The Philippine-Australian Medical Association (PAMA) was established on the 14th of June 1992, with 43 original charter members.
The beginnings of PAMA date back to 1990 when the founder, Dr. Corazon Alvarez-Francisco, saw a need for assisting non-registered Filipino doctors in passing the Australian Medical Council (AMC) exams, the gateway to medical practice in Australia. Having passed the AMC exams in 1990, she experienced first-hand the difficulties of gaining registration as a Filipino doctor in Australia and thus, was inspired to help her colleagues pass the exams.
On June 14, 1992, the first official PAMA charter meeting was held at the Manila Jeepney Restaurant at Parramatta. The meeting was attended by 41 Filipino doctors, only 5 of whom were registered at the time to practice medicine in Australia. An organizing committee was elected by the body (pictured). A subcommittee on Constitution and Bylaws was established, and a newsletter was started by Dr. Roger Fabian and Dr. Jun Bantatua. Over subsequent meetings through the years, PAMA established itself as a professional entity and proudly gave unity, encouragement and appropriate recognition to all Filipino doctors residing in Australia, both registered and non-registered.
On February 21, 1993, a general convention was held at the board room of the Hills Private Hospital. Following the approval of the Constitution and Bylaws, the first set of PAMA Officers were elected.
Jun 1992 First PAMA Charter Meeting.
Feb 1993 Ratification of the Constitution and By Laws.
Feb 1993 First PAMA Officers elected.
Aug 1995 Registration of PAMA with the Department of Consumer Affairs.
Jun 2002 PAMA’s 10th Year Anniversary Celebration.
Apr 2008 First PAMA Medical Mission – Polillo, Quezon Province.
Apr 2009 Second PAMA Medical Mission – Gubat, Sorsogon.
Apr 2009 Donation of X-Ray machine and ECG machine to Polillo Hospital.
Jun 2010 Third PAMA Medical Mission – Dumaguete City.
Aug 2012 City to Surf
Apr 2011 Fourth PAMA Medical Mission – Oroquieta.
Aug 2011 City to Surf
May 2012 Fifth PAMA Medical Mission – Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur & El Nido Palawan
Aug 2012 20th Anniversary Celebration
2013 PAMA Victoria was established
1990 Cora Francisco
1994 Camilio Casaclang
1995 Cora Francisco
1996 Cora Francisco
1997 Richard Cue
1998 Richard Cue
1999 Roger Fabian
2000 Raul Amor
2001 Jun Bantatua
2002 Joyce Zonaga
2003 Amabel Harding
2004 Merlie Gallardo
2005 Evelyn Icao
2006 Joey Languido
2007 Virginia Tamayo
2008 Lorna Benedicto
2009 Lorna Benedicto
2010 Ophee de Vera
2011 Cecil Rowe
2012 Joyce Zonaga
2013 Jun Bantatua
2014 Jun Bantatua
2015 Lorna Benedicto
MERITS & CITATIONS
The Philippine Australian Medical Association has received the following accolades:
- 2009 – Outstanding Community Organization in New South Wales
Awarded by the Philippine Community Council of NSW
- 2012 – Outstanding Community Organization in New South Wales
- Rotary Club of Dumaguete South
- Ugnayan ng Pahinungod, Manila
- Rotary Club of Oroquieta Centennial (District 3850)
- Rotary International, Eastern Region
- Municipality of Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur
FILCCA AWARD – Outstanding Community Organisation Award (October 2012)