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Queensland Health doctors to receive first of two pay rises

 

ASMOFQ has ensured that Queensland Health-employed doctors will receive two wage increases in the next six months.

From 1 July 2021, doctors will obtain a 2.5 per cent pay increase. This is a delayed pay rise that was negotiated and agreed by all parties but postponed by the Queensland Government during the COVID-19 outbreak.

ASMOFQ maintained pressure on the Queensland Government to deliver this wage increase as promised.

9 JUN 2021

GPs can register to administer Pfizer vaccine

 

For many months, we have advocated for GPs to be able to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Today, the Federal Government has opened expressions of interest (EOIs) to general practices currently approved to deliver AstraZeneca to also administer the Pfizer vaccine.

7 JUN 2021

Wins for doctors in Queensland hospitals


ASMOFQ, in partnership with AMA Queensland, has continued to secure major wins for doctors employed by Queensland Health.

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).

28 MAY 2021

President and CEO Update


During May we have continued to see major developments in key community issues including the introduction of Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) legislation to the Queensland Parliament, the call for more funding for palliative care and continued changes to the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. Our report outlines some of the key activities delivered for our members in May.

Budget submission

28 MAY 2021

Fair pay secured for Rural Generalists


ASMOFQ and AMA Queensland welcome the recent Health Employment Directive that delivers pay equity for Rural Generalists working in rural hospitals.

For the first time, Medical Superintendents and Medical Officers with Right of Private Practice with Rural Generalist Qualifications, will have the same base salary as their Senior Medical Officer colleagues.

28 MAY 2021

Changes to the Medicines and Poisons Act

 

There are some important changes to the regulations for the Medicines and Poisons Act 2019 (Medicines and Poisons Act) which we want to bring to the attention of our members. 

All ‘relevant practitioners’ required to check the monitored medicines database (Section 41)

28 MAY 2021

Doctors demand options for dying Queenslanders before VAD debate


AMA Queensland’s 2021 Budget submission calls for palliative care services to be adequately funded before state parliament votes on Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD). 

Speaking at the start of Palliative Care Week, AMA Queensland President Professor Chris Perry OAM said an additional $275 million per year was urgently needed to meet growing demand.

“We expect the VAD legislation to be presented to state parliament this week and debated in September, so there’s no time to waste,” Professor Perry said.

22 MAY 2021

GPs best placed to manage vaccine hesitancy


AMA Queensland is urging everyone to go to a GP for a COVID vaccination, as doctors fully understand a patient’s medical history and are best placed to deal with possible side effects.

AMA Queensland president Professor Chris Perry said patient safety must take priority over convenience when it comes to delivering the vaccines.

“The State Government has announced that COVID vaccines will be available in pharmacies in parts of rural and regional Queensland in the coming weeks,” Professor Perry said.

20 MAY 2021