AMA (WA) Council – get involved

Following recent amendments to the AMA (WA) Constitution, the AMA (WA) Council has a revised focus. As the AMA (WA)’s policy making body, Councillors play a pivotal role in the development of Association policy and advocacy that has a direct impact on both members, the medical profession and the entire health system. Over the past 12 months, AMA (WA) Councillors have been at the forefront of health system and clinical policy development, covering a wide range of issues including industrial advocacy, End-of-Life Care, vaccinations, professional practice issues and health system management.


As a Councillor, you will be responsible for representing the views of your Speciality Group/Practice Group and the medical profession as a whole, to the wider Council. Playing an influential role in the debate and decision making that will ultimately lead to policy development and sustained political engagement and advocacy.


AMA (WA) Councillors are elected for a term of one year and meet on the first Wednesday evening of each month, commencing on 3 July 2019. Councillors are expected to attend Council meetings, AMA (WA) functions and may be asked to serve on various Committees, including national committees. The AMA (WA) Board is elected by Councillors, and Councillors may have the opportunity to nominate themselves for a position on the Board.


Nominations and any subsequent election held can only be made in accordance with the AMA (WA) Constitution. Specifically, you must be a member of the AMA (WA) to nominate for a Council position and you must have been a Councillor for the previous year in order to nominate for the President position.


Nominations for the 2019-20 Council term will open soon and we will be seeking representation for the following positions:


President, Two Vice President positions and three ordinary Council members, elected by all ordinary members of the Association.


Thirteen Specialty Representatives who will represent and be directly elected by their peers.
• Anaesthetists; General Practitioners; Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; Pathologists; Psychiatrists; Physicians; Radiologists; Surgeons; Ophthalmologists; Dermatologists; Emergency Physicians; Orthopaedic Surgeons; and Paediatricians.


For more information on the nomination and election process, or being an AMA (WA) Councillor, please contact the AMA (WA). Nomination forms will be made available to all members and updates will be posted on this website.

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