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12 June 2015 Issue # 76

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Dr Michael Gannon re-elected as AMA (WA) President

AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon has been re-elected for a second one-year term.

Dr Gannon, an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and who was first elected as State President in June last year, was re-elected to the top position unopposed.

“It is an honour to represent the medical profession and to fight for public health for WA. It is an even greater honour to be elected to the position a second time,” Dr Gannon said.

“The past year has seen a number of positive results for health in WA, and it gives me great pride to have contributed in a range of ways to health policy in our state," he said. 


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Ambulance ramping ban bad for health: AMA (WA)

AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon has spoken out against Health Minister Dr Kim Hames' plan to ban ambulance ramping, arguing that the idea would not fix patient wait times and would only increase pressure on hospital staff.

Dr Gannon said that increased ramping times were symptomatic of WA's hospital bed shortage and the only cure was to invest in public health.


Dr Gannon said that while the ban would take pressure off paramedics, it would only increase pressure on hospital staff.


"You can't keep asking the doctors and nurses who work in hospitals to do the same amount with less," he said.


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AMA (WA) wins award at National Conference

The AMA (WA)'s work on the Part-Time Portal was recognised at this year's Federal AMA National Conference, earning the Association an award in the 'Most Innovative Use of Website or New Media' category.


The judges said the Part-time Doctor Portal showed initiative and vision in using an online service to fulfil an unmet need.


Considering Western Australia’s vast size and the enormous distances between its communities, having hospitals and junior doctors engage online through the portal helps bridge these great expanses and unite the AMA (WA) community.


Special mention goes to the Doctors-in-Training Committee and AMA (WA) Membership Manager Caela Del-Prete for getting this initiative off the ground and ready to use.


The AMA (WA) website is now mobile responsive

Good news, the AMA (WA) is now fine-tuned for your mobile or tablet device! 

Following Google's recent algorithm update which 
favours mobile-friendly web pages, the AMA (WA) has taken the steps necessary to ensure the website is mobile responsive. 


Any feedback on the mobile responsive site is welcomed - simply contact us via email


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.


Western Suburbs practice after-hours work

This is a very successful family practice in the Western Suburbs. Due to strong local patient demand, the practice is starting an after-hours GP service and seek expressions of interest from VR’d GP’s who are able to regularly commit to working one or more sessions.


You will be have the support of the very experienced practice leadership team, and will be well paid.


Contact Marg Templeton or Dave Bell via email or 9273 3000 to discuss.


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, can be on either full-time or part-time basis, and will be a rewarding post.

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 page of our promo where you can access INR and urine test strips, skin glue and single use thermometers at the lowest prices nationally. 


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


Are you storm ready?

We have already received calls from customers with water damage to their homes, following the rain we have had recently. After a long summer, the change in weather always seems to surprise us and we are reminded to do our pre-winter maintenance around the property.


For information on what to do if there is storm damage to your roof, including steps to reduce your risk of storm damage, please click here.


Accreditation Webinar

Are you interested in becoming GP supervisor? Would your practice make a good training post?


If you are passionate about inspiring the next generation of GPs join our webinar and hear first hand from Cathy Milligan of Margaret River Surgery about her experience as an AGPT supervisor. 


Gain an understanding of the program and ask questions in real time.

Date: Thursday 25 June, 7- 8pm

For more information, or to register for the webinar please email Emily Robinson or call 08 9473 8200.




Perth surgeon receives Aboriginal Health Award

The AMA (WA) wishes to congratulate Professor Harvey Coates on receiving a Indigenous Health Medal at the recent Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress.


The inaugural Indigenous Health Medals are part of the College’s efforts to celebrate advancements which are helping to close the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Professor Harvey Coates AO is a senior ear nose and throat surgeon at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, and was largely responsible for establishing the neonatal hearing screening program in WA.

Junior Medical Officer Professional Development Sessions

The Postgraduate Medical Council of Western Australia (PMCWA) together with the Medical Defence Organisations: Avant, MIPS and MDA National present FREE professional development sessions for Interns and Resident Medical Officers.


Light refreshments and certificates of attendance will be provided.


Session 1: Organ Donation. Wedneday 17 June
Session 2: Medicine and the Justice System. Tuesday 7 July
Session 3: Consent. Wednesday 29 July

Places are limited, register your attendance with PMCWA by email with your name, hospital, PGY and session/s you wish to attend.


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AMA Innovation Seminar: Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology

Adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients in the 15-25 year age range continue to have the highest mortality rates of all patients and an increasing incidence of cancer, whilst long term survival rates in other patient populations have been steadily improving.


This seminar will identify the developmental psychosocial spectrum in AYA; the specific age-related cancer types and their early identification; and the significant benefits and pathways of appropriate referral.


Date: Thursday 2 July 2015


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Community Prescribing of Opioid Pharmacotherapy Training

The Community Program for Opioid Pharmacotherapy (CPOP) increases the availability of treatment for people dependent on heroin and other opioids (such as morphine and other prescribed painkillers) in the community.


Involvement of GPs and pharmacies in CPOP is voluntary which means treatment is not available in all areas and there are often waiting times to access treatment.

Date: Monday 29 June 2015.
Venue:  Next Step Drug & Alcohol Services, 32 Moore Street, East Perth


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Perth General Practitioner Conference & Exhibition

The General Practitioner Conference & Exhibition is Australia’s leading provider of medical education for general practice. The Perth GPCE brings the latest clinical and business updates as well as never before seen products and services to the west coast!


Accredited by the RACGP and ACRRM, the 2015 conference program delivers the most extensive choice of high quality, engaging educational sessions to suit your individual learning needs.


Date: 25 – 26 July


Venue: Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre


Reed Medical Education in conjunction with AMA WA are offering all healthcare professionals an exclusive 25% discount to attends the upcoming Perth GPCE.


To redeem the discount, register here and use the promotion code: ‘GP25D'.


The AMA (WA) is also offering two free tickets to the event, simply email Des Michael for your chance to win! 


Songs in the Key of Motown

Starring the Stars of Spectrum and Radiance, this show has been playing to packed houses and standing ovations in the United States for over seven years! 

The AMA (WA) in conjunction with Leslie Hinton Entertainment is giving away two free tickets to this must-see event, simply email Des Michael for your chance to win!

Date: Thursday June 25, 2015
Venue: Astor Theatre, Perth

For more information, 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.

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