Taking our TESL


Our Training, Education and Study Leave (TESL) is one of our most valuable entitlements as doctors working in the public health system. TESL is essential to ensure our knowledge and skills are up to date, and that we are delivering the best care to our patients in NSW.

Unfortunately taking our TESL is not always easy. Our recent TESL Survey had an overwhelming response- with 1473 respondents - it is ASMOF’s largest survey to date.

The results have affirmed that many of us have experienced frustrations and barriers which have prevented us from accessing our full entitlements. You can read a summary of the results below.

As Chair of ASMOF’s TESL Working Group, my colleagues and I have been working towards improving TESL policies and implementation for the past year. With the Ministry of Health now consulting on the TESL Policy Directive, we have an important opportunity to campaign for fair access to TESL, so that we can all take our TESL.

To kick off our campaign, I would like to invite you to a meeting to discuss TESL. We will take a more in depth look at results of the TESL survey, update you on negotiations with the Ministry so far, and consider our agenda for change. There will be 2 meetings held to maximise participation.


Register for Monday 10/5 at 12pm


Register for Tuesday 11/5 at 6:30pm


Register now and you will be sent the Zoom link. Please note this meeting is open to members and non-members, so we encourage you to share the event registration page with your colleagues.

I would also like to share a quick update on an issue that some of you raised in the survey- limitations on travel for TESL. At our meeting with the Ministry last week, we were advised that the limitations on travel within NSW and interstate have been relaxed. Whilst the COVID situation of the destination will continue to be considered, reference to travel needing to be ‘essential’ has been removed. If members were planning to travel for TESL and are experiencing any issues please contact ASMOF at allocation@asmof.org.au.

I look forward to seeing you at the meetings.

Warm regards,

Dr Liz Swinburn