The new contracts for the state’s SMOs and VMOs took effect, for those who signed them, at the beginning of this month.
In the end, Queensland doctors won the battle for fairer contracts. The State Government attempted to force us onto contracts that would have completely stripped away our rights and the rights of our patients. But thanks to your commitment to the public health system, we’ve ended up with contracts considerably better than those originally put on the table.
But we know that the current contracts are not perfect and that there will be a continued push from the Government to claw back some of harmful elements we fought hard to have excluded.
We can’t let that happen, which is why the upcoming Contracts Advisory Committee, or ‘CAC’ elections are so crucial.
Elections for the new Contracts Advisory Committee are due to be held over the coming weeks, with ballot papers to be mailed to eligible voters from Monday 8 September. Doctors voted onto this committee will play an important role in the implementation and ongoing review of the contracts
It’s critical that the doctors elected to this committee represent the best interests of the state’s doctors. Without a strong team willing to stand up for the rights of doctors and patients, we are at serious risk of ending up back where we started.
The CAC will be made up of one VMO representative, a metropolitan SMO representative, a regional SMO representative and a rural/remote SMO representative.
The Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Federation and the Together Union are endorsing the following candidates who have nominated to represent you on the Contracts Advisory Committee.
Senior medical officer representative – metropolitan
Dr Suzanne Royle
Dr Suzanne Royle is currently employed half time at The Prince Charles Hospital as a Senior Staff Specialist Paediatrician. She is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland, mother to two young daughters and the Vice-President of ASMOFQ.
Dr Royle has previously worked as a VMO Paediatrician at the Gold Coast Hospital, and has held academic roles at Griffith University and Imperial College London. Her paediatric training was undertaken at the Mater Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.
Dr Suzanne Royle was a key member of the Keep Our Doctors taskforce and was heavily involved in the contract negotiations with the Queensland Government from the outset.
Senior medical officer representative – regional
Dr Sandy Donald
Dr Sandy Donald has worked as a specialist anaesthetist at Cairns Hospital since 1995. He is an Executive member of Together Queensland.
Sandy has been advocating for doctors for most of his time in Cairns, including a term as President of the Cairns Senior Medical Staff Association. He represented doctors during each of the three MOCA negotiations and was a key member of the Keep Our Doctors taskforce.
Dr Donald continues to publicly advocate for regional health services generally, with a particular focus on doctors’ rights.
Senior medical officer – rural/remote
Dr Derek Holroyd
Dr Derek Holroyd is a Rural Generalist based at Proserpine Hospital. He was a QH Rural Bonded Scholar who remained rural after his return of service, which has resulted in a role as Director of Rural Generalist Training with QRGP. Derek is also an examiner for the RANZCOG diploma for GP obstetricians.
Dr Holroyd has been a member of ASMOFQ and RDAQ since 2005, and previously advocated for salaried doctors during the MOCA1 as deputy chair for the Doctors In Training group. He was a RDAQ management committee member for 2006-7.
Visiting medical officer representative
Associate Professor Mark Ross, MBBS FRACS, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr Mark Ross is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the School of Medicine at The University of Queensland; Director of the Upper Limb Fellowship Programme at the Princess Alexandra Hospital; and a co-director of the Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Research Institute. He is also the current President of the Queensland Shoulder Surgery Society.
Dr Ross was a key member of the Keep Our Doctors taskforce, representing VMOs in the recent contract negotiations with the QLD Government. He was instrumental in securing fair employment conditions for VMOs in the current contracts.
Please take these endorsements into account when voting for your CAC representative. Queensland doctors deserve to have the best possible team representing us in these important discussions.