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The Media and Communications Team strives to ensure that the Australian Medical Association (WA) provides an accurate, credible and representative voice for medicine in Western Australia.

The AMA (WA) President and other AMA (WA) spokespeople comment on a variety of medico-political, public health, research and medical workforce issues in all formats of media including print, broadcast and online.

As a representative body, the AMA (WA) constantly endeavours to keep members informed of the latest news through a range of timely and professional platforms including social media channels, the monthly Medicus magazine and the Med e-link online newsletter.

News 1 Apr 2020
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AMA (WA) applauds life-saving PPE contribution for COVID-19 fight

A $160 million effort to source and secure vital medical supplies and equipment by the Minderoo Foundation and Fortescue Metals…

News 31 Mar 2020
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AMA (WA) welcomes potentially life-saving legislation being considered by State Parliament

The Australian Medical Association (WA) today welcomed the Western Australian Parliament debating legislation that will enable doctors to use world-leading…

News 31 Mar 2020
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Government’s jobkeeper support package will keep medical practices operating

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that the Government’s JobKeeper package, along with other measures announced over recent weeks…

News 31 Mar 2020
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AMA (WA) President features on Flashpoint

AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller appeared on Channel 7’s Flashpoint last night. He warned “if we repeat the mistakes…

News 30 Mar 2020
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Joint media statement: Humanitarian agreement – Joondalup Health Campus

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT The Hon. Greg Hunt MP – Minister for Health, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public…

News 29 Mar 2020
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AMA (WA) supports private hospital doctors to refuse treatment to COVID-19 cruise ship passengers

The Australian Medical Association (WA) today said they supported Doctors in WA’s private hospitals withdrawing services to COVID-19 positive cruise…

News 29 Mar 2020
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COVID-19 – AMA and government develop improved telehealth arrangements for patients

A breakthrough agreement brokered by the AMA with the Federal Government for expanded telehealth access to general practitioners and other…

News 27 Mar 2020
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Virus testing too slow, too narrow

AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller says that COVID-19 testing in Western Australia needs to be broadened significantly and rolled…

News 27 Mar 2020
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Four Corners Monday 30 March – Pandemic: The fight to contain coronavirus

Pandemic, reported by Sean Nicholls and featuring AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller, went to air on Monday 30th March…

News 25 Mar 2020
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WA doctors advise community-led lockdown as WA faces new COVID-19 threat

WA doctors are advising the community to take immediate action to lead a full work and school lockdown, as the…

News 23 Mar 2020
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WA to face first critical test in fight against COVID-19

WA’s ability to cope with the ‘runaway train’ of COVID-19 infection is being compromised by the lack of a complete…

News 23 Mar 2020
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Expanded Telehealth Vital to Containing Covid-19 and Protecting Doctors and their Patients

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that expanded access to telehealth is vital to contain Covid-19 and to protect…

News 23 Mar 2020
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COVID-19 scam messages targeting Australians

ASD’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of a COVID-19 themed scam being distributed via text message. The Australian…

News 22 Mar 2020
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AMA (WA) welcomes measures to slow down the spread of COVID-19

The Australian Medical Association (WA) today welcomed the WA Government’s announcement of restricted travel in and out of Western Australia…

News 20 Mar 2020
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Statement from AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller on COVID-19

I would like to address comments I made to the media yesterday about the speed of the State Government’s response…

News 12 Mar 2020
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AMA (WA)’s new-look website!

Welcome to the Australian Medical Association (WA)’s new-look website! Our new website has been designed to ensure ease of use…

News 28 Feb 2020
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AMA (WA) COVID-19 webinar update

AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller and the WA Health Department’s Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Robertson held a webinar…

News 26 Feb 2020
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The AMA (WA) welcomes “safe access zones” plans

The Australian Medical Association (WA) has welcomed State Government plans to legislate to protect “safe access zones” around premises that…

News 25 Feb 2020
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The AMA launches the guide to social media and medical professionalism

The Australian Medical Association, the New Zealand Medical Association, the Australian Medical Students Association and the New Zealand Medical Students…

News 24 Feb 2020
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What do I have to pay if my employee leaves?

Whether you are an employer operating in the Federal or the State system, you need to be aware of the…

News 13 Jan 2020
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Supporting volunteers and ADF Reservists responding to emergencies

With fires raging across the country and the recent announcement of the deployment of 3000 ADF reservists to assist with…

News 10 Dec 2019
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The hard work continues on VAD

The Australian Medical Association (WA) has acknowledged the passing of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2019 (WA) today but said…

News 3 Dec 2019
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Stay cool, WA

The Australian Medical Association (WA) has advised people to take precautions to prevent heat-related illness as temperatures rise in coming…

News 19 Nov 2019
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AMA (WA) supports amendments to VAD Bill

The Australian Medical Association (WA) will support the package of Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill amendments now proposed by the State…

News 1 Nov 2019
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Breast Implant Device Recall

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has been conducting a review of breast implant devices available in Australia and has…

News 8 Oct 2019
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Changes to Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill Vital

The biggest survey ever conducted of WA doctors to determine their views about the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (2019) has…

News 27 Sep 2019
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AMA (WA) supports Government move to increase medical research funding

The Australian Medical Association (WA) has welcomed the introduction of legislation into State Parliament that will substantially increase funding for…

News 10 Sep 2019
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Apology requested by AMA (WA) President for Facebook comments by Health Department Official

Australian Medical Association (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller is requesting an apology and clarification after defamatory comments about him were…

News 26 Aug 2019
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Clarification by the Australian Medical Association (WA)

The West Australian Newspaper on Friday 23 August 2019 carried a story (page 5) headlined: “AMA Softens on Dying Bill.”…

News 23 Aug 2019
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Climate Health WA Inquiry – AMA (WA) Survey

The Australian Medical Association (WA) will be making a submission to the DoH Climate Health WA Inquiry. We have prepared…

News 9 Aug 2019
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AMA (WA) requests Malcolm McCusker to clarify scope of VAD Bill

Statement by AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller 9 August 2019 The Australian Medical Association (WA) stands for high quality…

News 8 Aug 2019
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AMA (WA) warns rushed VAD Bill is unsafe for patients & families

The Australian Medical Association (WA) has called on the State Government not to rush the community in its consideration of…

News 7 Aug 2019
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AMA (WA) response to comments attributed to Dr Scott Blackwell

Dr Scott Blackwell is a respected palliative care physician who was a President of the AMA (WA) 22 years ago.…

News 11 Jul 2019
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Government survey raises concerns about senior health management

The State Government’s very first staff engagement survey for public health workers has shown a worrying lack of faith in…

News 4 Jul 2019
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AMA (WA) elects new President

The Australian Medical Association (WA) last night elected Dr Andrew Miller as President. Dr Miller served as AMA (WA) President…

News 26 Jun 2019
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Excellence in health acknowledged at AMA (WA) Awards Night

Three significant achievers in the health field were acknowledged by the Australian Medical Association (WA) on the weekend. The 2019…

News 20 Jun 2019
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AMA (WA) announces appointment of new CEO

Dr Bennie Ng has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer with the Australian Medical Association (WA). A graduate of the…

News 4 Jun 2019
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AMA (WA) supports ‘safe access zones’

Patients should always be able to access medical practitioners without obstruction or fear, the Australian Medical Association (WA) said today…

News 31 May 2019
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AMA (WA) welcomes Steve Irons as new Federal Training Minister

The Australian Medical Association (WA) has welcomed the appointment of the Member for Swan, Steve Irons, as the new Assistant…

News 27 May 2019
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Perth GP wins AMA Excellence in Healthcare Award

A Perth GP who developed a surveillance program to actively monitor vaccine safety in real time is the recipient of…

News 27 May 2019
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AMA (WA) President inducted into the AMA Roll of Fellows

The AMA has inducted seven new members into the AMA Roll of Fellows, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to…

News 23 May 2019
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WA Budget bad news for health

The WA Budget is further bad news for health and means that hospital services will continue to struggle, the Australian…

News 3 May 2019
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Labor Party Preventive Health Announcement – AMA (WA) Reaction

The Labor Party preventive health announcement yesterday appears not only old but contains few concrete commitments, Australian Medical Association (WA)…

News 2 May 2019
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Submission to the Review into Clinical Governance of WA Mental Health Services

The AMA (WA) has conducted a survey in order to provide direction for AMA (WA) advocacy and the AMA (WA)’s…

News 1 May 2019
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2020 AGPT applications are now closed

Applications for the 2020 Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program are now closed. If you are interested in a career…

News 10 Apr 2019
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Sustainable Health Review – More questions than answers

The Sustainable Health Review provides high-level direction for health in WA but ultimately asks more questions than it answers, the…

News 19 Mar 2019
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Promised health investment not good enough – AMA (WA)

The Labor Party announcement on health infrastructure yesterday is a very disappointing start to the election campaign, the Australian Medical…

News 6 Feb 2019
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Peel Health funding not good enough – AMA (WA)

The news that the Federal Government will spend $25 million on an upgrade of Peel Health Campus is little more…

News 10 Jan 2019
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Government changes to mental health welcome – AMA (WA)

State Government steps to improve mental health services in WA hospitals are welcome, and will go a substantial way to…

News 1 Nov 2018
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AMA Fees List 2018 goes live Thursday 1 November 2018

The AMA has enhanced a key member benefit, with the launch of the AMA Fees List online in October. The…

News 31 Oct 2018
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Free booze at the cricket? NO WAY, says AMA (WA)

Free booze at cricket games would guarantee a return to the past – of alcohol fueled violence, of drunkenness and…

News 17 Oct 2018
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Message to all Federal MPs: Reject e-cigarette campaign

In a letter sent this week to all Western Australian Federal Parliamentary representatives, AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid urged…