This page outlines AMA Victoria's current doctor advocacy work.
For more information on our work on these issues:
- Read our 2018-19 Budget submission
- Visit our policy submission archive
- Contact us on (03) 9280 8722.
The Victorian Government is strongly advised to support medical workforce planning to ensure that it can meet the current and future health needs of Victorians.
In March 2016, AMA Victoria’s strategy to address bullying, discrimination and harassment in the medical workforce was jointly launched by the Victorian Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, and the Victorian Minister for Industrial Relations, Natalie Hutchins. This strategy, entitled Setting the Standard, was referenced in the Victorian Auditor-General’s review of bullying and harassment in Victoria’s public hospitals, and also the Department of Health and Human Services’ strategy on this issue, which was entitled “Our pathway to change: eliminating bullying and harassment in healthcare”.
The Victorian Doctors’ Health Program (VDHP) was established in recognition of the extreme physical and mental demands faced by doctors, and the associated high risk of developing mental illness and stress-related problems. AMA Victoria calls for the Victorian Government to continue its investment in doctors' mental health by providing ongoing funding to the VDHP.
The 2017 Public Hospital Doctors’ Enterprise Bargaining Agreements are a critical step to establishing the state’s public hospitals as employers of choice, attracting (and retaining) leading medical practitioners, and delivering world-class patient care.
In addition to delivering more training positions, both senior and junior medical staff need to be supported to undertake medical training, development and research. The continuing professional development of all doctors results in risk reduction and opportunities for clinical innovation and efficiencies.
A critical concern of AMA Victoria’s is the limited employment positions for doctors in training. It is paramount that the Victorian Government invests in junior doctors’ ongoing medical training.