Big ideas to fix hospital bed block

A group of Queensland medical leaders has proposed a wealth of transformational ideas to help solve the chronic bed block in many public hospitals.

The emergency specialists, surgeons and doctors from across the state have met for the first time to develop a roadmap out of the emergency department ramping crisis.

18 JUN 2021

Minimum wage increase - ensure your practice is compliant


The Panel of the Fair Work Commission has decided to increase the minimum modern award rates of pay by 2.5 per cent.

For the health care sector this increase will take effect from 1 July 2021 and impacts employees covered by industry modern awards, such as the Nurses Award 2010 and the Health Professional and Support Services Award 2020.

18 JUN 2021

Doctors disappointed by Budget

The Queensland Government has produced a lacklustre health budget that was preoccupied with bricks and mortar instead of patient care.

While welcoming a $2 billion hospital building fund, AMA Queensland President Professor Chris Perry said future capital works would not solve the urgent need to get public hospitals functioning properly.

16 JUN 2021

Every Dr needs a GP


It can be tricky for a doctor to be a patient and for a doctor to be comfortable treating another doctor. But the reality is, every doctor needs a GP to provide objective health advice and support.

11 JUN 2021

Spinal Muscular Atrophy testing for newborn babies


AMA Queensland is calling on the Queensland Government to include Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) in heel prick testing for new born babies in the state.

SMA is a genetic neuromuscular disorder that affects one in every 10,000 births and disturbingly most babies diagnosed with type 0 or 1 die before the age of four.

11 JUN 2021

Catching up with ASMOFQ


Earlier this year, ASMOFQ met with Hon Yvette D’Ath, Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, and her staff earlier in the year. A number of issues were raised at that meeting and ASMOFQ continue to follow up on these ongoing issues.

Overloaded emergency departments

9 JUN 2021

ASMOFQ ensure Queensland Health deliver consistent PPE fit-testing


Ensuring that Queensland Health deliver a consistent program of fit-testing of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline staff, was advocated for by ASMOFQ and the Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union (QNMU).

This was the focus of a recent dispute before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) where both ASMOFQ and the QNMU achieved strong safety measures for doctors and nurses working in high-risk environments with potential exposure to COVID-19.

9 JUN 2021