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11 November 2019 Issue # 130

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Breast Implant Device Recall

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has been conducting a review of breast implant devices available in Australia and has taken regulatory action in relation to all un-implanted breast implants and tissue expanders sold in Australia, including the suspension of eight products. Updates and further details can be found on the TGA website.


The decision was based on an association between some breast implants and the risk of anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.


During the course of the TGA review, two companies chose to cancel the inclusion of their implant devices in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). On 2 August 2019, the Allergan company voluntarily recalled their un-implanted Biocell macro-textured breast implants and tissue expanders.


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


When can you apply for leave?

Despite clear employer obligations outlined in the WA Health System – Medical Practitioners – AMA Industrial Agreement 2016 , the AMA (WA) continues to hear accounts of DiTs being advised that they cannot apply for leave at certain times of the year or who are waiting beyond the prescribed times for a response to their leave application.


Common misrepresentations include:

  • You can only apply or access leave in week-long blocks – FALSE
  • You can only apply for annual leave during certain weeks of the year, dictated by the hospital – FALSE
  • You need to organise your own cover while on leave – FALSE
  • You need to hold yourself available to come in while on leave – FALSE

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


The West features Medicus article "And so it goes..."

Dr Anne O'Sullivan, Emergency Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, recently wrote an article which took Medicus readers through a day in her working life as an emergency psychiatrist in a busy tertiary hospital.


The West Australian featured this article soon after Medicus was published. The West Australian piece can be found online here


Alternatively, to read Dr O'Sullivan's full article, please visit the AMA (WA) website


Update your details and help us stay in touch with you

Have you changed?

  • Your place of practice
  • Your contact address
  • Your mobile number or email. 

Contact the AMA (WA) to ensure you are in the right membership category.


Are you:

  • working part time;
  • taking Maternity/Parental Leave;
  • heading overseas for training/work;
  • completing Fellowship exams in 2020; or
  • have you completed training and are now specialised?

To update your details, phone the membership office on 9273 3055; email or visit the AMA (WA) website


Five tips for looking after your household’s finances

Taking care of household finances can be taxing, especially if you have a big family. But with proper planning and budgeting, there’s no need to stress.


Here are some tips to help you effectively manage your household finances.


For assistance with your family finances, please contact AMA Financial Services on 1800 262 346 or email


AMA Recruit seeking part-time Medical Officer (Stress Testing)

AMA Recruit has an exciting opportunity for a Medical Officer (Stress Testing) based in Midland, WA. 


• You will be required to perform myocardial perfusion.
• We are looking for someone available to work approximately 3 – 4  hours per shift, working up to 5 days per week 
• The hours/days will fluctuate depending on need, this will be ongoing.
• The pay rate is $91.94 per hour plus casual loading. 
• You will hold Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery or Doctor of Medicine, and hold general registration with AHPRA.
• This role reports to the lead Nuclear Medicine Radiologist for clinical issues and lead Nuclear Medicine Technologist for operational issues.
• You will have access to the MET team at Midland Public Hospital and at the Joondalup Health Campus site.


For further information on this role, please contact Dave Bell on 0439 361 218 or apply online now.


The Department of Human Services announces upgrades to digital health and aged care channels

The Department of Human Services delivers services and payments on behalf of the Department of Health and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) for the Medicare Benefits Scheme, Australian Immunisation Register, the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme and Aged Care.


In the 2017-18 Budget, funding was announced to enhance, stabilise and consolidate the existing health and aged care payments channels.


Their vision is to deliver secure and up-to-date industry standard technology to protect Australia’s health and aged care information, now and into the future.


To do this, the following channels will be upgraded:

• Medicare Online
• Australian Immunisation Register - via Medicare Online
• Department of Veterans’ Affairs - via Medicare Online
• PBS Online
• Aged Care


For further information and for regular updates, please visit the Department of Human Services website


HealthPathways WA consultations now open

6 – 20 November 2019


HealthPathways WA is a web-based portal with information on assessment, referral and management, helping clinicians to navigate patients through the complex primary, community and acute health care system in Western Australia.


HealthPathways are currently seeking input and feedback from experts in a range of fields to verify pathways. 


There are a range of newly localised pathways open for online consultation. 


The draft pathways for consultation can be accessed through the HealthPathways WA Consultation Site. Consultation closes on 20 November 2019.


Medfest - This weekend!

Saturday 16 November | 12.00pm - 5.00pm


WA General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET), in partnership with Rural Doctors Association of WA (RDAWA) bring you Medfest 2019, the principal rural medical career event you need to attend.


The festival program is packed with rural generalist doctors talking about their passion for rural medicine, as well as several valuable emergency skills workshops, inspiring panel discussions, and an overview of rural general practice and training in WA.


Medfest is your opportunity to meet the WAGPET team, other registrars, and like-minded peers, who will be by your side throughout your training, as well as getting to know the colleges and finding out about advanced skills posts available to you as a rural general practice and/or rural generalist registrar.


Register online here and while you're there, be sure to go and have a chat to the AMA (WA) membership team!


Perkins Institute Open Day – ‘Discover the Perkins’

Saturday 16 November | 10.00am – 3.30pm

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in conjunction with Open House Perth is putting out the welcome mat and inviting the community inside to experience the life of a researcher at their Nedlands facility on the QEII Campus.

Hear from leading scientists about how they are tackling the major diseases affecting our community, take tours of laboratories, speed date a researcher and take a virtual reality tour of a cell.

Register at for this free event at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, 6 Verdun St Nedlands, parking off Monash Ave, Hampden Road corner.


CPR for Practice Staff

Wednesday 20 November | 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 online, 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


Bonded Medical Program Forum

Wednesday 27 November | 6.00pm - 9.00pm


A number of reforms will be introduced on 1 January 2020 for participants of the Bonded Medical Program (BMP).

Under the reforms, current participants can opt into a new BMP scheme. Benefits of the new scheme include a standardised three-year Return of Service Obligation for all current participants, with 1:1 credit applied for all Return of Service Obligations worked under previous arrangements.

Join Rural Health West at the University Club of Western Australia to find out about upcoming changes to the BMP and how they may impact you. The forum is free and canapés and beverages will be provided.

Register online now or contact for further information.


WIN a 2019 BMW X5 30d for the weekend!

The AMA (WA) and Auto Classic are delighted to offer you the opportunity to experience the 2019 BMW X5 30d for the weekend. 

The offer is available for the next six weekends. 


Pick up: 3.00pm - 5.00pm Friday at Auto Classic (drivers' license required)
Return: 8.00am - 3.00pm Monday at Auto Classic. 
Members can park their own vehicles at Auto Classic in a secure, locked garage with CCTV and 24 hour surveillance.

Please note:

  • the vehicle is only to be driven within the Perth metro area. 
  • the driver of the vehicle is responsible for any fines incurred such as traffic/speeding fines or parking fines.

This offer is only available to AMA (WA) members and first in, best dressed! To register your interest, email ASAP. 


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 and enter 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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