Welcome to the September/October edition of The NSW Doctor magazine.

Why do people like surveys? Surveys about surveys (so meta) reveal people participate in this type of research because they like to make their voices heard and they want to effect change.

In this issue, we present results from not one but three recent surveys: the Hospital Health Check, a senior doctor workforce survey, and a survey on no gap obstetric packages.

The impetus for doing the Hospital Health Check – now in its fourth year – has always been to create improvements for doctors-in-training. And this year there are some surprising results!

Please read on to find out what your colleagues are saying about hospital IT, contract arrangements, COVID preparedness, managed care, and more.


Dog Years

PRESIDENT'S WORD Dog Years There is a lot of research into COVID, but has anyone looked at its impact on the space-time continuum? I RECENTLY attended a forum with former NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons to discuss learnings from the recent bushfire disaster and recommendations for a coordinated system response to natural disasters and emergencies. [...]

If the canary dies in a coalmine…

FROM THE CEO If the canary dies in a coalmine… There are many lessons to be learned in this crisis and AMA (NSW) has been fortunate enough to meet with some truly inspirational leaders who have shared their wisdom. It’s clear that the buzzword of 2020 will be “unprecedented”. We have spent most of the [...]

Hospital Health Check 2020

FEATURE Hospital Health Check 2020 In a year that has been particularly difficult for the health sector, the 2020 Hospital Health Check results have revealed a hospital system that is improving for doctors-in-training. THE RESULTS OF THE 2020 Hospital Health Check represent a significant positive shift in doctor-in-training sentiment about their workplaces. It is likely [...]

Seeking solutions for hospitals beyond COVID

FEATURE Seeking solutions for hospitals beyond COVID COVID-19 has taken precedence in 2020, but AMA (NSW)’s senior medical workforce survey reveals issues around workforce planning, support, engagement and transparency will need to be addressed if the system is to improve post-pandemic. ICU CAPACITY in hospitals, PPE, and healthcare worker infections have taken centre stage during [...]

No Gap Pregnancy Programs

FEATURE No Gap Pregnancy Programs Are no-gap maternity packages an opportunity to increase the uptake of private obstetrics or a gateway to managed care? AMA (NSW) has been involved in discussions around the no-gap obstetric model since the beginning of 2020. Clinicians have expressed an appetite to increase the utilisation of private obstetric services; however, [...]

Medical Board: What’s on the horizon?

PROFILE Medical Board: What’s on the horizon? As the new Medical Council President, Dr John Sammut is passionate about making the regulatory body as effective, efficient, consistent, timely and transparent as possible. MORE THAN 6% of doctors will face a complaint at some point in their career – or 1 in 20 doctors. According to [...]

Pandemic leave and overtime for casuals

WORKPLACE RELATIONS Pandemic leave and overtime for casuals Will recent Award changes and a decision that confirms casual employees are entitled to overtime changes affect your employees? AS PART of their four-yearly review of modern awards, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has made a substantive change to the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020 [...]

Clarity on personal/carer’s leave

WORKPLACE RELATIONS Clarity on personal/carer’s leave The High Court decision is welcome news for employers. AMA (NSW)’s Lyndall Humphries explains why... THE HIGH COURT handed down its much awaited and welcome decision in Mondelez Australia Pty Ltd v AMWU & Ors [2020] HCA 29 on 13 August 2020 which clarified recent uncertainty concerning how the [...]

Online alcohol sales & delivery

FEATURE Online alcohol sales & delivery AMA (NSW), along with other health stakeholders, are campaigning for stricter regulations around online sales and delivery of alcohol products. LIQUOR & GAMING NSW has been consulting with the public and stakeholders on the draft Liquor Amendment (24-hour Economy) Bill 2020, which is expected to go to Cabinet in [...]

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