NOVEMBER / DECEMBER ISSUE 2016

This issue marks the beginning of the AMA (NSW) Real Doctors campaign. In other news, Prof Brad Frankum writes about the real issues behind the pressure on NSW hospitals, our regular doctor-in-training column discusses the realities of starting a family while working in a training program, a report back from the Doctors-in-Training Awards, and the AMA (NSW) Charitable Society Gala Dinner.

FEATURES

President’s Word November / December 2016

PRESIDENT'S WORD Public hospital system under strain The public hospital system is facing a number of challenges, which is impacting our ability to deliver high quality, safe care. OUR PUBLIC hospitals are under pressure. Demand for emergency department treatment continues to grow at a rate that far outstrips population growth, and the main increase is [...]

From the CEO November / December 2016

FROM THE CEO Real doctors AMA (NSW) has embarked on a campaign of authenticity by photographing real doctors. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of looking through a stock image library, you’ll know that a white coat and cheap stethoscope doesn’t make a model look like a doctor. Many of these photos look manufactured, and [...]

DIT Diary: Baby Fever

DIT DIARY Baby fever Being a doctor shouldn’t exclude you from having a family, but the pressure to juggle training and parenthood is increasingly difficult for DITs. Recently, I ran into an old friend from medical school who, like me, was studying for her physician’s exam. Upon seeing each other we immediately started discussing our [...]

Awarding Excellence in Healthcare

FEATURE Awarding excellence in healthcare The 2016 Doctors-in-Training Awards brought together some of NSW’s most inspiring young doctors, as well as the managers and teachers who support them. The annual DIT Awards is a highly anticipated event on the calendar – not only because it’s a chance for junior doctors to socialise and a take [...]

Future Practice Ramps Up

FEATURE Future Practice ramps up AMA (NSW)’s campaign to help GPs build better, more financially stable practices is gathering momentum. The Medicare rebate freeze is slated to remain in place until 2020. No one has a crystal ball, but one thing GPs can be sure of is that it’s already been in place since 2014. [...]

Win for Vaccination

FEATURE Win for vaccination The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee recently recommended the addition of an antenatal pertussis vaccine on the National Immunisation Program. Toni and David McCaffery know how cruel whooping cough can be. Their daughter Dana died in 2009 at 32 days old. “We didn’t get the chance to protect our daughter. No one [...]

Helping Members

FEATURE Helping members AMA (NSW) works in a number of ways to assist members with issues that impact their ability to provide top quality care to their patients. AMA (NSW) was recently contacted by two GPs who were having difficulty obtaining parking permits to continue much needed home visits to patients in Redfern. Dr Marie [...]

Doctors’ cycling team

FEATURE Doctors’ cycling team AMA (NSW) would like to support the Amy Gillett Foundation in its bid to make bike riding safer. The Amy Gillett Foundation is strongly focused on its safety campaigns ‘A Metre Matters’ and ‘It’s a two-way street’. Research from the Amy Gillett Foundation indicates that the primary reason people don’t cycle [...]

Stand out from the crowd

FEATURE Stand out from the crowd Careers Service meets with medical students; specialty training guide now available. Since last edition, the Careers Service has been taking part in a new AMA (NSW)/ASMOF (NSW) Alliance initiative – Clinical School Lunches at universities and hospitals across NSW. The objective of this three-month program is to engage with [...]

New AMA (NSW) Councillors

FEATURE New AMA (NSW) Councillors AMA (NSW) would like to welcome five new members to its Council. The positions were created following the Annual General Meeting held in May in an effort to improve diversity and representation of Council. Dr Kath Browning Carmo Dr Kathryn BROWNING Carmo is a neonatologist at the Children’s Hospital Westmead [...]

NSW Hospitals Under Pressure

FEATURE NSW hospitals under pressure 2016 has been dominated by scandals, tragedies, and poor decision-making, which reveal a system under strain. The cracks are starting to show in the NSW health system. The nitrous oxide mix up at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital combined with chemotherapy underdosing controversies are just two of the scandals that rocked the public’s [...]

Putting newborns and children at risk

FEATURE Putting newborns and children at risk A recent recommendation by NSW Ambulance to move to a single pilot operation is an unacceptable risk to safety for NETS staff and patients. NSW Ambulance is replacing NETS current two-pilot system with a single pilot operation – a move which experts say will endanger staff and critically [...]

Charitable Foundation Gala Dinner 2016

FEATURE Charitable Foundation Gala Dinner 2016 This year’s Charitable Foundation Gala Dinner raised funds in support of Soldier On, an organisation whose aim is to assist Australians who have served in the Australian Defence Force and their families. The AMA (NSW) Charitable Foundation has a long tradition of supporting worthy organisations – a tradition that [...]

Q&A with new Professional Services Director, Helen Winklemann

FEATURE Q&A with new Professional Services Director, Helen Winklemann AMA (NSW)’s Director of Professional Services gives full disclosure to The NSW Doctor. Can you tell us about your background? Originally from Adelaide, I moved to Sydney about 20 years ago to start uni and paid my way by working in aged and community care, before [...]

Professional Services: End of Year Parties – Tips and Tricks

FEATURE Professional Services End of Year Parties - Tips and Tricks Every year we’re warned about the risks of Christmas Parties, but there’s always someone who throws caution to the wind, dances drunk on the tables, harasses a colleague or ends up with mysterious injuries they can’t explain! While it can be entertaining to read [...]

Friday Afternoon Solutions

FEATURE Friday Afternoon Solutions In this new column, we’ll tackle those tricky problems that always seem to surface at the end of a busy week. The problem – A potentially ‘at risk’ pregnant teem with Chlamydia Every GP at some stage of his or her career will have one of those ‘Friday afternoon before a [...]

Golf Society: Close Competition

GOLF EVENTS Close Competition Challenging conditions made for some close scores at this year’s annual Spring Cup competition, held at the popular Terrey Hills Golf Club. The AMA Golf Society Spring Cup was held at the very popular Terrey Hills Golf Club this year. A magnificent Spring day welcomed 32 golfers and the course was [...]

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