The AMA (WA) works hard to promote and protect the interests of doctors in training (DiTs) across our State, at all stages of their training

The Australian Medical Association (WA) offers industrial and professional guidance, support and representation for all doctors in training (DiTs).

The AMA (WA) Doctors in Training Practice Group places DiTs 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 Western Australia, 2020 has seen DiTs adapt and rise to the challenge of COVID-19. Training and career progression for DiTs have been impacted, with many opportunities delayed, postponed or cancelled.

Workforce planning and access to leave continue to be major challenges for our workforce, challenges that have been exacerbated by COVID-19. Workforce planning is of increasing importance due to the current migration challenges for overseas trained doctors and the return home of DiT colleagues.

In addition to our COVID-19 response, the AMA (WA) continues to address systemic issues facing the DiT workforce, including: jobs that do not meet college training pathways; a lack of ‘nominal length of training’ appointments; reliance on employment pools; and workforce shortages. 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.

The AMA (WA) Industrial Team has been assisting DiTs and fighting on behalf of members when these unacceptable issues arise, and is in frequent conversations with the Chief Medical Officer and WA Health on wide range of topics.

Hospital Health Check 2020

With expanded questions on overtime, payslips and bullying, and a continued focus on education for career progression and access to leave (especially within the COVID context),  the 2020 Hospital Health Check was built by doctors in training (DiTs) for doctors in training.

Responses to HHC are anonymous. Furthermore, all responses will be collated, analysed and reported by the Australian Medical Association (WA) – your industrial and professional body, independent of the hospitals. All DiTs – from interns to fellows – were invited to participate in the survey, and strongly encouraged to respond freely and openly.

With the data gathered from the 2020 Hospital Health Check 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.

Keep an eye out for the 2020 Hospital Health Check Report Card being released in the coming weeks.

The 2019 survey showed that a hospital’s reluctance to engage with junior doctors reaps no benefits, and that real change is yet to be realised at some sites. More than 750 DiTs across WA answered our annual survey about education, wellbeing, morale and industrial issues. View the 2019 Hospital Health Check Report Card by clicking here.

Are you a DiT?

The AMA (WA) has dedicated information and resources available for doctors in training.