New AMA (WA) pres­i­dent

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

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.

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