ASMOF campaign for better conditions for Doctors in Training at Northern Beaches Hospital


We have established a committee of delegates for Doctors in Training at NBH and we are currently preparing to commence collective bargaining for all members at the hospital.

Recently our DiT members who are employed directly by Healthscope at Northern Beaches Hospital raised a number of issues and inconsistencies with their pays with ASMOF

ASMOF staff and delegates met with management and they have taken all issues on notice and committed to provide a considered written response by 23 June.

We plan to hold a follow up meeting after this.

What are the issues?

  • A lack of clarity as how key elements of their pay (including ordinary hours, overtime and Public Holidays) were calculated.
  • Ordinary Hours: how these are rostered: e.g. are JMOs employed by Healthscope employed on a 5-day week, or 19 days each four-week cycle (Medical Practitioners’ Award “the Award”) 13.1
  • Rostered hours & shift length (Clause 13.2- no shift will be less than 8 hours on a weekday) ASMOF has identified 4.5- & 7-hour shifts on weekdays.
  • JMOs employed at NBH should be identified as “shift workers”
  • Payment of public holiday on days they would be normally be rostered to work and are regarded as part of their 76 hours at normal rate
  • Overtime (clause 20.1)- how is overtime calculated? Does each day stand alone?
  • Recall (clause 20.4) ASMOF has been made aware of some concerns regarding the operation of recall, with considerations other than the clinical judgement of the doctor concerned in some cases limiting payment.
  • Remote Appraisal: ASMOF notes that this arrangement applies to JMOS seconded to Northern Beaches Hospital, but the Federal Award has no similar provision but remote appraisal & handovers do occur at NBH.
  • How meal breaks are taken & recorded.
  • Meal Allowance (Clause 18.3)- how this is administered