Sunday Breakfast - Ballroom 1
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Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 08:00
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Topic 1: Breakfast with the stars: know what you eat
The AMA was a parent of the Health Star Rating system, now displayed on the front of over 10,000 packaged and processed grocery products. As the system approaches its fifth birthday a detailed review has been carried out and will report to Food Ministers later this year. Some adjustments to the treatment of sugar and salt by the algorithm used to calculate the Health Star Rating may result from the recommendations and inclusion of fresh fruit and vegetables is possible. How well do you understand the Health Star Rating and do you include it in the information you give to patients needing dietary advice to improve their health?
Speaker: Prof Geoffrey J Dobb
Topic 2: Psychedelic science, curse or salvation?
The reasons behind the emerging interest in the use of psychedelic substances in science and in their clinical applications.
Speaker: Dr Nikola Ognyenovits
Topic 3: Doctors for the Environment
Speaker: Dr Beau Frigault & Dr David King
Topic 4: Sustainability in Healthcare
The AMA believes that achieving environmental sustainability in health care is essential to improving the way Australia’s health system functions. Enhancing environmental sustainability, through reducing carbon emissions, curtailing waste, and managing resources efficiently, will deliver better outcomes for patients, and provide broader social and economic benefits. The AMA therefore calls on the Australian Government to take action to facilitate environmental sustainability in health care. Dr Andrew Jeremijenko and Ms Ngaire McGaw will give practical example from Mater hospital, winner of multiple awards including the Premiers award for sustainability. The cost savings to Mater have been significant. The three coal barons on the board of the Mater were convinced to implement sustainability and continue to support it. Come and learn how you can save your organisations thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. Sustainability is now a business investment
Speaker: Dr Andrew Martin Jeremijenko & Ms Ngaire McGaw
Topic 5: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Australia: Fact or Fiction?
Alcohol use in pregnancy is common and one of the potential harms is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). This results from brain injury due to pre-natal alcohol exposure with lifelong consequences. Does FASD exist in Australia and are you likely to see it in your practice? How can clinicians recognise and diagnose or refer children exposed prenatally to alcohol? Who is most at risk? How can we support individuals and families with FASD?
Speaker: Prof Elizabeth Elliot
Topic 6: Unaccredited Registrars
Many doctors in prevocational roles PGY2 and above are working in unaccredited rotations which are unsupported, have no mandated education requirement and report the highest levels of workplace distress. The AMA is calling on health services to adopt responsibility for this cohort, and for accreditation of all training places in the prevocational space. What is the role of unaccredited/service registrar jobs? What should it be? What standards should unaccredited/service registrar positions be subject to? How can we better realise the training potential of unaccredited / service registrar jobs? Do we need to change the lexicon?
Speaker: Dr Tessa Kennedy
Topic 7: Getting the gender balance right on AMA councils and committees
The AMA is committed to increasing the representation of women on its Councils and Committees and in leadership positions. The AMA has demonstrated this commitment by setting clear targets and creating accountability. We would like to hear your views about how the AMA can achieve that and what are the highest impact leverage points for us to work on.
Speaker: Dr Helen Mcardle
Table 8: Reserved for Rural Doctors