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17 August 2018 Issue # 112

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Statement on End-of-Life Choices and Palliative Care

It is evident that end-of-life care in Western Australia cannot continue with the status quo. It is also clear that improving the care and experiences of patients at the end of life extends far beyond the narrow scope of a euthanasia debate.


The issues of end-of-life care and assisted dying are currently at the centre of debate in Australia.


Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) will be legalised in Victoria from mid-2019, while the NSW Bill was narrowly defeated in late 2017.


In Western Australia, a Joint Select Committee was established in August 2017 to inquire and report on the need for laws in our State to allow citizens to make informed decisions regarding their own end of life choices.


For more information, please click here


New industrial agreements survey

The AMA (WA) will commence negotiations for new industrial agreements that cover:

• All doctors in training employed in the WA Health System
• All senior doctors employed in the WA Health System
• All doctors employed by St John of God Health Care in WA
• All Clinical Academics employed under the WA Health System – Medical Practitioners (Clinical Academics) – AMA Agreement 2016


Negotiations formally commence in early 2019 and will cover salaries, allowances, working hours, leave provisions and other entitlements. In preparation for the upcoming negotiations, the AMA (WA) has developed member surveys, designed to help the AMA (WA) identify issues that need improvement and gather data to assist in the negotiation process. 


If you are employed in the WA Health System or by St John of God Health Care, your response to these surveys provides a key component of the AMA (WA)’s industrial advocacy and helps secure improved conditions and entitlements. Previously the AMA (WA) has used this data to successfully advocate for increased wages, improved working conditions and greater access to leave and professional development.


All AMA (WA) members who are employed in the WA Health System or by SGJHC were sent an email on Wednesday 8 August 2018 with a link to a survey. Clinical Academics were sent an email with a link to their survey on 16 August 2018.  If you haven’t already done so, please complete the survey. 


Haven’t received an email from the AMA (WA)?
Please check your junk mail or span folder. Email to request a link to the appropriate survey.


Celebrating 25 years of the AMA (WA) Charity Golf Day

The AMA (WA) invites you to play in the 25th AMA (WA) Charity Golf Day, on Friday 26 October 2018 at the Royal Perth Golf Club.


There will be some amazing items up for auction and as usual, proceeds will go to the AMA (WA)’s Dr YES program.


This year we celebrate 25 years of the AMA (WA) Charity Golf Day.


The Ambrose tournament allows players of varying degrees of golfing prowess to get involved, so the novice will have just as much fun as the more experienced player.


The day on the course is followed by an evening of catching up with friends and colleagues over some great wine and fabulous food.

For more information and to register, please click here


Do you have a passion for contributing to the health and safety of challenging, at-risk youth?

The Department of Communities is seeking the provision of a part-time, qualified medical practitioner at the Kath French Secure Care Centre in Stoneville, WA.

How to Apply?

The Request for Quote can be downloaded from the TendersWA website at, reference number: DCP201835
Submissions must be received by no later than 2:30pm, Friday 31 August 2018, Western Australia.

Should you have any queries, please contact Ms Jenna Burgess, A/Senior Procurement Specialist, via email.


Introducing YAppEE

YAppEE (Youth App Empowering Employment) is a free app-based service that is designed to help young people maintain stable employment and income through real-time mental health support.

YAppEE uses the YAppEE smartphone app which allows participants to check-in daily and help identify and prevent issues in the workplace before they escalate.


The service includes a counselling call centre, run by Black Swan Health, to provide real-time support to participants as they need it.


For more information, please click here


Riding to raise awareness

A rare and debilitating disease is the motivation for a trio of friends who are gearing up to ride 1,200kms from Melbourne to Sydney via Canberra and the Snowy Mountains on their road bikes.

Dr Carsten Broeze, an Emergency Medicine and Paediatrics Registrar at Perth Children’s Hospital and his friends Kukame McKenzie and Adam Piers will set off on the 10-day ride to raise awareness and funds for Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2), a rare genetic and incurable condition affecting one in 25,000 to one in 40,000 people.

The three friends are pictured here with Hannah Piers, who was diagnosed with the disease three years ago 

Follow their journey on Instagram and donate to support NF2 at:


ISAP 2018

The AMA (WA) along with the City of Joondalup, ECU and Bethanie Aged Care are holding an international aged care conference in September.

The Innovation: Solutions for an Ageing Population International Conference is an annual conference alternating between Australia and Shanghai. The conference aims to provide a fresh approach to innovative solutions across the aged care and healthcare industries in a global context.

ISAP 2018 presents a unique opportunity for you and your organisation to connect with our industry delegates across the global aged care spectrum and to share knowledge and information about both practical and operational innovation through education and research, architecture, design, technology and leadership.

Date: 12 - 14 September 2018
Venue: Joondalup Resort, Perth Western Australia

For more details and to register, please click here


Free CPR for AMA (WA) members

Have you completed your CPR? RACGP requires CPR to be completed in this 2017 – 2019 triennium.

This course provides participants with the skills and knowledge required to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines.

HLTAID001 – Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

This activity attracts 5 category 2 RACGP points and 20 ACRRM points.

The next available CPR session is on Saturday 25 August 2018


For more information and registration, please click here.

Young People, Ethics and the Law

This workshop enhances participants’ understanding of the ethical and legal issues arising when working with young people, including consent, confidentiality and access to Medicare.


On completion of this workshop, doctors have improved skills and confidence in engaging with young people and the ability to discuss their issues and concerns.


Presenter: Dr Fiona Sluchniak (SARC)
Date: 28 August 2018, 6pm for a 6:30 start
Venue: AMA House, 14 Stirling Hwy, Nedlands

For more information and to register, please click here


Advance Care Planning Seminar

Australia’s population is ageing. Well-coordinated and appropriate healthcare is a key priority. It's becoming increasingly important for the healthcare sector to better understand advance care planning.


Presented by Advance Care Planning Australia, Palliative Care Network WA and Cancer Council Western Australia, this Perth-based seminar will be run by recognised leaders in the field of advance care planning in Australia.

Topics covered include advance care planning across sectors, legal considerations and implementation.

Date: 21 August 2018
Venue: Bendat Parent and Community Centre, 36 Dodd Street Wembley

For more information and to register, please click here


Chasing Horizons with Ernie Dingo

The HHGenXYZ Committee invites you to join them and special guest, Ernie Dingo, at the newly reimagined Melbourne Hotel. There, Ernie will share inspiration from his remarkable life by presenting 'Chasing Horizons' — a talk for all ages, set to engage, entertain and empower.

Date: 31 August 2018
Venue: The Melbourne Hotel, Karingal Ballroom
Time: 6pm - 8:30pm

The AMA (WA) is offering one free ticket to this event, please contact Des Michael to go into the draw.

For more information, please click here


Write in and win

Got something to say? We would love to hear from you!

The AMA (WA)'s publication Medicus is calling on all members to send through any letters they would like to share with the profession. 

Write to us (200 words max) at - the best letter will win anything from movie/theatre tickets to bottles of wine. 


Father's Day Headphones Sale

Get the perfect Father's Day gift with the Bose Father's Day Headphones Sale. No matter how noisy the world is, tune it out and get some peace and quiet.


To access these great discounts, please click here for more information. 


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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