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29 November 2019 Issue # 131

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AMA (WA) President discusses Parliamentary report on Alternate Approaches to Reducing Illicit Drug Use

AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller spoke with ABC Radio this morning on the recent release of the Final Report of the Select Committee into Alternate Approaches to Reducing Illicit Drug Use and its Effects on the Community.


Dr Miller said the State Government should consider decriminalising the possession of some illicit drugs for personal use. 


The segment has now been uploaded to our website and can be listened to online here


AMA (WA) President joins Channel 7’s Flashpoint to discuss medicinal cannabis

AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller appeared on Channel 7’s television program Flashpoint earlier this month alongside Health Minister Roger Cook. The episode looked at access to medicinal cannabis and the changes to access announced by the State Government.

Missed the episode? You can watch it online on the Channel 7 website.


Telehealth services for patients in rural and remote areas

On 1 November 2019, new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items were introduced to allow GPs and non-specialist medical practitioners to provide services by video conference to patients living in rural and remote areas. The new MBS items are designed to help to ensure that people living in rural and remote locations receive timely primary care services that support the established clinical relationship between the patient and his/her usual doctor.

Only patients living in Modified Monash Model (MMM) 6 and 7 areas will be eligible for the new service. The AMA (WA) has already been contacted by rural GPs expressing surprise and concern at being excised from MMM6. The Association is working to seek a review and change to those towns to ensure that the expected access becomes available. Those members who believe their practices and patients are affected by this change are invited to contact Michael Prendergast at the AMA (WA) on (08) 9273 3008.


Climate and Health in WA: Risks and Opportunities – Forum invitation

Thursday 5 December | 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Doctors for the Environment Australia WA are co-hosting a forum with the Climate and Health Alliance. 

The forum has been coordinated to run alongside the official proceedings of the Climate Health WA Inquiry and will outline the current status of climate and health policy, advocacy and research in Australia and internationally, and includes a presentation on the legal responsibilities of public authorities to manage the risks of climate change.

The presenters include:

• Fiona Armstrong, Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA)
• Dr Kingsley Faulkner, Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA)
• Carolyn Dearing, Watershed Legal
• Professor Tarun Weeramanthri, former Chief Health Officer
• Jaime Yallup-Farrant, Climate Justice Union (CJU)

The forum will be held at The Niche, 11 Aberdare Road, Nedlands.


For further information or to register, please visit the eventbrite website


Dr YES team participating in Perth Pride Parade this weekend!

Tomorrow, Saturday 30 November, will see the celebration of 30 years of Pride in Western Australia! Around 25 of our Dr YES volunteers and coordinators will be participating in the Pride Parade to show their support for the LGBT+ community. 


The parade will commence at 8.00pm in Northbridge and will head down Aberdeen Street and James Street before finishing on Francis Street. We would like to wish our Dr YES team all the best for the evening!


It's time to renew your membership!

Renew your membership now to ensure you continue to receive representation and access to member benefits and services.

Renewing your membership is easy. You can renew online or call (08) 9273 3055.

If you wish to check your membership category or haven’t received your invoice, please contact the AMA (WA) membership team on (08) 9273 3055 or email

We look forward to continuing to support you and the profession in 2020 and beyond.


Catch-up super contributions

For the first time this financial year there is a new opportunity to save for your retirement by making catch-up super contributions using the ‘carry forward’ rule.

From 1 July 2017, employees, as well as the self-employed, can claim a tax deduction on personal super contributions.

To continue reading, please visit the AMA Financial Services website.


Applications open for 2020 AMA Indigenous Medical Scholarship

Applications are now open for the 2020 AMA Indigenous Medical Scholarship, a program that has supported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study medicine since 1994.


The successful applicant will receive $10,000 each year for the duration of their course.


AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said that previous recipients have gone on to become prominent leaders in health and medicine, including Associate Professor Kelvin Kong, Australia’s first Aboriginal surgeon.


“Latest records show that there are fewer than 500 Indigenous doctors in the medical workforce, which is about 0.4 per cent of the workforce. To reach population parity of 3 per cent, the number should be closer to 3500,” Dr Bartone said.


For further information, please visit the AMA website


AMA Recruit seeking GP for established Fremantle practice

Would you like to work in trendy Fremantle? AMA Recruit has an exciting opportunity for an experienced GP to join an established GP practice in Fremantle located just 700m from the renowned café strip.

  • Take over a patient load in an established WAGPET practice
  • this practice, is part of a successful, GP led, small group;
  • the practice holds AGPAL and WAGPET accreditation, with an emphasis on GP training.

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


FREE CPR for GP Members

Saturday 7 December | 9.00am - 12.00pm


Have you met your CPR requirement for the 2017 – 2019 triennium?


The AMA (WA) is delivering FREE 3 hour courses for GP members 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 online, please visit the AMA (WA) website


RACGP Young doctors event – The global vision

Wednesday 18 December | 6.00pm (for 6.30 pm kick off)


In this end-of-year cocktail event, hear about the global vision for young doctors and meet key leaders of two young doctor movements within WONCA. Sharing their experiences and learnings from across the globe, we are pleased to welcome Dr Kasia Nessler, President of the Vasco da Gama (Europe) Movement and Dr Emily Kirkpatrick, Australian representative of the Rajakumar (Asia Pacific) Movement.

As the global body representing GPs and family doctors around the world, WONCA provides an avenue for Australian doctors to connect with their counterparts from many other countries.

This final event of 2019 will be a relaxed, fun and interactive session with substantial canapés and beverages included – the perfect way to see out the year with your peers and colleagues.


For further information or to register online, please visit the RACGP website


WIN 'Carols by Candlelight' tickets

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December | 7.30pm


Gather your friends and family and get into the true spirit of Christmas at 'Carols by Candlelight', proudly presented by Perth Symphonic Chorus at the Redemptorist Monastery Church in North Perth.

There is nothing more evocative of Christmas than a joyful choir in a beautiful candlelit church, singing your favourite carols, and you in the audience joining in.


Following the performances, the audience is invited to join the Perth Symphonic Chorus for a glass of champagne, with proceeds going to the travelling Dementia Bus Fund. WA's first purpose-built community Dementia Bus provides respite and information to dementia carers, gives people living with dementia access to VR technology and brings education and awareness to schools.


Start your festive season with your nearest and dearest at 'Carols by Candlelight'! It will make a great gift for someone you love or maybe even for yourself!


To go into the draw to win a double pass, contact before Monday 2 December.


It’s just not Christmas without going to a performance of Handel’s Messiah!

Saturday 21 December | 7.30pm


Handel’s Messiah is a musical rite of passage for the Christmas season. Directed by Perth’s own brilliant choral director Dr Margaret Pride OAM, solos reign supreme in the Baroque-era oratorio featuring the illustrious soloists, mezzo-soprano, Fiona Campbell, soprano Bonnie de la Hunty, tenor Richard Butler and bass James Clayton. The opening movement highlights the birth of Christ and will come to life in this outstanding virtuosic interpretation not to be missed.

The Perth Symphonic Chorus propels with emotional impact uplifting messages and juxtaposes brilliantly on choruses like Since By Man Came Death, all in the lead up to the exalted Hallelujah chorus. The grandeur of Handel’s work is another reason to look forward to the holiday season and this would without doubt be the perfect gift.


To go into the draw to win a double pass, contact before Monday 2 December.


Sandalford Wines special partner offer!

AMA (WA) members can enjoy an exclusive 25% wine discount when purchasing Sandalford Wines online and FREE delivery Australia-wide. 


Visit the Sandalford website, select any 12 bottles of your choice (across entire range, order can be mixed) and enter coupon code AMA2019 upon checkout. Need help with ordering? Contact or phone 08 9374 9329.


T&C's apply:

Minimum 12 bottle purchase online only

Not valid with any other offer

Free delivery Australia Parcel Post

Valid until 31 December 2019


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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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