New AMA (WA) president
NEDLANDS hosted an important event for the medical community in WA last Wednesday night - the election of the new Australian Medical Association (WA) president.
Dr Omar Khorshid, who at the age of 42 is one of the youngest presidents in the AMA (WA) history, was elected unopposed at the Annual General Meeting held in Nedlands.
An orthopaedic surgeon educated at the University of WA, Dr Khorshid has been a prominent voice in the AMA (WA) for many years after joining the Association as an intern.
He said it was an honour to be elected president and thanked outgoing president Dr Andrew Miller for the significant contribution he had made.
“The AMA has a great history of representing not just the medical profession but health itself,” he said. “As AMA (WA) president, I believe it is my role to represent everyone who has contact with health services in WA.”
Dr Khorshid said he looked forward to working with the new State Government to ensure WA health continued to have a worldclass system of health delivery.
“But if it is necessary to go to the trenches and fight to protect proper funding and staffing for health services, then I am more than willing to take a leadership position in that fight,” he said.
Dr Khorshid said he intends to focus on a range of issues while president, including public health, obesity services and surgery, along with planning for future health services.
“It is vital that governments at all levels realise that health is the area of government service that touches the lives and the families of all citizens,” he said.
Dr Mark Duncan-smith and Dr David Mccoubrie were also elected vice-presidents at the AGM held at the Association’s Nedlands headquarters.
Dr Omar Khorshid has been elected unopposed as the new Australian Medical Association (WA) president.