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Our health workforce is the backbone of community healthcare, ensuring people stay healthy and out of hospitals. But outdated NSW Health Awards have led to overworked and burned-out health workers. There are thousands of vacancies across NSW Health. There is a mass exodus of workers to other states or the private sector. The system is broken.
Over the coming months HSU members will be at the forefront of reforming all NSW Health Awards.
Right now Health Professionals are coming together in member-led Health Professional Committees to decide what Award negotiations will look like for those Awards. There are five key demands:
This October, 80 dedicated HSU delegates attended a meeting with representatives from the NSW Government, to make it clear we demand reform.
The Government has said it will prioritise Award reform – but no firm dates have been given. This isn’t good enough. There are thousands of vacancies across health, and we continue to see workers leave.
There are changes desperately needed across hundreds of different classifications. There are core conditions that affect everyone – leave, superannuation, flexible work, regrading, the list goes on.
And we are ready for change.
The HSU Industrial Advisory Committees are the member-led engine rooms for Health Professional Award negotiations.
There are over 300 committee members across professions from metro, regional, rural and remote areas, leading research and development of award claims for negotiations.
Every claim members will vote on comes directly from the committees and are endorsed by committee members.
The committees meet monthly. If you are interested in attending committee meetings, please refer to the schedule below and send your Expression of Interest to [E-Mail not displayed].
Health Professional Advisory Committees - Guidelines
The structure of HSU Health Awards is out of date and not fit for purpose. HSU members currently sit in over 35 Awards and 15 determinations. Members may have an Award which does not reflect the work performed, have two Awards which could apply or no Award which applies.
In June 2023, members of the HSU Health Professional Committees began work on a project of how HSU Health Awards can be structured better into the future. Key to discussions were:
Once this review was conducted and the Committee members endorsed it, a period of consultation occurred:
The outcome of this process has been wide endorsement, both at a Committee level and within the wider membership with over 90% of members endorsing the proposed Award structure.
If you wish to review the relevant briefing documents, please click below:
Award Amalgamation Briefing Paper
Award Amalgamation Presentation
The combined HSU Health Professionals member-led Industrial Advisory Committees have been preparing HSU claims for Award negotiations. After 12 years of neglect under the wages cap, our Awards are incredibly behind other states and industries, requiring significant work to make them fit for purpose.
This is a broad summary of claims that apply across all professions. Individual professions will have other claims that apply to them specifically.
The list is not final and there is significantly more detail to be added and endorsed through member meetings and votes. However, at this stage, the respective HSU Industrial Advisory Committees have summarised the core claims for member feedback.
Universal Health Professional Claims
Your commitee is hard at work preparing profession specific claims for member feedback.
Please keep an eye on this space or join the committee.
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