Mater: A New funding boost?

Posted June 19, 2014 by Dan and the Together Health Team

On Tuesday members met again to discuss Mater Beyond 2014 and member action. Members committed to continue the sticker activity and the union office will seek clearer timeframes for the next stage in the process. The Mater have now provided a powerpoint presentation announcing that service reviews will  be undertaken for the following areas:

  • clinical and clinical support services post-LCCH,
  • procurement, billing and contract management,
  • medical imaging,
  • administrative support services,
  • hotel services,
  • allied health,
  • clinical education models,
  • staffing and skill mixes,
  • after hours support, and
  • information and infrastructure.

These reviews could result in structural changes which may include:

  • Closure of vacant positions,
  • Non-renewal of fixed term contracts,
  • Cessation of occupied positions and redeployment or redundancy.

These reviews and proposals will happen at a divisional or departmental level but are part of a service wide process.

Having a service wide member campaign already in action is a great start, but how organised you are in your area will also directly influence how much of a real say you get in the process and may be the difference between jobs being list or saved.

Talk to your colleagues today about joining Together to maximise your say in the process or attend the meeting on Tuesday to discuss further. 

Date: Tuesday 24 June 2014
Time: 12:30pm
Location: MMH Conference Room 5.1, Level 5.

At the same time as this is happening, the Queensland Health Minister has today announced an additional $26 Million per year in funding for the Mater in Springfield.

See his statement here.

What does this mean for Mater Beyond 2014?

Surely additional funds should mean that staff can be maintained and service levels increased?

We will be following this up.

In the mean time, keep the sticker photos coming! It’s great to see how many Mater employees are standing up for Mater values and for ongoing jobs and services within Mater Health Services.

Let’s keep it up!


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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