- Job Security & safety – the AMA (WA) negotiates your EBA
- Access to dedicated employment advice
- Mediation and representation
- Free tax return* (valued at $87)
- Access to the MJA (valued at $499), InSight, Medicus & Med e-link
- Free networking events, workshops & webinars
- Free financial health check
- AMA Mortgage Broker exclusive with up to $2,000 cashback.^ More on this.
- 5% discount at AMA Medical Products
- Police Medical Identification Card – exclusive for AMA (WA) members
- Just launched – Membership Benefits Australia – an exclusive suite of rewards, discounts and special offers for AMA (WA) members
- Over $3,000 in value in your membership package^
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Why you should join us!
Dr Megge Beacroft
Co-Chair, AMA (WA) Doctors in Training Committee
Joining the AMA (WA) is fundamental to your training journey. Working for WA Health is administratively complex – often contracted by one hospital, physically working at another and being paid by a third. Payslips are rarely correct; entitlements have to be fought for; and navigating this system solo is near impossible when working long hours. Further, the AMA (WA) is the public voice of the medical profession and to ensure that voice remains loud and relevant, we must collectively empower it with the diversity and strength of our wonderful profession.
AMA(WA) working for DiTs
- Strongly advocating for the retention and portability of entitlements for training within WA, interstate and overseas.
- Identifying and prosecuting systemic wage theft, and securing repayments for AMA (WA) members.
- Advocating for proper allocation of overtime, and payment of recall.
- Holding WA Health accountable via the 2020 Hospital Health Check.
- Successfully campaigning for fair access to parental leave for all doctors, both parents and arguing for facilities to support return to work following parental leave.
Support and Representation
The Australian Medical Association (WA) offers industrial and professional guidance, support and representation for all doctors in training (DiTs).
The AMA (WA) DiT Committee 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) Workplace Relations 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 a wide range of topics.
Hospital Health Check 2020
With 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) independent of the hospitals. All DiTs are 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.
Results from the 2020 Hospital Health Check have been released, with this year’s report card recording some of the worst overall scores since the annual survey commenced in 2015. Informed by responses from more than 800 DiTs across WA, the results illustrate that while DiTs are working harder to cover workforce shortages, the system is failing to support them. View the 2020 Hospital Health Check Report Card by clicking here.