About Us

The AMA (WA) is the largest independent professional organisation for medical practitioners and medical students in the State, representing doctors across the public and private sectors, ranging from residents and registrars through to specialists and general practitioners.

The AMA (WA) 2018 Annual Report


The AMA (WA) 2018 Annual Report can be viewed by AMA (WA) members here. Previous reports are available on request.

 

The AMA (WA) Constitution


Over the past year, the AMA (WA) Board and a sub-committee of the AMA (WA) Council has reviewed the entire AMA (WA) Constitution with a view to amending it to ensure effective governance structures, following the creation of the AMA (WA) Board, and reviewing the composition of the AMA (WA)’s policy making body, the AMA (WA) Council, to reflect the broad range of professional interests.

 

The proposed amendments to the Constitution were presented to AMA (WA) members for adoption at the Annual General Meeting, held on 4 July 2018, with the required majority voting in favour of adopting the proposed amendments. The AMA (WA) is in the process of registering the adopted amendments.

 

It is anticipated that the new Constitution will increase member participation and representation at an AMA (WA) Council level.

 

The amended 2018 AMA (WA) Constitution can be viewed here

Who We Represent


The AMA (WA) looks after the professional and industrial needs of members at all stages of their careers, and is committed to advancing the medical profession. The Association is dedicated to protecting individual members and the collective interests of all doctors, be they working in WA’s public hospital system, running a private practice or providing services in community health centres in the rural and remote parts of the state.

 

Our highly professional secretariat specialises in providing members with advice and support across a range of issues including workplace relations, legislative and regulatory, and business advice and training tailored to the medical profession. As a member of the AMA you are part of the nation’s peak medical group representing over 28,000 doctors Australia-wide.

Active Campaigning


The AMA (WA) negotiates and lobbies policy makers to represent the views and interests of the medical profession and to promote the welfare of patients to all those associated with the provision of health care within Western Australia and at a federal level.

 

We maintain constant contact and dialogue with state and federal governments, and have close relationships with many different organisations whose activities affect the outcomes the AMA (WA) is working towards. These include hospital services, healthcare providers, Medicare and private health insurers, academia and numerous royal colleges. In addition, we seek to maintain influence and contact with a large cross section of NGOs, affiliated bodies, allied health professionals and other associated organisations.

Public Health


Patient care and public health are high priorities to members of the AMA, and the AMA (WA) also campaigns tirelessly for the rights of patients, better public health services, guaranteed freedom of choice in the private system and the right to retain access to Australia’s high standards of medicine. The AMA campaigns on welfare issues affecting a community of over 2.1 million patients across the state of WA.

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"It is my hope that we can tackle the challenges our profession faces, united as one. If we dislike our working hours, our pay, gender inequality or low training opportunities, we can change these together. As a nurse in my previous life, I know that when a profession stands as one, people listen."
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