Welcome Assistants in Medicine (AIMs)!

10-Jul-2020


ASMOF welcomes recently employed AIMs to our Union. Ensuring AIMs working as part of the medical surge workforce planning during the COVID-19 pandemic are protected at work is extremely important for our Union.

According to the Ministry of Health, the purpose of AIMs “is to provide medical care and support, as part of the multi-disciplinary team. This includes the assessment and management of patients across a range of clinical areas, while working under supervision.”

AIMs are remunerated at 75% of the base Intern rate. The conditions and terms of employment for AIMs are in line with the Public Hospital Medical Officers (State) Award 2019 of which ASMOF are party to. In their part time role, AIMs can work up to 32 hours a week. This may include evening and weekend shifts, but not night shifts.

While Interns and PGY2s may work with AIMs in a clinical team, they are not expected to supervise AIMs. According to the Ministry of Health, AIMs “will be supervised by PGY3 + junior doctors (accredited and unaccredited trainees, SRMOs), Career Medical Officers (CMOs), Staff Specialists and Visiting Medical Officers.” If you are experiencing issues with AIM supervision, you can contact us for support at allocation@asmof.org.au

For further information on AIMs, please see the Ministry of Health’s FAQ Sheet.

If you are a DiT working with AIMs, please encourage them to join their Union by sharing this newsletter with them. AIMs can join ASMOF for a $15 one-off fee online at https://doctorsintraining.org.au/join-asmof/

Finally, a warm welcome again to our new AIM members! If you need advice or assistance with a workplace issue, please get in contact with your Union at allocation@asmof.org.au