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#170 Pandemic Kindness Movement supports the wellbeing of health workforce
A group of clinicians across Australia has established a new wellbeing support website for healthcare workers.
#169 Arthritis Australia launches rheumatoid arthritis patient-support website
Arthritis Australia has launched a new online rheumatoid arthritis patient-support website.
#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.
#166 Financial assistance for Victorian doctors and their families
VMBA may be able to assist Victorian doctors who are experiencing a financial impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
#165 COVID-19 telehealth reforms must be made permanent
The overwhelming success of telehealth makes a strong case for the COVID-19 reforms as a permanent feature of our health system.
COVID-19: Information and resources for doctors
Please check here regularly for updates, resources and information, or to provide feedback to AMA Victoria.
#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.
#163 JobKeeper update for doctors and practice staff
AMA Victoria has received clarification on the eligibility of its members and their employees to receive the JobKeeper payment.
#162 Praise for the Victorian response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Associate Professor Julian Rait was invited to make a statement at the Public Accounts and Estimates Inquiry into the Victorian Government's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
#161 AMA Victoria’s Leadership Coaching Program for doctors
AMA Victoria is delighted to partner with Dr Anna Clark in providing a Leadership Coaching Program to you.
#160 The role of women in pandemics
"Pandemics perpetuate gender inequality in multiple domains." - Dr Natalie Sae-Rian
#159 Late diagnosis of type 1 diabetes during COVID-19
The Australian Paediatric Society is concerned about the impact that late or non-attendance of a sick child to a GP or emergency department may have.
The COVID-19 Update aims to provide members with a regular snapshot on this developing situation.
#158 Forging a future for rural specialty training pathways
"The community feel, support from rural staff and magnitude of hands-on learning experiences are just some of the reasons why I have absolutely loved studying rurally."
#157 Mental wellbeing advice during COVID-19
Psychiatrist, Dr Helen Schultz, has some advice on looking after your mental wellbeing for her medical colleagues.
#156 BCG vaccine trial for healthcare workers
MCRI is vaccinating healthcare workers as part of a clinical trial of the BCG vaccine against COVID-19.
#155 COVID-19 minimum standards and PPE in mental health settings
AMA Victoria is advocating for minimum standards for processes and PPE for all mental health services.
#154 New digital Vicdoc magazine out now!
The first edition of the new digital Vicdoc magazine is out now!
#153 SafeScript update
AMA Victoria has asked that the mandatory use of SafeScript in Victoria be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
#152 Cheap car rental service for doctors during pandemic
Many health professionals may be looking for an alternative to using public transport.
#151 Protecting your mental health as a doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event for us all. Despite education and knowledge, health professionals are just as likely to feel anxious.
#150 COVID-19 – AMA and government develop improved telehealth arrangements for patients
The $699 million breakthrough agreement was announced on Sunday morning by the Prime Minister and Health Minister.
#149 Heart medications and COVID-19: what health professionals need to know
There are now concerns about a link between ACE inhibitor medications and ARBs and increased risk in relation to COVID-19.
#148 WorkSafe item codes for telehealth are now available
WorkSafe is introducing temporary measures to support the continuation of essential health services for injured workers.
#147 Wellbeing and career support during COVID-19 pandemic
Wellbeing and careers support to help you through these uncertain times.
#146 General Practice and Private Practice Fact Sheet
Facts regarding staff and staff safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
#145 COVID-19 Industrial Question and Answers
FAQs answered in regards to your employment in these extraordinary circumstances.
#144 Testing for COVID-19: advice for doctors
At this time, it is critical that testing for COVID-19 is limited to patients who meet the suspected case definition.
#143 DHHS calling for assistance with COVID-19
DHHS requires qualified medical and infection control staff to support the Victorian public heath response in this critical period of containment.
#142 IWD Member profile: Dr Pallavi Prathivadi
This week, we are celebrating the achievements of our female members to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March. Introducing: Dr Pallavi Prathivadi
#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
#139 IWD Member profile: Dr Catherine Crock AM
This week, we are celebrating the achievements of our female members to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March. Introducing: Dr Catherine Crock AM
#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.
#133 AMA Public Health Awards 2020 call for nominations
The AMA is now seeking nominations of people who have made an extraordinary contribution to health care.
#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.
#129 Bushfire smoke clouding our skies can affect our health
While longer-term health impacts of this summer’s smoke pollution are not yet known, there is concern these could be substantial.
#128 Calls for urgent national response to lack of progress in pancreatic cancer outcomes
Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all main cancer types. Despite this, it trails behind other cancers when it comes to funding for research.
#127 The rise of ‘femtorship’ in medicine
Studies have shown that women are more likely to attain leadership roles and be high-performing if they have an inner-circle of women supporting them.
#126 General practice for patients living with obesity
Obesity has multiple, complex causes. This is why generalist, ongoing care from a trusted GP can be a very effective option.
#125 AMA Victoria members honoured on Australia Day
AMA Victoria would like to congratulate all of our members who were recognised with Australia Day honours for services to the community.
#124 It’s time for the fourth wave of general practice
Dr Ines Rio discusses the patient-centred medical home as the bedrock of the provision of healthcare.
#123 Medical scribes could help doctors care for more patients
Patients and doctors would both like to see more of each other and scribes can enable this, says emergency physician, Associate Professor Katie Walker.
Have you been impacted by the bushfire crisis?
Our team is here to support you through these difficult times.
#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.
Stethoscope archive 2019
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Stethoscope archive 2018
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