This month in The NSW Doctor: gender representation and equity in medicine; a report back from the AMA Gender Equity Summit 2019; Dr Kathryn Austin on the need for more women in medico-politics and the barriers that exist; Dr Michelle Atkinson on the variety of paths that exist in medicine; violence on the rise in hospitals; healthcare in Broken Hill; tips on how to avoid discriminating during job interviews; and more.


Health, equity and the curb cut effect

PRESIDENT'S WORD Health, equity and the curb cut effect Actions taken to benefit one group often result in improvements for others. There is a similar causal relationship between measures to address issues such as climate change, obesity and health. Dr Kean-Seng Lim explains… In the years following the Second World War, the increased numbers of [...]

The next frontier of feminism

FROM THE CEO The next frontier of feminism Gender equity is not a women’s issue – it’s a human rights issue. As such, both women and men stand to benefit by improving access to parental leave and flexible working conditions. I would like to welcome all medical professionals to the annual non-member edition of The [...]

Are we there yet?

FEATURE Are we there yet? Despite achieving the legal right to equal pay and protections against workplace discrimination, there remains several barriers to achieving gender equity in medicine. How do we overcome the remaining hurdles? 1975 was International Women’s Year. It was the figurative moon landing for the women’s movement, a flag at the top [...]

From intent to action

FEATURE From intent to action The AMA Gender Equity Summit 2019 gathered stakeholders to develop practical recommendations  AMA can pursue to remove cultural and practical barriers to achieving gender equity. Good intentions aren’t enough. While gender equity is widely recognised as a cultural and professional imperative, there is a disconnect between aspiration and action. “There’s [...]

Dr Kathryn Austin: Breaking barriers

PROFILE Dr Kathryn Austin: Breaking barriers A familiar figure in medico-politics, AMA (NSW) Councillor, Dr Kathryn Austin is ready to take the next step – and she wants more women to join her. There’s a scene at the end of Season Four’s Madam Secretary, where the show’s main character turns to her husband and says, [...]

Pathways through medicine

CAREERS SERVICE Pathways through medicine The NSW Doctor is showcasing the unique stories of doctors, such as Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr Michelle Atkinson, who have successfully used AMA (NSW)’s Careers Service. Dr Atkinson shares her journey through medicine… As a teenager, I was interested in a career in medicine as I was fascinated by science and [...]

Punched, kicked and hit: How violence in hospitals is becoming the norm

FEATURE Punched, kicked and hit: How violence in hospitals is becoming the norm A review into the safety of staff, patients and visitors in NSW public hospitals has found doctors and nurses are reporting an increase in aggressive and violent behaviour. “I’ve been called everything under the sun,” said Dr Kate Porges, Area Director Emergency [...]

Healthcare in Outback NSW

FEATURE Healthcare in Outback NSW AMA (NSW)’s Senior Advisor, Fabian Flintoff shares insights from his recent visit to Broken Hill with AMA (NSW) President, Dr Kean-Seng Lim. In late February 2019, AMA (NSW) visited primary care providers in the town of Broken Hill and the Broken Hill Base Hospital. The so-called Silver City is 1160km [...]

Avoiding discrimination in job interviews

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Avoiding discrimination in job interviews During a job interview, the questions you ask applicants should focus on the skills and abilities needed to perform the role. Recruiting a new member of your practice staff inevitably involves interviewing one or more applicants for the position. The job interview provides you with the opportunity to [...]

Increased transparency around medical fees

FEATURE Increased transparency around medical fees AMA (NSW) has developed resources to help doctors explain medical fees to patients. Our poster ‘Why is there a gap?’ and ‘How much will it cost?’ are free for AMA members to download from our website. The Federal Government’s proposal for a website that allows people to search specialists’ [...]

Domestic Violence Declaration

FEATURE Domestic Violence Declaration Under new laws, medical practitioners can assist people to escape situations of domestic violence. New tenancy reforms designed to make it easier for tenants to escape domestic violence came into effect Thursday 28 February 2019. As a result of these changes, medical practitioners could be asked to complete a new form [...]

Protections for doctors-in-training

FEATURE Protections for doctors-in-training AMA (NSW) has developed resolutions supporting better protections and safer working conditions for doctors-in-training. Earlier this year, Dr Yumiko Kadota’s blog post “The ugly side of becoming a surgeon” and the significant media coverage that followed it, lifted the veil on some of the difficulties faced by doctors-in-training in Australia, particularly [...]

It’s time for 10%

FEATURE It’s time for 10% AMA (NSW) is ramping up calls for the Federal Government to increase spending on general practice and primary care from 8% to 10% of the total Health Budget ahead of the election. The Government’s Health Budget announcement in April included much-needed investment in general practice. The GP package includes almost [...]

2019 Autumn Cup

GOLF 2019 Autumn Cup Warm weather and a fast green challenged members of the AMA (NSW) Golf Society during play for the Autumn Cup. A full field of 44 golfers took on the challenge of the Elanora Golf Course to contest the 2019 Autumn Cup in March. The event opened the program for 2019. The [...]

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