DOCTORS DON’T THINK WA’S HEALTH SYSTEM WOULD COPE WITH A LARGE COVID OUTBREAK*

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We are concerned about your safety first and foremost. Our health system is in crisis and will not cope with a large COVID outbreak. Consider these facts:*

AMA (WA) | Virus Outbreak
WA is not ready for an outbreak

63% of doctors don't think the WA health system
can cope with a large COVID outbreak.

permanent hospital staff
Insufficient Workforce

63% do not think there is an adequate medical workforce in WA.

AMA (WA) | Lack of Government Support
Lack of Goverment support

77% think doctors are not sufficiently supported by the WA Department of Health and the Government to ensure medical work resilience in the event of a large outbreak.

*Poll conducted 29/1/21 - 5/2/21 by Truevote. Respondents were able to answer “Yes”, “No” and “N/A”. N/A responses have been removed and percentage values published represent total “Yes and “No” responses only.

At this election, choose a political party that is committed to our checklist.

OPEN 440 PUBLIC HOSPITAL BEDS

Open 440 public hospital beds as soon as possible to improve access to emergency care in the short term. This will reduce delays for the ambulance service, and risk and suffering for patients.

PERMANENT MEDICAL WORKFORCE FOR WA

A secure medical workforce is essential during the pandemic and beyond. Keep our community safe by converting their short-term contracts to ongoing permanent jobs in line with other doctors in Australia.
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EMPLOY 500 MORE NURSES

Immediately employ 500 WA graduate nurses to boost our frontline workforce and open up beds.
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THE HIGHEST STANDARD OF AIRBORNE PPE

Provide airborne standard PPE protection to all frontline workers exposed to possible and known COVID patients. We must exceed the guidelines mandated by the Commonwealth.

DEDICATED PROFESSIONAL QUARANTINE FACILITIES

Upgrade hotel quarantine with expert staff and systems, proper ventilation and airborne standard PPE immediately. Develop new facilities away from hotels for future quarantine.
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A WORKABLE COVID RESPONSE PLAN FOR AGED CARE

Develop a holistic aged care COVID response plan for the elderly and disabled in facilities and at home. This must be done with input from patients, families, aged care providers, GPs and hospitals.

UPGRADED HEALTH WORKPLACE SAFETY

Upgrade workplace safety at hospital and healthcare facilities by consulting occupational health and ventilation specialists and workplace safety experts.
*Indicates in-principle support.
We sent all major political parties the AMA (WA) checklist, asking whether they would commit to the items listed. Checklist items correspond to key areas needed to make WA’s health system capable of coping with a large COVID outbreak. We asked political parties to respond by 24 February. Parties responded with either ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘in-principle support’ or written responses outlining their commitment. The checklist reflects these responses, with written responses being assessed by the AMA (WA) to determine whether parties supported checklist items. We have updated the checklist as more information has come in from the parties.