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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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Leave entitlements are important for your wellbeing as a doctor

Workplace leave entitlements are an important tool to assist you to maintain your wellbeing as a doctor. Many healthcare professionals are experiencing burnout due to dealing with the ongoing challenges from COVID-19 and subsequent workforce shortages – t...

The Thriving Doctor: towards harmony, productivity, longevity

Australasian Doctors’ Health Conference is your opportunity to explore with others the ways in which we can all thrive, as individuals in our personal and professional lives, in our workplaces and the wider health system, with a focus on new frontiers in ...

Communications and Advocacy update: 11 August

Here's an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including Victoria's dishonourable receipt of the Dirty Ashtray award, an independent COVID review and new optimal care pathways for blood cancer.

Do doctors have autonomy?

Paediatric and Adult Otolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgeon Dr Eric Levi reflects on the concept of 'autonomy' in medicine - how much autonomy is enough for doctors to thrive?

Enterprise Bargaining Agreement Update: 14 July

The parties are still working through drafting of the new agreements. AMA Victoria met with VHIA and the Department of Health on Monday 11 July to work through the outstanding clauses. Unfortunately, during that meeting, it became clear that there is stil...

Overcoming the barriers which stop doctors from seeking support

There are many common barriers to help-seeking for doctors in the culture of medicine. To overcome these hurdles, it is essential that every medical student and doctor has a trusting relationship with their own GP for help and support when needed.

Four things to look for in an insurance provider

Finding a suitable insurance policy is something one should carefully take time in researching. Perhaps the most significant variable is the insurance company itself. To help you with this decision, NobleOak provides four crucial things to look for in a g...

The big picture and a doctor's duty of care

A question put before the courts time and time again is whether a doctor has breached a duty of care. Many cases involve general practitioners who, by virtue of their unique role in primary care, are the first to provide advice and treatment. Anjali Woodf...

Communications and advocacy update: 28 July

Here's an update on a few of the issues AMAV is working on for members, including issues at Goulburn Valley Health, end-of-life care and advanced care planning, and iDEA2022: Time to act.

Countering compassion fatigue

Compassion fatigue happens when a professional becomes depleted from repeated exposure to the trauma or adverse circumstances of others. Healthcare workers are at high risk of developing compassion fatigue, especially those on the frontline.

Communications and Advocacy update: 14 July

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including concerns over Mental Health and Wellbeing Bill and updated oral anti-viral information.

Increase to Award minimum rates of pay

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has varied the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020 and the Nurses Award 2010 to increase existing rates of pay.

Communications and advocacy update: 7 July

Here's an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including an independent COVID review and the AIFS Sector Survey - Future-proofing Safety: COVID-19 and Family Violence in Victoria.

Phoenix Australia - understanding trauma and renewing lives

Exposure to trauma is common for many healthcare workers, including doctors. When something traumatic happens, it is often overwhelming, and it can be hard to come to terms with what has happened. AMAV’s Doctor Wellbeing Coordinator, Kay Dunkley, shares s...

Communications and advocacy update: 9 June

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including an update on the Children and Health Legislation Amendment (Statement of Recognition and Other Matters) Bill 2022 and the AIFS Sector Survey launch - Future-proofing...

Communications and Advocacy update: 16 June

Here's an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including the McKell roundtable panel examining post-pandemic healthcare in Victoria, and reforms relating to artificial insemination procedures and related matters.

Music for healing – the Hush Foundation

“What we at Hush do best is what is needed now: the healing and transformative power of the arts”. Dr Catherine Crock AM, Founder and Chair of the Hush Foundation explains how creative relief can inspire joy, purpose and healing for all involved in health...

The importance of finding your happy place

When working long hours in a demanding role as a doctor or healthcare worker it is important to have a safe place to unwind and relax. Our happy place is somewhere we can retreat away from the stress of day-to-day routine, reduce anxiety and find calm.

Leadership insight #9 – 2022: Friendships at work: why they matter

Many doctors we are speaking with now are referencing how much they are missing friends at work. They miss seeing and spending time with colleagues and they miss the opportunities to transition these collegial relationships into friendships. These relatio...

Communications and advocacy update: 2 June

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including email and fax transmission of paper prescriptions, influenza vaccination enhancement grants and reimbursement program for primary care.

Communications and advocacy update: 26 May

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including AMA Victoria support for Health Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Bill, updated ventilation resources and updated driver medical standards from 22 June 202...

CME Allowance Rollover update

Due to the ongoing travel restrictions, coupled with the impact of Omicron on the health system, the Department of Health has agreed that it would be appropriate to again allow doctors to carry over a proportion of CME.

Communications and Advocacy update: 19 May

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including ePrescribing issues, consultation on integrated treatment guidance and proposed amendments to prescribe illnesses.

Enterprise Bargaining Agreement Update: 13 May

Before Easter, members met to endorse the offer of settlement from the health services and State Government. Pleasingly over 90% of members attending endorsed the agreements, both doctors in training (DiT) and specialists.

The dangers of accessing health records without consent

Electronic medical records are now the norm in most hospitals and medical practices. There are undoubtedly many benefits, enabling health practitioners to work more efficiently and provide care to patients with less delay.

Take part in #MonthofMindfulness

Focusing on what brings us joy and our passions and interest beyond medicine helps each of us to wind down and relax outside our workplaces. AMA Victoria invites you to share what brings you joy outside medicine on some specific themes during May 2022.

Tax obligations for locum work

Locum work is a good opportunity to gain experience in multiple hospitals. It also provides doctors with a chance to earn income at increased hourly rates. However, it does come with some tax complications.

The Water Well Project: volunteer induction session

Would you like to meet new, like-minded people and share your health expertise to help shape the lives of communities from migrant, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds in a meaningful way? If so, becoming a volunteer with The Water Well Project may be f...

Payroll tax update

AMA Victoria works to keep members updated on recent developments regarding payroll tax and medical practices and our advocacy in this regard.

Communications and Advocacy Update: 21 April

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including an Image-based prescribing - amendment to Public Health Emergency Order #4 and Facilitated Discussion (FD) Service - WorkSafe Victoria.

Communications and Advocacy Update: 14 April

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including a Review of WorkSafe Victoria’s management of complex workers’ compensation claims and Hospital visitors in Victoria.

Experiencing racial discrimination in medicine

To deny that doctors and medical students experience racial discrimination is to hide from an unpleasant truth. This discrimination can come from a variety of sources including medical colleagues, other healthcare workers and patients. While we must have ...

Can you claim depreciation for landscaping at your investment property?

Did you know you can claim depreciation for some types of landscaping at your investment property? It’s good news if you have ‘hard’ landscaping in the outdoor areas of your rental property. We’re talking about garden sheds, water tanks, concrete paths, ...

Communications and Advocacy update: 7 April

Here's an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including the State Budget Submission 2022-23, an update on payroll tax and medical practices and a new Perinatal Mental Health Navigation support service.

Leadership Insight #5 – 2022: Leading exhausted teams

Taking leadership is about being clear on our role and purpose, about containing and organising collaborative work, and containing anxiety so people don’t get overwhelmed. AMAV Leadership development consultant, coach and educator Dr Anna Clark (PhD) prov...

Compassionate communication in medicine

Good communication in health care is clear, compassionate and kind. Compassionate communication helps to boost empathy, even in situations fraught with anger or frustration and allows parties to understand other points of view, even when they disagree.

Communications and Advocacy update: 17 March

Here's an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including COVID and frontline healthcare worker research and an inquiry into children of imprisoned parents.

The benefits of music in healthcare

Music therapy has many benefits, including reducing stress, lifting mood and enhancing cognition, learning, motivation and energy. In healthcare, music is an important tool to improve quality of life for patients and positively influence doctors’ wellbein...

Policy inquiries/consultation opportunities

AMA Victoria has recently been presented with several opportunities to influence health and broader public policy in Victoria, and welcome contribution from members.

Communications and Advocacy update: 24 March

Here's an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including payroll tax and medical practices, and TAC research grants available for Value-based Healthcare projects.

Image-based prescribing arrangements to cease 31 March 2022

PBS funding for the former, image-based prescribing, will cease for private practices on 31 March 2022. The Commonwealth Department of Health has announced that such funding will be extended for hospitals only until 31 March 2023.

The importance of touch in medicine

Touch is an important aspect of medical care. It conveys a range of emotions including empathy and compassion, helps us to connect with one another and benefits each of us as individuals for our own wellbeing.

Renting out an investment property

Are you looking to buy an investment property? Or maybe the plan is to convert your existing home into a property for rent? It’s a big decision. So, before you take the plunge, the Bongiorno Group lists a few things to consider.

Pets and mental health and wellbeing

Spending time with animals has been shown to have many benefits to our mental wellbeing and physical health. Pets can provide companionship, an opportunity for exercise and play, an icebreaker for social interactions and can help us to relax.

Receiving feedback: Top tips for interns

Most people find receiving feedback confronting. Here are our top tips for interns to make the most out of the opportunities feedback provides.

Communications and advocacy update: 10 March

Here's an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including clarification on face covering and QR code check-in requirements for medical practices; an independent review of the regulation of health practitioners in cosmetic s...

Inspirational women who were trailblazers in medicine in Victoria

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day was #BreakTheBias. It is interesting to look back at past female trailblazers in medicine and consider the challenges they faced in pursuing their medical career and be inspired by their achievements.

IWD member profile: Dr Jill Tomlinson

To mark International Women's Day, medical leaders share their career achievements, the health issues they are passionate about, and views on securing diversity, equality, and inclusivity in medicine.

IWD member profile: Dr Pearly Khaw

To mark International Women's Day, medical leaders share their career achievements, the health issues they are passionate about, and views on securing diversity, equality, and inclusivity in medicine.

IWD member profile: Dr Alice Mizrahi

To mark International Women's Day, medical leaders share their career achievements, the health issues they are passionate about, and views on securing diversity, equality, and inclusivity in medicine.

IWD member profile: Prof Cassandra Szoeke

To mark International Women's Day, medical leaders share their career achievements, the health issues they are passionate about, and views on securing diversity, equality, and inclusivity in medicine.

IWD member profile: Dr Liliana Sousa Nanji

To mark International Women's Day, medical leaders share their career achievements, the health issues they are passionate about, and views on securing diversity, equality, and inclusivity in medicine.

IWD member profile: Dr Nardine Elzahaby

To mark International Women's Day, medical leaders share their career achievements, the health issues they are passionate about, and views on securing diversity, equality, and inclusivity in medicine.

Communications and Advocacy update: 3 March

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including Duty of Candour amendments; WorkSafe Victoria updates and World Hearing Day.

Civility Saves Lives

Everyone benefits from kindness at work. In healthcare, where excellence is largely dependent on teamwork, creating a civil and kind culture is a key ingredient of great teams and essential for good patient outcomes.

Enterprise Bargaining Agreement Update: 16 February

Bargaining meetings concluded between AMA/ASMOF and VHIA in late 2021 with a settlement in principal on the clauses to be changed. We are now waiting for the government to sign off on a formal offer which we will then seek to have endorsed by members.

Sexual harassment in medicine – your right to feel safe at work

AMA Victoria is here to support our members and ensure all doctors feel safe at work. Our Workplace Relations staff are well equipped to provide advice about the best approach to managing sexual harassment at work, and at what stage to lodge a formal comp...

Supporting you to reach your career goals in 2022

In these times when it is hard to control or predict so much in life, it is important to make time to control what you can, including your own professional growth opportunities and career goals. AMA Victoria’s professional development and careers team can...

Support for doctors experiencing loneliness

While loneliness can occur at any stage of your medical career, the isolation and stress of COVID-19 has exacerbated the frequency of loneliness experienced by doctors. AMAV’s Doctor Wellbeing Coordinator, Kay Dunkley shares resources for health workers t...

Communications and Advocacy update: 3 February

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including the elective surgery suspension and workplace issues at Goulburn Valley Health.

Ikigai – what does it really mean?

‘Ikigai’ is the processes of cultivating your inner potential to find worth, meaning, or purpose, and can be a powerful tool for mental health. ‘Even when one feels that one’s present life is dark, possessing a desire or goal for the future allows one to ...

Middle leader professional development program

The Middle Leader Program brings best practice in design and delivery of leadership development programs to create a program that meets the needs of doctors currently working in middle leadership roles.

2022 Australia Day honours for AMAV members

AMA Victoria would like to congratulate all of our members who were recognised with 2022 Australia Day honours for services to the community. Each honour is thoroughly deserved and a tremendous tribute to your medical careers.

Communications and advocacy update: 27 January

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including media and advocacy highlights, workplace culture issues at Goulburn Valley Health and new training modules on end of life law for doctors.

The value of laughter in Medicine

The COVID-19 pandemic has been very stressful, put enormous pressure on healthcare and caused exhaustion and burnout in healthcare workers. Used at the right time and in the proper context, laughter can be harnessed as a potent stress reliever to help us ...

Communications and Advocacy update: 20 January

Here's an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including a more nuanced and considered approach to elective surgery, access to RATs for General Practice, paediatric nutrition education and provider research.

Welcome to all new intern doctors

Interns, congratulations on completing O-Week. AMA Victoria looks forward to supporting you as you commence as an intern and as you progress through the year. We are here for you whenever you need advice, assistance, targeted coaching and wellbeing suppor...

Life balance in Medicine

Finding a balance in life can be difficult at the best of times, but for many doctors and healthcare workers facing the high rate of COVID-19 infection in the community, juggling career and family can feel like an exceptionally long road. It is important ...

How to structure your investment holdings

As a doctor, you are considered to be in an occupation that is generally considered to be high risk. Therefore, an important consideration when determining ownership structure is asset protection.

The importance of connectedness to our wellbeing

Strong social connections are important for both physical and mental health. As healthcare professionals, colleagues can often understand the challenges we face and may be going through the same experiences themselves. Staying connected with peers can be ...

Create lasting change without a New Year’s resolution

It’s important to remember that personal goals can be determined at any time of the year, not just in January. Taking time to forward plan achievable and realistic targets can help to deliver better results than making a commitment when we are caught up i...

2021 Enterprise Bargaining Agreement update: 24 December

Member content: This week, AMA/ASMOF Victoria, the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association (VHIA) and the Department of Health (DoH) discussed casual employment provisions for specialists and rosters for doctors-in-training.

Pfizer requests for primary care providers

Ahead of the vaccine rollout for ages 5-11, the Victoria COVID-19 Vaccine Control Centre (Health) has asked primary care immunisers requesting Pfizer to contact them with information to secure their requests.

2021 Enterprise Bargaining Agreement update: 17 December

Member content: Despite negotiations for the 2021 Enterprise Agreement approaching completion, the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association (VHIA) dealt AMA/ASMOF Victoria an unexpected and major roadblock affecting medical specialists this week.

Communications and Advocacy update: 15 December

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including resumption of elective surgery; impact of public-in-private work; escalating violence against healthcare workers; marginalisation of the medical model in mental heal...

Understanding and coping with the Christmas blues

The festive season can bring mixed emotions, particularly for those working through the holidays on the frontline. It can be helpful to set aside some time to think about how you can best focus on looking after yourself and your wellbeing during this busy...

2021 Enterprise Bargaining Agreement update: 10 December

Member content: This week, AMA/ASMOF Victoria, the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association (VHIA) and the Department of Health (DoH) discussed on-call and recall for medical specialists, casual employment provisions and rosters for doctors-in-training.

Communications and Advocacy update: 9 December

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including private practice and unvaccinated patients; Optimal Care Pathway for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer; and our 2022 State Budget Submission and Victorian Sta...

Communications and Advocacy update: 2 December

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including requirements for hospital workers returning from international travel; violence and abuse against healthcare workers; achieving vax parity in ATSI communities and v...

Doctors with disabilities – leading the way for change

This Friday 3 December is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). The theme for 2021 is ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world’.

Buying your second home - How Emily and Matt did it

Emily and Matt realised they’d outgrown their existing home in a leafy bayside suburb of Melbourne, but they were at a loss about what to do next. Should they sell their current home and buy something bigger? Or were there other options?

2021 Enterprise Bargaining Agreement update: 26 November

Member content: This week, AMA/ASMOF Victoria, the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association (VHIA) and the Department of Health (DoH) discussed Rural Allowance, Sabbatical Leave, rostering for doctors-in-training and registrar definitions.

Thriving as a doctor in a life beyond burnout

Many of the measures to thrive as a doctor are similar to the steps for recovering from burnout. Given the many stresses that doctors face, it is worth revisiting these steps on a regular basis.

2021 Enterprise Bargaining Agreement update: 19 November

Member content: This week, AMA/ASMOF Victoria, the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association (VHIA) and the Department of Health (DoH) discussed rural allowance, rosters, higher duties, and casual employment provisions.

Communications and Advocacy update: 18 November

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including healthcare workers returning to work after overseas travel; Guides to Best Cancer Care now available; mapping behaviour support provision; and support for older Vict...

Urgent action required on elective surgery

AMA Victoria has written to the Victorian Government to call for the full 100 per cent resumption of elective surgery throughout the state (with limited exceptions). This call comes after strong and consistent advice we have received from members.

Practising gratitude as a tool for self-care

Gratitude is not about putting on a brave face or pretending that everything is okay when it is not. Instead, the strength we gain from practising gratitude can help us tap into our reserves of perseverance and energy to make it through challenging times....

Post at your peril: A reminder to doctors about social media

With recent studies showing that almost a quarter of Australians rely on social media as their primary source of news, it is little wonder that the National Boards and Ahpra are sharpening their focus on health practitioner social media usage in the profe...

2021 Enterprise Bargaining Agreement update: 12 November

Member content: This week, AMA/ASMOF Victoria, the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association (VHIA) and the Department of Health (DoH) discussed the Anti-bullying clause, Climate Change, Sabbatical Leave and Rosters.

Communications and Advocacy update: 11 November

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including an update on support for surgeons in private practice, seeking GPs to participate in VEC focus group about voters with dementia, and a mental health workforce person...

Kindness in healthcare

While random acts of kindness have their place, in order to change culture in a workplace, including healthcare settings, kindness must be part of the ethos and influence every interaction.

2021 Enterprise Bargaining Agreement update: 5 November

Member content: There was no bargaining on Monday this week due to VHIA closing down for the day before the Melbourne Cup. Parties discussed climate change, Sabbatical Leave, rosters, and hours of work.

Communications and Advocacy update: 4 November

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including an inquiry into support for older Victorians from refugee and migrant backgrounds; an update on COVID-19 guidelines for IMEs regarding face-to-face interviews with w...

Recovery from stress and burnout as a doctor

What do you need to recover and heal after repeated exposure to a stressful environment like COVID-19? Self-compassion is the first step in applying interventions for burnout prevention and recovery.

How to lead burnt out teams

AMA Victoria’s Leadership development consultant and coach, Dr Anna Clark provides tips for leaders on how to manage burnt out teams.

2021 Enterprise Bargaining Agreement update: 29 October

Member content: This week, AMA/ASMOF Victoria, the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association (VHIA) and the Department of Health (DoH) discussed cashing out and excessive annual leave, Continuing Medical Education (CME) and the training rosters of doctor...

Financial support for surgeons and anaesthetists in private practice

AMA Victoria has written to the Victorian Government in support of surgeons and anaesthetists in private practice who have had their ability to work curtailed, as a consequence of recent directions resulting in the suspension of most privately performed e...

Communications and Advocacy update: 28 October

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including COVID-19 booster vaccine approved by TGA; telehealth for hepatitis C treatment during COVID-19; and experiences of GPs in providing essential clinical services durin...

Managing bullying and bad behaviour as a doctor

Everyone has a right to be treated fairly and with respect at work. Bullying and bad behaviour in medicine and in healthcare is never acceptable and creates a risk to health and safety. AMAV’s Doctor Wellbeing Coordinator, Kay Dunkley shares what to do if...

Private practice and unvaccinated patients

We have had many queries from members in private practice seeking greater certainty regarding whether they can decline to see unvaccinated patients in their clinics. AMA Victoria’s legal partner, Kennedys, has provided advice on this issue.

Clarification

AMA Victoria would like to clarify a recent article in The Guardian quoting our President, Dr Roderick McRae.

2021 Enterprise Bargaining Agreement update: 22 October

Member content: This week, AMA/ASMOF Victoria, the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association (VHIA) and the Department of Health (DoH) discussed rural allowance, casual employment conditions and allowances for doctors-in-training.

Communications and Advocacy update: 21 October

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including fit testing access for general practice, COVID-19 guidelines for IMEs regarding face-to-face interviews with workers and Mental Health Interim Regional Bodies.

Every doctor needs their own GP

Having your own GP means access to an independent and objective advisor who can guide you at times when you need it most. Particularly in times of high stress, having a trusted GP who understands the pressure you are under is an essential part of your sur...

2021 Enterprise Bargaining Agreement update: 15 October

Member content: This week, AMA/ASMOF Victoria, the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association (VHIA) and the Department of Health (DoH) discussed access to swipe on/off data, Continuing Medical Education (CME) and the annual leave payment methodology for ...

It’s time for professional kindness

We are now at a point where COVID-19 has pushed many people to beyond their limit. And this is a time when negative and ‘bad’ behaviour can easily burst out and escalate quickly. Showing care, containment, empathy and optimism for the future is something ...

Communications and advocacy update: 13 October

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including booster/third doses of COVID vaccine for Group 1A high-risk workers, urgent measures to support Victoria’s healthcare workers, and Schedule 8 permit requirements for...

2021 Enterprise Bargaining Agreement update: 8 October

Member content: This week, AMA/ASMOF Victoria, the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association (VHIA) and the Department of Health (DoH) discussed CME, Higher Duties, Leave, Accommodation and facilities, On-Call and recall.

Communications and Advocacy update: 7 October

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including COVID Positive Pathways, National Safe Work Month, and child oral health knowledge and GPs.

Looking after your team in high-pressure environments

Things are tough right now and leaders and team members need looking after. Now is not a time to strive to be the best or to focus on some ‘extra’ work you’re interested in. The focus should be on making the best of an incredibly difficult time, and to co...

Defamation action after a bad online review?

The number of defamation cases concerning negative reviews for medical practitioners in Australia has increased over the past few years, seemingly because of the rise in online review platforms and the difficulty in managing such reviews. Our legal partne...

#359 Sharp scratch – an untold story

As part of Mental Health Month, Dr Kieran Allen, AMA Victoria member, shares his personal story to help reduce the stigma of mental illness in the medical profession.

2021 Enterprise Bargaining Agreement update: 1 October

Member content: This week, AMA/ASMOF Victoria, the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association (VHIA) and the Department of Health (DoH) discussed annual leave, replacement of doctors on leave, higher duties, and clinical support time (CST).

#358 General Practice update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for GP members, including Vaccination Enhancement Grants and COVID-19 exposure site closures and the impact on access to general practice.

#357 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including Victorian Government recruitment of international health professionals, meal entertainment entitlement during lockdown, and a review of the Disability Act.

#355 Mindfulness in Medicine

As the number of cases of COVID-19 in Victoria grows and the pressure on acute healthcare and primary healthcare increases, mindfulness can be a valuable technique to help manage your wellbeing.

2021 Enterprise Bargaining Agreement update: 24 September

Member content: This week, AMA Victoria / ASMOF Victoria, the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association (VHIA) and the Department of Health discussed annual leave, saved clauses, Continuing Medical Education (CME), Describing Registrars and Clinical Supp...

#354 President's message

The last 18 months have left Victorian healthcare workers absolutely exhausted. Many of our members have not had proper breaks for this period of time. Despite this, healthcare workers are going to face even more challenges in the coming months. AMA Victo...

#353 Leadership insight: Listening for understanding and connecting

Professional conversations are great tools for leaders to check-in, get a good sense of what is happening in their team and be able to share insights and offer support. While the topic of conversations and communication tend to make us think about speakin...

#352 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including local adult and older adult mental health & wellbeing services, the ‘Every Kit Counts’ bowel cancer screening campaign, and international day of sign languages and i...

#351 Fact sheet - Mandatory vaccination in medical practices

Employers face possible legal risks in imposing a mandatory requirement that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19. Issues relating to mandatory vaccination have not, to date, been decided by the courts so it is not possible to state with confidence a...

#348 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including the closure of GP clinics by the Victorian Department of Health, recruitment of IMGs, cross border travel, and prioritisation of vaccination for children of healthca...

The importance of self-compassion for doctors

Instead of mercilessly judging and criticising ourselves for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means we are kind and understanding when confronted with personal failings.

#346 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including how proposed mental health law reforms will undermine patient care, the new bike helmet road safety rule relevant to health practitioners and the WorkSafe Victoria C...

#344 Suicide awareness in medicine

This week we have R U OK? Day on Thursday and World Suicide Prevention Day on Friday. Awareness days can sometimes attract cynicism, however, they provide the opportunity to draw attention to important wellbeing topics, raising issues we may otherwise not...

#343 Digital image based prescribing arrangements extended

AMA Victoria has successfully pushed for an extension of digital image based prescribing arrangements until 31 December 2021. However, the Victorian Department of Health has emphasised this will be the last such extension, with doctors urged to integrate ...

#342 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including health system demand pressures related to COVID-19, Australia's Annual Overdose Report, and a new legal course to help health professionals deliver quality end-of-li...

#341 Workplace Relations update

We have recently been approached by members raising concerns over the way that many private hospitals are pressuring doctors to accept contracts to treat public patients at rates well below the rates for private patients, due to the expected capacity issu...

#340 Leadership insight: Adapting as a core leadership skill

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced upon us a long period of time working under conditions of high stress, anxiety and uncertainty. We are all increasingly aware of the huge toll adapting is taking on our health and wellbeing – in ourselves, our families and...

#339 COVID-19 vaccination updates

Every Victorian aged 16 years and over is now eligible to access a COVID-19 vaccine at state-run vaccination centres. An urgent vaccination strategy for aged care and disability care workers is also underway.

#338 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including advocacy work on cost pressures faced by general practices, and meeting with Cancer Council Victoria on alcohol policy.

#335 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including an Australian study on incidence and characteristics of end-of-life decisions in Victoria; and a call to join an Expert Advisory Group for the Public Sector Resident...

#334 Changes considered to the Health Insurance Act

The Federal Department of Health is considering amendments to the Health Insurance Act 1973 to alter the powers of the Director of Professional Services Review (PSR) to enter into agreements with corporate entities that are found to have engaged in inappr...

#332 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including the draft Health and Human Services Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan, our response to the draft First Aid Services Regulations, the Inquiry into the Use of Cann...

#331 Tax honeymoon

Dr Maria Travis is a dermatologist who returned home to Melbourne after completing her fellowship in the United Kingdom. Shortly after, Maria met with her accountant to discuss what she needed to do to ensure a successful transition from public to private...

#329 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including our response to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Act and authorising additional surge workforce to participate in Victoria's COVID-19 vaccination program.

#328 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including unfair telehealth compliance activities targeted at Victorian GPs, meeting with the Victorian Department of Health to discuss the proposed Mental Health and Wellbein...

#326 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including seeking clarification on healthcare worker eligibility to receive the Pfizer vaccine and your chance to represent us at Victoria’s Climate Change Adaption Action Pla...

#325 Webinar: Thriving during your medical career

Health and wellbeing are issues facing everyone. However, we know that wellbeing is particularly important for the medical profession. Join us online to hear from our expert panel as they share their personal experiences, insights and expertise.

#323 Expressions of interest – VDHP Board

Expressions of interest are invited for two additional VDHP Board member positions from medical practitioners with an interest in doctors’ health. The VDHP Board would particularly welcome interest from DiTs or rural practitioners. Membership of AMA Victo...

#322 Vexatious complaints and the Code of Conduct

Over the past decade, there has been an increasingly common belief that Australia’s health complaints system is inadequate to deal with vexatious complaints. However an update to the Code of Conduct should act as a deterrent for people who make complaints...

#320 Communications and Advocacy update

Here’s an update on a few of the issues AMA Victoria is working on for members, including a meeting with Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley, the proposed new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act and the Victorian intersex oversight panel proposal.

#319 Look out for tax scams this EOFY

Imagine if your mobile phone rang and somebody claiming to be from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) began threatening you with dire consequences over non-payment of a tax debt you didn’t even know you had.

#317 Optimal Care Pathways updated

Cancer Council Victoria has advised that the second edition of the optimal care pathways and quick reference guides are now available. Optimal care pathways describe a national standard of high-quality cancer care that all Australians should expect.

#316 Impairment Assessment Training

Jurisdictions in Victoria and NSW are experiencing a shortage of specialists for important impairment assessment work. Impairment assessment work can provide an attractive income stream and has the flexibility to complement private and public clinical pra...

#315 Increase to Award minimum rates of pay

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has varied the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020 and the Nurses Award 2010 to increase existing rates of pay.

#314 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 the Health Impacts of Air Pollution in Victoria Inquiry, and the development of the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act.

#312 Emerging Leader Professional Development Program

AMA Victoria is excited to launch to all AMA members our flagship leadership development program designed to support the development of emerging leaders in medicine. Specific dates for three intakes - with the first in late August - will be announced soon...

#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

Jurisdictions in Victoria and NSW are experiencing a shortage of specialists for important impairment assessment work. Impairment assessment work can provide an attractive income stream and has the flexibility to complement private and public clinical pra...

#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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