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The hospital wants to change my job/introduce new clinics/ restructure the department. What are my rights?

Rights and responsibilities vary depending on hospital policy and the AMA collective agreements.

Therefore you need to review hospital policies on workplace change and consultation, which can usually be found in HR policies on the hospital intranet.

You should also review any applicable collective agreement relating to workplace change, redundancy and consultation. Hospitals are generally required to consult with affected doctors when introducing major workplace change that has an effect on their work.

Changes which may affect your work include:

  • termination of employment
  • change in the composition, size or operation of the workforce or skills required
  • diminution of job opportunities, promotion opportunities, tenure and alteration of hours of work
  • physical changes to the workplace that will impact on work requirements.

Once a definite decision is made to introduce major changes the hospital must:

  1.  Provide doctors affected (and AMA Victoria) with details of the nature of the change the expected effects of the change on doctors.
  2.  Discuss with doctors affected and AMA Victoria the effect of the change.
  3.  Discuss ways to mitigate or avert the adverse effects.
  4.  Consider matters raised by the doctors.

It is important therefore for you to notify AMA Victoria on (03) 9280 8722 if you receive a notice from your hospital to introduce workplace change.

References: Medical practitioners Award 2010 cl 8, Industrial Relations Policy Manual for the Victoria Public Sector 2010 Section 5.1.

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