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AMA Victoria commences EBA negotiations for public hospital doctorsí working conditions

Thursday 17 November 2016

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) Victoria has delivered its Log of Claims to commence negotiations with the Victorian Government to bring about the next EBA for public hospital doctors.

AMA Victoria expects the Victorian Government to support public hospital doctors and provide them with safe working conditions to help retain and attract the best doctors to our world-class public hospitals.

AMA Victoria will be negotiating for an EBA that provides:

  • Improved shifts and rosters, with an emphasis on safe hours eliminating dangerously long shifts and allowing adequate rest between on-call and night shifts.
  • Greater focus on continuing medical education (CME) and research pursuits, which sees individual hospitals undertake projects to improve efficiency and patient care on a local level.
  • Improvements in parental and family leave and structured part-time positions.
  • Improved packages and working conditions to boost the number of doctors working in regional public hospitals.
  • Parity in wages with interstate public hospital EBAs – with current terms and conditions, Victorian public hospitals doctors will soon be the lowest paid doctors in Australia.

“We look forward to working with the Victorian Government to bring about a strong EBA that recognises the important work that public hospital doctors provide to the state and the remarkable productivity gains our workforce has achieved in the past three years,” AMA Victoria President Dr Lorraine Baker said today.

“AMA Victoria has worked closely with its public hospital members to identify what changes are needed to ensure safe working conditions, improved clinical care, allow for family-friendly flexibility, and enable Victoria’s public hospitals to attract the best doctors.

“The AMA and the Andrews Labor Government have a good collaborative relationship, and we know that the Minister for Health Jill Hennessy understands the importance of quality public healthcare, retaining our best senior and junior doctors and providing safe working conditions,” Dr Baker said.

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