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Looking forward

and giving back

Starting on a new phase in your career? Whilst you

must narrow your focus to succeed, try not to lose

perspective on other aspects of your life.

Is it just me, or did other people find

that the first two months of the year just

disappeared in the blink of an eye? But

at the same time Christmas seems like a

distant memory…

The start of the calendar year means

different things to different people.

Welcome to all our new interns to the

hospital system. I had the privilege

of meeting some of you during your

orientation week. As I said at the time,

it honestly doesn’t feel that long ago I

was sitting there in the group listening

to those that presented in front of me,

waiting to finally get started as a doctor.

I felt proud of myself for making it through

all those years of university – studying,

exams, cheap student living and the

occasional fun. And while I had come so

far, I understood as a new intern that this

was only the beginning of the next phase.

I remember being so tired, both mentally

and physically, during the first few

months of being an intern as I learnt

new systems at new hospitals, made

new work friendships, and could finally

afford more than an entrée with a glass

of water when going out for dinner with

friends. But it was that tiredness that

struck me at the time, so much so I

remember asking a medical registrar,

“does it actually get better, or do you just

get used to it?” After she stopped and

thought about it for a while she replied,

“I think you just get used to it.” And

I think in many ways she was right.

Reflecting on it now, I realise the thing

that helps you get through all of this

is friends, family and colleagues. The

melting pot of hospitals and the hours

of demanding work force a closeness

with your colleagues who become

friends, supports, confidantes, and coconspirators

in high jinx. My advice would

be to look after your colleagues as you

are on this journey together, and together

you will not just survive but flourish.

For those who passed their fellowship

exams during the preceding year, you

are now seeing the light at the end of

a very long tunnel. The previous years

have been a constant juggle between

work, exams, study and a semblance

of normal life. Congratulations as you

too have passed through the eye of the

needle and find yourself on the other

side. I think of the fellowship exams as

an hourglass shaped ordeal; at the top

of the hour glass you have time, energy

and enthusiasm. But as you get closer

to examinations, everything funnels

together, which means you must focus

more on your career – often at the

sacrifice of other aspects of your life –

right up to the tightest point where you

wiggle and crawl your way through the

exams themselves. But once through,

this bottleneck opens up. It is now up to

you as a fellow of your college to fill in the

space. This could be with family, friends,

holidays, or perhaps you could open up

a Bollywood dance studio in your spare

time, such as a friend of mine has done.

But as you look forward to the future also

look to those around you: the colleagues

you work with; the patients you treat;

the community that we serve. We have

a wonderful opportunity to find ways to

give to others. For me, my involvement

in the AMA is my way of giving back to a

system that has given me an opportunity

of a lifetime.

I know the interns starting today have a

tough road ahead, made even tougher

by poor government planning with

regard to medical graduate numbers and

training positions. Your AMA will continue

to lobby on behalf of the profession and

the community to ensure that whether

you live in the city, a regional centre, or

the back of Bourke, we have a healthcare

system that strives to deliver quality care

to all – and critical to this is to ensure

training opportunities for current and

future junior doctors. dr.

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Dealing with

the big issues

The AMA is working on

several fronts to support

professionals and improve

care for the community.

Occasionally this work

involves dumplings.

One of the great things about working

for the AMA is the variety of issues

we become involved in. From one

month to the next, we can go from

championing the cause of children in

detention and talking about hospital

violence, to taking doctors-in-training

out for dumplings and getting female

doctors together for afternoon tea.

The common thread through all of

these activities is the AMA’s role in

helping the medical profession to be

the best it can be. As I said to our

intern members when welcoming

them to the profession in O Week, as

doctors, you have an extraordinary

capacity to make a difference in

people’s lives, both the patients in

front of you and also the community at

large. Doctors have the chance to do

that because they are used to doing

what is hard. In our job as advocates

we are so often told by politicians and

policymakers that something cannot

be done because it is “too hard”.

It makes me glad these people are

policymakers and not doctors.

On the topic of difficult issues, I was

pleased to represent the AMA at

the Ministry Forum on Violence in

Emergency Departments. The Forum

was convened in the wake of the

shooting of a police officer at Nepean

Hospital. The incident unleashed a

significant amount of feedback from

members about how common violence

is in our hospitals and how much it was

taken for granted and not reported. We

were pleased to support the Ministry

in starting with an audit of a number

of hospitals to see what is really

happening on the ground. However,

we also want to use this as the basis

of a broader conversation about the

violence and abuse all doctors seem to

experience, not just in EDs and wards

but also in their practices.

On a lighter note, we have our

Intern Dumpling Night. I have been

asked why we are taking DITs out

for dumplings. The answer is because

it’s fun, and fun should be part of the

AMA and medicine as well. Aside from

it being fun, it’s an important chance

to talk to your colleagues. Internship

can be a difficult year and it’s important

to keep in contact with colleagues

and remain connected. Remembering

to eat is also important and what

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of dumplings. dr.


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Professional perils

of social media

Recognise a patient or colleague online?

Swipe left…

Last year a resident pulled out his phone

over lunch and showed me a Facebook

friend request from his direct senior

that linked to a profile full of photos of

her in skimpy nurse and policewoman

costumes. He asked me if I thought

this was an invitation to make a move

(I thought not). Most junior doctors are

pretty well versed in the hazards of social

media posting but much of the etiquette

in this area is new territory. Cases of

doctors losing their jobs due to social

media infractions are infrequent, however

there have been notable examples such

as a medical student who was expelled

for a tweet calling Barack Obama a

‘monkey’ and a doctor in Broken Hill

barred from practice for both sleeping

with a patient and for discussing the

relationship and his medical details

over Facebook chat with the patient’s


The AMA provides excellent guidance on

how to avoid pitfalls such as breaches

of confidentiality, inadvertently defaming

colleagues and bringing the profession

into disrepute. They warn against using

mediums like Facebook (that include

personal information) to communicate

with patients. However, the complexities

of practicing medicine in the Internet

age are only intensifying. I’ve yet to find

advice on how to handle stumbling onto

the profile of a senior colleague on a

hook-up app as happened to an intern I

know, or what to do when you realise the

patient you’re seeing is someone you’ve

previously chatted to on a dating service

under a screen name. That did happen

to a registrar at a hospital I worked at, he

chose to disclose their previous contact

as the patient had not yet realised they

had communicated online and offered

to refer the patient

to another team. The

patient preferred to

continue on with the current

team so as to avoid explaining the

reason for swapping to a new group

of doctors, certainly a fraught situation

to navigate.

It’s awkward for a patient to see you

on a dating site or app and discover

information you would usually never

disclose, such as your sexual orientation

or idea of a perfect date. It’s also

awkward for more junior colleagues to

see senior medical staff in this kind of

context and vice versa, nevertheless it’s

happening. Doctors have just as much

right to use dating and social apps in

their personal time as any other private

citizen. However, we are entering an

era where it will be difficult for doctors

to maintain adequate control over

their public reputations without being

inadvertently restricted in their online

social interactions. It may not sound

like a big deal but with dating apps like

Tinder becoming increasingly popular as

efficient and safe methods of meeting

potential partners (in comparison to

old-fashioned methods like meeting

someone in a bar) doctors-in-training

who are already time poor may have

less opportunity than others to find

potential mates.

Although there’s not much guidance

available as yet on how to take your

consultant seriously after you've seen

their poorly lit bathroom-selfie, the

appropriate course of action if one does

happen across sensitive information

seems to be to maintain a respectful

distance. Blurring of professional into

social relationships has always been

an issue in the hospital even if now the

danger is accidentally happening across

an online profile rather than running

into a colleague in a pub with a drink in

hand. Interaction on dating apps with

colleagues is probably best avoided

and social-media interaction with

patients should always be avoided, but

ultimately doctors do retain a right to a

personal life. It will be the work of the

next generation of professional

clinicians to strike a balance between

enjoying the expansion of social

opportunity the Internet can offer

and maintaining the standing of the

profession in the public eye. To have

the best of both worlds, reflecting on

how we are perceived online and how

we maintain work life balance, will

be key. dr.


Dr Eliza Milliken Junior Doctor


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Australia Day Honours 2016

AMA (NSW) would like to congratulate its members

who received honours on Australia Day…



Professor Minas Theodore Coroneo

Vaucluse, NSW

For distinguished service to

ophthalmology, to the research and

development of innovative surgical

technologies and devices, and to

eye health in regional and Indigenous


Honourable Dr Brendan John Nelson

Bowral, NSW

For distinguished service to the

Parliament of Australia, to the community,

to the advancement of Australia’s

international relations, and to major

cultural institutions.



Dr Jay Chandra, NSW

For significant service to medicine in the

field of ophthalmology as a clinician, and

to the international community through

eye care programs.

Dr Paul Raymond Mara,

Gundagai NSW

For significant service to medicine,

particularly through the recruitment and

retention of medical practitioners in rural

and remote areas.

Dr Lyon Phillip Robinson,

Bellevue Hill, NSW

For significant service to medicine,

particularly as a pioneer in the field of

ophthalmic surgery.



Dr William John Houston Paradice,

Scone, NSW

For service to the community, particularly

as a general practitioner. dr.

The Hon Jillian Skinner, NSW

Minister for Health, has appointed

Dr Robyn Napier as a member

of the NSW Board of the Medical

Board of Australia.

The appointment is made under

the Health Practitioner Regulation

National Law.

AMA (NSW) congratulates Robyn

on her appointment and wishes her

well in her deliberations during her

term of office.

Dr Jay Chandra celebrated

the 10th anniversary of his

organisation The Fiji Eye

Project in July 2015.

“We have now operated on close to

1000 cases from 2006 to 2015. Almost

85% of the cataracts were operated

on by the modern technique of

phacoemulsification with rapid recovery

of visual function,” Dr Chandra said.

In his years of volunteer work, Dr

Chandra said there have been many

special moments. He recalled operating

on one patient who only had light

perception vision in both eyes due to

bilateral hypermature cataracts. After

surgery, she saw her two grandchildren

for the first time.

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2016 –

A turning point?

On the eve of the 2017 funding cliff,

the Federal Government has just

three months to deliver a Budget

that will thwart an imminent crisis

for public hospitals.

The 2016 AMA Public Hospital Report

Card might be the most important

snapshot of Australia’s healthcare system

the organisation has released to date –

given that the Federal Government has

just a few months left to fix the funding

problems that threaten to cripple the

healthcare system prior to the 2017

funding cliff.

“The States and Territories are facing a

public hospital funding ‘black hole’ from

2017 when growth in Federal funding

slows to a trickle,” said AMA President,

Professor Brian Owler.

“From July 2017, the Commonwealth

will strictly limit its contribution to public

hospital costs.”

Growth in Commonwealth funding

will be restricted to indexation using

the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and

population growth only. Treasury advised

the Senate Economics Committee that

this change will reduce Commonwealth

public hospital funding by $57 billion over

the period 2017-18 to 2024-25.

With 2016 shaping up to be an Election

year, the AMA is hoping the data released

in its report will put scrutiny on the

Federal Government.

The big turning point, if there is to be one,

is the May Budget, which the AMA is

hoping will be a positive Health Budget.

“This is the Budget where it has

to be done,” Prof Owler said. “This

is what makes this report so timely

and so important.”

In the 2015-16 Budget, Commonwealth

funding for public hospitals was reduced

by $423 million for three years to 2017-

18. A further $31 million was cut in the

December 2015 MYEFO Budget update.

“Public hospital funding is about to

become the biggest challenge facing

States and Territory finances – and the

dire consequences are already starting

to show.”

The AMA Public Hospital Report Card,

released in late January, revealed the

performance of public hospitals is virtually

stagnant, and even declining in key areas.

According to Prof Owler, the

disappointing results are a direct

consequence of reduced growth in

the Commonwealth’s funding of

public hospitals.

The report shows bed number ratios have

deteriorated; waiting times are largely

static, with only very minor improvement;

Emergency Department waiting times

have worsened; the percentage of ED

patients treated in four hours has not

changed, and is well below target;

and elective surgery waiting times and

treatment targets are largely unchanged.

“This is the

Budget where it

has to be done,”

Prof Owler

said. “This

is what makes

this report so

timely and so



Hospital bed to population

numbers have remained constant

over recent years, while there has

been increasing demand for

hospital services.

Nationally, only 68% of emergency

department patients classified

as urgent were seen within the

recommended 30 minutes.

In 2014-15, no State or Territory

met the interim (2014) or final

(2015) National Emergency

Access Target of patients

being treated within four hours.

Performance in Victoria and

Western Australia was below their

2013 targets, and performance

in South Australia, Tasmania, the

Northern Territory and the ACT

was below their 2012 targets, with

the Northern Territory performance

in 2014-15 failing to meet their

baseline for this target.



Elective Surgery – Waiting times

Median waiting time for elective surgery (days) - NSW

“Public hospital performance has

not improved overall against the

performance benchmarks set by

all Governments.”

In NSW, the report indicated the

State was falling short in three

of the five key performance

benchmarks. Elective surgery

waiting times have increased to

more than 52 days. While the

figures found that more than 75%

of urgent patients were seen

within the recommended four-hour

waiting time – unchanged from

last year – it is still short of the

90% target.

Longer wait times in emergency

departments and for elective

surgery has far reaching affects on

patients’ health, Prof Owler said.

“When people wait longer in

emergency departments, it’s

not an inconvenience. We know

that overcrowding and long wait

times in emergency departments

are associated with increased

morbidity and even mortality. That

is, people actually have more

complications if they’re all stuffed

into an emergency department

and not receiving the appropriate

care in the appropriate part of the

hospital. So, this is more than just

an inconvenience, and obviously

people waiting on elective surgery

lists – it might be for something

like a hip or knee replacement, it

might be for cancer surgery. But

when people wait long periods,

obviously their condition can

deteriorate, and if people aren’t

able to exercise or walk, they

often put on weight, they get

cardiovascular disease, diabetes,

and so they end up in the much

worse shape by the time they

actually do get their procedure.” dr.



































Sources: AIHW elective surgery data cubes (2001-02 to 2006-07); AIHW Australian

Hospitals Statistics: elective surgery waiting times (2007-08 to 2014-15)

National Emergency Access Target (NEAT)

Percentage of emergency department visits completed in four hours or less - NSW



2011/12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15

Source: Australian Hospitals Statistics 2011-12 to 2014-15: emergency department care (AIHW)

State and Territory Performance - Summary




in Emergency



time - urgent

(category 3)










in Elective


waiting time










in Elective


Category 2

admission in

90 days








MYEFO 2015-

16 increased


funding for


over Budget


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VIC ✘ ✘ ✔ ✘ ✔ ✔

QLD ✘ ✘ ✔ ✘ ✔ ✔

WA ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✔

SA ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘

TAS ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘

ACT ✘ ✘ ✔ ✘ ✘ ✘

NT ✔ ✘ ✔ ✘ ✘ ✘

+ Targets are set on a calendar year basis; performance as reported by AIHW. AIHW reported elective surgery

Category 2 performance for financial year 2013-14 but data for the period 2010-11 to 2011-12, and January

to June 2013 has not been published. Elective surgery Category 2 year on year performance is graphed for

each State and Territory below, excluding these periods.

*Treating patients within clinically recommended time – Category 2 (within 90 days)

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This year’s group of interns is another record-breaker in NSW, as nearly

1000 graduates embark on their medical careers. The AMA (NSW) /

ASMOF (NSW) Alliance welcomed the new doctors to the state’s health

system in late January.


The number of interns in 2016 is a slight

increase over last year, with 983 finding

places in NSW compared to 980 in 2015.

“It’s a good thing that this is another

record cohort, as it will help NSW

solve its doctor shortage and help the

system cope with massive demands in

healthcare,” said Dr Danielle McMullen,

Chair of the Doctors-in-Training

Committee (DITC).

The Alliance visited every teaching

hospital in the state to meet with interns

during Orientation Week and discuss the

advantages of becoming a member. This

is the fourth year of the AMA (NSW) /

ASMOF (NSW) Alliance and its reputation

for providing assistance to junior doctors

is growing.

Doctor representatives highlighted some

of the big wins the Alliance has had for

DITs in recent years.

Since July 2013, ASMOF (NSW) has

helped DITs recover approximately

$4 million in wages for ADOs, long

service leave, maternity leave, meal

breaks, overtime and call-backs,

and assisted DITs when an alleged

overpayment has occurred.

The Alliance is also in the process of

renegotiating the Award to improve

conditions for doctors-in-training at

NSW hospitals.

“It’s important to ensure sound industrial

protection for junior doctors, and that’s

why ASMOF has prioritised renegotiating

and improving the doctors-in-training

Award,” Dr McMullen said.

Meanwhile, AMA (NSW) has been at

the forefront of the battle to ensure all

medical graduates get an intern place.

Together with AMSA, we have been

successful in persuading the NSW

Government to guarantee an intern place

for all domestic graduates. AMA (NSW)

has also lobbied the Federal Government

to fund additional intern places for

overseas students.

The focus has now shifted to ensure

there are enough college positions.

During the 2015 NSW election

campaign, the State Government

agreed with AMA (NSW)’s requests

to fund 60 new registrar positions

over the next four years.

Despite the boost, more work is

needed in this area.

“A doctor’s medical training does

not begin and end at university,”

Dr McMullen said. “We continue our

training throughout our careers and the

interns have two major bottlenecks and

many years ahead of them before they

are the specialists and GPs we need.

“Governments, both State and Federal,

need to work together to ensure that

adequate training places are available to

make sure all interns can complete this

on-the-job training.”

In December last year, following pressure

from the AMA, the Federal Government

committed $94 million to support regional

training in its Mid-Year Economic and

Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO).

As part of the new rural health workforce

initiatives, the Government committed

to the creation of a new Integrated Rural

Training Pipeline that will help to retain

medical graduates in rural areas by

better coordinating the different stages of

training within regions.

There are three components to the

new initiative, including 30 new regional

training hubs, over $10 million per

year into a new Rural Junior Doctor

Training Innovation Fund and a targeted

expansion of the Specialist Training

Programme to provide up to 100 new

training places in rural areas.

The other major area of concern

that the Alliance is continuing to

address is bullying and sexual

harassment in medicine.

“I want the interns of 2016 to know

that there is help available if you find

yourself being bullied or harassed and

that with all the focus on the issue,

access to that help is going to get

easier,” Dr McMullen said.

The Alliance is lobbying the Government

to adopt specific processes for junior

doctors, and for those members

experiencing problems we can provide

confidential and expert assistance. dr.



Auburn 10

Balmain 3

Bankstown-Lidcombe and Camden 46

& Campbelltown

Blacktown-Mount Druitt 42

Blue Mountains 3

Calvary Healthcare Sydney 2

Canterbury Hospital and Concord 42

Repatriation General Hospital

Liverpool and Fairfield hospitals 51

Hornsby 35

Nepean 50

Hawkesbury District Health Service 6

Prince of Wales 36

Royal North Shore 44

Royal Prince Alfred 46

Ryde 11

St George 43

St Vincent’s 29

Sutherland 24

Westmead 70


Albury 5

Armidale 3

Bathurst 5

Belmont 12

Bulli 4

Calvary Mater 22

Broken Hill 3

Coffs Harbour 19

Dubbo 12

Griffith 2

Gosford 35

John Hunter 51

Lismore 14

Maitland 6

Manning 6

Orange 17

Port Kembla 1

Port Macquarie 16

Royal Newcastle Centre 2

The Mater – HNE Mental Health 5

Shellharbour 4

Shoalhaven 7

Tamworth 18

Tweed Heads 18

Wagga Wagga 22

Wollongong 49

Wyong 26

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Some good advice

In recognition of Orientation Week - The NSW Doctor asked several

doctors to share the best advice they ever received as an intern.


Always make time for mealbreaks,

but learn to eat quickly. And

never answer a ringing phone at a

nurses’ station. It’s not for you. If

they want you they’ll page you. If

you do answer the phone you’ll be

stuck trying to find whoever they

did want!

Dr Andrew Zuschmann


The best advice I received as an intern was to find the area of medicine that I

absolutely loved doing and go for it. You will spend many, many hours doing

this job over the coming years. A good proportion of these hours will be very

inconvenient for you and your family. It helps if you love your job! You will train

with enthusiasm, work with commitment and have great job satisfaction. It’s

been 18 years since I started my internship and I still think that same message

applies today. If you love your job, you will be good at it and people will want to

work with you.

Dr Fred Betros


No one expects you to diagnose a

patient correctly. What you do need

to know is when someone is sick


Dr Sandy Jusuf


The best advice I received from my

mentors was to practise medicine

with humility and make a conscious

choice to sit at the bedside of

patients when doing ward rounds,

and to open my heart to their

spoken and unspoken fears.

Dr Sergio Diez Alvarez



I clearly remember one piece of

useful advice from when I started

as an intern when shifts were long:

Eat as much as you can as soon

as you can, and sleep as much as

you can as soon as you can.

Dr Ian Woodforth


It was a long time ago, but I do remember being told by either a registrar or consultant, “Just remember the buck

doesn’t stop with you” (even though it sometimes felt it did), and another was “there’s no such thing as a stupid

question” – if you’re unsure about something ask.

Dr Jonathan Gibson

Medical school prepares you with cognitive and practical skills, but it is impossible to

fully prepare for the impact of working long hours plus overtime, the demands and

stress that come with your new responsibilities and the toll on your personal life.

It can be difficult to talk about these issues, but you’re not alone. For more information,

please visit www.jmohealth.org.au, a website created to promote the health and

well-being of junior doctors. The site includes self assessment tools, information on

common problems, and ideas on how to reduce stress. There are also resources

available if you need help. dr.



AMA/ASMOF Alliance



Bringing doctors together


For more information please contact Michelle Morgan-Mar

9902 8143 or email michelle.morgan-mar@amansw.com.au


A joint initiative of ASMOF (NSW) and AMA (NSW)

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The Good Old

Days of sunburn

and cancer

Could it be that decades of research have shown

that UV rays are in fact quite harmful? Heavens,

no, don’t be silly. The FUN POLICE are just

trying to ruin everything with their sunscreen and

legionnaire’s hats, writes Deirdre Fidge.

The vaguest time period in international

history is referred to as the Good

Old Days.

Cloaked in mystery, it is uncertain

when exactly the world was blessed

with these years.

Historians have been scratching their

heads, scouring books and eating tuna

sandwiches (unrelated) for years, trying

to pinpoint the exact moment the Good

Old Days began.

Despite the fact that they cannot seem

to find the precise era, there’s one

thing everyone can agree on: it was

the greatest time ever.

The Good Old Days were happier.

Everything was easier. There were

no rules, less science, and everyone

had a grand old time being void of

political correctness.

Back in my day, we’d be out all day

getting second-degree burns and tumble

home at midnight, after contracting

several easily preventable diseases due

to being unvaccinated. What a hoot.

Before “stranger danger”, kids were sent

off on their own to the local milk bar

where they could get an iced treat for

a thruppence, or even less if we let the

kindly owner touch our front-bums.

Seatbeats are an absolute joke. In the

good old days, having a car accident

and flying through the windshield was

a badge of honour! Seven kids didn’t

make it to graduation and now reside

in nursing homes due to quadriplegia,

and they are heralded as heroes at each

school reunion.

Back in my day, nobody cared about

health or nutrition. It was great! Mum

didn’t cook; instead she created a

gruel-like combination of crushed Four

N Twenty meat pies and tobacco.

She would fling the mixture at our faces

and we would eat whatever clumps

made their way into our mouths.


Such fond memories.

These simple joys my children will never

know. They cannot hear the outside

world, for they are wrapped in seven

metres of bubble wrap.

There is no outside, I whisper to my

son, and place another blanket over his

bubbly body.

So what has changed? When did

the Good Old Days become the

Boring Present?

Could it be that science and decades of

research have shown that UV rays are in

fact quite harmful and cause various skin

cancers? Heavens, no, don’t be silly. It’s

that gosh darn FUN POLICE.

Australia and New Zealand have the

highest rates of skin cancer in the world,

and in 2011, skin cancer was the cause

of over 2000 deaths.

Nobody is arguing that cancer is fun, but

taking simple steps to prevent ill health

isn’t ruining your freedoms.

“Uh oh, here comes the FUN POLICE!”

shouts a libertarian, busy lighting the

fireworks atop his toddler’s birthday cake.

“Why do the SAFETY STASI have to

RUIN EVERYTHING?” asks a busy mum,

riding helmetless down a freeway with

her newborn strapped to her chest.

“They’re just a pack of GOODTIME

ASSASSINS,” they declare, cutting down

the pool fence because fun knows no

boundaries. Hop in, baby Kira, the water

is warm!

Who are these supposed fun police that

are lambasted constantly? It’s actual

medical professionals and specialist

researchers such as the Cancer Council.

It seems to be easier to complain about

political correctness gone mad than

accept that basic precautions can

improve our health and safety.

Maybe it’s boring to look after yourself

and think about consequences. Maybe

it’s not fun to slop some sunscreen on

your back or pop on a legionnaire’s hat

(the most fashionable of hats).

But it’s smart.

These days, if anyone’s gone mad it’s

the person bragging about her peeling

sunburn. That’s just bonkers.

Deirdre Fidge is a Melbourne-based

comedian, writer and social worker.

This article originally appeared on

ABC’s The Drum. dr.




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Deirdre Fidge’s column references an

article that ran in the Herald Sun on

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has stolen our kids’ identity’ in which

the author, Elise Elliott, fondly recalls

the ubiquitous annual sunburn.

“What’s an Aussie summer without

a second-degree skin peel? Back in

the good old days there was no such

thing as Sun Protection Factor. It was

called sun-tanning lotion; Reef Deep

Suntan Oil if you were posh.”

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Ms Elliott’s article highlighted the

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AMA urges

for asylum seekers

AMA President, Professor Brian Owler delivered this speech at a forum

held in Sydney in February reiterating the AMA’s concerns for infants and

children being held in immigration detention centres, and calling for all

asylum seekers to have access to quality healthcare.

There are times, in any nation, where

the medical profession must act in the

interests not only of our patients as

individuals, or for patients in a health

system, but it must act in the national

interest. Doctors, along with nurses,

lawyers and others, must lead a debate

on an issue of national importance.

I believe that is the case when it comes

to the issue of children in detention and

Australia’s provision of health care to

asylum seekers.

We should all be proud of the stand

that our colleagues have taken. Doctors

at the Royal Children’s Hospital in

Melbourne and, of course, more recently

at the Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane

have refused to release children from

hospital because they would be returned

to detention.

Some commentators have seen this

as a form of political protest. But as a

doctor working in a paediatric hospital,

who deals with the consequences of

physical abuse, I know that there is

no reasonable other option for these

doctors and nurses to take. There is an

absolute ethical, not to mention moral,

obligation to that patient who is in their

care. The obligation is to not release a

child back into a situation where they

have reason to believe that there is a

risk of harm, whether that be physical or


Let me say that it is not an issue of

denying someone else a bed for elective


procedure. The obligation of that

hospital, of those doctors, and nurses, is

to the patient that is under their care. To

those doctors and nurses, and indeed,

the State Governments and hospital

administrators who have supported

them, let me say you have our support.

Last night I became aware that lawyers

for Baby Asha had been refused access

to her mother. This communication

blackout usually precedes a transfer.

It was reported that guards were to

forcibly remove Baby Asha from Lady

Cilento Hospital against medical advice.

I was shocked. I made a number of

calls. Bill Shorten did call Prime Minister

Turnbull to seek reassurance that this

would not happen.

As I said last night, security guards

entering a hospital to forcibly remove a

patient would be unprecedented in this

country. It a line that cannot be crossed.

If crossed, there is no return.

Although there was reassurance

nothing would happen last night,

it seems that the reprieve may be

temporary. You have to ask why the

Department of Immigration and Border

Protection is pulling apart the moral

fabric of this country!

So, is there is a reason to believe that

a child would be at risk? Well, that

question has already been answered.

The 2014 Report of the Human Rights

Commission: The Forgotten Children

clearly documents the harms that

children experience as a result of

mandatory detention.

On that note, I acknowledge Professor

Gillian Triggs and acknowledge the

work that the Commission has done to

highlight these issues.

The Report documents that the rates

of mental health disorders were

significantly higher compared with

children in the Australian community.

These findings included cases of selfharm

by young children. Children being

detained on Nauru are suffering from

extreme levels of physical, emotional,

psychological, and developmental

distress. The results of this national

inquiry could not be more clear.

As noted in the Report, both former and

current Ministers at that time agreed that

holding children for prolonged periods

in detention does not deter people

smugglers. I acknowledge that the then

Minister for Immigration, Scott Morrison,

did reduce the number of children in

detention significantly. But today there

are still 67 children on Nauru.

What is just as concerning is the plight

of 80 other children, including 37 babies

who, as a result of the recent High Court

decision, are inexplicably about to be

sent back to Nauru. And inexplicable it is.

In fact, the Human Rights Commission

Report noted that there was no rational

explanation for the prolonged detention

of children. The fact of the matter is

that prolonged detention of children is a

State-sanctioned form of child abuse –

and we call for it to stop.

Immigration has enriched our society.

That includes those who have come

by boat, those who have fled wars

and persecution.

I know of one young boy who fled

his country by boat – stuffed on an

overloaded boat, he became unwell

and almost died.

The boat was seized and he was

returned to his homeland, where he and

his family were jailed. They fled again by

boat, reaching Australia, where he and

his family this time were sponsored by a

local family.

This is a story that is similar to any of

those children who are in detention

now. The difference here is that he

was Vietnamese and it was the 1970s.

He and his family were embraced by

Australia. He grew up to become an

anaesthetist. I am proud to have had him

as my anaesthetist for 10 years.

There are many other examples of the

contribution that asylum seekers have

made to Australian society.

In the theatre next to mine at Norwest

Hospital is a man who started his journey

as a young Iraqi doctor working in Iraq

during the Saddam Hussein regime. He

fled Iraq when his senior doctor was

shot dead in the car park by soldiers

for refusing to cut the ears off deserting

soldiers. He fled to Malaysia and then

Indonesia, and came here by boat. He

spent months in Curtin detention Centre,

where he was treated appallingly. When

he was finally released, he completed

his orthopaedic training and joined our

defence force. He is an expert in osseous

integration, and has given many British

soldiers, who are double amputees as a

result of military injuries, the ability to walk

again. In fact, when Prince Harry was

here recently, he made a special visit to

him and to see his work. I am proud to

call him a colleague and friend.

I am aware of many others who are

among the brightest and the best of

our profession who did not start life

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with privilege, but fled in fear of their

lives seeking asylum in Australia, where

they found safety and made a home.

They have enriched our country, and

we should be proud to have them as

Australian citizens.

Detention is not just harmful to children.

The same psychological consequences

occur for adults, particularly when

detention is prolonged and seemingly

indefinite. When people are detained

for whatever reason, they have a right to

the provision of an appropriate level of

health care.

The AMA’s policy is clear. It is the AMA

position that all asylum seekers and

refugees under Australian care should

have access to the same level of health

care as Australian citizens. In addition,

it should be ensured that their special

needs, including their cultural, linguistic,

and health-related needs, are addressed.

In October last year, at its 66th Annual

Assembly in Moscow, the World Medical

Association issued a Resolution on the

Global Refugee Crisis. It emphasised

the damage to one’s health imposed

by becoming a refugee, and called

on nations to play their part in the

immediate care and support of these

vulnerable people.

You have heard from our esteemed

colleagues how, from their direct

experience and observations, Australia’s

treatment of asylum seekers could not be

considered acceptable.

The defence of this situation, even from

the Secretary of the Department of

Immigration and Border Protection, has

been that there are places in Australia

where Indigenous people do not have

access to the same level of services.

Actually, having returned from remote

communities in Central Australia

yesterday, that may be true for

Indigenous people living in remote


Even so, it is not a defence; if anything

it is an indictment on the health care

provided to our own Indigenous people.

As President of the AMA, I have been

approached by concerned doctors and

advocates about particular cases. The

case of an otherwise healthy 24-yearold

Iranian asylum seeker who died of a

treatable condition stands out.

This man presented with early sepsis

while in detention on Manus Island. He

had a temperature of over 40C, he was

tachycardic, and hypotensive. He was

started on antibiotics. He developed

cellulitis and, over the next 24 hours,

another antibiotic was instituted - but his

symptoms did not settle. It was decided

that the patient should be transferred

for inpatient care at Port Moresby the

following day on a commercial flight.

He was to be escorted by a doctor

who was travelling on the same flight.

The following morning, at 10.30am, the

request was made for approval for the

transfer, and he was booked on the flight.

At 3.30pm, there was still no approval

and the transfer was therefore cancelled.

That night, the patient deteriorated

and developed septic shock with adult

respiratory distress syndrome. He

was saturating at only 77 per cent. An

emergency evacuation was arranged

through International SOS. He was

transferred from Manus Island to PNG

Pacific Private via air ambulance. He

was not intubated for reasons that are

unclear. The patient was saturating at

60 per cent, and was unconscious on

arrival at the ED at Pacific Private in

Port Moresby.

There was apparently no warning to the

hospital that the patient was arriving, and

a further hour and half passed before the

patient was intubated and resuscitated.

By this time, the patient was brain dead.

He was transferred to the Mater Hospital

in Brisbane where this was confirmed,

and treatment was later withdrawn.

The death was referred to the

Queensland Coroner. A report was

also prepared by the Department of

Immigration and Border Protection. This

latter report has not been released to the

public. The fact is that this young man

should never have died. He should have

been treated. If he had had access to

appropriate treatment in a timely manner,

he would still be alive today.

However, the overall attitude may be

summed up by the following report

from the Sydney Morning Herald, which

quotes a leaked report by a service

provider on the Island:


The AMA’s policy is clear. It is the AMA position that all asylum seekers and

refugees under Australian care should have access to the same level of

health care as Australian citizens. In addition, it should be ensured that their

special needs, including their cultural, linguistic, and health-related needs,

are addressed.

"It is likely some Iranian transferee

will spread malicious rumours about

GDD059's death to further their own

personal agendas, as well as to exploit

unrest to further their own agendas and

standings amongst their countrymen."

When you have people in isolated tropical

locations under these conditions, people

will have significant health problems. It is

not possible to provide the level of care

that Australian citizens would expect

when you are on an island as isolated

and remote as Manus Island or Nauru.

Keeping people in such locations when

they are sick places these people at risk

of death.

More recently, I was asked to look into

three different cases about which doctors

and advocates had raised concerns.

A 70 year old who had been an inpatient

in PNG Pacific Private in Port Moresby

for seven months was returned to

Manus Island detention facility where

he then waited 20 days for a doctor’s


His diagnosis was described as being a

heart condition with high blood pressure.

His legs, of which I was provided pictures

by an advocate, were grossly swollen

and oedematous. He was only able to

stand or walk for a few minutes. It turns

out that he has TB pericarditis, and he

was obviously in gross cardiac failure.

A young man who complained of

headaches was investigated and found

to have a small pituitary tumour on an

MRI performed in Port Moresby. He has

not had a full panel of blood tests as

anyone in Australia would normally have.

His eyesight reportedly deteriorated,

and he complained of more severe

headaches. He was transferred back

to Manus Island where he was seen by

an endocrinologist by teleconference,

who prescribed a two-year course

of medication. An eye review by an

optometrist was to be conducted within

six months.

We were last told that he had not

received any medication, because the

doctors were unsure if he wanted to take

it. Therefore, it had not been ordered for

the island.

Finally, another man appears to have

deteriorating mental health with PTSD

and depression. He was witness to a

brutal murder, for which two former

detention facility workers have been

charged. He remains in the same

environment where the event occurred

that started his PTSD. Is not removing

him from such an environment the most

logical and basic step that could be

taken to assist this man?

It is not appropriate to keep these

patients on Manus Island or Nauru. They

need proper investigation and treatment.

They need health care.

I have written to Minister Dutton in

relation to these cases, and I have met

with Dr John Brayley, who is the Chief

Medical Officer and Surgeon General of

the Australian Border Force. Dr Brayley

was unaware of most of the cases we

raised with him.

And, consistent with the culture of

secrecy that I have described, at

every step of the process there were

barriers and obstacles imposed that

made transparent health care almost


First, these asylum seekers needed to

provide me with a signed and scanned

consent form, but the Department

couldn’t tell me if they have access to

scanners on Manus Island. Their own

health records were eventually provided

to the detainees after some delays,

but they were on computer discs. The

Department couldn’t tell me if they had

access to the appropriate IT to read

them. When I was eventually provided

with these heath records, they were

also on a disc. Only it was password

protected - and the Department didn’t

supply the password.

As a result of this process and our

intervention, I am pleased to say that Dr

Brayley recommend urgent transfer of the

man with TB pericarditis to the mainland.

I want to say that I believe Dr Brayley is

a good man. He has done great work

in his previous roles, but he is clearly in

an impossible situation. It took a week

of emails and calls, but this sick man

was eventually transferred. I don’t know

where to, or what the outcomes are, but

I am told that he has been removed from

Manus Island.

The concerns about the other patients

remain, but this process also highlighted

two other major concerns. First, it took

the President of the AMA to write to

the Minister for Immigration, arrange

an appointment with the Chief Medical

Officer, and provide health records and

photographic evidence, before action

was taken. That is not open, transparent,

and appropriate health care.

It is also absolutely wrong that the

decision on transferring this asylum

seeker for urgent treatment was not

made by medical practitioners, but by

IHMS. It was not the ABF’s Chief Medical

Officer who made the decision. He could

only make the recommendation.

So, when the Government and the

Minister say asylum seekers enjoy the

same level of health care as ordinary

Australians, that is simply not true.

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In Australia, when a doctor makes a

clinical recommendation, including

medical transfers involving significant

distances, a request does not need to

be made to the Department of Health

for clearance.

Recently, the Department of Immigration

told the Senate Estimates hearing that

they decide who is transferred, not the

Chief Medical Officer, or the treating

physician. Doctors should not only

exercise their professional judgment in

the care and treatment of their patients,

but they must be able to speak out

about unjust, unethical maltreatment of

asylum seekers without persecution

or prosecution.

Rather than a culture of clinical

independence and transparency, we

have the Border Force Act – a piece

of legislation that was passed with the

support of both the Coalition and Labor,

but opposed by the Greens.

The AMA is rightly concerned about the

restrictions contained in the Border

Force Act.

Despite the Government’s claims that

the intent of the Border Force Act is

not to prevent doctors from reporting

publicly on conditions in detention and

regional processing facilities, the AMA

has received legal advice that does not

reassure us.

There are provisions in the Border Force

Act that are unnecessary and shouldn’t

apply to healthcare workers. The

legislation must be amended to make

it absolutely clear that it does not apply

to doctors or nurses working in

detention facilities.

It is imperative that medical practitioners

working with asylum seekers and

refugees put their patients’ health

needs first. And, to do this, we must

have professional autonomy and

clinical independence without undue

outside pressure.

Apart from the Border Force Act, in

December 2013, the Abbott Government

disbanded the Immigration Health

Advisory Group. This group, known as

IHAG, consisted of independent doctors

who were able to access and assess

the medical care of asylum seekers

in detention. It was transparent, and

provided advice to Government.

There has been no replacement. Instead,

when this was raised with the previous

Minister, we were flatly told that internal

advice was available, and there would be

no such group established.

The AMA has continued to call for the

establishment of an independent panel

of doctors and other health professionals

who can provide independent advice

to Parliament, and who can report in a

transparent manner on health-related


At the end of the day, if Minister Dutton

and the Department of Immigration and

Border Protection believe that the care

and treatment of asylum seekers is at a

level that is appropriate, then why should

they oppose this level of transparency?

Let me say that the game is up when

the Nauruan Government cancels tourist

visas for Australians and New Zealanders

because they might see something that

could be reported.

Refugee and asylum seeker policy is

complex. It is also highly political. Both

the Coalition and the ALP know that

elections have been won and lost on

this issue.

A narrative that creates fear among the

public by confusing the plight of asylum

seekers with the issues of security and

terrorism has helped to reinforce support

for the Government’s policy.

The dehumanisation of the asylum

seekers by Minister Dutton and others

referring to these people as ‘illegals’,

combined with cloaking them in secrecy

in offshore processing, has made it more

difficult for the Australian public to identify

with these people.

The predominance of mental health

conditions among the problems of


detainees, including among children,

does not seem to convey the same

sense of seriousness as it might if the

problems were physical.

A question has to be asked about the

apparent pervasive indifference to mental

health conditions despite the promotion,

discussion and apparent progress that

has been made in this area.

Somehow, these asylum seekers seem

less worthy. The Syrian asylum seekers

that we can see arriving in Europe or

waiting in Turkish refugee camps seem

more human and in need of help.

I was pleased at the announcement

that Australia was accepting 12,000

more Syrian refugees, but disappointed

that the same indifference to the

asylum seekers in offshore processing

centres remains.

It should be noted that only 26 of

the 12,000 refugees have actually

been accepted.

There is no doubt that hundreds of

people died at sea while trying to reach

Australia. No one wants that situation to

arise again.

But, as I mentioned previously, there

is widespread acknowledgement that

the detention of children has no impact

on the actions of people smugglers.

It is also no excuse for the lack of

transparency and inadequate provision

of health care to the asylum seekers for

whom Australia has a responsibility.

The issue of a boycott in terms of

providing services to detention facilities

by Australian doctors has been raised

a number of times. I don’t agree that is

the way forward, not just because IHMS

will recruit from overseas, as it is already

doing, but for simple reasons.

for these people because that is what

doctors do.

If we want to change the Government’s

approach, it must be through the weight

of public opinion. Australians need to

understand that this is not an argument

based on political ideology.

Rather, it is an argument based on our

Australian identity, not just in terms of

how the rest of the world sees us, but

how we see ourselves. It is based on the

prevention of harm, the welfare of our

patients as people but, most importantly,

it is based on compassion. It is the right

thing to do.

There will be some who might wonder

why the AMA has spoken out so strongly

on this issue.

As doctors, we care for all people,

without regard to race or creed, without

regard to where they come from. That is

a basic moral tenet of our profession.

My message to the Government and

to the Labor Party is this: You need

to listen to doctors, nurses, and other

health practitioners - particularly the

experts in the fields of psychiatry and

children’s health.

People are being moved in the middle of

the night without notice; under a cloak of

secrecy and intimidation.

Denying people access to the legal

representatives. Threatening to forcibly

remove a baby from Hospital against

medical advice. Our colleagues are

being intimidated. It is being done by the

Australian Government, and it is being

done in our name. This is happening

now. It is occurring during our time.

It’s time for all of us to listen to our

conscience. To give a voice to our better

angels. It’s time to say that this is not

what Australia is, it is not what Australia

stands for, and we want it to stop.

Colleagues and friends, it is a simple

truth that asylum seekers are people like

me, like you.

They are no different. Just as our friends

and colleagues came here seeking

asylum for themselves and their families,

to escape persecution and death, so are

these people.

But, just like all of the other wrongs,

Australia’s detention of children and

our treatment of asylum seekers is

indefensible because it fails the one

true test.

The AMA is calling for the following:

• A moratorium on asylum seeker children being sent back to detention


• The immediate release of all children from both offshore and onshore

detention centres into the community where they can be properly cared for.

• The establishment of a transparent, national statutory body of clinical

experts, independent of government, with the power to investigate and

report to the Parliament on the health and welfare of asylum seekers and


• If the Government or Opposition cannot provide satisfactory health care to

people seeking asylum, then their policies should be revisited.

Provision of medical treatment to asylum

seekers is not condoning the system or

being complicit. Far from it. Rather, it

is what doctors and nurses always do.

They put the patient first.

As I said at the National Press Club last

year, it would not matter what we said

on this issue. Doctors would go and care

Australia, to me, represents democracy,

freedom, openness, and accountability.

A fair go and honesty are sources of

national pride.

The reality is that children, and adults,

are being subjected to physical and

emotional harm.

That test is how we love and care for our

fellow man and woman, and particularly

how we love, care, and nurture the

children of this world. dr.

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Notice Of Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of the Australian Medical

Association (NSW) Limited will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 10 May 2016

in the Conference Centre, Ground Floor, AMA house, 69 Christie Street,

St Leonards.


• To receive and adopt minutes of the Annual Meeting, 5 May 2015.

• To receive and consider the Report of the Board of Directors.

• To receive and consider the Financial Report for the year ended 31 December

2015, the Statement of Financial Position at that date and the Auditor’s

Report thereon.

• To call for nominations for the Positions of Officers of the Association.

• To appoint a Returning Officer for the election of the Officers of the Association.

• To transact any other business in conformity with the Constitution of

the Association.

• Address by the President.

• To consider, and if thought fit, to pass Special Resolutions:


• Clause 35.1 to be amended to increase the number of Councillors from 29 to 34;

• Clause 35.1(x) to be amended to increase the number of Councillors in the

Unrestricted General Member Class from six to 11;

• Clause 35.3 provides for three terms on Council (as opposed to six) and the

exemption for time spent serving as an Officer of the Association remains;

NOTE: A member entitled to attend

and vote at the meeting is entitled

to appoint a proxy to attend and

vote instead of the member. A

proxy must be an ordinary member

or in the case of a company,

the Nominated Representative

of an ordinary member of the

Association. To be valid, a proxy

form duly completed and signed

must be received at the office of the

Association at Level 6, AMA House,

69 Christie Street, St Leonards, not

less than 48 hours before the time

for holding the meeting. Proxy forms

must be obtained from the office

of the Association at Level 6, AMA

House, 69 Christie St, St Leonards.


• Clause 36.1 to be amended to reflect the increased number of Councillors;

• Clause 36.1 requires a candidate for Council to be nominated by one member

of the Association (as opposed to two or more);

• Clause 36.1(g) to be amended to reflect the change of requirements for the

candidate information sheets in the event of a contested election for a position

or positioner on Council;

• Clause 36.2 to be amended to delete the reference to the Industrial Relations Act

1996, as provisions of the Act referred to do not apply to AMA (NSW).


• Clause 36A provides Council with the power to appoint five members to the

Unrestricted General Class in 2016. Those persons must vacate office at the 2017

AGM and those persons may nominate for election in 2017.


• Clause 50 has been amended to provide for the provision of notices personally,

by post, by facsimile or electronically and by publication in The NSW Doctor.

Dated 1 April, 2016

By Order of the Board

Fiona Davies

Chief Executive Officer



Over the past year the AMA (NSW) has been considering a range of amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws. Constitutional

change is always something we consider carefully. The Council of the AMA (NSW) has approved putting the following amendments

to the AGM on 10 May 2016. The AGM is open to all members and provides members with the opportunity to participate in the life

of the AMA (NSW).

The proposed changes relate to improving diversity and representation of Council and making the process of applying to Council

more accessible.

Diversity and representation

on Council

AMA (NSW) acknowledges the

importance of reflecting the diversity of

the medical profession within its Council.

The Council of AMA (NSW) is made up of

geographic and speciality representatives

and six nominated representatives from

the unrestricted class, of whom three

must be general practitioners. There

are 29 positions on Council, plus one

student position.

The Council of AMA (NSW) is proposing

the expansion of the Council to create

five additional unrestricted general

member positions. While this positions

will be open to any AMA member, it is

hoped that the additional positions will

encourage more members to be involved

in AMA (NSW) Council.

The positions will be created as casual

vacancies in the first instance. This will

require them to be advertised to the

membership and then filled by Council.

From 2017, the positions will be included

in the standard Council election process.

Term limits on Council

In order to improve the engagement of

members in Council, it is proposed to

introduce term limits of three consecutive

Council terms, that is six years, excluding

time served on the Board. Under the

current Constitution, the current Council

term limit is 25 years.

The Council notes that the extended term

limit of 25 years is not in keeping within

its current governance arrangements and

can impact on the ability of members to

participate in Council.

Under the proposed changes, breaks

in service will not count towards the

term limits.

Procedural changes to nominations

to Council

To encourage participation in Council,

it is proposed to amend the current

processes for application to Council.

At present, a member must have their

nomination seconded by at least two

members. This will be reduced to only

requiring the seconding of the application

by one member.

A member will no longer need to provide

a statutory declaration to support a

nomination. Instead, it is proposed that a

member will only be required to provide

a statement (which will not need to be

a statutory declaration) in the event that

there is an election for a position. The

form of statement will still be subject to

defined criteria and will be subject to the

oversight of the Returning Officer.

Other incidental changes

There are also some incidental

administrative changes proposed,

including to allow for distribution of

notices by electronic means.

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The rise of the

gluten free diet

What does this mean for Australian doctors?

While it is tempting to view the

extraordinary rise in popularity of the

gluten free diet as just a fascinating

social phenomenon, there are important

medical implications that should not

be missed by doctors at the front line

of patient care. An astonishing 10% of

Australians now remove wheat or gluten

from their diet to some extent. While this

is often a consequence of perceived

adverse symptoms to eating gluten, the

conviction it can help with weight loss, a

range of diseases or is a ‘healthy’ lifestyle

choice is frequently propagated by a

number of non-medical sources, such as

celebrities and enthusiastic proponents

on social media. While a strict gluten free

diet (GFD) is essential for the treatment

of coeliac disease, an autoimmune illness

caused by disordered immunity to gluten,

there is little to support its role for other

reasons outside anecdote.

A clinically perverse aspect of this

phenomenon is that the majority of

Australians with coeliac disease – who

have a compelling reason to follow a

GFD – remain undiagnosed, while many

of those following a GFD don’t have a

medically supported reason to do so. As

the accuracy of both serology and small

intestinal histology required to diagnose

coeliac disease require active gluten

consumption, definitive diagnosis is a

major challenge for the many Australians

who have already removed dietary gluten.

Clinicians need to be confident dealing

with this increasingly common

and frustrating challenge.

Coeliac disease is one of

Australia’s most common

autoimmune illnesses,

affecting 1 in 70 of the population,

and its prevalence is increasing. Lack

of awareness and its broad clinical

presentation means that detection

is poor, with only 20% of affected

Australians diagnosed. Delayed diagnosis

is concerning, as the immune-mediated

inflammatory response to gluten is

associated with nutrient deficiencies

and a range of systemic complications

including osteoporosis, other

autoimmune disease (3-fold higher),

and elevated mortality (2-4-fold higher),

often due to sepsis or malignancies

such as lymphoma. The negative impact

on quality of life, education and work

performance often goes unappreciated.

A mean of 11 to 13 years from first

presentation to diagnosis signifies

missed opportunities to break the cycle

of chronic symptoms that can generate

healthcare costs comparable to those

incurred by patients with diabetes.

Diagnosing coeliac disease is the first

critical step towards combating its

burden on health, quality of life and

resources. While population screening

has its proponents, current guidelines

recommend an active-case finding

strategy – seeking those at higher-risk

for screening serology. With casefinding

applied in primary care 1:50-1:30

tests typically return a positive case of

coeliac disease. Here the most frequent

presentations are bloating, thyroid

disease, ‘irritable bowel syndrome’,

diarrhoea, chronic fatigue and

constipation. Screening people with highrisk

features such as first-degree relatives

of patients with coeliac disease, type 1

diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome is

important and cost-effective.

An algorithm to guide the appropriate

use of serology, HLA-DQ2/DQ8

genotyping, and gastroscopy is

accessible here: www.coeliac.org.au/

health-professionals. A care plan and

chronic disease management template

can also be downloaded to guide the

next critical step for GPs: systematic

follow-up. Making a clear diagnosis of

coeliac disease is often life-changing.

Fortunately, a positive effect of the

expanding market for gluten free foods

is their improved palatability, affordability

and availability, making the GFD as a

medical treatment now more effective

than ever for our patients. dr.

Dr Jason Tye-Din is a guest speaker at the MJA Professional Development ‘Emerging Trends in

Gastroenterology for GPs’ seminar in Melbourne on Saturday 12 March. Coeliac Awareness Week

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Medico-Legal team

Milestone in media law

Andrew Took



and Employment


an embarrassment to her profession;

misused her work email address for

private purposes and engaged in

criminal conduct.

Kym Gardner


Andrew Campbell


Ivy Tseng

Policy and Legal


Sarah Connor

Policy and Legal


Katie Pearce

Policy and Legal


Sarah Fam

Policy and Legal


Eden Weller

Paralegal Officer

The South Australian Supreme Court¹

has found the American arm of Google

defamed an Australian academic by

providing links to and summaries of

defamatory material.

Google did not remove defamatory

search results relating to Dr Janice

Duffy’s name, after she had notified the

company of their existence and this was

key in the court’s findings.

The case is being heralded as a

milestone for media law and raises

questions regarding whose responsibility

it is to censor possible defamatory


The defamation case sprang from posts

made by Dr Duffy on the US-based

Ripoff Report website about a number

of psychics she paid for consultations

between 2005 and 2007.

After becoming dismayed and distressed

due to the results of their predictions

and advice, Dr Duffy complained about

a number of the psychics using various

aliases as well as her real name.

In response, Dr Duffy was accused

on the same website of harassing and

stalking the psychics.

These allegations of harassment and

stalking were at the centre of the

defamation action.

The pleaded imputations also included

that she fraudulently and/or maliciously

accessed other people’s electronic emails

and materials; spreads lies; threatened

and manipulated other people; was

Two years after Dr Duffy

consulted with the psychics,

she contacted Google to

request the removal of

defamatory search results

connected with her name.

She requested summaries of pages listed

in Google’s search results and links to the

defamatory content be removed.

It wasn’t until Dr Duffy launched civil

action against Google in February 2011

that it removed links to the Ripoff Report

connected to her name.

In July of 2011, Dr Duffy requested that

Google remove the auto-complete result

“Janice Duffy Psychic Stalker” offered

by the search engine in response to

her name.

Google failed to do so.

In court, Google argued that it could not

be held accountable for the results of its

search engine because it was produced

by computerised programs and did not

involve the intervention of its staff.

The court rejected this argument, finding

that Google did have a role in producing

the content generated in its search

results and in communicating them to the

end user.

Specifically, it was Google’s inaction after

it was notified of the defamatory content

that made them the publisher and liable

for the defamatory content.

Additionally, the court held that by

publishing hyperlinks to defamatory

material that users could click through to,

Google became a secondary publisher of

that material. dr.

¹ Duffy v Google Inc. [2015] SASC 170


Penalty rates under the

VMO Determinations

We have recently received a number of

enquiries from VMOs regarding loadings

under the VMO Determinations for

performing weekend work. The enquiries

are coming within a context of a push

by industry bodies in the retail and

hospitality sectors to abolish weekend

penalty rates, as well as the much

publicised striking of junior doctors in

England’s National Health Service as a

response to the proposed “seven day

working week”.

The VMO Sessional Determination allows

for a 25% call-back loading for services

outside the ordinary hours of 8am to 6pm

Monday to Friday. Similarly, the VMO

Fee for Service Determination provides

for 110% of the relevant MBS fee for the

provision of emergency services outside

of ordinary hours.

However, the VMO Determinations

are silent on the issue of allowances

for rostered weekend work i.e. prescheduled

lists or shifts which do not fall

under the definition of a call-back.

Of course, it has historically been the

case that after hours and weekend

services have been provided by

VMOs under the on call and call-back

arrangements. The VMO Determinations

are based on that historical practice

and simply do not envisage a situation

where VMOs are required to provide

pre-scheduled services. As some public

hospitals move to schedule weekend

lists/shifts, more VMOs are likely to have

concerns regarding weekend work, and

whether or not they wish to participate in

such arrangements.

AMA (NSW) will be considering this issue

over the next few months and consulting

with members.

Should you have any questions or

concerns regarding remuneration for

weekend work in the public system,

please be in contact with the

Medico-Legal and Industrial team

at 9439 8822. dr.

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Making a return to work plan

for injured employees

Ok, so you run your own practice and things are going smoothly. But what

would happen if the roof fell in after a freak storm and the practice manager

breaks her hip? What if she was making a good recovery, but she was

advised not to sit still or stand still for long periods of time?

Under the 1988 Workplace

Injury Management and Workers

Compensation Act (NSW) employers

have an obligation to be involved in a

return to work plan for an employee

that has been injured in the workplace

and to make reasonable adjustments

to the position taking into account the

employee’s ongoing disability.

In a recent Victorian case, Butterworth v

Independence Australia Services (Human

Rights) [2015], an employer was faced

with a similar issue under the Victorian

Equal Opportunity legislation. There,

the employee sustained serious neck

and shoulder injuries and thereafter

the employer had a positive obligation

to make sincere and reasonable

adjustments to her workplace activities to

return her to employment.

The employee was unable to return to

the role previously held, being a fulltime

call centre operator. The employer

thought as a result they could terminate

her employment on the grounds that

she was unable to perform the inherent

requirements of her position. The Court

disagreed finding that the employer had

failed to meet their obligations to the

injured worker. They failed to adequately

explore the physical possibilities through

the questions put to the independent

medical practitioner who was involved

in examining her ability to return to

her previous position. They failed to

explore what other roles they had in the

workplace and whether or not she may

have been able to perform them. The

Court found that there was no evidence

they had even considered the possibility

of reasonable alterations being made to

enable the employee to return to work.

In our example above with the practice

manager, the employer is legislatively

obliged to actively participate in a return

to work plan. It may involve allowing a

gradual return to work initially on lighter

duties or reduced hours, then once

further recovery is apparent, an increase

of those duties.

To meet their obligations, the employer

needs to make a genuine and reasonable

adjustment to the role to cater for the

employee with a disability. The employer

should even look into additional training,

for example a bookkeeping course which

would allow the practice manager more

time to sit where they might otherwise be

on their feet for long periods of time.

The examples are infinite and there is no

way to predict every possible scenario,

but as an employer, you must be sure to

explore all possibilities and consider the

reasonable adjustments that you may be

able to make in the practice to keep the

employee with a disability fully engaged

back at work.

To meet legislative requirements the

practice should document their policies

and procedures setting out the process

to manage employees who are injured

at work. The key document is called

the return to work program and it must

sit in place with the insurer’s injury

management program. dr.



Moving to greater transparency

Medicines Australia breaks down how its new Code of Conduct affects doctors.

The new Medicines Australia Code of

Conduct will increase transparency

about the vital role of healthcare

professionals in the development and

use of new, innovative medicines.

Healthcare professionals help to educate

patients about medicines and their

safe, ongoing use – a bond of trust that

Medicines Australia wants to help make

even stronger.

From 1 October 2015, all Medicines

Australia member companies are

required to collect information about

healthcare professionals who receive

payments for consulting or speaker

services and support to attend

educational events through the payment

or provision of airfares, accommodation

or registration fees.

Where companies have the agreement

of the healthcare professional, this

information will be published in a report

on the individual company’s website.

For the first year, this reporting will

only happen with the agreement of

the healthcare professional. This is to

allow time for everyone to understand

and appreciate the value of greater

transparency. From 1 October 2016,

reporting these payments will be

mandatory – details will be reported

whenever a Reportable Payment is made

to a healthcare professional.



Payments for the provision of services by

a healthcare professional:

• Giving a lecture or presentation

• Chairing an educational meeting

• Providing advice as a member of an

Advisory Board

• Providing advice to a company as a

medical expert

Sponsorship to attend medical education

meetings held within or outside of

Australia, including:

• Airfares

• Accommodation

• Conference registration fees

The following information about each

healthcare professional will be reported:

• Healthcare professional’s name

• Type of healthcare professional (i.e.

medical practitioner, pharmacist, nurse)

• Principal practice address

• Relevant details about the purpose of

the payment

• The amount or value of the payment

or support

Where healthcare professionals request

a Reportable Payment to be made to a

third party, such as their hospital or clinic,

these reportable payments must still be

disclosed for the individual healthcare

professional noting that the payment

was made to a third party.



If a payment needs to be reported,

companies will provide healthcare

professionals with the opportunity to

review and submit corrections before

publication. Payments will be reported

every six months, with two reports

each year covering May to October and

November to April. The first report will be

published by 31 August 2016.

Reports will be available for three years

following publication on individual

company websites and linked from the

Medicines Australia website. Companies

must comply with the Australian Privacy

legislation (Privacy Act 1988 [Cth]) in

regard to reporting individual healthcare

professional data. From 1 October 2015,

each company must establish a means

to track whether consent has been given

and maintain records which comply with

Australia’s privacy legislation.




The 18th Code of Conduct is a strong

Code that builds on trust and ensures we

continue to put the interests of patients

first. Exchanging knowledge and skills

leads to better treatments and increases

a healthcare professional’s expertise,

which means patients can be even more

confident they’re getting the best of care.

Companies support the education of

healthcare professionals to develop

knowledge and skills, which is important

for patient care in a rapidly changing

world. Companies also need advice

from healthcare professionals, which

leads to new and better medicines

and treatments.

Greater transparency will increase

confidence by patients that the

working relationship between the

industry and healthcare professionals

is ethical and appropriate. dr.

Deborah Monk

Director, Compliance

Medicines Australia

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New golfers


The AMA (NSW) Golf Society is

back in full swing. Please join us

for another exciting year of golf.

Are you a golfer, why not come along to our next

event and try us out? We always welcome new

players, you don’t need to be an AMA (NSW) Golf

Society member to play, but you do need an official

slope rating.

If you would like to register for our events or if

you have any queries about the AMA (NSW)

Golf Society, please contact Claudia Gillis on

amagolf@amansw.com.au or

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