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8 July 2015 Issue # 77

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Fiona Stanley Hospital survey shows serious concern

A survey conducted by the AMA (WA) on Fiona Stanley Hospital has been very well recieved, with over 660 doctors responding.

A significant amount of responses expressed wide-ranging concern over the commissioning of the new hospital, and also raise serious questions about continuing quality of management.

Given the survey results, the AMA (WA) is currently making arrangements for a meeting of all doctors to be held at Fiona Stanley Hospital to seek advice about future strategies.

Details about the meeting will be emailed to you separately in the near future.

To view the results, please click here.


New CPD Tracker available for AMA members

doctorportal is a state-of-the-art, mobile friendly, CPD learning management system for Australian doctors. Developed with the busy doctor in mind, doctorportal Learning offers you:

  • CPD point tracking across multiple specialties
  • 24/7 access to online, medical education
  • a range of learning content that suits your interests and/or speciality
  • support in meeting your MBA CPD reporting obligations
  • guidance on your CPD requirements (YES, we know how many points you need and when)
  • • external activity uploads so all CPD documentation can be stored in one place

Best of all, this resource is FREE for AMA members, while non-members have access to a 60 day free trial. 

For more information, please click here


Ongoing Medicare rebate freeze sends a shiver through patients and medical practices

Federal AMA President, Professor Brian Owler, has said that the ongoing indexation freeze of Medicare patient rebates is placing further pressure on the viability of many medical practices, especially general practices, and forcing patients to pay higher out-of-pocket costs for their health care.


While the Medicare rebate indexation remains at zero, the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) is at 1.3 per cent, the Wage Price Index (WPI) is at 2.3 per cent, and the ABS reports an increase in Hospital and Medical Costs of 6.5 per cent.


“The rebate indexation freeze is a co-payment by stealth, and it is currently planned to continue until 1 July 2018. The freeze is delivering savings of $1.3 billion over four years to the Government. This funding shortfall has to be met by patients and practices,” Professor Owler said.


For more information, please click here


AMA (WA) Charity Gala Dinner

Bookings are now open for the AMA (WA) Charity Gala Dinner and Awards Night to be held on Saturday 1 August 2015 at the Crown Perth Ballroom.

Please join us for a magical night of celebration, entertainment and prizes.

For all queries or to reserve your table at the dinner, please contact Skye Connor on 9273 3028 or via email.

Bookings can also be made on the AMA (WA) website.

Please note, following your completed online registration you will be redirected to the AMA (WA) homepage, and a confirmation email of your successful booking will be sent to your email address.


AMA Family Doctor Week 2015

The AMA’s Family Doctor Week will run from Sunday 19 July to Saturday 25 July 2015. The theme for this year’s event is You and Your Family Doctor: the best partnership in health.  


Family Doctor Week highlights the work and dedication of GPs – Australia’s family doctors – and the issues they encounter as they deliver high-quality health care to their local communities.

Our events and activities in Family Doctor Week will promote the importance of having a family doctor and that through the provision of patient centred care a trusted partnership in health is formed. This partnership efficiently and effectively delivers patents' holistic medical care, ensuring better health, treatment and management.


For more information on Family Doctor Week, please click here


Support AMA (WA) Foundation - Order your 2015/2016 Entertainment Book now!

The Entertainment Book and Digital Membership is your guide to the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more.


Available now for only $65 you will receive over $20,000 worth of discounts and offers valid until 1 June, 2016. Check out the book and all its offers by clicking here.

Digital Membership makes it more convenient by having it available on your iPhone or Android, while the traditional Book Membership comes with a Gold card and Vouchers.


With every membership sold 20 per cent will be donated to the AMA (WA) Foundation. The AMA (WA) Foundation was established in 1996 and is comprised of The Dr YES and Youth Friendly Doctor programs which were developed to address important health issues facing youth.


Each year more and more GPs are trained to be Youth Friendly and thanks to the Dr YES program thousands of young people across Western Australia engage in high school sessions which encourage open and honest communication about the important health issues that they are facing.


VR’d GP to work in Western Suburbs practice with excellent facilities

We’re working with a small local practice who have a vacant consulting room, treatment room, nursing support and patients to ready for you to see.

The population includes a high proportion of elderly, and it would be beneficial to do home visits. This is a permanent opportunity, working in a mixed billing environment and can be on either full-time or part-time basis.

Contact Dave Bell to discuss on 9273 3000 or via email.


After-hours work - all areas of Perth Metro

We are working with a Home Deputising Service requiring Doctors who are available to cover a range of weekday evenings and weekend shifts. This is very well paid work and can help broaden your clinical exposure.


Previous experience in similar After Hours, or Out of Hours settings will be very beneficial. Positions ideally suit VR’d GPs.

If this is something that you are interested in, please contact Dave Bell to discuss on 9273 3000.

AMA Medical Products 2015 EOFY promotion

AMA (WA) Medical Products has launched its 2015 End of Financial Year (EOFY) Promotion!

Please click the link to see our large range of medical products with super savings and bonuses.

From spirometers to stethoscopes, defibrillators to diagnostic sets, AMA (WA) Medical Products has all the equipment you need.

Also remember to check out the back pages of our promo for deals on consumables; INR and urine test strips, skin glue, single use thermometers and BBraun wound care products at the lowest prices. 

Our customer service team are ready and waiting to take your call.  Contact us on (08) 9273 3022 or via email for more information.


Immunisation: Overview and Update

This seminar is designed to provide general practitioners, doctors in training and all interested health professionals with an overview of immunisations in WA, highlighting the importance of vaccines in protecting the health of our communities and the critical role medical professionals play in helping to achieve high vaccination coverage rates. 


Date: Wednesday 22 July
Venue: 14 Stirling Highway, Nedlands. 


For more information and registration, please click here


Children’s health and climate change – the role of the medical profession

Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) recently released their new report “No Time for Games: Children’s Health and Climate Change”.


Join Professor Kingsley Faulkner, DEA’s National Chair and former president of Royal College of Surgeons, and Dr Sallie Forrest, lead author of the report, DEA’s Policy and Advocacy Officer and public health registrar, for a discussion on:

  • The health impacts of climate change particularly for children
  • How our health systems can be affected, and
  • Benefits to health of shifting to ‘cleaner’ energy sources.

Date: 14 July 2015
Venue: 14 Stirling Highway, Nedlands


For more information and registration, please click here


Fremantle Chamber Orchestra 10th Anniversary Concert

The Fremantle Chamber Orchestra is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a superb program and the return of its first conductor (Ollivier-Philippe Cunéo) from Paris.


Mozart’s energetic Symphony 25  is followed by Bruch’s rarely heard Concerto for Clarinet and Viola with its lingering romanticism.

25 July at Perth Town Hall 
26 July at Fremantle Town Hall 

The AMA (WA) has two free tickets to give away, simply email Des Michael to register your interest and go into the draw to win!  


For more information and tickets, please click here


AMA (WA) Wine Society Invitation

AMA (WA) Members are invited to attend a wine tasting on Friday 24 July. Members will have a chance to sample a range of wines from Turkey Flat Vineyard, a fantastic operator based in the Barossa Valley.


The tasting will occur at AMA House (14 Stirling Highway, Nedlands) at 6:30pm.


Please note that places for this event are very limited. Members must confirm their attendance by no later than 5pm Tuesday, 21 July 2015.

RSVP to Skye Connor by phone on 9273 3028 or via email .


For more information, please click here


Conquer cancer with The Specialists

When was the last time you had a great night out of Rock and Roll dancing to a band of friends and colleagues?


The Specialists (with medical names many of whom you will know) is raising funds for cancer research at the Perkins, via the Ride to Conquer Cancer (RTCC).


So get a group together and come along to Freshy Bay Yacht Club on Saturday 8 August !


We know its an early Eagles game that night. We will have the footy telecast on a large screen.


For more information, please click here


Win a Lexus for the Weekend!

AMA (WA) members have been offered the exclusive opportunity to win a selection of Lexus vehicles for an entire weekend!

Lexus of Perth are offering an NX turbo, NX hybrid, RC Coupe and IS Sedan over these weekends:

• Friday 10 July– Monday 13 July
• Friday 17 July – Monday 20 July
• Friday 24 July – Monday 27 July


Dealership hours of drop off and pick up on the Monday and Friday are 8.00am – 6.00pm. You will need to have your drivers’ license with you to collect the vehicle. Please note that the driver of the vehicle is responsible for any fines incurred such as traffic, speeding or parking infringements.


Members can leave their own vehicle with the lovely staff at Lexus of Perth in secure locked parking.


Get in quick and email Des Michael for your preference. There is only one of each so get in quick to avoid missing out! 


Books by best-selling author Atul Gawande

AMA (WA) has a set of four books by best-selling author and surgeon Dr Atul Gawande up for grabs.


For your chance to win, simply email Des Michael and register your interest to go into the draw.

For more information on Dr Gawande and his work, 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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