General Practice Group

The Australian Medical Association (WA) General Practice Group advocates for general practitioners in Western Australia. The Group works on key issues that affect GPs and their patients, and the policies that affect the investment by governments in General Practice.

Through the General Practice Group, the views of Western Australian GP members inform the Federal AMA Council of General Practice (AMACGP) on matters that affect GPs in WA. This in turn influences current debates on various issues and policy reforms.

Some of the issues that the AMA (WA) General Practice Group is working on include:

  • Improved Medicare rebates for GPs;
  • Better conditions of employment and recognition for GPs as specialists;
  • Support for rural GPs and appropriate funding for telehealth initiatives;
  • Lobbying for appropriate funding for rural health services in country WA.

The AMA (WA) General Practice Group is chaired by Dr Simon Torvaldsen and convenes every third Wednesday evening of the month (except January and December).

Meetings are held at the AMA (WA)’s head office in Nedlands, with video conferencing facilities provided for rural representatives to join the meeting.

GPs are encouraged to contact the AMA (WA) to raise or discuss particular policy, practice or personal professional concerns.

If you would like further information or to discuss any of the services, please contact AMA (WA) Executive Officer Mr Michael Prendergast on (09) 9273 3008 or by email michael.prendergast@amawa.com.au