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9 November 2018 Issue # 115

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AMA Fees List 2018 now available

The AMA has enhanced a key member benefit, with the launch of the AMA Fees List online in October. The new website has replaced the previous book and CD-ROM formats, making setting medical fees faster and more user friendly than ever before.

The new Fees List includes the annual 1 November 2018 indexation rates.

Since 1973, the Fees List has been a critical aid for AMA members by providing an important reference guide on medical fees. The Fees List is an original work owned and administered by the AMA Secretariat.

In moving online this year, the Fees List has been enhanced with number of features in to make referencing AMA Fees fast and easy for any medical discipline. This includes:

• Interactive dashboard to find, search and save AMA fees
• Search function that links directly to AMA and MBS item descriptions
• Customised user profile with options to save, download or print favourite items
• Fee calculator tools including a new Anaesthesia fee calculator
• Ability to print parts of, or full PDFs of the Fees List
• Online tutorials and help tools
• Mobile and tablet compatible
• Full PDF and CSV downloads.


The 1 November AMA Fees List is now available to access from the Fees List website: 


PLEASE NOTE: As you would all be aware Medicare has released over 300 changes to the MBS schedule for 1 November. Due to high number of changes and the timeline with the indexation of the Fees List the newly indexed AMA Fees List release will NOT include the 1 November MBS changes. We are making every effort to review and include these changes as soon as possible and will notify members as soon as we release the updates.

To access the new AMA Fees List online, members will require a Federal username and password for


If you haven’t already, contact Member Services on 1300 133 655 or by email to set up your log in details and be one of the first to access the new Fees List online.


Mandatory Reporting: WA retains gold-standard model as remaining states attempt to play catch-up

The sometimes sensitive issue of Mandatory Reporting in Australia is once again under the spotlight with the Queensland Parliament considering changes to reporting requirements.


The Queensland legislation is the latest step in a long running story which is important for every medical professional in WA. The AMA (WA) fought a strong battle to ensure the best legislation in Australia almost a decade ago – and we will continue to fight to protect it irrespective of developments in other States.


In WA, a doctor (treating-practitioner) is not required to notify AHPRA of another practitioner’s conduct, if the reasonable belief is formed in the course of providing health services to the practitioner (patient-practitioner).


This exemption is due almost solely to the fight by the AMA (WA) in 2010 which advocated strongly for mandatory reporting prior to the legislation being adopted in WA.


Considered the gold standard, the WA policy enables doctors to seek treatment without fearing the impact on their professional reputation and medical registration.


Look out for further information on Mandatory Reporting in the upcoming edition of Medicus. 


Senior Doctors’ Recall vs Additional Hours – Update

Further to the article in the July 2018 Medicus, the AMA (WA) has continued to advocate for recalls being able to be claimed even where the practitioner has not left the health service, but is effectively required, for clinical reasons, to remain at work beyond their usual professional commitment.


Following the most recent conference before the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WIARC) on 18 September 2018, the parties agreed to a 3 months trial of a new P8 which provides some uniform guidelines to Heads of Departments for the approval of recall claims in such circumstances.


To continue reading, visit the AMA (WA) website


Free booze at the cricket? No way, says AMA (WA)

Free booze at cricket games would guarantee a return to the past – of alcohol fueled violence, of drunkenness and need for protective cages for patrons, especially families.


“Rod Marsh was a fantastic cricketer and an icon to millions of Australians, but his idea of offering free beer as a way of getting people back to the game is one of the worst suggestions I have ever heard,” AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said.


To continue reading, visit the AMA (WA) website


‘It’s a terrible idea’: AMA (WA) slams helmet-free cycling trial

AMA (WA) President, Dr Omar Khorshid, recently joined 6PR to discuss the helmet-free cycling trial. Dr Khorshid has slammed the potential trial which will allow people to choose whether they wear a helmet when they’re cyclin, labeling it a ‘terrible idea’.


To listen to the full radio segment, visit the 6PR website


General Practitioner Job | Aboriginal Health Service

AMA Recruit is currently seeking a GP to join a not-for-profit program, working two days a week, Monday and Tuesday, in Narrogin. 


The role: 

  • Ongoing requirement for GP to work Monday and Tuesday
  • 85% of billings/initial day rate and accommodation available
  • Long standing, well supported service

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


Alternatively, contact Dave Bell at AMA Recruit on 9273 3096 or


AMA Financial Services - 3 Generation Testamentary Trust bundle for AMA (WA) members

The 3-Generation Testamentary Trust offered by one of AMA Financial Services’ Estate Planning partners, Legal Consolidated Barristers and Solicitors offers additional advantages over a testamentary trust, which include:

• 3-Generation Testamentary Trust – reduces CGT & stamp duty
• Superannuation Testamentary Trust – reduces the 17% or 32% tax on Super going to adult children
• Bankruptcy Trusts – if a beneficiary is bankrupt
• Divorce Protection Trust – if a child separates, it stops the Family Court taking your money
• Maintenance Trust – if a beneficiary is under 18 or vulnerable
• Enduring Power of Attorney – an Enduring Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document. It allows you to appoint a person/s to make decisions about your assets. The POA deals with your assets, e.g. real estate and bank accounts.
• Enduring Power of Attorney - Medical Treatment – is also a legal document, and while your Enduring POA looks after money, property and wealth, your Enduring Power of Attorney - Medical Treatment deals with your body. Who looks after you, when you can’t?


If you would like to discuss your personal situation and need help reviewing or establishing your will, please contact our Financial Advisers Venus Wong or Jyothi Sarac on 1800 262 287 or email us at


For more information on our special offer for AMA (WA) members, visit the AMA (WA) website


Training: CPR for GPs and Practice Staff

Wednesday 28 November | 6.00 – 9.00pm


Have you completed your CPR for the 2017 – 2019 triennium?


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.


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 more information, visit the AMA (WA) website or register online now


Webinar: WA End of Life (EOL) Choices Parliamentary Committee Report

Wednesday 14 November | 6.00 – 7.30pm AWST


Palliative Care WA, in partnership with Rural Health West, invite doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to participate in a webinar to discuss the WA End of Life Choices Parliamentary Committee Report


The report, released in August, focused on three key areas of care at end of life – advance care planning, palliative care services, and voluntary assisted dying.

This webinar will explore the findings and identify sector priorities for presentation to the WA Government.

The presenters include:

• Dr Alison Parr, Associate Professor and Director Medical Services, St John of God Murdoch Hospital
• Dr Kirsten Auret, Physician & Assoc Professor, Deputy Head of School, Rural Clinical School of WA


Register online now.



Event: Before the Royal Flying Doctor Service

Tuesday 27 November | 6.30 – 9.30 pm


Professor Max Kamien, Rural Health West and the RACGP WA invite you to attend this fundraising event in celebration of the 90th year of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.


Being held at Perth Modern School Auditorium, the evening take you back to 1917 to re-live the tale of Dr Joe Holland’s 3330 km mercy dash from Perth to Halls Creek by cattle ship, model T Ford, horse and foot – a dramatic account based on Dr Holland’s diary and performed by Dr Holland’s grandson, Mr Peter Holland.


Drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

All proceeds from the event will be proudly donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Western Australia Medical Museum.


To register, please visit the event webpage.


Event: Minimum pricing for alcohol - Understanding the evidence base and the policy processes

Thursday 15 November | 12.00 – 2.00pm


The Alcohol Programs Team at the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA invite you to a free public seminar with Dr John Holmes, University of Sheffield. Dr Holmes is a Reader in Alcohol Policy in the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group. His research focusses on patterns and trends in alcohol consumption and the analysis of alcohol policy options. Much of Dr Holmes past work has focussed on the development of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model, which has been used in the UK and internationally to inform policy debate around minimum pricing.


In this seminar, Dr Holmes will discuss recent research on the decline in youth drinking and the evidence base for minimum pricing for alcohol, including its impact on groups of different income and drinking levels and lessons learnt from policy processes elsewhere, followed by Q&A.


Register your attendance online via Eventbrite by COB Tuesday 13 November 2018.


CommBank Refinance Home Loan offer

CommBank understands how busy life can be for you as a medical professional. Between your patients and everyday life, they know that looking after your finances may not always be at the top of your list so that is where they can offer some help. If you are looking to purchase a property or simply looking for a more competitive rate on your existing home loan, CommBank can help you get where you want to be.


You can enjoy $2000 cashback when you purchase a new investment property of $500,000 or more.


The cashback bonus is available on the following loans:

• Investment Home Loans
• Investment Lines of Credit for Property Purchases


Further information can be found online


WAYJO presents Jazz Under the Stars

Sunset, stars, picnic blankets and jazz - what could be a better way to bring in the festive season? Celebrate with WAYJO as they perform Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite.


A true family friendly event, WAYJO will play a host of other Ellington classics to begin the evening, before they sweep audiences up with the big band update of Tchaikovsky’s favourite.


As an AMA (WA), you can access a special offer of $10 off the normal ticket price. Tickets usually $60, now $50 for members. 


Get your discounted tickets online now


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