Doctors’ offices on the line as ASMOF take SWSLHD to the Commission




ASMOF will be taking SWSLHD to the Industrial Relations Commission next week, after they breached doctors’ rights by failing to genuinely consult with them or consider the office space that specialists need to do their work effectively.

SWSLHD is implementing a major redevelopment involving the relocation of Cancer Services office space to the Caroline Chisholm building located within the Liverpool Hospital Precinct.

Despite this significant change to workspaces, members report that genuine consideration has not been given to their submissions and fear they won’t have the space they need to do their job safely. The health and safety of doctors and patients must be considered when deciding whether a Staff Specialist is entitled to their own office.

The Staff Specialist (State) Award 2019 obliges your employer to:

  • provide the union and affected members with all relevant information regarding the change
  • give genuine consideration to the issues raised by the union and members
  • look at measures to avert or mitigate the adverse effects of such changes on employees.

The LHD has also failed to properly implement the WorkSpace Accommodation Policy (PD2019_060) which states that the question of whether Staff Specialists are entitled to office space is dependent on what is reasonably necessary for the Staff Specialist to undertake the requirements of the position; and must take into account the work performed by the Staff Specialist and the place at which it is performed.

The matter has been listed for conciliation on 17 March- we will keep members updated of the outcome.