This month, The NSW Doctor welcomes the new AMA (NSW) leadership team - President, Dr Kean-Seng Lim, and Vice President, Dr Danielle McMullen; Dr Eliza Milliken writes her last DIT Diary column and signs off with a piece on bullying; our Student View is written by Jumaana Abdu and tackles balancing empathy for patients with one's own mental health; a new resource for GPs to help patients experiencing domestic violence; remembering Dr Bruce Shepherd; and more.


Building a better system

PRESIDENT'S WORD Building a better system AMA (NSW) welcomes President, Dr Kean-Seng Lim, who argues an engaged and satisfied workforce is necessary to the success of any system change. IT IS AN HONOUR to be given the opportunity to serve as the President of AMA (NSW), following the inspiring leadership of Prof Brad Frankum over [...]

On the shoulders of giants

FROM THE CEO On the shoulders of giants Our organisation was advanced by motivated, intelligent, forward-thinking medical professionals, who maintained their passion and commitment to medicine throughout their lives. IT’S BEEN A TIME for reflection as our organisation recently farewelled two former AMA (NSW) Presidents, Dr Hugh Patterson and Dr Bruce Shepherd. Dr Patterson served [...]

Incompetence in communication

DIT DIARY Incompetence in communication As Dr Eliza Milliken notes in her final column, bullying behaviour is no longer acceptable and will one day be as unthinkable as smoking in hospitals. THIS IS MY last DIT diary – after three years I don’t think I can claim to be in-touch with issues affecting pre-vocational JMOs [...]

Compassion and compartmentalisation

STUDENT VIEW Compassion and compartmentalisation Second-year medical student Jumaana Abdu weighs in on the balance doctors must make between empathy for patients and the protection of their own mental health. I REMEMBER the first time I saw a cadaver, I was more disturbed by how undisturbed I was than by the cadaver itself. I’d expected [...]

Top GP takes top job

PROFILE Top GP takes top job One of the nation’s most recognised general practitioners, Dr Kean-Seng Lim, has taken over as President of AMA (NSW). WHEN YOU are the President of AMA (NSW), the phone starts ringing about 7am most weekends with requests to respond to morning radio. Journalists tend to ring the AMA looking [...]

Home Free

FEATURE Home Free A powerful book featuring women’s first-hand accounts of living with domestic violence and their escape to safety is now available as a resource for general practitioners. I FIRST ran away from home when I was 16. I was a lone wolf, out to discover the world. I hitchhiked down to Sydney and [...]

Vale Bruce Shepherd AM: Visionary

OBITUARY Vale Bruce Shepherd AM: Visionary AMA mourns the loss of one of its most well-known leaders, Dr Bruce Shepherd AM – a pioneer for services to support hearing impaired children and firebrand in medico-politics. DR BRUCE SHEPHERD AM, who passed away in late May at the age of 85, was described as a visionary, [...]

A balanced resolution

INDUSTRY NEWS A balanced resolution AMA (NSW) successfully resolved potential billing headaches for VMOs, following recent changes to the CTP insurance scheme. HISTORICALLY in NSW, the driver or rider at fault in a motor vehicle accident was not covered by Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance. What this meant for VMOs in an emergency setting was [...]

Remuneration on the rise

FEATURE Remuneration on the rise AMA (NSW) has successfully negotiated 2.5% year-on-year increases for fee-for-service VMOs from 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2021. THE 2013 MEDICARE FREEZE has been a cause of concern across the medical profession. The issue flows into the NSW public hospital system with respect to remuneration for VMOs engaged on [...]

AMA National Conference

EVENTS AMA National Conference AMA (NSW) was recognised for its outstanding advocacy efforts at the AMA National Conference. AMA (NSW) picked up two State Media Awards at the 2018 National Conference held in Canberra in May this year. Our organisation was presented with the Most Innovative Use of Website or New Media Award for its [...]

2018 Autumn Cup

GOLF 2018 Autumn Cup AMA (NSW)’s Golf Society ventured north to the Central Coast’s Magenta Shores for their annual Autumn Cup. Voted among the top 30 best courses in Australia, it was a day to remember. PERFECT AUTUMN weather welcomed 30 players at the magnificent Magenta Shores Golf Club for the 2018 Autumn Cup. The [...]

What makes a ‘Good Doctor’?

EVENTS What makes a ‘Good Doctor’? The NSW Junior Doctors’ Conference, held in June, challenged doctors-in-training to examine what it takes to succeed in medicine. DOCTORS-IN-TRAINING gathered June long weekend for the NSW Junior Doctors’ Conference, hosted by the AMA (NSW) / ASMOF (NSW) Alliance. The three-day conference combined presentations from leaders in medicine, with [...]

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