Stethoscope

Stethoscope is a weekly blog created by AMA Victoria. It aims to help members stay up to date on medical news and policy, and provide opinion and profiles on people of interest in medicine.

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#311 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria’s Communications and Advocacy team is working on for our members, including an update on the acute health system crisis and a call for feedback on drug checking and an early warning network.

#310 Important WorkSafe changes

From 1 July, a number of changes are set to be introduced that are relevant to doctors with WorkSafe patients, including CGU Workers Compensation exiting the scheme and improved support for mental injury claims.

#309 New laws on casual employment

Recent amendments to the Fair Work Act are relevant for medical practices that engage casual staff. These were made to address the concerns of the business community following the uncertainty created by two court decisions.

#308 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria’s Communications and Advocacy team is working on for members including: Victorian circuit breaker support for specialist medical practitioners, keeping families safe from alcohol related violence and th...

#305 Urgent action required for elective surgery

AMA Victoria has written to the State Health Minister relaying our concerns about the continued pause to planned elective surgery. We are seeking to discuss sensible and proportionate measures that could be taken to recommence elective surgery from tomorr...

#304 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria’s Communications and Advocacy team is working on for our members, including: reducing the TAC administrative burden on GPs, and meeting with the Rural Doctors Association of Victoria.

#303 Spread the vaccination word with cancer patients

Australians with cancer are being urged to get vaccinated, following new research analysis which reveals one in four people with cancer who contract COVID-19 die from the virus. Medical professionals have a key role to play in encouraging patients to get ...

#302 President's message: Keeping doctors connected is vital

“I am honoured and humbled to be given the opportunity to be President of AMA Victoria," writes Dr Roderick McRae. "As we weave our way through the COVID-19 global pandemic, members’ occupational health and safety and industrial relations issues and the s...

#301 Restoration of the grave of Dr James Edward Neild

Dr James Edward Neild, founder of St John Ambulance in Australia, was one of the most influential medical men of the 19th century. Sadly, his grave is just a patch of nameless dirt in the Melbourne General Cemetery.

#300 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria’s Communications and Advocacy team is working on for our members, including: Proposed Medicare changes to support children in voluntary kinship care; and meeting with Mental Health Reform Victoria.

#298 Health a strong focus in State Budget

On the morning of Thursday 20 May, AMA Victoria was afforded the opportunity to take part in this year’s budget ‘lockup’ (or, in the Government’s terms, “Special Interest Group briefing”). This was a useful opportunity to hear firsthand from State Ministe...

#297 What happens when a patient cannot consent to a COVID-19 vaccine?

For most people, getting their COVID-19 vaccine will be as simple as booking an appointment and presenting for a ‘jab’, but for those who lack capacity to consent to the vaccine, who can be among the most vulnerable to COVID-19, the process is less straig...

#296 What the Federal Budget means for you

After one of the most challenging years in living history, the 2021–22 Federal Budget has been designed to boost Australia’s economic recovery. On a more personal level, the Budget announced by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg includes provisions that will have ...

#295 Fellowed GPs must update Ahpra registration

All GPs who do not hold specialist registration with Ahpra at 16 June 2021 will lose access to Medicare benefits. To avoid this, you must apply to update your registration by 21 May to ensure your application is processed by Ahpra and Services Australia.

#294 Communications and Advocacy update

Access to the Pfizer vaccine for members under 50; reminder for GP Ahpra registration; improved prevention and management of COVID-19 in aged care settings; and our support for a review of regional speed limits.

#293 Super changes you should know about

There are some important changes coming to superannuation and they could have a major impact on your personal finances. Vanessa Smith and Anthony Bongiorno from our partner Bongiorno Group explain the details.

#288 Impairment Assessment Training

Are you a urologist, occupational physician, gynaecologist or neurologist and keen to diversify your portfolio of work? If so, you may like to attend training to become a qualified Impairment Assessor for TAC, WorkSafe and the Wrongs Act.

#286 Careers Expo Presenter Profile: Dr Brendan Condon

Dr Brendan Condon will be presenting at the Medical Careers Expo on behalf of South West Healthcare. He helps medical students and junior doctors to develop their skills and find their path through medical training.

#285 Careers Expo Presenter Profile: Prof Judy Savige

AMA Victoria’s 2021 Medical Careers Expo empowers medical students and early career doctors with insight, knowledge and connections for a medical career. Prof Judy Savige will be presenting on behalf of the RACP.

#283 2021 NIP influenza vaccination program

The Federal Department of Health has written to AMA Victoria to provide information on arrangements for influenza vaccination under the National Immunisation Program in 2021.

#282 Have your say on psychiatric care

We would welcome members who would like to provide feedback on recent mental health reports or those who are interested in being part of the AMA Victoria Section of Psychiatry committee.

#280 Impairment Assessment Training

Are you a urologist, haematologist, occupational physician, gynaecologist, otolaryngologist, ENT surgeon or ophthalmologist? Are you keen to diversify your portfolio of work?

#278 What is an estate plan?

Do you need an estate plan if you have a will? It’s a good idea to have one and here’s why.

#274 IWD member profile: Prof Lisa Amir

Prof Lisa Amir has helped countless mothers over her career. “I love breastfeeding medicine because working with new mothers and their babies is always a joy. I have to admit I sometimes feel sorry for people working in any other field.”

#272 Workplace Relations Update

AMA Victoria is concerned anaesthetist members have not been appropriately prioritised for COVID vaccination as part of category 1a of the rollout.

#271 Communications and Advocacy Update

AMA Victoria President, A/Prof Julian Rait, attended a special session of parliament when the final report of the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System was tabled.

#253 Top 10 tips for interns

It’s natural to feel both excited and anxious about what’s in store for you and how you’ll cope with the years ahead.

#252 2020 hindsight: An intern’s perspective

"Even though at times it can be frightening and other times you may feel the pressure of being excessively busy, I implore you to say ‘yes’ to every learning opportunity."

#244 Medical fitness to drive

AMA Victoria is redistributing a link to the Report to the Coroners Court: Medical Fitness to Drive, November 2018 as a gesture of goodwill.

#228 Federal Budget 2020 summary

AMA Victoria’s accounting and taxation preferred partner, Bongiorno Group, summarises the key information from the Federal Budget.

#221 Urgent action needed now in aged care

Dr Omar Khorshid and Annie Butler have written to Scott Morrison to express their concerns about the impact of the pandemic on aged care residents and staff.

#205 Don't Delay Campaign

Today, Cancer Council Victoria launches its campaign reminding Victorians that other medical issues don’t stop because of COVID-19.

#203 Calls for urgent Senate hearing

The AMA has called for the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 to urgently conduct further hearings to consider the Victorian outbreak and the impacts on healthcare workers.

#194 New AMA Federal President

Dr Khorshid said governments should increase medical, health and aged care expenditure to combat COVID-19 and help avoid recession.

#182 July Vicdoc out now!

The new digital Vicdoc magazine is now online for you to access on your smartphone, tablet or desktop.

#168 Meet the WR team: Stuart Miller

Meet our Workplace Relations team! We are available to assist any member experiencing issues or seeking advice relating to their workplace.

#167 The new wave of silicosis

Despite silicosis being one of the oldest known lung diseases - and one we thought had all but disappeared - it has re-emerged in the 21st century.

#164 Meet the WR team: Dr Jenny Hellsing

Meet the team at the other end of the phone! Dr Jenny Hellsing has on-the-ground experience relating to workplace issues affecting registrars.

COVID-19: Updates

The COVID-19 Update aims to provide members with a regular snapshot on this developing situation.

#153 SafeScript update

AMA Victoria has asked that the mandatory use of SafeScript in Victoria be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

#141 IWD Staff Member profile: Aspa Papas

This week, we celebrate the contributions our female staff members to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March. Introducing: Aspa Papas, Workplace Relations Adviser

#140 IWD Member profile: Dr Desiree Yap

This week, we are celebrating the achievements of our female members to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March. Introducing: Dr Desiree Yap

#138 IWD Staff Member profile: Kay Dunkley

This week, we celebrate the contributions our female staff members to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March. Introducing: Kay Dunkley, Coordinator of Doctor Wellbeing

#137 IWD Member profile: Dr Ruth McNair AM

This week, we are celebrating the achievements of our female members to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March. Introducing: Dr Ruth McNair AM

#136 IWD Member profile: Dr Sarah Whitelaw

This week, we are celebrating the achievements of our female members to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March. Introducing: Dr Sarah Whitelaw

#135 IWD Member profile: Dr Marie Bismark

This week, we are celebrating the achievements of our female members to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March. Introducing: Dr Marie Bismark

#134 IWD Member profile: Dr Anita Munoz

This week, we are celebrating the achievements of our female members to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March. Introducing: Dr Anita Munoz.

#131 A doctors guide to social media

Social media can offer immense professional benefits, or undermine professional integrity and doctor-patient relationships.

#130 Speaking out on climate change threat

The National Climate Emergency Summit presented a series of discussions and debates that tackled the dimensions of carrying out a full-scale response to the climate emergency.

#121 Dr Clare Collins on choosing a specialty

Choosing a specialty is one of the most important career decisions for a doctor. In this series we profile a range of specialists with the aim of helping others who are still to make a decision.

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