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21 June 2019 Issue # 124

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AMA (WA) announces appointment of new CEO

Dr Bennie Ng has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer with the Australian Medical Association (WA).


A graduate of the University of Western Australia medical school, Dr Ng has worked as a General Practitioner and in hospital management most recently with the HealthScope Group in Melbourne, Victoria. Dr Ng holds additional qualifications, including an MBA.


Dr Ng worked as an adviser to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, in health and social policy areas and has also worked in Hong Kong.


He also sits on a wide range of government and private sector committees.


For further information, please visit the AMA (WA) website


Have you voted in the AMA (WA) Presidential and Council Elections?

AMA (WA) members - you have just under one week remaining to vote in this years' Election for Office Bearers and Council. 


Voting closes next Wednesday 26 June, 2019 at 5.00pm. 


For further information, please visit the AMA (WA) website


WA Doctors recognised in the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours list

The Australian Medical Association (WA) would like to congratulate the following Western Australian doctors for being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours list:

  • Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - Dr Robert Larbalestier
  • Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - Dr William Carroll
  • Dr Prudence Manners
  • Dr Lindy Roberts
  • Prof Dao-Yi Yu
  • Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division - Dr Peter Hector Faulkner

Congratulations to all doctors and other health advocates who have been acknowledged for their dedication to their profession and their commitment to their patients and communities.


AMA (WA) Submission to the Ministerial Expert Panel on Voluntary Assisted Dying

Earlier this month, AMA (WA) provided its Submission to the Ministerial Expert Panel on Voluntary Assisted Dying. 


The expert panel will soon report back to the Governemnt with recommendations and draft legislation. 


To view our submission, please visit the AMA (WA) website


Senior Doctors Morale and Clinical Engagement Survey

The AMA (WA) is conducting a Morale and Clinical Engagement Survey for Senior Doctor AMA (WA) members who are employed by or provide services at WA public hospitals and health services.  Senior Doctors have been emailed inviting them to complete the confidential survey. The AMA (WA) strongly encourages Senior Doctors to complete the survey. The results of the 2017 Survey were presented to all relevant WA Health Service Providers, employers and the Government and resulted in a number of positive changes across the WA Health System.


The AMA (WA) is conducting the 2019 Survey following reports across WA of deteriorating morale and poor engagement.  It is important that Senior Doctors, with positive and negative experiences, complete the survey.  Please check your email for a link to the survey, alternatively you can email to request a survey link.


AMA (WA) supports 'safe access zones'

Patients should always be able to access medical practitioners without obstruction or fear, the Australian Medical Association (WA) said recently after releasing its reaction to the State Government’s discussion paper on ‘safe access zones’ around premises that provide abortion services.


“Everyone has the right to access health care and the AMA (WA) supports the introduction of safe access zones around such premises,” AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said.


Some individuals or organisations have in the past engaged in protests or “sidewalk counselling” outside health facilities, in a deliberate effort to stop or discourage women seeking access to such services and advice.


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


AMA (WA) Foundation’s Youth Services Directory available now!

The Youth Services Directory has been designed to provide medical and allied health professionals with a comprehensive list of services that specifically relate to young people. It can make the task of finding a youth service provider, in metropolitan and regional Western Australia, that much easier.


The main focus of the Youth Services Directory is on services that relate to mental health, sexual health, alcohol and other drugs.


The new Youth Services Directory is available on the AMA (WA) website


If you would like a hard copy, please email with your name and postal address, or give us a call on (08) 9273 3000 and ask to speak with Julie Watson.


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


AMA Medical Products End of Financial Year Sale

This is an opportunity to select from a broad range high quality Medical Products. Upgrade or replace your must-have medical and diagnostic products today, and save.


Featured Brands include; 3M Littmann, Welch Allyn, Omron, Laerdal, Zoll, Physio Control, Pacific Medical, Liebherr, Interacoustics, Walmay, Edan Instruments and many more.


View 2019 EoFY Sale online here


AMA Financial Services - Superannuation Changes - Are you at risk?

Did you know…? As of July 1, up to 3 million vulnerable Australians could be at risk of losing valuable insurance protection.

The government recently made changes which come into effect July 1 2019 which may mean you lose your existing Risk Insurance inside of super. If you have a low balance of under $6k, or haven’t made any contributions for 16 months or more, you could be at risk.


More than your home or your car, your life and ability to earn an income is your most important asset. Having Risk Insurance cover provides financial protection if you’re unable to work due to disability or illness.


For further information, please visit the AMA Financial Services website.


General Practitioner Job | Currambine

AMA Recruit have an opportunity for a GP to join a 5 GP practice in Currambine, Perth. 

• Earn 70%, w/ initial guarantee
• Replacement position, loyal, patient base
• Join trusted team of local family doctors
• All the backing, knowledge and modern infrastructure is in place to be able to ensure you will be well supported
• Interest in Skin Cancer would be a benefit (there is also an existing patient base in the co-located skin cancer clinic)


For more information on this or upcoming work opportunities, please contact Dave Bell at AMA Recruit on 9273 3000 or


Genomic medicine here to stay? Have your say.

Australian Genomics Health Alliance require non-genetic medical specialists to provide input about genomics in healthcare. This input will help shape future workforce practices and CPD.

Click here to complete the anonymous 15-minute survey.

For queries, contact Dr Amy Nisselle. This is an NH&MRC-funded activity of Australian Genomics (University of Melbourne HREC1646785.8).


Privacy and Data Security in Medical Practice

Wednesday 24 July | 6.30pm - 8.30pm


Presented by Gae Nuttall, Risk Adviser, MDA National, this session will discuss the med-legal risks for medical practice including:

  • The Privacy Act, Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) including mandatory data breach obligations
  • Managing medical records, cyber risks and electronic communication and;
  • Social media.

For further information or to register, please visit the AMA (WA) website


CPR for Practice Staff

Wednesday 31 July  | 6.00pm - 9.00pm


The AMA is delivering 3 hour courses for staff 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


Kailis Month of the Pearl Promotion

This June, receive a complimentary Clover Necklace with every purchase over $2000 AUD. The Clover Necklace features a clover shaped pendant, sterling silver adjustable chain and an Australian South Sea Keshi pearl. Valued at $295 AUD.

Terms & Conditions

1. One Clover Necklace per single transaction of $2,000 AUD or more. 2. The Clover Necklace is valued at RRP $295 AUD. 3. Promotion commences on 1 June 2019 12:00AM and ends 1 July 2019 12:01 AM. 4. Offer available in Kailis boutiques, participating stockists, vendors and online. 5. Offer available while stocks last. 6. The Clover Necklace cannot be returned or exchanged for product or cash.


WIN a family pass to see Soweto Gospel Choir!

The Soweto Gospel Choir are heading to Perth Wednesday 10 July and you have the chance to win a family pass to watch them live in action! 


Winner of the 2019 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album for their latest album "Freedom", a collection of songs which celebrate and commemorate South Africa's democratic movements struggle for freedom, Soweto Gospel Choir bring their "Freedom" concert to Australia for the first time.


To go into the draw to win the family pass, please email by Friday 5 July. 


Competition time!

AMA (WA) is offering members the chance to win FREE tickets to a range of movies, concerts, plays, shows or events currently on in Perth.

This month, win tickets to see Crawl, the Scandinavian Film Festival, Pink Floyd and more. Enter online now!


Remember, AMA (WA) members also 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.


Write in and win

Got something to say? We would love to hear from you!

The AMA (WA)'s publication Medicus is calling on all members to send through any letters they would 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. 


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