- Job security & safety – the AMA (WA) negotiates your EBA.
- Expert advice & representation relating to contracts and entitlements.
- Lobbying for change and developing health policy by providing a voice to State and Federal Governments.
- Workshops, webinars, forums and training. Record your progress with a free CPD Tracker.
- Special member rates for MEDCON22.
- Receive the MJA (valued at $499), InSight, Medicus & Med e-link plus a host of other tools and templates.
- Exclusive access to a range of networking, sporting, charity and formal events.
- Free Police Medical ID card for use during emergencies.
- Great savings on goods and services from 100+ travel, automotive, health, fitness and entertainment retailers.
- Your AMA (WA) membership fee is tax deductible.
Plus, other great benefits including:
- Discounted private health insurance
- Free online tax return* (valued at $87)
- Free financial health check and wealth report
- Up to $2,000 cashback on home loans^
- 5% discount at AMA Medical Products
- Free CPR training.
Why you should join us!
Dr Jennifer Wood & Dr Jemma Hogan
Co-Chairs, AMA (WA) Doctors in Training Committee
"Joining the AMA (WA) is fundamental to your training journey. Working for WA Health is administratively complex – often contracted by one hospital, physically working at another and being paid by a third. Payslips are rarely correct; entitlements have to be fought for; and navigating this system solo is near impossible when working long hours. Further, the AMA (WA) is the public voice of the medical profession and to ensure that voice remains loud and relevant, we must collectively empower it with the diversity and strength of our wonderful profession."
AMA (WA) working for DiTs
- Holding WA Health to account for providing better and safer working conditions via our exclusive Hospital Health Check survey.
- Strongly advocating for the retention and portability of entitlements for training within WA, interstate and overseas.
- Ensuring you receive payment for all hours worked, including on-call and recall. We continue to prosecute incidents of wage theft on behalf of DiTs.
- Advocating for workforce reform to address staff shortages and unsafe rosters.
- Releasing a 15-point Action Agenda to address key issues such as ramping, public hospital capacity, and COVID-19 safety and preparedness.
- Calling for safer working conditions at Bunbury Regional Hospital, leading to a WorkSafe investigation.
- Leading the debate on public health including action on climate change and health.
- Successfully fighting for interns at Fiona Stanley Hospital to be paid for hours worked prior to their contracted start dates.
- Successfully campaigning for fair access to paid parental leave for all doctors and arguing for facilities to support return to work following parental leave.
- Releasing a COVID Emergence Plan providing a detailed assessment of transitioning out of strict border restrictions, while protecting vulnerable cohorts through a stepped approach.
Support and Representation
The AMA (WA) provides industrial and professional guidance, support and representation for all DiTs.
The AMA (WA) DiT Committee places trainee doctors at the heart of AMA (WA) policy-making and political advocacy. Combined with our workplace advocacy, member benefits and professional services, the AMA (WA) is here to promote your professional interests and support your journey to specialisation.
As with the whole medical profession in WA, 2021 has seen DiTs continue to adapt and rise to the ongoing challenges of COVID-19. WA Health is a net importer of DiTs and with restricted borders, there are just not enough boots on the ground. This in turn negatively impacts DiT wellbeing, with access to leave becoming increasingly restrictive in the latter half of 2021.
We know that hospitals are not working hard enough to support the DiT workforce in their pathway to specialization – no one enters medical school to work as a resident medical officer forever. The AMA (WA) seeks to tackle this workforce problem by advocating for training length contracts. Such contracts would also make life planning easier, as DiTs would not be left reapplying for their role every 12 months, and both the hospitals and doctors would benefit from job security and a reduced administrative burden of constant recruitment.
Parental leave in particular has become a new focus, with many DiTs facing difficulties when making requests for parental leave. This leave cannot be denied by your employer due to staffing shortages as was recently attempted by WA Health. Paid parental leave is available to both men and women, and we encourage practitioners who experience difficulty in accessing parental leave to contact the AMA (WA).
The AMA (WA) Workplace Relations Team has been assisting DiTs and advocating on behalf of members when these unacceptable issues arise, and is in frequent conversations with the Chief Medical Officer and WA Health on a wide range of topics.
With questions on morale and culture, wage theft, payslips and bullying, and a continued focus on education for career progression and access to leave, the Hospital Health Check was developed by DiTs for DiTs. The annual survey originated here in WA, back in 2015, and has since been adopted by other AMA state and territory offices.
Responses to HHC are anonymous. Furthermore, all responses are collated, analysed and reported by the AMA (WA) independent of the hospitals. All DiTs are invited to participate in the survey, and strongly encouraged to respond freely and openly.
Results from the 2021 Hospital Health Check were released in June this year, with the report card recording some of the worst overall scores since the annual survey commenced in 2015. Informed by responses from more than 800 DiTs across WA, the results illustrate that while DiTs are working harder to cover workforce shortages, the system is failing to support them.
With the data gathered from the 2021 HHC survey, the AMA (WA) and the DiT Committee will continue to progress and prosecute issues on your behalf, so that you can focus on patient care and your journey to specialisation.
View the 2021 Hospital Health Check Report Card by clicking here.