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19 October 2018 Issue # 114

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Minimum alcohol price: Now is the time to act

The Australian Medical Association (WA) strongly welcomes the WA Alcohol and Youth Action Coalition’s case for a Minimum Price for Alcohol.


“We know the harm that really cheap grog has on our society,” AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said today.


“Excessive alcohol consumption is the source of significant health, social and economic harms, particularly among young Australians. There are more alcohol-related Emergency Department presentations in WA than the rest of Australia, something that our doctors and nurses see every day,” Dr Khorshid said.


To continue reading, visit the AMA (WA) website


Message to all Federal MPs: Reject e-cigarette campaign

In a letter sent this week to all Western Australian Federal Parliamentary representatives, AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid urged them to put health first and reject companies attempting to reverse decades of successful anti-smoking achievements by weakening rules against e-cigarettes.


Australian laws and regulations controlling the use and sale of tobacco based products, including e-cigarettes are the envy of the world, Dr Khorshid said.


To continue reading, visit the AMA (WA) website


This week, Dr Omar Khorshid spoke with Oliver Peterson on 6PR about the success the big tobacco lobbyists are having in Federal Parliament on e-cigarettes. To listen to the segment, visit the 6PR website


AMA (WA) passes motion opposing Pharmacy Guild’s appeal

At the most recent council meeting, AMA (WA) unanimously passed a motion opposing the Pharmacy Guild’s appeal to be able to administer a wider range of vaccinations.


It was agreed that their appeal is an unacceptable fragmentary approach and contrary to the whole patient model of care focused on quality and safety.


Last year the State Government announced a review of community pharmacy ownership in Western Australia. The submission made by the AMA (WA) supported a number of changes and has recommended against allowing an extension to the healthcare role of pharmacies.


The State Government review is yet to be released, almost 10 months since the review was announced ...


To view our submission, visit the AMA (WA) website


Survey: Diet and weight management in general practice

Overweight and obesity are significant challenges to Australia’s health, wellbeing and productivity. Most Australian adults (63.4%) are above a healthy weight and more than one quarter (27%) of Australian children are overweight or obese.


The AMA (WA) recognises that obesity is driven by myriad social and environmental factors and must be addressed by a whole of government, multi-sectoral approach. There are currently a number of initiatives underway in WA to address weight and weight-related illness. The AMA (WA) is collaborating with the Department of Health and WAPHA around services and models of care in the community.


The insights of our members, particularly GPs, at the frontline of primary care are integral to informing our advice and advocacy to government on these issues. To that end, we have put together the following survey to collate your experiences and views. It should take no more than 15 minutes, and your input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to those who have already completed the survey!


Complete the survey online now


AMA Corporate Travel Insurance

AMA Insurance Brokers offers an Annual Corporate Travel Insurance that provides exceptional value and quality coverage and benefits.


The policy is currently available at a discounted premium of $440 * from 1st October 2018 to 31st March 2019 for those under the age of 70 and $625* for Over 70’s.


To find out more, please contact us via email or on 1800 262 287.



General Practitioner Job | Perth Hills

AMA Recruit is currently seeking a FRACGP or FACRRM accredited General Practitioner for regular weekend sessions at a practice located in Kalamunda (approx. 35 minute drive from Perth CBD).


This practice is long-established with first class, modern facilities. They have a large and loyal patient base with a significant, unmet local demand for general practice on weekends. 

For further information or to apply, please visit the AMA Recruit website


Alternatively, contact Dave Bell at AMA Recruit on 9273 3096 or


Compass Student Group

Compass Student Group (Compass) started earlier this year in February by a group of UWA medical students who came together with a common goal of achieving impact in disadvantage communities while inspiring future doctors to participate in foreign aid.


Compass does this by running annual trips to Africa, teaching health education to students, and bringing health supplies to the schools. To learn more about what they do, visit the Compass website


Want to be a part of something new? Tour de Pushup is looking for student leaders in 2019

Tour de Pushup is a physical and mental health event that runs over 23 days in July, in line with the Tour de France. The inaugural event, held earlier this year, received an overwhelming response from the local community. Over 1000 people from all around Australia joined the cause and together over 2 million pushups were completed.  


Tour de Pushup is looking for students passionate about the intersection of mental and physical health to lead teams at their universities.


How does Tour de Pushup work?


Participants join a team and complete pushups to match the kilometres cycled in the Tour de France; 1km = 1 pushup.  Team members use the Tour de Pushup app to see the targets, tally their pushups, talk to their fellow team members and receive daily tips about taking care of their mental health.


If you are interested to get involved, contact the Tour de Pushup team via email or take a look at their instagram page @thetourdepushup


Free CPR for AMA (WA) GP Members

Saturday 27 October | 9.00am - 12.00pm


Have you completed your CPR for the 2017 – 2019 triennium?


The AMA is delivering 3 hour courses for GPs 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 more information, visit the AMA (WA) website or register online now


Budget Masterclass | Registrations still open

Wednesday 31 October | 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm

Join AMA (WA) for a two-hour interactive Budget Masterclass, presented by Jan Norberger, General Manager, AMA (WA) Education and Training.

Topics being covered include:

• Why budget - how to develop a realistic budget
• Exploring key concepts of budget creation
• Data extrapolation
• Budget assumptions


To register, visit the AMA (WA) website or contact Akhil Sharma via email.


National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases Community Forum

Tuesday 20 November | 4.00pm - 7.00pm


Join the National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases as they share a series of short talks about the internationally renowned research work on asbestos doctors and scientists are doing here in WA. 


Speakers and topics:


  • Professor Fraser Brims - A brief history of asbestos disease in WA, early screening for lung cancer. 
  • Professor Anna Nowak and Dr Melvin Chin - New and upcoming clinical treatments for mesothelioma.
  • Wes Wilson - New approaches in radiotherapy and immunotherapy.
  • Dr Joost Lesterhuis - The invasiveness of mesothelioma and identifying drugs to inhibit it. 
  • Dr Sally Lansley - Revival of an old cure: Using bacteria to fight mesothelioma. 


Being held at the Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research at QEII, you will also have the opportunity to tour the laboratories. To register, contact Tracy Hayward via email or phone 6151 1078. 


Trial Clubhouse Membership | Royal Perth Golf Club

Get a taste of ‘The Royal Experience’ at one of Western Australia’s most exclusive venues:


• Full use of Clubhouse facilities

• Open for breakfast and lunch every day (except Good Friday and Christmas Day)

• Regular events including a monthly themed Friday buffet, wine & dine nights, luncheons and much more

• Royal Perth Golf Club is a regular recipient of Clubs WA awards for excellence

• Invitation to apply for Full Membership at the end of the trial period


Twelve months trial membership - $99


For further information contact Royal Perth Golf Club via email or phone 6436 4900.


Win: Colin, Brad & Greg - Stars of "Whose line is it anyway?"

Tuesday 20 November | 8.00 - 10.00 pm


Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood and Greg Proops, stars of the US Emmy nominated ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. This is the first time the three improv stars have been on stage together in Australia! 


Using their quick wit, Colin, Brad and Greg take suggestions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes… just like a live version of ‘Whose Line?’! Throughout the evening, the show becomes truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun.


To go into the draw to win tickets, email Des on


Win: Celentano Tribute Show

Wednesday 31 October | 8.00 - 10.00 pm


For half a century and still to this day, Adriano Celentano is noted as the most loved artist in Italian showbiz. Leaving a mark over three generations with his numerous hits he’s dazzled audiences over and over.


For one night only, performer Maurizio Schweizer, with a likeness both physical and vocal, will recreate this magic live on stage!


To go into the draw to win tickets, email Des on


Event: Living Moment | Auto Classic BMW

Thursday 1 November - Friday 30 November


Living Movement is a collaborative installation between BMW and Moda Interiors that will run for the month of November at the Auto Classic BMW showroom.


The installation will see authentic fusions of art and function, a celebration of visual beauty, modern design and exquisite quality that will appeal to high-end consumers. The installation will capture and reflect every element of a luxurious lifestyle, from interiors to fashion.


The installation will also include a “hidden room” where AMA (WA) members will be able to see the highly anticipated new BMW X5.


To book an X5 viewing please contact Auto Classic BMW via email


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. 


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