Over the past 19 months, the Australian Medical Association (WA) has been locked into complex negotiations with WA Health Systemwide Industrial Relations Service (SWIRS), Public Sector Labour Relations representatives as well as various tiers of government including the Minister for Health, Hon Roger Cook MLA and the Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations, Hon. Bill Johnston MLA.
Since March 2019, AMA (WA) representatives have detailed, supported and advocated for each of the 86 claims we presented to WA Health. Over that time, we have contracted our list of claims to five priority matters – our primary intention being to secure improved working environments and better conditions to improve the morale, the culture and the safety of the workplace.
To date, all WA Health offers have failed to adequately address any of our priority claims; in some instances, they have refused to address them altogether or sought to reduce your entitlements.
Our primary intention is to seek better compliance to the existing WA Health System – Medical Practitioners – AMA Industrial Agreement 2016. We want improved working environments for doctors and better conditions to improve the morale, the culture and the safety of the workplace. And ultimately, a more sustainable, financially efficient health system that maximises patient outcomes.
The existing WA Health System – Medical Practitioners – AMA Industrial Agreement 2016. expired in September 2019 (although it continues to apply to doctors until it is replaced). The AMA (WA) is absolutely committed to securing a replacement agreement – but it must be one that provides you with job security, supports the wellbeing of WA’s public hospital doctors and prevents inappropriate bureaucratic pressure on the medical workforce.