UPDATE: Suspension of term 2 rotations

03-Apr-2020


ASMOF NSW has been in negotiations with NSW Health regarding the decision to suspend Term two rotations. These were due to occur on 20 April 2020 (for trainees on a five-term rotation) and on 4 May 2020 (for trainees on a four-term rotation).

NSW Health has said this suspension will assist Local Health Districts and Specialty Networks to implement COVID-19 workforce surge plans in the interests of ensuring the health system is in the best position to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NSW Health and ASMOF will work together to deal with any problems that individual members may experience as a result of this change.

This includes identifying extenuating circumstances that members have which will mean they should be rotated and advocating on behalf of members.

NSW Health has given a commitment to consider, on a case by case basis, requests brought to them by ASMOF on behalf of members to be rotated if there are good reasons for this.

What may constitute a “good reason”?

We believe the following factors need to be taken into account:

  • the health and well-being of the member involved. This includes both mental and physical health. For example, some members are on rotations that have required them to move away from their home and family (metro to rural/rural to metro ) and ongoing separation may cause distress; some members are on night term rotations and continuation may affect their wellbeing.
  • some terms are busier than others ( patient numbers/intensity of work/hours worked) and members may seek to move from these to avoid burnout.
  • members who have concerns about not receiving a variety of training experiences by staying in the same term.
  • members who are pregnant and may commence parental leave after term 1.

This list is not comprehensive but should be seen as a guide. Please contact ASMOF to discuss your particular circumstances. For example, if you have any issues about accommodation please let us know so we can talk to the Ministry.

The Medical Board of Australia has released advice that interns are not required to complete mandatory rotations in ED, medicine and surgery to be eligible for general registration.

The Board will accept the following supervised clinical experience for general registration:

  • at least 40 weeks full-time equivalent service (a reduction of seven weeks to allow for isolation/sick leave etc.)
  • the clinical experience can take place in accredited and non-accredited positions
  • the requirement for the usual rotations of medicine, surgery and emergency medical care is waived. The Board will accept clinical experience in any supervised rotations

For more information go to:

https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/News/2020-03-30-COVID19-Board-response.aspx

We will also be asking that each LHD sets up a regular Joint Consultative Committee with the union to ensure updated information is forthcoming and/or where we can raise members’ concerns.

As always, if you need ASMOF assistance with this or any other matter, you must contact us on allocation@asmof.org.au or on 9212 6900.