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  • 9 Oct 2019 11:00 PM | Jason Chuen (Administrator)

    It is my pleasure to announce the awardee of the Tom Tsiang Memorial Prize for 2019, Dr Ka Sing Chua. This prize commemorates the contribution of Dr Tom Ching Tang Tsiang who played a key role in the establishment of the Chinese Medical Society and ACMAV. It is awarded to a member who has made a lasting contribution to ACMAV and the community which furthers the aims and interests of ACMAV. The Prize is supported by an endowment from his family after his death in December 2008.

    This year’s recipient, Dr Ka Sing Chua, is a longstanding member of ACMAV who has held a wide variety of positions and community roles supporting doctors and the Chinese community of Victoria. Born in Johor, Malaysia in 1949 Dr Chua moved to Australia in 1969, studying medicine at Monash University and graduating in 1975. He has practiced as a General Practitioner in the same location in Mitcham since 1978 with a loyal patient base.

    His community roles have included work with the Chinese Unity Association in 1977, and Presidency of the Chinese Association of Victoria in 1984-85, between 1991-94, and again in 2016-18, where he was also Principal of the CAV Chinese School for ten years. He has also sat on the Whitehorse Division of GP Board from 1999 to 2005.

    Dr Chua has wide-ranging interests including currently serving on the National Committee for the Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia), as a delegate for the United Nations Association of Australia to The Hague Appeal for Peace International Conference in 1999, president of the World Huaren Foundation, as Councillor to AMA Victoria, and also featuring a brief run for Federal Parliament in 1998.

    Ka Sing has demonstrated the value of ACMAV members representing the positive values of the medical profession and advocating for the community that we live in and serve. I am proud to award this prize to him.

    A/Prof Jason Chuen
    ACMAV President

  • 8 Sep 2019 11:14 PM | Michael Hong (Administrator)

    Grass pollen season brings a seasonal increase in asthma and hay fever. It also brings the chance of epidemic thunderstorm asthma. 

    Epidemic thunderstorm asthma events are thought to be triggered by a unique combination of high grass pollen levels and a certain type of thunderstorm with strong winds, causing a large number of people to develop asthma symptoms over a short period of time. Epidemic thunderstorm asthma events don't happen every year but when they do, they happen during grass pollen season, which is normally from October through December. 

    Data from thunderstorm asthma epidemics suggest that the risk of asthma triggered by the particular thunderstorm is highest in adults who are sensitised to grass pollen and have seasonal allergic rhinitis (with or without known asthma). The worst outcomes are seen in people with poorly controlled asthma.

    It is important for those with asthma or hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) to see their doctor or pharmacist to review their current medication, update their asthma action plan/hay fever treatment plan and learn asthma first aid.

    The Victorian government has launched the 2019 public health campaign to ensure that all Victorians, and in particular people with asthma and/or hay fever, are as prepared as they can be should another epidemic thunderstorm asthma event occur. Community information is available at The Better Health Channel  

    The Department of Health and Human Services’ thunderstorm asthma campaign resources including posters and a brochure, are available in 15 languages and can be downloaded from the Health.Vic website campaign toolkitAlternatively they can be ordered at no cost using the link to the online order form on the toolkit page . 

    For further information, visit www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/environmental-health/climate-weather-and-public-health/thunderstorm-asthma

    Additional resources are available for the general community, including sports and recreation groups, schools and workplaces from Asthma Australia . The Australian Asthma Handbook and a dedicated information paper on thunderstorm asthma is available from the National Asthma Council website In addition, the RACGP, ACRRM, APNA and Pharmacy Guild have relevant educational materials available on each of their websites.

    The epidemic thunderstorm asthma forecast will be issued throughout the grass pollen season from 1 October 2019 to 31 December 2019. You can access the forecast via the VicEmergency website or app, the Health.Vic website  or the Melbourne Pollen website  or app.

    The forecasting system is a tool that gives an indication of the risk of an epidemic thunderstorm asthma event. A high-risk forecast does not mean an epidemic thunderstorm asthma event is certain to occur, rather it should be considered seriously and those at risk and their families should be prepared.

    Similarly, the forecast may sometimes underestimate the risk. Given this, people should be prepared for a heightened risk of thunderstorm asthma throughout the grass pollen season and not rely solely upon the forecast. The forecast should not replace appropriate prevention and good asthma and hay fever management, which is the best way to protect yourself from thunderstorm asthma.

    Please share this email with your colleagues. Thank you for your assistance in promoting the thunderstorm asthma health messages. Working together, we can continue to improve the health of all Victorians during the grass pollen season.

    If you have further questions on thunderstorm asthma please call 1300 761 874 or email etsa@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

  • 29 Aug 2019 10:38 PM | Jason Chuen (Administrator)

    Wonderful turnout for Mr Andrew Bui and Australian Collaboration Cambodia this evening. Congratulations Caroline for running a fantastic evening! We hope you raised lots of money for the deserving people of Cambodia.


  • 15 Feb 2019 8:30 AM | Jason Chuen (Administrator)

    Happy New Year from ACMAV's newest major sponsor Epworth Eastern Hospital!

    Executive Director, Louise O’Connor and executive team celebrated the new year last Tuesday with Epworth Eastern doctors at Plume Restaurant, Doncaster.



  • 3 Feb 2019 10:14 PM | Michael Hong (Administrator)

    Mr Boon Hong, a General Surgeon and ACMAV member, was awarded an OAM on Australia Day 2019. He was honoured for his contribution to community health in the promotion and teaching of Tai Chi.

    Boon first learnt Tai Chi in Sabah, Malaysia during his high school days to improve his health and for self-defence skills. He suffered from peptic ulcer disease, which would ultimately inspire his two great passions: surgery and Tai Chi. When he migrated to Australia 53 years ago to study medicine, he brought this Yang style of Tai Chi with him.


    Formal teaching was first delivered to the Australian public in 1982 at the Chinese Association of Victoria. A small group of enthusiastic students eventually grew into a large crowd and the Integrated Yang Style Tai Chi Association (IYSTA) was formed in 2000. Today the Association has a few hundred active members, having taught Tai Chi to thousands of people over the years. There are campuses in Forest Hill, Kew and Templestowe.  

    His reaction to receiving the award was one of gratitude. “It is a great honour to receive this award,” he said. Boon also paid tribute to the instructors in the Association. “I am always grateful to our team of hard working assistant instructors. It would not be possible without them.” A staunch member of ACMAV since its inception, he has held many workshops and demonstrations for its members over the years. ACMAV members are among the many students and instructors. “Medicine is hard, stressful work. I encourage all doctors to have regular exercise,” he said. “Tai Chi is a good form of meditation in motion and gentle exercise.”

    Perhaps the most striking observation in practitioners of Tai Chi is the diversity of people learning: people of all ages, from the young to the old. In our rapidly changing world with increasing pace and stress, the gentle motions of Tai Chi certainly bring a calm balance.

    For more information, visit: www.iysta.com.au 

  • 18 Nov 2018 12:00 PM | Deleted user

    Members are invited to attend this evening education session focussing on optimising management of chronic venous thromboembolic disease.
    Anticoagulation remains a cornerstone of treatment, but advances in surgical venous techniques mean that selected patients may benefit from more invasive intervention. Come along to find out more, and give the best to your patients.
    This event is generously sponsored by Sanofi and Pyramed.

    Wednesday 28 Nov 2018
    7pm

    Shark Fin House – 161 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne CBD.
    New members welcome.

    RSVP by clicking on the link below:

    Registration Form
  • 7 Jul 2018 12:00 AM | Deleted user

    Join us for our next education seminar – “TAVI – What to Expect?”. Our talk will be delivered by esteemed cardiologist Associate Professor Kean Soon, and is sure to be relevant and interesting for all medicos! Not to mention, there is a delicious spread of food provided by Eastern Bell Chinese Restaurant!

    Date: Tuesday 17th July 7pm.

    Location: Eastern Bell Chinese Restaurant (399 Belmore Road, Balwyn VIC 3103)

    MEMBERS – FREE. Associate members – $30. Non-members $60

    RSVP to office@acmav.org by 10th July. Places limited


  • 5 Apr 2018 12:00 AM | Deleted user

    Join us for an evening at Southbank to explore how clinicians and lawyers can work together to optimise patient outcomes. The panel will feature Zaparas Lawyers, Ash Chehata (orthopaedic surgeon) and a hand therapy expert. Not to mention the usual Chinese feast.

    Date: Tuesday April 17th, 2018

    Location: Red Emperor, Southbank

    What to bring: An empty stomach for an 8-course banquet


    MEMBERS – FREE
    . Associate members – $30. Non-members $70.

    RSVP to office@acmav.org by 13th April. Places limited


  • 18 Jan 2018 12:00 AM | Deleted user

    ACMAV Members and associates – are you ready for the Year of the Dog?
    COME JOIN US FOR SOME FOOD, NOISE AND CELEBRATION! (and door prizes)
    Saturday Feb 24, 2018
    Tao Tao, Hawthorn
    1:15pm arrival, 1:30pm start.
    RSVP by Feb 15, 2018
    office@acmav.org
    Members are FREE; non-members $40
    Places are limited


  • 1 Jan 2018 12:00 AM | Deleted user

    Another year and another celebration! Best of New Year wishes to all of our ACMAV members and we look forward to seeing you at the Chinese New Year Celebrations in February!


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