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he Australian Medical Association (WA) has elected a
new State President – Dr Omar Khorshid.
One of the youngest Presidents in the Association’s
history, the 42-year-old Orthopaedic Surgeon was elected
unopposed earlier this month at the AMA (WA)’s Annual
A graduate of the University of Western Australia’s Medical
School, Dr Khorshid has been a prominent voice in the AMA
(WA) for almost two decades. He used the platform of his
very first address as President to outline some of the areas he
hopes to focus on during his tenure, including obesity services
and surgery, along with planning for future health services.
“If it is necessary to go to the trenches and fight to protect
proper funding and staffing for health services, then I am more
than willing to take a leadership position in that fight,”
Dr Khorshid said.
He also stated his intention to work with the McGowan
Government to ensure WA health was not sidelined in the
coming State Budget.
Dr Khorshid thanked outgoing President Dr Andrew Miller for
his year in office.
“Dr Miller represented the AMA in WA extremely well over the
last year and like everyone, I believe it is an enormous shame
that, due to family illness, he was not able to stand for
a second term.
“However the changes he began, the relationships he
developed and the impact he had on health will be long-
lasting,” Dr Khorshid said.
Earlier in the evening retiring President Dr Andrew Miller
expressed his thanks for having the opportunity to lead the
Association, comparing it to being at the front of a peloton.
“You’re only there because you have this train of people
behind you while others hand you water bottles from the side
of the road,” he said.
Other movements in Council included the appointment of
Dr David McCoubrie as Vice President and Dr Farhan Shahzad
as an Ordinary Member. Dr Miller also welcomed Prof William
Hart, Prof Jane Courtney, Rhiannon Hicks, Alex Wright
and Raphin Hossain onto Council while commending the
commitment of outgoing members Dr Dror Maor, Dr Daniel
Heredia, Prof John Newnham, Prof Shirley Bowen, Prof Bernard
Pearn-Rowe, Daniel Dorevitich and Sid Narula.
A M A ( WA ) A G M
Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Omar Khorshid will lead the Association in
WA as health in the State faces a rising number of challenges
AMA elects new
Dr Andrew Miller addresses members.
Dr Omar Khorshid used the platform of his very first address as President to outline some
of the areas he hopes to focus on during his tenure.