Everyone has a reason for joining the AMA(SA). Here are testimonials from members to help you determine your own membership path.
Dr Deric de Wit
FRANZCO FRCOPHTH MRCSED MBCHB DipCatRefr
Barossa Eye Clinic
I became a member of AMA when I moved from interstate to set up a new practice in South Australia. I needed a professional medical advocate to support and steer me through the quagmire of contractual obligations with the state and local private hospitals. Unfortunately, I had a dossier full of ethical and medico-legal concerns which were in conflict with the current accepted norms. There was also a feeling of powerlessness when nepotistic written communications were nonchalantly sent my way by people and organisations I expected to adhere to a global professional code of conduct in medicine.
My own medicolegal cover (which is held with a reputable nationwide organisation) could not extend themselves to cover these challenges.
This was a fairly isolating experience until I contacted the AMA(SA) team – they immediately understood my arguments and could help create the locally relevant legal framework structure which I could utilise as a firm base from which I could challenge these communications on an equal footing.
It was a relief to have ethical people with powerful legal backing take up my challenges without me having to explain anything further – my faith in the profession was restored and a new source of motivation compelled action.
Friendly, fast, efficient and – above all – expert professional advice.
To be a lifelong member of such a reputable, active organisation which advocates for all doctors and on behalf of the public for accountability and transparency in Australian medical practice is an absolute honour.
The AMA is our face of modern medicine – it deserves and needs our sustained support at this time more than ever. We need to stand together to face increasing public mistrust, widespread uncensored medical misinformation and the politically targeted destabilisation of the medical fraternity. The AMA has the authority and experience to use media releases judiciously for effective communication and to represent the current, pertinent views of the medical profession for the greater good of the community. The AMA has an unrivalled track record of leadership and advocacy for the profession – they are directly responsible for influencing the ethics, safety and quality of Australian medical care which have made it the world leader that it is today.
Truly – when you really look at it from the perspective of all medical disciplines – this is the one medical organisation we should make it an absolute priority to belong to.
Peter Subramaniam; Member since 2007
MBBS (Melb), FRACS (Gen Surg) FRACS (Vasc)
He is currently a senior visiting medical specialist in vascular surgery at the RAH and in private practice at VMS Ashford group of hospitals. He graduated from medicine at the University of Melbourne in 1988.
“I joined the AMA because I realised that good policy needs good advocates. The medical profession needs good health policy. Being a member provides a conduit of information about many matters – clinical, social and most importantly for me, political. The stream of information from the AMA has helped educate me about the increasing number of policy changes enacted by state and federal governments affecting the delivery of healthcare in SA and in the Commonwealth.
“During my term as chairman of the SA Royal Australian College of Surgeons committee, I found useful and constructive engagement with the AMA(SA) that was benefi cial to the advocacy of surgeons in the state. The AMA at a local level has also been critical in representing the concerns of visiting medical specialists in contract negotiations during a recent period of uncertainty.
“I anticipate that the AMA will continue to fulfi l these and other roles, and I therefore encourage membership – especially at a time of signifi cant change with the medical profession requiring a clear, considered and strong voice.”