This month in The NSW Doctor: results of the 2019 Hospital Health Check, the RPA Hospital Choir, tips for 2020's interns, welcoming Ms Dominique Egan back to AMA (NSW), payroll tax assessments in regional practice, understanding contracts, updated guide for doctors on domestic violence, remembering A/Prof Andrew Keegan, and more.


Responding to Crisis

PRESIDENT'S WORD Responding to Crisis Climate change is impacting our health system. If we are going to respond to 21st century problems, then we need to employ 21st century solutions. As I write this, Sydney is facing its worst day on record for smoke haze. People are being urged to stay inside and keep their [...]

What happens when Stephen Duckett has a bad day?

FROM THE CEO What happens when Stephen Duckett has a bad day? Once again Stephen Duckett wheels out another tired ‘greedy doctor’ headline. But focusing on the fees of a minority of medical professionals does little to lift the discussion about health. The answer is nothing. When Stephen Duckett has a hard day at the [...]

Hospital Health Check 2019

FEATURE Hospital Health Check 2019 The results are in from our third annual Hospital Health Check survey, which asked doctors-in-training to rate their workplaces. Did your hospital make the grade? In 2019, the AMA (NSW) Hospital Health Check (HHC) was completed by nearly 2,000 doctors-in-training, which is a significant improvement on previous years. In fact, [...]

RPA Hospital Choir: Working in Tune

FEATURE RPA Hospital Choir: Working in Tune RPA’s choir program is more than just a gathering of like-minded musicos, it’s about improving wellbeing, building community, and making connections with colleagues. When Dr Isabel Hanson and music director Liz Lecoanet approached Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Executive to pitch their idea for a hospital choir, they presented [...]

3…2…1… – Go!

COLUMN 3…2…1… – Go! For those starting your internship, welcome to the big show! AMA (NSW)’s JMO Advisor, Jennifer Price gives interns her top tips for making it through the first year. Starting your internship is a very exciting time. A culmination of many years of hard work. It is also a time when many [...]


PROFILE Homecoming From rookie to returning veteran, Ms Dominique Egan joins AMA (NSW) for a second time to apply her health law expertise in house for members. Ms Dominique Egan’s appointment as Legal Counsel to AMA (NSW) is a homecoming of sorts. Early in her career, she was hired as a legal advisor in what [...]

Payroll Tax: Toll on rural health

FEATURE Payroll Tax: Toll on rural health Faced with a crippling tax assessment, Dr Simon Holliday decided to fight back – not just for himself, but to protect other rural and regional practice owners in NSW. Taree general practitioner, Dr Simon Holliday, has spent hundreds of hours and over $50,000 in legal advice fighting Revenue [...]

Understanding contracts

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Understanding contracts Dealing with contracts can be very complex. The Professional Services Team can assist members with contract reviews and offers template private practice contracts. A contract is a legally binding agreement between two or more parties that the law will enforce. There are four main elements of a legally binding contract: offer, [...]

Top tips to be tip top in 2020

MARKETING Top tips to be tip top in 2020 A new year brings new opportunities. CJU Medical Marketing’s Managing Director, Caroline Ucherek, looks at what doctors can do to keep their medical business growing and improving. Medical marketing should be designed to build your reputation and set you apart in the marketplace. The strategic plan [...]

A Toolkit for GPs in NSW

FEATURE A Toolkit for GPs in NSW Women’s Legal Service NSW has launched an updated GP Toolkit for responding to domestic violence, with important information on strangulation and changes to tenancy laws. According to figures released by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research last June, domestic violence- related assaults were up by 6%. [...]

Insight: Dr George Thomson

PROFILE Insight: Dr George Thomson His career has taken him around the world. Not only did he gain a lifelong love of New York but learned techniques that helped shape ophthalmology in Australia. In 1970, with three children (one of whom was only one month old) Dr George Thomson and his wife relocated from Australia [...]

Bringing light to rural India

FEATURE Bringing light to rural India Dr Naveen Chandra shares lessons learned on developing free mental health services in rural India. Just over a decade ago, psychiatrist Dr Naveen Chandra fulfilled his life-long dream to give back to the country of his birth and provide much-needed mental health services to rural areas in South India. [...]

Vale: A/Prof Andrew Keegan

NEWS Vale: A/Prof Andrew Keegan The medical profession is mourning the loss of distinguished colleague and former president of AMA (NSW), Associate Professor Andrew Keegan. A/Prof Keegan passed away on 11 December, a year after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer. Inducted in 2010 into the AMA Roll of Fellows, A/Prof Keegan is remembered [...]

BMA Challenge Cup 2019

GOLF BMA Challenge Cup 2019 The last event of 2019 was one of the biggest and best turnouts the AMA (NSW) Golf Society has ever had, as golfers contested for the prestigious BMA Cup. This year saw a record field of 62 players turn out at Terrey Hills Golf Club to contest the 84th BMA [...]

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