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The Voice - News from AMA(SA): Liberals health agenda, AMA(SA) awards, and more 

Health reform on the move

The new Liberal Government has the ball well and truly rolling on health reform. A Bill has hit parliament to start the restructure that will bring back regional boards, and chairs for those boards are due to be in place by 31 July this year. The AMA(SA) has provided feedback to members of Parliament on the Boards Bill, which represents the first stage of the legislative process, and will be watching developments closely. You can view Health Minister Stephen Wade's speech on the Bill here. Any members with feedback are encouraged to contact us at

Liberal health policy prescription: AMA(SA) members' feedback sought

Members are also encouraged to view the AMA(SA)’s overview of the Liberal Party’s pre-election health policies here, with more on their responses to the AMA(SA)’s Election Priorities here. The Liberal Party’s own pre-election policy documents can be found here and our round-up of some of the items listed for the first 100 days is here. The AMA(SA) will be making further responses to these policy areas as things develop, so send your views to


Mandatory assessment and treatment for young people with drug dependence

Pre-election, the Liberal Party released a policy to allow for mandatory assessment and treatment for young people under the age of 18 who have a drug dependence, for a duration of up to one year. You can view the original policy document here and the recent media release here. The AMA(SA) has strong concerns about the policy proposed, and in fact provided feedback to a previous proposal under the state Labor government for mandatory assessment and treatment for adults, for a period of up to two weeks. You can view our submisison on that policy here. Members with feedback on the current proposal are encouraged to contact us on The Bill to establish this new measure in law is up for debate in Parliament.

SA Public Health Plan

The AMA(SA)  is providing feedback towards the new SA Public Health Plan 2019-2024. We have provided feedback so far on the old plan, and the draft summary framework for the new plan. We have also asked some searching questions about how and whether outcomes and progress are measured and reported on from the existing plans, with some under-illuminating answers. Public health activity is tremendously important and with that in mind, all members are encouraged to consider what should be in the new plan, and help inform our advocacy. Comments can be made to


AMA(SA) 2018 Award winners

The AMA(SA) has been delighted to congratulate the very special doctors acknowledged with awards at our 2018 Charity Gala Dinner: 

AMA(SA) Executive Board Chair and Council Chair

The AMA(SA) thanks former state president and AMA luminary Dr Trevor Mudge for his service as inaugural Chair of the AMA(SA) Executive Board. Dr Mudge has now handed the baton to AMA(SA) Vice President Dr Chris Moy, as the new Board Chair. Thank you Trevor and Chris! We also extend our thanks and congratulations to Dr David Walsh who was reappointed as Chair of the AMA(SA) State Council for another year. We will continue to enjoy his firm but affable guidance to keep the AMA(SA) Council deliberations on topic ... and to time.


The AMA(SA) is saddened to farewell a number of doctors including the late Dr Pauline Margaret Nicholson, anaesthetist; doyen of surgery Prof Donald Simpson; and renowned former federal AMA president, orthopaedic surgeon Dr Bruce Shepherd. Vale all.


#crazysocks4docs campaign to destigmatise mental health sees our socks out

The AMA(SA) was glad to support the #crazysocks4docs campaign in June, an initiative started by AMA Victoria member, cardiologist Dr Geoff Toogood. The playful theme has a serious message about stopping stigma in medicine around mental illness, and acknowledging that doctrors get sick too. You can check out some of the photos here. Thank you to all the members who got behind this initiative. We'd encourage you all to make sure you have some great socks in your wardrobe for next year - and that everyone do what you can to support colleagues, and support positive conversations about mental health, not just on 1 June but throughout the year.

Take a practical and proactive approach to workplace issues with our new member service

PeopleVision, an experienced workplace consultancy firm, is offering a 10% discount to AMA(SA) members for mediation services to assist parties resolve disputes, with the focus of achieving lasting and mutually satisfying outcomes. For a referral to the service, just contact the AMA(SA)’s membership officer Charlie on (08) 8361 0108, or to find out more visit here.

Château Tanunda - wine sponsors for the AMA(SA) Charity Gala Dinner

Château Tanunda are proud to have been sponsors for the AMA (SA) Gala Charity Dinner. As the oldest Australian Chateau and ranked 14th in the top 20 greatest wineries in Australia 2018 (Huon Hooke), they know what it takes to be producing their best. There is a lot to discover at Château Tanunda that you may not know about: the “Old Vine Expressions” range championing the very best of the iconic Barossa 50, 100 and 150 year old vineyards;  the “Terroirs of the Barossa” range that enables you to sample 4 distinct sub-regional expressions; their Loyalty Wine Club that offers exclusive benefts on wine, accommodation and exclusive events; and a range of Chateau Experiences that can take your next Barossa visit to the next level. Discover for yourself at

Parental leave

We’d like to reach out and hear from those of you who have been or are going through parental leave. How have you made it work for you, and what support structures did you put in place, or need? Email communications are easy, quick and great – however if we generate enough interest, we will set up a morning forum for a group discussion (and yes, you could bring the babies and children along). Contact

Helicopter Flight, Deluxe 30-minute Private Tour of the Barossa for up to 3 People - Barossa Valley

With your AMA(SA) membership card - which doubles as an Ambassador Card - you can save 12% off the price of all Adrenaline experiences purchased online. Click here to visit the Adrenaline website, search for experiences and add the discount code at check out.


Mental health first aid for older South Australians

A specialised mental health first aid training course for families and carers living and working with older people has been launched in South Australia. An Older Person Mental Health First Aid (OPMHFA) showcase course has begun in Adelaide to train people to recognise and respond to mental health problems in older South Australians – before they reach crisis point. The SA Mental Health Commission has teamed up with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia to bring the course to South Australia. You can find out more here.

SA Public Health alerts: Increase in Salmonella Havana cases, 2018 meningococcal season, and flu vaccine shortage

For the latest SA public health alerts, including the national influenza vaccine shortage (24 May); meningococcal (1 June) and salmonella (20 June) click here

Virtual Clinical Care expansion for country SA: update from SA Health

Do you have a patient with a chronic condition? SA Health suggests that Virtual Clinical Care (VCC) could  help them to better manage their condition from home. The VCC Home Tele-Monitoring Service has been monitoring the health of people with chronic diseases, such as respiratory, cardiac and diabetes-related conditions, in country SA since April 2015. VCC uses home tele-monitoring technology to provide additional support following discharge from hospital or to detect changes in an individual’s health, enabling early intervention to avoid hospitalisation. From March 2018, an expansion of the VCC service commenced with a four-month trial of a VCC Monitoring Hub. Find out more here.

Patient verification security check changes

The Department of Human Services is starting to implement the recommendations of the Independent Review of Health Providers’ Access to Medicare Card Numbers. From May 2018 some additional security questions are being asked as part of the security check to access the patient verification service through the provider enquiry line. There is no change to the requirements to ensure you have the patient’s consent before you seek access to their Medicare card number and that administrative employees must have the authority to request the information on behalf of a health care provider. Rather than calling the provider enquiry line, you can also access real-time Patient Verification Services online through the Health Professional Online Services. For more information go to The government opted for a less onerous verification process than may have been the case, following AMA advocacy.

Tax time tips

This year the ATO has developed a tailored toolkit to help people in the health sector prepare and lodge their tax return.

This toolkit contains information on areas where we know taxpayers are at risk of making a mistake when they’re completing their tax return, such as:  
• Work-related expenses – what can and cannot be claimed
• Income – what income needs to be declared
• Gifts and donations – what can and cannot be claimed
• Record keeping – keeping the right records to substantiate claims and not miss out on a deduction

Your tailored toolkit is available via


Upcoming events ...

SA Indian Medical Association | AGM | Saturday 15 September 2018. Venue TBC | Anaesthetic Workshops, ASM & Gala Dinner | Saturday 16 June 2018, Panorama Ballroom, Adelaide Convention Centre

Pakistani Medical Association SA | AGM – Saturday 14 July 2018  | Hilton Adelaide, Victoria Square. 6pm for 6.30pm start | CME & Gala Dinner – Saturday 8 September 2018 National Wine Centre

Australian Chinese Medical Association SA | Young ACMA. Saturday 30 June 2018 AMA House, Board Room. 12 noon – 4pm | ASM. Saturday 28 July 2018, Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences Building, North Terrace | AGM. Friday 14 September 2018. Venue TBC | Foundation Charity Gala Dinner, Saturday 3 November 2018 at Adelaide Oval

Australian Society of Anaesthetists | National Scientific Congress - in Adelaide! | 6 – 9 October 2018 | Adelaide Convention Centre 

2018 Royal Colleges Golf Day | Friday 2 November | The Royal Adelaide Golf Club | 358 Tapleys Hill Road, Seaton | Info here | Register here

RACS 2018 Annual Dinner and Anstey Giles Lecture | Sanctuary, Adelaide Zoo on Friday 12 October 2018 | Professor Peter Rathjen, Vice-Chancellor & President of University of Adelaide will deliver the Anstey Giles Lecture | Info here | Register here

The South Australian Postgraduate Medical Education Association (sapmea) offers extensive medical education to all Health Professionals and Support Staff across SA. Below are some of our upcoming events that are now open for registration online here

Menopause & MHT: Including New MHT Available in Australia | Wednesday, 11th July 2018 from 6.00 – 8.30pm | Cove Civic Centre, Hallett Cove | Presented by Dr Jane Elliott, Special Interest General Practitioner

“Too Hot to Touch” Management of Burns in Rural Regions | Tuesday, 17th July 2018 from 6.00 – 9.00pm  | Berri Hotel, Berri | Presented by Prof John Greenwood, Plastic Surgeon & Medical Director – Adult Burns Centre RAH & Mr Stuart Harper, Nurse Practitioner – Adult Burns Centre RAH

“Let’s have a Heart-to-Heart” An Update on Heart Failure & Pulmonary Hypertension in General Practice | Tuesday, 24th July 2018 from 6.00 – 8.30pm | Rydges South Park Hotel, Adelaide | Presented by Dr Michael Stokes, Cardiologist

“Let’s have a Heart-to-Heart” An Update on Heart Failure & Pulmonary Hypertension in General Practice | Tuesday, 31st July 2018 from 6.00 – 8.30pm | Cove Civic Centre, Hallett Cove | Presented by Dr Michael Strokes, Cardiologist

“Too Hot to Touch” Management of Burns in Rural Regions | Tuesday, 7th August 2018 from 6.00 – 9.00pm | Wallaroo Coopers Alehouse, Wallaroo | Presented by Dr Marcus Wagstaff, Burns Consultant – Adult Burns Centre RAH & Mr Stuart Harper, Nurse Practitioner – Adult Burns Centre RAH

Board Member sought - DREAMIN Foundation  | The DREAMIN Foundation is a charitable organisation which funds the medical and surgical practices for underprivileged children in Australia and around the world. A vacancy has become available on the Board so teh Foundation is seeking Expressions of Interest from medical practitioners who are early in their career path, are seeking to network and gain Board experience. The Board meets monthly. Please note that this is a voluntary position. Please direct all inquiries to Dr Suren Krishnan on 0413 514 628

Seeking GPs to give your opinion on the Home Medicines Review program | Researchers in the School of Public Health at Sydney University are studying polypharmacy in the older population with the aim to develop strategies to increase patient involvement in decision making about their medicines. They have developed a Medicines Conversation Guide to be used in a Home Medicines Review with an older person experiencing polypharmacy, and are seeking GPs who would be willing to discuss the Home Medicines Review program and provide feedback on the Guide (30-minute interview total, in person or on Skype). You will be reimbursed for your time. If you are interested in participating, please contact Kristie Weir: or (02) 9351 7829.