Dr Jennifer Wood & Dr Thomas Drake-Brockman
Co-Chairs, AMA (WA) Doctors in Training Practice Group
“A career in medicine is challenging, but getting the employment conditions you are entitled to shouldn’t be. The AMA can assist you to stand up for your rights, well-being, and help you be the doctor you want to be for your patients.”
Part-Time prices are also available. Your AMA (WA) membership fee is tax deductible.
Advocating for Interns
Prosecuting reports of wage theft with WA Health.
Advocating to ensure rosters are received, on time, each term and are industrially compliant.
Secured Interns and Doctors in Training orientation and training payments, which would otherwise have gone unpaid.
Secured a commitment from the WA Health Director General to ensure all DiT overtime is paid.
Continued to hold our health services to account in the areas of morale and culture, wellbeing, rosters and workload, workplace entitlements, and teaching and training through our annual Hospital Health Check survey.
Developed the Top 5 Issues and Solutions for DiTs with our DiT Practice Group, then engaged in advocacy at meetings with the Minister for Health, Chief Medical Officer and WA Health Director General.
Worked collaboratively with North Metropolitan Health Services (NMHS), Charlies RMO Society and junior and senior doctors to develop a junior doctor manifesto, improving the working conditions for NMHS DiTs.
Secured a percentage salary increase of 3 per cent in July 2023.
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.
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.
DISCOUNTED & FREE EVENTS
Special member rates for AMA (WA) conferences, seminars, webinars and networking events. Plus free access to financial insurance, and mortgage broking education events.
PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES
Receive the Internship 101 Guide, Medicus and Med e-link publications plus other communication resources.
FREE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
Sign up to CPD Home as CPD Hub Learnerand access our broad range of accredited CPD activities.
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.
HAVE YOUR SAY
Contribute to the development of health policy and advocacy via our practice groups, and help us lobby State and Federal governments.
MEMBER BENEFITS PROGRAM
Enjoy great savings on hundreds of travel, automotive, health, fitness and entertainment retailers.
FREE FINANCIAL EVENTS
Access to free financial, insurance and mortgage broking seminars and webinars.
FREE CPR TRAINING
Which goes towards CPD points.
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.
$100 VOUCHERS ON SELECT INSURANCE POLICIES
Receive $100 vouchers for new policies including Management Liability, Equipment Breakdown and Medical Practice Business Insurance.*
FREE PERSONALISED WEALTH REPORT
To help better understand your financial health.
FREE FINANCIAL HEALTH CHECKS
With an accredited AMA Financial Adviser.
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.
TAX DEDUCTIBLE MEMBERSHIP FEE
Your AMA (WA) membership fee is tax deductible.
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).
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.
Hospital Health Check
With questions on morale and culture, wage theft, payslips and bullying, and a continued focus on education for career progression and access to leave, the Hospital Health Check was developed by DiTs for DiTs. The annual survey originated here in WA, back in 2015, and has since been adopted by other AMA state and territory offices.
Responses to HHC are anonymous. Furthermore, all responses are collated, analysed and reported by the AMA (WA) independent of the hospitals. All DiTs are invited to participate in the survey, and strongly encouraged to respond freely and openly. This year the methodology changed to capture data by Employer/Health Service Provider (HSP), reflective that DiTs apply to work for a HSP and may be placed at multiple sites.
Results from the 2023 AMA (WA) Hospital Health Check, based on surveys completed by more than 700 DiTs, found high levels of burnout prevalent at most work sites. There were some overall improvements compared to the disastrous results of 2022. Nevertheless, issues such as bullying, discrimination and harassment remain critical concerns.
With the data gathered from the 2023 HHC survey, the AMA (WA) and the Doctors in Training Practice Group will continue to progress and prosecute issues on your behalf, so that you can focus on patient care and your journey to specialisation.
View the 2023 Hospital Health Check Report Card by clicking here.
Internship 101 Guide is now available
The 2024 Intern Guide is packed with useful advice and information to help all new interns navigate through their first year of practising medicine. Hear from senior colleagues and current doctors in training who share insights about how to make the most of your internship. The AMA (WA) Workplace Relations Team helps you understand your payslip, work entitlements, salary packaging and more. Other useful inclusions are the JMO Referral Guide, salary rates and the 2023 Hospital Health Check.