CEO Message: MEDCON22 inspires, informs and educates | AMA (WA)


Bennie Ng Medcon22

CEO Message: MEDCON22 inspires, informs and educates

Friday July 29, 2022

Dr Bennie Ng, AMA (WA) CEO

A big thank you to those who attended MEDCON22 at Crown, whether in its entirety or just the Friday or Saturday. It’s always a challenge presenting something after its inaugural year, especially an event as large in scale as MEDCON. But, we believe in the concept of bringing doctors from all stages and specialties together at this unique inter-college conference, and it seems you do too.

There were more than 650 registrations for MEDCON, with the glittering MEDBALL also attracting more than 500 revellers. Of course, MEDBALL incorporated the AMA (WA) Awards. Congratulations to Hippocrates Award winner Dr Scott Blackwell, Junior Doctor of the Year Dr Ashwita Siri Vanga, President’s Award winner Ms Vicki O’Donnell OAM, and winner of the inaugural Doctors’ Health Advisory Service WA (DHASWA) Award, Dr David Oldham.

It was an honour to have outgoing AMA Federal President Dr Omar Khorshid, a proud Western Australian, take the time to speak on the night, after a brilliant two years serving the AMA at the national level.

The program at MEDCON22 had both breadth and depth, with sessions covering topics such as digital health, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) homes, and Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) implementation.

There were inspiring speeches by international speaker Michael Crossland, Bali bombing survivor Phil Britten, and 2022 Young Australian of the Year Dr Daniel Nour. In short, there were endless ways to be informed, educated, moved and motivated in both your personal and professional lives.

There has been overwhelmingly positive feedback, with delegates appreciating the variety of MEDCON22, as well as the opportunity to learn with colleagues from different disciplines.

To our medical colleges, thank you so much for sharing our vision of an inter-college event. To our many amazing sponsors, we wouldn’t have an event without the possibilities that your involvement creates. Thanks also to AMA (WA) President Dr Mark Duncan-Smith and the AMA (WA) Council for their support.

Behind the scenes, our wonderful staff and event organisers showed great professionalism and passion for this event. Believe it or not, we are already looking forward to MEDCON23.

It was gratifying to meet with and speak to those who have already attended the first two events. Your enthusiasm inspires us to consider how we can improve and engage with WA doctors for many years to come in such a conducive environment.

For now, let’s just reflect on our success. Again, thanks to you all for your support.