Electoral Categories

Electoral Categories

The AMA (WA) has recently revised how it categorises members in order to tailor membership communication and broaden the profession’s representation on the AMA (WA)’s policy making body, the AMA (WA) Council. 


All eligible members have been assigned a Specialty Group and Practice Group(s) according to the most recent information received by the AMA (WA) Membership Office. If you believe that your current Specialty Group and/or Practice Group does not accurately represent your specialty or practice, please update your Membership Renewal Form or alternatively email the AMA (WA) Membership Office.


Specialty Group


Each AMA (WA) member who either hold a higher qualification recognised by the Australian Medical Council or are in a speciality training program shall nominate to be associated with one of the listed Specialty Groups.  


 Anaesthetists  General Practitioners  Obstetricians and
 Pathologists  Psychiatrists
 Physicians  Radiologists  Surgeons  Ophthalmologists  Dermatologists
 Emergency Physicians  Orthopaedic Surgeons  Paediatricians    


Each Speciality Group will have a representative who sits on the AMA (WA) Council. As a member of a Speciality Group you will be eligible to elect your chosen Council Representative, should there be an election. Your Specialty Group will also assist the AMA (WA) in providing you with relevant member communication.


Eligible AMA (WA) members can only nominate to be associated with one Specialty Group. 


Practice Group


All AMA (WA) members must nominate to be associated with at least one of the listed Practice Groups. 


 Public Hospital Doctors  Doctors in Training  Rural Doctors  Private Specialist
 General Practice


At present, the General Practice, Public Hospital Doctors and Doctors-in-Training Practice Groups all have established committees that meet on a monthly basis, to discuss industrial and professional issues that impact their members. They have been successful at advocating for policy improvements at both a health system and political level and are used as an expert consultation group for the AMA (WA). Practice Group Chairs are elected in accordance with each group’s Terms of Reference and sit on the AMA (WA) Council. 


AMA (WA) members can elect to be associated with more than one Practice Group. 


The Specialty Groups and Practice Groups have been established by Clause 21 of the AMA (WA) Constitution. You can review the Constitution online (please note, you must login to the AMA (WA) website to view the Constitution)

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