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14 May 2018

Nominating for the position of AMA Vice President

Yes, I am a radiologist. But one who actually enjoys engaging with patients and fellow clinician referrers….

I began my medical career 18 years ago, but only recently gained my FRANZCR two years ago.  My 16-year doctor-in-training career included stints in general surgical and orthopaedics training programs, while working in hospitals across New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, before joining the world of radiology. My current public and private practices include inner city, outer suburban and regional Victoria, as well as interstate through teleradiology.

My credentials include graduate qualifications and advanced training though the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and being involved in AMA committees forever, including as Council of Doctors In Training Victorian representative, and AMA Victoria Board member for six years (including the past two as Vice President).  A transition from one VP role to another seems natural enough!  

We must unite and rebuild, with collaborative and respectful engagement of the most important asset – you as the member.  Our organisation faces increasing challenges with membership recruitment and retention, provision of membership services and assessing our vision: what and where is the future in advocacy for the AMA?

The role of the next AMA Vice President is threefold: 

* support act to the President; 

* bring good modern governance credentials to the Board, Councils, Committees; and

* listen to the voice of the membership.

My five ‘passions’ include:

* General Practice.

You might find this strange coming from me, but my frequent professional discussions with GPs has highlighted the powerlessness they feel about being able to effect genuine change – and continuing to fight the escalating war on punitive over-regulation and intrusions by threats from task substitution like ‘superpharmacies’. I also hear loud and clear the anxiety from GPs about talk of changes in regards to Health Care Homes, outcome-based practice incentives and e-PIP.

* Membership engagement.

To say we have a lack of engagement ‘on the ground’ is an understatement. I want to ‘close the gap’ between President and the ‘normal’ doctor, fostering better member engagement and networking opportunities, and being the person behind the scenes to whom you can freely talk to and get stuff changed.  The State and Territory AMAs must be at the forefront of advocacy activity, and therefore be suitably better resourced.

* Culture and systems change.

We have to end the ‘blame game’ in hospitals and workplaces, by lobbying for better mechanisms to improve work-life balance and doctor well-being, assist colleagues in distress without vilification or victimisation, and promoting equity to give opportunities to all our colleagues, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or orientation.

* The ‘maldistribution mess’.

Medical school, prevocational and vocational training settings all need to work together better.  

* Regional, rural and remote recruitment.

To whom are the doctors going to hand the keys of their practice when they retire?

Follow me on LinkedIn (search "Xavier Yu") and Twitter (@docxy75) leading up to National Conference for more: I’m more than ‘just a radiologist’…. 

* See other candidate profiles under INFORMATION tab on this AusMed site.  

Published: 14 May 2018