The Australian Medical Association (WA)

The plenary session of the sixth Australian Medical Congress at Winthrop Hall, The University of Western Australia

On Friday 5th August 1893, 13 doctors met in the boardroom of the Perth Public Hospital in Murray Street. They had responded to a circular letter sent “to each individual man in the colony.”  They resolved to form themselves into the Western Australian Medical Association.

It was not until much later, in 1962, that the British Medical Association became the Australian Medical Association.

As the preeminent representative body for doctors and the healthcare system in general, the AMA has always had a strong view on the importance of further training and education pathways within health.

Then and Now


The Australian Medical Association (WA) Inc. (AMA) is an independent, not for profit, membership-based organisation, which was formed as the British Medical Association – Western Australia in 1898.

In 1945, the organisation was re-registered to its current name.


Today the AMA is a highly diversified business operating a highly regarded registered training organisation. The AMA is proud of the contribution it has made to healthcare, training and health leadership over the past 120 years, and looks forward to carrying this tradition forward into the future.

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