Dr Simon Torvaldsen
Chair, AMA (WA) General Practice Group
“Advocating for GPs is a core AMA (WA) activity as General Practice is recognised as the heart of the health system. We take great pride in representing local GP concerns at a federal level and lobbying for change. From effecting recent wins such as securing a no-fault Vaccine Indemnity Compensation Scheme and staving off incursions by Pharmacy, to resolving the pathology rent issue and the Medicare freeze for GPs first – the AMA (WA)’s eternal vigilance and behind-the-scenes action ensures the viability of your practice and profession. Yet we are only as strong as our membership, so join us as we continue our advocacy for General Practice.”
Advocating for General Practitioners
Successfully lobbied the WA Government’s UTI Pharmacy Prescribing Trial Working Group to mitigate some potential harms associated with pharmacy prescribing, including getting the first-line antibiotic used for the trial changed.
Provided members with an expert legal summary on the application of payroll tax to Western Australian medical centres, easing concerns about how Eastern States rulings on widening the tax didn’t apply in WA.
Addressed the needs of GP education at MEDCON23 with targeted sessions on cybersecurity, ethical and legal billing, Ahpra, and ADHD diagnosing.
Continued to push for single employers for Registrars, and ensuring pay parity with other Junior Doctors.
Continued to advocate for GPs to be recognised as Specialists/Consultants under the relevant Industrial Agreements.
Kept the focus on Medicare improvements and investment in General Practice.
Advocated for voluntary patient enrolment as a key element of Medicare rebate form.
Established CPD Home, your convenient and comprehensive professional development home now that the Medical Board of Australia has new CPD standard requirements in place, discounted at 50 per cent for AMA (WA) members.
Contributed to various significant pieces of public health policy with formal submissions and advocacy.
Benefits of being an AMA (WA) member
JOB SECURITY & SAFETY
The AMA (WA) negotiates your EBA.
EXPERT ADVICE & REPRESENTATION
Whether you’re an employee, contractor or a practice owner, members can access expert industrial relations advice and representation.
Assistance with navigating the National Terms & Conditions of the Employment of Registrars (NTCER).
HAVE YOUR SAY
Contribute to the development of health policy and advocacy via our practice groups and help us lobby State and Federal Governments.
CPD HOME DISCOUNTED SUBSCRIPTION
Subscribe as an AMA Member to receive a 50% discount and pay just $440.
FREE POLICE MEDICAL ID CARD
An AMA (WA) and WA Police initiative, the Medical ID card is free to members for use during medical emergencies.
FREE CPR TRAINING
Which goes towards CPD points.
PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES
Receive Medicus and Med e-link publications plus other communication resources.
MEMBER BENEFITS PROGRAM
Enjoy great savings on hundreds of travel, automotive, health, fitness and entertainment retailers.
REFER A FRIEND & SAVE
General Practitioners are eligible for $100 membership credit for each successful referred member – save up to $400 per year (T&Cs apply).
DISCOUNTED & FREE EVENTS
Special member rates for AMA (WA) conferences, seminars, webinars, social networking, and other events. Plus free access to free financial, insurance and mortgage broking seminars and webinars.
FREE FINANCIAL EVENTS
Access to free financial, insurance and mortgage broking seminars and webinars.
TAX DEDUCTIBLE MEMBERSHIP FEE
Your AMA (WA) membership fee is tax deductible.
DISCOUNTED MEDICAL PRODUCTS
Receive discounts on online purchases of medical products including equipment, instruments and furniture. Members making regular purchases can also organise tailored discounts.+
GET UP TO $2K CASHBACK ON HOMELOANS
Members are eligible to receive up to $2K cashback on top of cash back offers from banks or lenders (T&Cs apply).
FINANCIAL PLAN DISCOUNT
Receive 5% discount on the development of a comprehensive financial plan.
ADVICE SERVICE PROGRAM DISCOUNT
Receive 5% discount on fees associated with our ongoing financial planning (advice) service program.
FREE PERSONALISED WEALTH REPORT
To help better understand your financial health.
FREE FINANCIAL HEALTH CHECKS
With an accredited AMA Financial Adviser.
$100 VOUCHERS ON SELECT INSURANCE POLICIES
Receive $100 vouchers for new policies including Management Liability, Equipment Breakdown and Medical Practice Business Insurance.*
$100 OFF THE MEDICAL RECEPTIONIST COURSE
Delivered by AMA Training.~
$500 OFF THE DIPLOMA OF PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
Delivered by AMA Training.~
THREE-MONTH CANDIDATE REPLACEMENT GUARANTEE
For candidate placements sourced direct by AMA Recruit.
AMA FINANCE BROKERS REFER A FRIEND
AMA members that refer a friend, colleague or family member for a new home loan or refinancing will receive a referral fee of up to $2,000 (T&Cs apply).
^For Terms and conditions visit www.amafinance.com.au/home-loans/cashback-offer. Refer to the bank or lender cashback terms and conditions. *This is an AMA (WA) member benefit, provided externally by preferred providers and not by AMA Insurance Brokers or AMA Financial Planning. ~Terms and conditions apply. +5% discount is available for online purchases only. Limited to one discount per transaction. Cannot be redeemed with any other promotion. For AMA Finance Broker Refer a friend T&C’s visit www.amafinance.com.au/refer-a-friend. For AMA (WA) Refer a friend T&Cs visit www.amawa.com.au/member-referral-program.