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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
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.
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.
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.
Medical practitioners in WA are currently facing immense challenges in their provision of healthcare. In the year to December 2007 WA’s population grew by nearly 50,000 constituting the largest percentage growth in the country. Such rapid growth puts enormous strain on the state’s medical infrastructure and presents medical practitioners and the community with significant challenges.
The AMA (WA) works relentlessly to address and raise awareness of these, and many other issues, currently facing both doctors providing care and the patients requiring care.