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23 November 2015 Issue # 82

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Job cuts? Let us know

The AMA (WA) is seeking information on budget cuts in the public health sector and what these will mean for a loss of jobs and the consequent impact on patient care.


From public reports to date and the extremely limited information provided on this matter by the Health Minister, these cuts have the potential to see a large reduction in staff and a consequent negative impact on patient care.


It is extremely difficult for us to obtain reliable information from Government or the Department, which we suspect is a deliberate strategy to implement these cuts while keeping the public in the dark on their extent or likely impact.


Once we have a clear picture of the extent of these cuts the AMA (WA) will begin a media and community campaign to bring the reality to the attention of the public.


It is also our intention to ensure the Department follows its industrial obligations, and if necessary we will take matters to the Industrial Commission.


The AMA (WA) needs to hear from you. We need to know exactly what is being said either to you, your Departments, CSA’s, RMO Societies or other groups that you may be involved with. We need to know any information about cuts to jobs, training positions, and patient services and any examples of where patient safety is being compromised.


If you are a Doctor In Training, we welcome any comments about any implications these cuts will have on training, and what will happen to your training if you are not re-appointed.


Please be assured that all information provided to us will be held in the strictest confidence, and will NOT be shared with either the Health Department or the State Government.

To access the survey, please click here.


AMA (WA) Mental Health survey

The AMA (WA) has sent out a member survey regarding new legislation, the Mental Health Act 2014 (the new Act), due to replace the current Mental Health Act 1996 as of 30 November 2015.


The Association is concerned about the lack of communication and training given to doctors pertaining to the increased administrative obligations, changing clinical responsibilities and legal accountability associated with the new Act. 


As such, we produced a short survey to gauge members understanding of the MH Act 2014, their preparedness for its implementation and the training they have received in preparation for its commencement.


The AMA (WA) encourages members to complete the survey by going to the following link.


2016 Membership Renewal

2015 has seen some major changes to the healthcare sector in WA, with significant impact on WA doctors. Your support is vital to ensure that we continue to advocate on your behalf. 


Your 2016 membership invoice has now been sent and we invite you to renew at this time. For your convenience online membership renewal can be completed through the following link.


Choose the convenience of paying by monthly direct debit (at no additional cost) and you could win one of two Apple iPad Airs!


Thank you for your continued support of the AMA (WA) and we look forward to an exciting year ahead.


AMA Medical Products 2015 Quarter 4 Promotion

AMA (WA) Medical Products is pleased to annouce the launch of its 2015 Quarter 4 Promotion. 

With the promotion set to end by 31 December 2015, there's no better time to snap up some of the incredible deals on offer. 

As a bonus, we will be giving away a free tendon hammer wiith every order, so get in quick to avoid missing out!

For more information, please click here or call (08) 9273 3022.


A gap in your defence insurance could prove very costly

Would you like some extra peace of mind against things that may not traditionally be covered by other policies, or a little extra help or comfort for other unexpected events? 

This specialised product covers a variety of different exposures not normally covered by traditional policies. 

Covering the expenses associated with the defence, and sometimes pursuit, of legal representations, it includes:

  • Privacy Breaches
  • Medicare Audits
  • AHPRA Registration Investigation
  • Disputes with ATO
  • Tenancy/Property Disputes
  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal Appeals and more. 

For more information on this product, please click here.


Alcohol in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Researcher Dr Roslyn Giglia is interested in your thoughts and experiences when working with antenatal and postnatal women around the topic of alcohol. She is seeking your feedback on this important preventable area of maternal health in an effort to support Australian GPs, to tackle this sometimes difficult conversation in their daily practice.

This short survey should take around ten minutes to complete. The survey link will close on December 20, 2015.


You can also choose to be further involved in a longer, one-on-one discussion by completing further details within the survey.


For more information, please click here


Further information about the study and your involvement (consent) as well as access to the survey is available here

Travel allowance for DiTs

WA Health unilaterally made a determination regarding the interpretation of clause 46 – Travel Allowance, of the AMA Industrial Agreement, to the effect that junior doctors working rotations at metropolitan health services as part of their training requirements were no longer entitled to claim a travel allowance. This allowance had previously been paid for many years.


The AMA (WA) pursued this issue in the WAIRC; however the Commissioner did not want a decision from this issue to be used as a negotiating platform for the 2016 MHS negotiations.


As a result, WA Health and the AMA (WA) have met again to try and negotiate a settlement on this issue. This negotiation is still going back and forth and no settlement has yet been reached. We will continue to update members on this matter. 


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 well paid work and can help broaden your clinical exposure.

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

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

Christmas locum required for Tom Price, Pilbara

The family run Tom Price Medical Centre is urgently looking for a GP to help over the Christmas period, between 14 to 29 December.


You will need to have suitable ED skills for WACHS Accreditation.


For details, including of the excellent remuneration, please contact Dave Bell at AMA Recruit on 0439 361 218.


My Health Record to have increased penalties for misuse of information

The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee has recommended that the Health Legislation Amendment (eHealth) Bill be passed, with proposed increased penalties for misuse of My Health Record information. The Bill proposes, among other things, to change the name of the PCEHR system to the My Health Record system and enable trials of opt-out participation.


The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee tabled its report on the Health Legislation Amendment (eHealth) Bill this week. The report noted the AMA argued against the introduction of increased civil penalties and new criminal penalties in relation to unauthorised use or disclosure of My Health Record information. However, the committee considered that these penalties are justified as deterrent measures to protect the privacy of system participants.


The AMA has opposed the introduction of these increased civil and new criminal penalties at every opportunity since they were first canvassed in the Department's legislation discussion paper issued in May 2015.


For more information, please click here


Quadrivalent flu vaccine to be available through the NIP in 2016

The Government has announced that the National Immunisation Program (NIP) will be upgraded to include a new quadrivalent (four strain) influenza vaccine for 2016.


The four strains to be included in the 2016 vaccine align with World Health Organisation recommendations for the southern hemisphere. They will include the B strains of the influenza virus, Brisbane and Phuket, which contributed to the record 90,000 reported flu cases in Australia in 2015 - 25,000 higher than the previous record of 65,000 cases reported last year. The two A strains of the virus will be California and Hong Kong.


Two vaccines will be offered in 2016 – one for people aged three years and over (Fluarix Tetra®, by GSK) and one that is specifically tailored for children under three (FluQuadri® Junior, by Sanofi).


Clinical advice on the 2015 seasonal influenza vaccines is available on the Department of Health website. Further information on when the new flu vaccine will be available under the NIP will be communicated closer to the start of next year’s flu season.



Exclusive discounts for AMA members

Sandalford Wines is pleased to announce a very special offer that is genuinely not available anywhere else!


What is the very special exclusive offer?


A "40 per cent off the RRP Voucher" that can be used at any time until 30 December 2015 when you purchase any 12 bottles of wines from our Element, Winemakers Range, Margaret River Range, Estate Reserve and Prendiville Reserve Collections. 

Simply order online and once you get to the electronic kiosk, all you need to do is enter the code AMA2015!

For more information and other great wines on offer, please click here


Win double passes to Sophie Cooks with a side of Shaz! Christmas special

Win a double pass to this hilarious event (valued at $200) for Friday 27 November.

Join Chef Sophie Budd & Famous Sharron (whose main cooking utensil is a microwave) for this hilarious but educational cooking demonstration.


The audience (and Shaz!) will be learning from Sophie whilst Shaz will be offering her own peppering of advice.

Click here to see the two in action. To enter, simply email Des Michael for your chance to win! 


Save on Fraser Gallop Wines

AMA (WA)  members have been offered huge savings on Fraser Gallop Wines this Christmas.


Save up to 30 per cent off multiple gold medal and award winning wines, such as the  2013 Parterre Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and many more.


To enjoy multiple award winning wines at this great Christmas price, simply download the order form and send it via email or fax to 08 9755 7443.


Lazy River, the ultimate weekend getaway

Nestled within 5 acres of both landscaped gardens and mature native parkland, Lazy River is the ultimate luxury romantic getaway.

AMA (WA) members can recieve the Champagne Package on the house when booking directly with Lazy River. This sundowner includes a bottle of complimentary ‘bubbly’ with home-made canapés.


Bookings can be made on the website, by calling (08) 9531 4550 or via email.


25 per cent off Savile Row Menswear

From boardroom worthy suits to expertly made shirts, pure silk ties to comfortable casual wear - Savile Row Company have everything a man needs for a one-stop wardrobe shop.  AMA (WA) members are offered an exclusive 25 per cent discount until 21 December, plus all orders over AU$160 are eligible for free shipping.

To take advantage of this offer, simply use the code AMAWA at the check out.

Please note: this discount can be applied to clearance items but not to bundle offers


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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