Who are we?
The Australian Medical Association (WA) is Western Australia’s peak professional organisation representing doctors and medical students. We have an extensive role in the protection of doctors’ careers and advancement of the profession as a whole. Through advocacy, policy development and the provision of a range of member services and benefits, we aim to assist our members every step of their career.
Passionate about improving the health of Western Australians, we also work closely with other key health organisation to fight for better health legislation, more effective public health campaigns and holds State and Federal Governments accountable on issues that impact on the health of all Western Australians.
Our structure includes AMA Service Limited, AMA Financial Services, AMA Insurance Services, AMA Training Services, AMA College, Doctorportal Learning trading as CPD Home, Doctors Health Advisory Services Western Australia, AMA (WA) Benevolent Fund, AMA (WA) Foundation.
We may provide personal information to ASMOF (WA) which is a separate legal entity to us and have their own privacy policies which are in a similar form to this policy.
Subject to agreement between AMA Ltd and the AMA (WA), we may also provide your information to Federal AMA which is a separate legal entity to the AMA (WA) and has their own privacy policies. Agreements between AMA Ltd and AMA (WA) may vary from time to time, or be extinguished without notice.
Our privacy commitment to you
We are committed to protecting the privacy and confidentially of the information we collect from our Members, visitors to our website, people who contact us and from our suppliers and partners in accordance with Commonwealth, State and Territory privacy law. Under these privacy laws, we are required to comply with a set of privacy principles. The core principles are in the Privacy Act 1988. More information about these principles and Australian privacy law can be found on the Australian Information Commissioner’s website www.oaic.gov.au.
What personal information do we collect, store and use and how do we collect this?
AMA (WA) collects personal information from members, students or doctors enquiring or applying for membership or engaging with the AMA (WA), members of the public, journalists, government agencies and other organisations seeking information or comment, visitors to our website, and individuals purchasing services from us and from our suppliers.
Much of this information is collected directly from the person concerned, including through emails, telephone calls and our website. We also collect this information from publicly available websites, directories and databases and via online social media and engagement platforms including, but not limited to Facebook, LinkedIn, X and Survey Monkey.
In relation to membership applicants and members, the information collected and stored will include (where applicable) employment status, employment location, personal address and mobile telephone number, your email address, medical speciality and interests, languages spoken and membership of other medical associations, Colleges and professional groups.
Unless your contact with us, or request for information, does not require us to know who you are, for membership and other services we will need your name and contact details.
Why do we collect this information and what do we use it for?
AMA (WA) and businesses within our structure collect, store and use information we collect to provide services to our members, to provide information and services to the media, government and community and to enable us to advocate on behalf of our members and the community on health issues in accordance with the AMA (WA) Constitution.
We only provide others with information that would identify you if it is necessary to provide you with the service or information that you requested, or you have agreed to us providing it to them or it is already publicly available information.
What about use of personal information for direct marketing?
Australian privacy law limits the use of personal information for direct marketing of goods and services. We use your personal information to keep you informed about member services, products, events and publications.
Where we send you direct marketing material we provide you with a means to advise us that you no longer wish to receive some or all of this material.
If at any time you have a concern about direct marketing material you have received from us or through use by others of our databases, or you wish to change your preferences in relation to receipt of future material, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
How can AMA members update or amend their information?
How do we store and protect the information we hold about you?
We store your information at our premises, in electronic systems under our control and with contracted data storage providers. We take appropriate steps to protect the security of the information we hold about you, including protections against unauthorised access, virus or other electronic intrusions, fire, theft or loss. We require our contracted providers to do the same. Our staff are bound by strict requirements regarding the protection of the privacy of the information we collect and hold about you.
We or our contracted data storage providers may use servers, systems and cloud computing providers outside of Australia. Our contracts with them require them to protect the privacy of your information when held on these servers and/or using cloud computing. Our contractors are required to comply with the Australian Privacy laws and regulatory standards governing the handling and storing of your personal information.
You have a right to see what information we hold about you
Under Australian Privacy Law, you have rights of access to personal information we hold about you. These rights also include correction of any errors in this information. Should you wish to access this information, please contact the Membership Team at email@example.com. Unless the access you request will require special steps or significant resources, there will be no charge for providing you with this access.
Do you send my information overseas?
In addition to the use from time to time of data storage and cloud providers, we may provide data to overseas bodies. Subject to agreement between AMA (WA) and AMA Limited, AMA Limited may exchange member information with other countries medical associations and AMPCo may exchange MJA subscriber information with overseas medical journals and publications.
We may also license use of information on our databases to overseas based companies and organisations for direct marketing. All entities to whom we license use of this information are required to comply with Australia Privacy laws and can only use the information for the purpose specified in the licence.
For how long do you keep my personal information?
We generally keep your personal information active for as long as is reasonably required to enable us to meet your needs.
We keep membership records and other personal information on file to enable us to undertake statistical and historical analysis and reporting. As part of our data security, we regularly backup and archive our electronic databases.
Where can I find out more?
If you would like further information regarding how we collect, store, use or disclose your personal information, or have any issues or concerns, please contact AMA (WA) Membership by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning (08) 9273 3055.