Stethoscope

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

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#371 Communications and Advocacy update

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.

#369 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 ...

#366 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 ...

#365 Communications and advocacy update

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.

#362 Communications and Advocacy update

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.

#361 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...

#360 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.

#356 Impairment Assessment Training

AMA Victoria, as the recognised training provider would like to invite you to consider becoming a qualified impairment assessor for TAC, WorkSafe and The Wrongs Act in Victoria (AMA4) or the Workers Compensation for SIRA in NSW and other states (AMA5).

#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...

#347 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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