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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 18 Sep 2020
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Urgent review needed of Medicare cardiac changes

The Presidents of peak medical associations have united to write to Health Minister Greg Hunt, calling for an urgent review…

News 18 Sep 2020
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Temporary telehealth extension will help patients

Today’s announcement that the temporary Medicare rebates for COVID-19 telehealth consultations will be extended for a further six months will…

News 10 Sep 2020
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AMA (WA) Member Engagement Forum

As part of our ongoing efforts to better engage with members, the Australian Medical Association (WA) will hold a Member…

News 1 Sep 2020
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The Hospital Health Check (HHC) survey is now open

Doctors in Training – the Hospital Health Check (HHC) survey is now open for 2020 and ready for your feedback.…

News 28 Aug 2020
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Therapeutic Goods Administration decision puts the heat on e-cigarettes

The Australian Medical Association (WA) applauds the decision of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) this week to formalise a ban…

News 23 Aug 2020
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Develop plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccination now

AMA President, Dr Omar Khorshid, said today a COVID-19 vaccination is likely to be the only way Australia will successfully…

News 19 Aug 2020
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Hospital Health Check launching September

Calling all doctors in training – the AMA (WA) Hospital Health Check is back this year, launching in September. Last…

News 19 Aug 2020
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Urgent risk assessment needed for all aged care homes

AMA 7th Submission to the Aged Care Royal Commission Urgent improvements in aged care and a coordinated response by Federal, State,…

News 19 Aug 2020
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AMA (WA) concerned about infectious syphilis outbreak in metropolitan Perth

A recent outbreak and rise of syphilis infections in the Perth metropolitan area is concerning and Western Australians from all…

News 17 Aug 2020
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AMA prescription for private health

The AMA today released a prescription for private health reform, drawing on demographic, wage, and membership data to propose a…

News 14 Aug 2020
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WA health unions welcome passing of COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Bill

The Australian Medical Association (WA), United Workers Union (UWU) and Health Services Union WA (HSUWA) have welcomed the passing of…

News 13 Aug 2020
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AMA calls for urgent Senate COVID-19 hearings on impact of Victorian outbreak on healthcare workers

The AMA has called for the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 to urgently conduct further hearings to consider the Victorian…

News 12 Aug 2020
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Extend Medicare telehealth items until March – AMA

The AMA has written to Health Minister Greg Hunt, calling on the Federal Government to extend temporary telehealth arrangements under Medicare that have…

News 7 Aug 2020
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AMA demands P2 or N95 mask mandate

The AMA today demanded that healthcare workers treating known, or likely COVID-19 patients, must be provided with P2 or N95…

News 4 Aug 2020
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AMA (WA) congratulates new Federal AMA President Dr Omar Khorshid

The AMA (WA) welcomes the election of new Federal AMA President, Dr Omar Khorshid, and Vice President, Dr Chris Moy.…

News 30 Jul 2020
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New Closing the Gap agreement a chance for change

The historic National Agreement on Closing the Gap has the potential to be a gamechanger in improving health and life…

News 27 Jul 2020
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AMA (WA) mourns loss of Dr Harry Nespolon

The Australian Medical Association (WA) joins the Federal AMA, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the wider medical…

News 27 Jul 2020
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AMA (WA) welcomes new suicide prevention projects but more funding required

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention will receive a much-needed boost with $10 million recently announced State Government funding,…

News 22 Jul 2020
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AMA calls on National Cabinet to act urgently on community transmission

The AMA is calling for the Prime Minister to convene National Cabinet urgently to adopt a nation-wide position on masks…

News 17 Jul 2020
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Health of Australian families prioritised over alcohol profit margins

he AMA has welcomed the decision to prioritise the health of Australian families and communities over the profit margins of…

News 17 Jul 2020
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New AMA (WA) Board

The AMA (WA) is pleased to announce the results of its first ever Board election. The elected members join the…

News 15 Jul 2020
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Sexual Assault Resource Centre doctors must be protected

Doctors at Western Australia’s only state-run rape and sexual violence support service, the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC), are facing…

News 10 Jul 2020
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AMA supports Government’s sensible changes for access to Medicare telehealth services

 AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that the AMA strongly supports the Government’s changes to ensure appropriate access to…

News 8 Jul 2020
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Your Voice in Health survey reinforces concerns about senior health management

The State Government’s second annual staff engagement survey for WA Health employees has again shown a worrying lack of faith…

News 3 Jul 2020
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AMA will support National Rural Health Commissioner on big challenges ahead

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that Associate Professor Ruth Stewart is a fitting appointment as National Rural Health…

News 25 Jun 2020
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AMA (WA) re-elects Dr Andrew Miller as President

The Australian Medical Association (WA) has re-elected Dr Andrew Miller as President at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) last night.…

News 24 Jun 2020
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WA health unions welcome legislation to close COVID-19 workers’ compensation loophole

Australian Medical Association (WA) (AMA (WA)) Health Services Union WA (HSUWA) United Workers Union (UWU) The AMA (WA), HSUWA and…

News 22 Jun 2020
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AMA (WA) welcomes lifting of restrictions in phase 4

The Australian Medical Association (WA) welcomes the WA Government’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Phase 4 of its roadmap, effective…

News 19 Jun 2020
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AMA supports Australian Government’s stance on e-cigarettes and vaping

The AMA welcomes today’s decision by the Australian Government to make it harder for Big Tobacco to get more young…

News 15 Jun 2020
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Men’s Health Week: Kickstart the conversation about male wellbeing

The Australian Medical Association (WA) is standing with organisations around the country to draw attention to men’s health, calling on…

News 10 Jun 2020
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Vinnies CEO Sleepout

AMA (WA) CEO Dr Bennie Ng will be joining the virtual Vinnies CEO Sleepout in support of the St Vincent…

News 10 Jun 2020
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Medical profession recognised in Honours list

Almost three dozen AMA members have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list for their service to medicine,…

Training & Events 10 Jun 2020
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Medico-legal issues during COVID-19 webinar

Join Australian Medical Association (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller and MDA National’s Dr Jane Deacon as they discuss the medico-legal…

News 9 Jun 2020
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New free, confidential mental health service for doctors and medical students

Doctors and medical students around Australia now have access to free, confidential telehealth mental health services through the new Drs4Drs…

News 31 May 2020
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World No Tobacco Day 2020, Sunday 31 May: Our kids must be protected from the tobacco industry

The Australian Council on Smoking and Health, Cancer Council WA, and the Australian Medical Association (WA) have urged Health Minister…

News 30 May 2020
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Smart strategic move by the Government to replace COAG with the National Cabinet

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, today congratulated the Government on its strategic decision to replace the moribund Council of Australian…

News 27 May 2020
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WA Health Unions join together to close the COVID-19 workers’ compensation loophole

• Health Services Union WA (HSUWA) • United Workers Union (UWU) • Australian Medical Association (WA) The HSUWA, AMA (WA)…

Training & Events 26 May 2020
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The Last 90 Days: Health Policy & COVID-19 Webinar

A not-to-be-missed conversation between Professor Michael Kidd, Principal Medical Adviser & Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Federal Department of…

News 26 May 2020
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NRL July crowds plan belongs in the sin bin

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that the National Rugby League (NRL) plan to have crowds of fans back…

News 22 May 2020
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AMA (WA) welcomes funding boost for medical research as a win for the state

Western Australia has taken a significant step towards a brighter and healthier future following the WA Parliament passing legislation that…

News 18 May 2020
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Patients embrace Telehealth – COVID-19 reforms must be made permanent

Australian patients are overwhelmingly embracing telehealth as an important part of their health care management, making a very strong case…

News 18 May 2020
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AMA calls for Single Employer Model for all GP Registrars

The AMA has called for the implementation of the single employer model for all GP registrars as part of the…

News 15 May 2020
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AMA urges National Cabinet to consider necessary access to health care as decision on elective surgery nears

The AMA remains very concerned about continued reduced patient access to their regular quality health care, which is leading to…

News 13 May 2020
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AMA welcomes first Deputy CMO for mental health

The appointment of Associate Professor Ruth Vine as Australia’s first Deputy Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Mental Health is a…

News 13 May 2020
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Greater COVID-19 support needed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

The AMA is calling for extra targeted health policy support to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples get through…

News 13 May 2020
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Joint Media Release: Select Committee on E-cigarettes

The Australian Council on Smoking and Health, Cancer Council WA, and the Australian Medical Association (WA) have advised the West…

Training & Events 8 May 2020
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Webinar: COVID-19 Stimulus & Taxation Update for Medical Businesses

The Australian Medical Association (WA) is pleased to host a webinar that provides an update on the current COVID-19 stimulus…

News 1 May 2020
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Notice of upcoming changes to the AMA Fees List – Diagnostic Imaging items

The AMA wishes to advise members of upcoming changes to the AMA Fees List, in response to the changes to…

News 30 Apr 2020
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AMA (WA) Elections – Nominations for Office Bearers & Council 2020

Over the past 12 months, the AMA (WA) and its councillors have been actively involved in sustained political engagement and…

Training & Events 22 Apr 2020
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COVID-19 & Telehealth Webinar – Thursday 30 April

Join Australian Medical Association (WA) Councillors and general practitioners Dr Simon Torvaldsen and Dr Marcus Tan as they discuss the issue of Telehealth…

News 16 Apr 2020
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Western Australians urged to get vaccinated against the flu

All Western Australians are being urged to see their local GP and get vaccinated against influenza early, before the peak…

News 14 Apr 2020
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Member Update – Personal Protective Equipment Access

The Australian Medical Association (WA) is taking a leadership position in advocating for all doctors and healthcare workers in the…

News 9 Apr 2020
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Empathy & compassion needed for a COVID-19 Easter

Navigating Easter amid COVID-19 will require empathy, compassion and a good dose of common sense from all Western Australians and…

News 7 Apr 2020
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To the Western Australian community – Thank you!

The most recent lower numbers of people in our community who have tested positive to COVID-19 is gratifying to see.…

News 6 Apr 2020
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AMA urges people to see their doctor for usual care

The AMA is urging people to keep a close watch on their ongoing health care and maintenance, and to not…

News 3 Apr 2020
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Calls for private pathology to be used to expand COVID-19 testing

Increased testing of people for COVID-19 should be immediately agreed by the State Government so that we comply with World…

News 2 Apr 2020
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An important message from AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller

The AMA (WA) and friends have an urgent message to all Australian’s about limiting the spread of COVID-19. Language warning.

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…

Training & Events 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…