum to exercise the right to an immediate tax write-off for the purchase up to the value of $20,000 for what is categorised as small-plant equipment.


If your business or practice is considering a purchase to replace or upgrade an existing piece of medical equipment or wanting to add a device previously not owned, there is still scope to do so and claim the deduction before June 30, 2018.


To find out more please click here

Telehealth Awareness Week

Neurologist Dr Nick Lawn says telehealth allows clinicians to offer the best practice patient-centred care.

Dr Lawn has used telehealth for his patients from the moment it was available and said the rapid development of the technology in WA had significantly benefitted patients.

He said it gave them a reprieve from often-difficult travel, and also offered a best-practice model of care.

"It would be near-on impossible to get these people in the one room without telehealth. This kind of multi-disciplinary care is ideal for country patients who need to be managed primarily by their local GP.”

Healthcare professionals can join in the conversation during Telehealth Awareness Week 2018 by sharing stories about how appointments via telehealth have helped their patients save time, money and stress. On social media, use the hashtag #telehealthwa

2018 End of Financial Year (EoFY) Sale

AMA Medical Products have launched the 2018 End of Financial Year (EoFY) Sale

For the month of June we are offering our Members some of Australia’s Lowest Prices on a wide-range of highly sought after Medical Products.

Click here to download the EOFY sale PDF

Click here to view our online EOFY sale

Contact Us to Place Your Order: 08 9273 3022 or





Eating Disorders in Young People and their Management

GP’s are the forefront of community health care and play an important role in the early detection and management of young people at risk of developing negative eating behaviours. This workshop seeks to:

• Describe the diagnostic classifications of eating disorders according to DSM V;
• Outline the epidemiology, natural history, underlying psychology and outcomes of eating disorders;
• List medical assessment and monitoring in the care of clients with eating disorders;
• Identify early warning signs and screening tools for eating disorders;
• Identify referral and treatment options available.

Presenters:  Ulrike O’Sullivan (PMH)

Date: 7 Aug 2018, 6pm for a 6:30 Start
Venue: AMA House, 14 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands

For more information, please click here

Write in and win

Got something to say? We'd love to hear from you!

The AMA (WA)'s publication Medicus is calling on all members to send through any letters they'd like to share with the profession. 

Write to us (200 words max) at - the best letter will win anything from movie/theatre tickets to bottles of wine. 


Enjoy a night out with Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Be captivated by a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s stirring bass, alto and tenor harmonies when they return to Perth on 16 July 2018.

For more than 30 years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions with the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music.

Rather than trying your luck on a likely sell-out show, let the AMA (WA) get your tickets for you at no extra cost. Simply register your interest in attending with Des Michael. Tickets are $89.90.

For more details, please click here


Beyond Hitsville: Motown to Muscle Shoals

The Milford Street Shakers pay tribute to some of the most soulful American music of all time in this special feature show. Travelling from the definitive Motown sounds of Detroit to the swamps of Muscle Shoals; Chess Records to Stax; Marvin Gaye to the Supremes; Aretha Franklin to Ray Charles; James Brown to Etta James – the Milford Street Shakers cater to your every need!

Powerhouse vocalist Lee Morunga leads a dynamic and explosive 9-piece band that will take you on a soulful journey through the American epicentres of groove: 1960s Chicago, Memphis, New York and Alabama.


The Milford Street Shakers are playing at the Regal Theatre on Friday 29 June 2018 and are running a ticket giveaway, simply click here and follow the instructions to go into the draw. 

The AMA (WA) is delighted to announce that the Milford St Shakers will be appearing at the AMA (WA) Gala Dinner on Saturday 30 June. 


Reserve Elaine Paige tickets with the AMA (WA)

The AMA (WA) has managed to get an allocation of tickets for Elaine Paige in Perth on Friday 25 October at the Astor Theatre.


Instead of waiting endlessly or jumping on and off the website to get tickets, here is an opportunity to organise tickets without the hassle.


If you would like tickets please contact Des Michael with your details, so the AMA (WA) can purchase them for you. Please note that tickets will not be reserved without the inclusion of credit card  details. Thje AMA (WA) has access to ticktets in the yellow section and cost $129.  


Tickets go on general sale on 26 June 2018, so let the AMA (WA) know before then to take advantage of this special offer. 


Discounts on Deep Woods wines

From the heart of the Yallingup Hills in Margaret River, Deep Woods Estate crafts some of the region’s finest wines.

Their pursuit of excellence has been rewarded with numerous accolades, including the 2016 Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for the 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

As a member of the family-owned Fogarty Wine Group, Deep Woods Estate offers members of the FWG Rewards Club exclusive pricing across the wine range.

The Rewards Club is free to join and members also receive a host of additional benefits. 


Deep Woods Estate is very pleased to offer AMA(WA) members an additional 5% off on top of FWG Rewards Club exclusive pricing, giving an up to 20% discount on cellar door prices. Simply enter code AMAWA at checkout. Shop now by clicking here.


Move in style with BMW

Now is the perfect time to test drive the ultimate driving machine at Auto Classic or Westcoast BMW.

For a limited time AMA members will receive Complimentary Dealer Delivery on new BMW and MINI vehicle purchases, as well 5 years/80,000km free scheduled servicing. 

Please contact Gavin MacKinnon, Corporate and Fleet Sales Manager at Autoclassic for more information.


PSO and MSWA present Calm

Escape the rush hour and join Perth Symphony Orchestra for some bite sized culture after a busy work day.

Presented with the MSWA, this is a brand new symphonic concert, focused on improving your mental health and wellbeing. 

A pop-up bar will be open before and after the performance for those who relax best with a glass of wine in hand.

Date: 16 August 2018

The AMA (WA) is offering one double pass to the event, simplty email Des Michael to go into the draw. For more information, please click here


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.

Not a member? Join now!


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