President's Blog
Storm warning

When you’ve been sounding the alarm and telling people to batten down the hatches, it’s based on the best advice that a storm is on its way.  


So, what if it all blows over? 




AMA (WA) muscle helps secure fair flu vax deal

In the latest example of AMA (WA) advocacy achieving significant results for members, a deal has been struck for compensation for GPs, regarding the WA Government’s free influenza vaccination scheme for the month of June. 


Last weekend, strenuous negotiations with the Government were held, led by RACGP (WA) President Dr Ramya Raman, with the strong support and involvement of AMA (WA) GP representatives Drs Simon Torvaldsen and Mary Wyatt.



Hospital Health Check 2022
Doctors in training: have your say!

The 2022 Hospital Health Check (HHC) is officially up and running. Hospital Health Check is more than just a survey, it's the perfect opportunity for doctors in training to have their say about workplaces and working conditions. Views are shared anonymously on everything from teaching and training to overtime and payslips.

Hospital executives and administrators use the HHC survey results to identify what they're doing well, and where they need to improve. Some hospitals then develop initiatives or revise existing processes to effect real change. This is the power of the HHC.
HHC was created by DiTs to help their peers assess working conditions, and make informed decisions when selecting the health campuses where they wish to work. Interns and DiTs use the survey results for this very reason every year.

How does your hospital rate? Where will you apply to work next year? Watch this space...



The CPD standard for doctors is changing
Tell us what you want by completing the CPD survey by 30 June

On 18 July 2021, Health Ministers approved the MBA's revised Registration Standard: Continuing Professional Development. From 1 January 2024, all doctors (other than those who are exempt) must participate in the CPD program of an approved CPD home.


With the introduction of CPD homes next year, the AMA (WA) is seeking Australian Medical Council (AMC) accreditation as a CPD home supporting all doctors. To ensure we offer a valued CPD home service, please tell us about your work environment, how you currently manage your CPD, and what you are looking for from your future CPD home.


The survey closes 30 June 2022 and should only take you 10 minutes to complete.



Pull those socks on!
Crazysocks4docs 2022

Open until 10 June, the annual DHASWA CS4D Competition 2022 is in full swing.


Enter for a chance to WIN $600 by simply posting a photo of yourself and your crazy socks, and/or your team!


The DHASWA competition aims to engage doctors and medical students all across WA to assist in spreading the CS4D message of awareness, advocacy and action in mental health for doctors.



Medical student & DiT mental health traffic lights flyer launch
Supporting the wellbeing of doctors and medical students

The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) and the Australian Medical Association Council of Doctors in Training (AMACDT) have partnered to to create a Traffic Lights Flyer. It provides a list of support services available for students and junior doctors, and provides recommendations for services depending on the level of stress, mental illness or acute need the individual is facing.

Our vision is for every doctor and medical student to have this flyer saved on their phone, should they, or any of their colleagues ever need support.


We ask that you please share this flyer with your networks of students and doctors, and continue to work with us in reducing the stigma that exists in medicine around discussing mental illness.



Flashback Friday: From the ammunition vault
September 2021

The AMA has always been strongly engaged in public health and safety advocacy, incuding the reform of Australia's gun laws 25 years ago after the Port Arthur massacre.


In this pertinent Flashback Friday, with US gun control in the international spotlight, Dr David Roberts, former President of the AMA (WA) from 1996-97, talks about the important role the AMA played in the process and why it helped drive major change.



New Assessing Fitness to Drive 2022

GPs are advised that a new edition of the national driver medical standards ‘Assessing Fitness to Drive’ (2022) will come into effect on 22 June 2022.


From that date all medical assessments conducted for the purpose of determining fitness to drive must be conducted according to the new edition. A summary of changes is now available from the Austroads website to help you prepare for the transition.


The AMA provided a submission to the Review, and as a member of the Assessing Fitness to Drive Implementation Advisory Group worked with the National Transport Commission and Austroads on the resources to assist practitioners assessing fitness to drive standards and their communication.




The importance of business insurance

Running a successful business takes time, money and lots of hard work. And insuring your business should be top of your mind when you're thinking about what might happen if you were totally and permanently disabled and couldn't work.


Insuring your business is also about ensuring your family's wellbeing.



Federal election 2022, what does it mean for you?

A number of changes were proposed by the Government during the election campaign, and support was also announced for a number of proposals made by the previous Government.


So now where do things stand? What’s next, and how could these proposals impact you?


Read on for the summary of key announcements to date, and opportunities that may exist.



Tax time tool kit for doctors
Know what you can claim

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has developed a range of resources to assist medical practitioners in preparing their tax this year. This information is provided for the assistance of members. 


Disclaimer: Please note that The Australian Salaried Medical Officers' Federation (ASMOF), its officers and staff do not provide financial advice to members. Members should consider seeking independent legal, financial, taxation or other advice to check how the ATO’s information relates to your unique circumstances. ASMOF is not liable for any loss caused, whether due to negligence or otherwise arising from the use of, or reliance on, the information provided.




MEDCON22 Keynote Speaker
Phil Britten

Phil Britten is a multi award-winning international speaker, best-selling author and entrepreneur who is also a professional martial artist.


His unique successes saw him win Business News' ‘40under40’ award in recognition of being one of WA’s top entrepreneurs. Phil is driven, determined, and will help reshape your thoughts so you feel like anything is possible.


A survivor of the 2002 Bali bombings who suffered burns to 60 per cent of his body,  Phil has dedicated his life to helping others live in the now, and embrace their hidden potential in their personal and professional lives. Don't miss Phil speak at MEDCON22.



Managing challenging behaviours in our patients workshop
Saturday 23 Jul 2022 @ ADA House 8:45 am to 12pm

This core workshop addresses care planning and coordination of pharmacological, psychological and social interventions for adolescents, establishing skills in the medication management of common psychiatric disorders and safe prescribing.


A workshop you won't want to miss!



61st AMA (WA) Annual General Meeting
Monday 13 June @ 6.30pm

Members are invited to attend the 61st AMA (WA) Annual General Meeting (AGM). Due to high COVID-19 caseloads in WA, this year's AGM is being held online via Zoom on Monday 13 June from 6.30pm.


You must register to attend. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


It is anticipated that the AGM will last no longer than 45 minutes. A copy of the AGM agenda can be found here.


The results of the AMA (WA) Council Elections 2022 will also be announced on the night of the AGM.



Member Benefits

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Nixer Online Tax Returns

FREE online tax returns for junior doctors through the Nixer platform   


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