WA-based Acuron Ltd has announced US FDA approval of its Vacutex wound product range.

Dr Amanda Barnard managed to fit in a holiday on Rottnest before taking up her new position as Head of the Rural Health Unit and Chair of Rural Medicine at the new Australian National University Medical School.

Ms Frances Kelly has moved from business development manager at Mercy Hospital to State Manager for Stanhope Home Nursing Service.

Anaesthetist Dr Andrew Miller is the new President of MDA National, taking over from Dr David Watson who remains on Council – Drs John Blackwell and Rod Moore from WA were re-elected to the board while Dr Max Baumwol was elected as Finance Chairman.

The merger between WA's Clinipath and Accord Pathology has seen Accord's Peter Boyne (also ex Western Diagnostic) appointed as general manager and Clinton Pike as business development manager, while lab manager John Cochrane has left.

Christine Kane has left AMA WA to manage marketing and membership at Diabetes Australia (WA), which is looking to increase public membership and lift its service profile amongst the medical profession.

Endeavour Healthcare's Prime Health Group has been sold to WA businessman John Poynton (Mulloway P/L) for a rumoured $2m.

There has been little investor interest since Bone Medical re-listed in Sept04 to promote development of biopharmaceuticals for treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis; the recent appointment of UK-based Mr Tim Earle as international business development officer may assist.

Architectural firm Hames Sharley, which has secured the contract to design the new mother and baby unit at King Edward Hospital, is also involved in designing the new Vasse townsite and hospital with a ‘healthy suburb' design perspective.

Dr Scott Blackwell was elected to the Osborne Division board but promptly resigned and will take up a post as clinical adviser to hospice care with the Cancer Foundation – Alistair Vickery is the new ODGP chair.

The Health Reform Implementation Task Force has appointed a GP Reference Group consisting of AMA WA reps Dr Rosanna Capolingua and Dr Bernard Pearn-Rowe, RACGP reps Dr Vasantha Preetham and Dr Grant Russell, WA Divisions reps Dr Roly Bott and Dr Gary Ward, RDA WA rep Dr Phillip Reid and Cwlth DH&A rep Mr Michael O'Kane.

WA GP Education and Training (WAGPET) starts 2005 with a new look Board (5 rural; 4 urban). Rural members are Drs Peter Wallace (deputy chair), Shobana Krishnan (also GP registrar rep), David Atkinson, Frank Jones and Bob Noll (re-elected). Urban reps are Drs Andrew Png (chair), Benny Ng (finance director), Alister Vickery and Russ Russell-Weisz. The board is elected by ordinary members – registrars, supervisors, educators or other stakeholders and any ordinary member can stand as individuals. The contested ballot in which 85% of eligible voters took part, saw Iain Hague unsuccessful in seeking rural appointment while Alan Leeb, Minh Nguyen and Anna Parker missed out on urban positions.

IBA Health Limited (ASX:IBA) will provide point of care claiming facilities to Health Insurance Fund of WA's 40,000 members when visiting ancillary health providers.

Visiomed Group has returned its microDERM skin cancer screening product back to the original developer, releasing a $1.15m debt, after failing to sell the device into the medical profession. It has secured US FDA approval to market its Funhaler device for drug deliver to asthmatic children.

Radiologist Dr John De Campo becomes Chief Executive of the North Metropolitan Area Health Service (NMAHS), moving from Director of Imaging Southern Health in Victoria and following a long public sector admin career.

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