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19 July 2017 Issue # 99

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Scrapped pharmacy screening deal welcomed

The decision by a major healthcare company to cancel its plan to be involved in pharmacy-based screening programs was due in a major way to a push against the move by the Australian Medical Association (WA).

“It is clear that the withdrawal by Sonic from the Amcal Pharmacy screening program is the result of concerns raised by many in the medical community, in particular the AMA," AMA (WA) President Dr Khorshid said.

"This matter was recently raised by the AMA (WA) Council a few days ago when a motion was passed condemning the plan,” he said. 


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AMA (WA) GP members recognised

The AMA (WA) is delighted to announce that three AMA (WA) members have been honoured in the annual RACGP Awards.

Announced by AMA (WA) Council Member and RACGP Chair Dr Tim Koh, 2017's WA General Practitioner of the Year was Wembley Downs GP Dr David Oldham. 

Dr Oldham has played a significant role in the WA Doctors' Health Advisory Service (DHAS) and is the current DHAS Convenor.

He has worked tirelessly with DHAS to promote better health among all doctors throughout their careers. This work includes encouraging doctors to find their own GP, reducing “self-doctoring “ and helping GPs develop skills in caring for other doctors.

AMA (WA) member Dr Sarah Newman was named GP Registrar of the year, while Dr Neda Meshgin's Canning Vale Medical Centre won GP Practice of the year.

The winners will be formally acknowledged at the RACGP WA Fellowship and Awards Ceremony in October. 


The Noisy Guts Project – get involved

The Noisy Guts Project is the brainchild of Nobel Laureate, Prof Barry Marshall. His team are developing an acoustic belt that records gut noises over time so doctors can accurately screen, diagnose and monitor gut disorders and diseases. The team are seeking volunteers and a new PhD student to enable them to progress with this project.

There is existing data to show strong correlations between abdominal sound characteristics and gut disorders. However, the team needs additional sound recordings to generate more powerful algorithms for use in the belt. The bowel sound data will be combined with physiological data, collected using EDAN vital signs monitors supplied by the AMA Medical Products division, to better characterise the conditions.

The team has a study planned that will provide this much needed data and urgently needs volunteers with a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Volunteers are asked to visit the Marshall Centre at UWA, and sit back and relax in one or their comfortable armchairs whilst wearing the belt. Recordings are for around two and a half hours.


The team is also currently recruiting a PhD student with either a clinical or biomedical science background to join the team. There is a top-up scholarship available for an outstanding candidate to start in 2018. The deadline for applications is early August 2017.


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Looking for a home or business loan? Let the AMA find you the right lender!

AMA Financial Services has teamed up with Nexus Partners to provide members with direct access to experienced lenders across a number of banks.

Clients will gain direct access to a financial expert from the bank who can assist with all aspects home loans, business loans and asset finance. 

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AMA Family Doctor Week 2017

The AMA Family Doctor Week highlights the role of GPs – our family doctors – and their value to the community and the health system as they deliver high-quality holistic health care.

Family Doctor Week will run from Sunday 23 July to Saturday 29 July 2017. The theme for this year’s event is Your family doctor: all about you.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says Australia has one of the best health systems in the world. Its strength stems from general practice and the pivotal role of the general practitioner. GPs are the first port of call when Australians feel unwell, and GPs manage 90 per cent of the problems they encounter.

To find out how you can get involved with Family Doctor Week, please click here


Scholarship opportunity with the Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia

Through the efforts of many volunteers, the Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia has established a scholarship to enable medically trained candidates with a special interest in mesothelioma to undertake PhD research under the supervision of Professor Anna Nowak and team.

The scholarship provides a full-time stipend of $60,000 per annum; a research maintenance/operating allowance of $15,000 per annum; and a $5000 travel/conference allowance.


Please note this scholarship may be awarded before the closing date if a suitable applicant is identified by the supervisors of the research project.

For more details and to register your interest, please click here


Accessing unapproved medicines and devices for your patients – what’s changed?

It’s now easier for doctors to access unapproved therapeutic goods for patients who need them.


The government schemes which allow doctors to access unapproved therapeutic goods, such as medicines, biologicals and medical devices that haven’t been approved in Australia, have been simplified and streamlined.


Most therapeutic goods need to be evaluated for quality, safety and efficacy by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) before they can be supplied in Australia.


However, sometimes patients can benefit from therapeutic goods that have not been approved by the TGA. For example, there may be medicines that have been approved for use in other countries but not yet in Australia, or a manufacturer may not offer a particular device in Australia.

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ANZSOM Annual Scientific Meeting 2017

This years 'must attend' conference for those in occupational health, the ANZSOM Annual Scientific Meeting 2017 will be conducted over three days and providing a diverse range of topics and learning formats.

This year's meeting recognises the diverse nature of the occupational health community and focuses on bringing health professionals and other interested parties together for an exciting learning and networking experience.


Also featured is a pre-conference visit to Rottnest Island, a range of practical site visits, and plenty of activities for accompanying guests.

Date: 20 - 23 August 2017

Venue: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle.

For more information and registration, please click here


Penguins Formalwear discounts offered for attendees to the AMA (WA) Charity Gala Dinner

Penguins Formalwear would like to offer a 20 per cent discount to all guests attending the AMA (WA) 2017 Charity Gala Dinner and Awards Night.

Let them help you get dressed and looking polished for an unforgettable night out. Penguins Formalwear would also like to offer special discounts for purchase items, including dinner shirts bow ties and pocket squares.

For more information, please contact Des Michael.


Stay in luxury for the AMA (WA) Charity Gala Dinner

Fraser Suites Perth is offering an AMA (WA) member only deal for the weekend of the AMA (WA) 2017 Charity Gala Dinner and Awards Night.

Experience luxury accommodation in the Studio Suite or spoil yourself in one of the One bedroom Suites.

The rate includes breakfast for two in Heirloom by Pete Evans, complimentary WiFi and a late check out.


To book, call the friendly reservation team on 08 9261 0000 and quote the promo code AMA.


Alternatively you can book online and enter the promo code AMA


Serenades in the City

Join the Perth Chamber Orchestra and MSWA for a delicious Champagne Brunch in the stunning surrounds of Perth’s iconic Government House Ballroom while listening to several stunning classical works. 


Life drawings by local artist Ben Brennan of WAAPA ballerinas help bring the magic of the music to life, while celebrated WA journalist and author, Ros Appleby, tells stories between the music.

The AMA (WA) is offering a double pass to Serenades in the City, for your chance to win please register your interest with Des Michael.


Baroque by Candlelight

Perth Chamber Orchestra and MSWA present 'Baroque by Candlelight'.

Set in the stunning surrounds of St George’s Cathedral, PCO performs sublime music surrounded by hundreds of flickering candles, inspired by the great composers of the Baroque Period.


Now in its fifth year, and under the artistic direction of Jessica Gethin and the leadership of virtuoso violinist, Paul Wright, Baroque by Candlelight is an immersive concert that offers a unique musical, spiritual and historical experience.


The AMA (WA) is offering a double pass to Baroque by Candlelight, for your chance to win please register your interest with Des Michael.


$40 off quality wines

My Wine Guy is a premium wine service offering only highly rated Australian and Imported wines as scored by the world's top wine critics.


For the month of July, My Wine Guy is offering AMA (WA) members $40 off their first purchase and free delivery for orders over $250.


Huge savings on Riedel glassware

Riedel Crystal are delighted to offer AMA (WA) Members massive savings on a range of world-class wine glasses. Enjoy 50 per cent off Spiegelau's elegant Authentis wine series, and up to 60 per cent off the Nachtmann range.


This sale ends on Sunday 30 July, so get in quick to avoid missing out. 

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30 per cent off Le Creuset's cookware

Enjoy a whopping 30 per cent discount off Les Creuset's new Mist Grey range, perfect for all your cooking needs.

Get the discounted Cast Iron Singature 26cm Casserole dish and we'll bundle in a Storage Canister and Utensil Jar, saving you a total of $200. 

For more details and to register your interest, please contact Des Michael 


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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