Vote now on return of MOCA conditions

Posted on October 13, 2015

The ballot has opened to approve MOCA4 and you should have received your ballot papers by post.

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I am very proud that as a union we have been able to return a collective agreement and rights to SMOs and make some improvements, such as finally applying the vehicle allowance to part time SMOs at a prorate of the full time rate. I am also very pleased that this proposed agreement also improves Professional Development and fatigue provisions for junior doctors.

Congratulations on all of your hard work and don't forget to vote for the new agreement. If you have any questions or concerns about the proposed "MOCA4" then please email doctors@together.org.au or call 1800 177 244 so that Dan Goldman or I can contact you.

At this time it is important to remember how effective we have been as a united group, taking action against a government that hated us. We have won back collective rights but we may still have struggles ahead of us from time to time.

If you have issues in your workplace or your HHS where you believe your rights or your opinions are not being respected, we can work Together to make things better for our patients and our fellow union members.

I have also been involved along with other Together medical representatives in roundtable discussions with the Health Minister in relation to ramping and hospital capacity (particularly in North Queensland) and the government's proposals to take action on wait times in public hospitals.

These have been very productive meetings and they show the commitment of Minister Dick and the new government to consultation with the medical workforce in relation to important public health issues.

Two such issues are emergency management and mental health and I welcome the reviews into the response to the recent Ravenshoe incident and the closure of the Barrett Centre. There is also a Bill before Parliament reforming mental health in Queensland.

Please let me know your thoughts about ambulance ramping, mental health, wait lists or the emergency response by emailing doctors@together.org.au or calling 1800 177 244 and leaving a message with our union office.

Congratulations and don't forget to vote.

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