Finally, there is some movement from the Ministry of Health about the inconsistent grading of MRS graduates across NSW Health.
Throughout lengthy discussions with the Ministry, HSU members have maintained that graduates with a four-year degree, working unsupervised and with have full registration with AHPRA, should be employed at Level 2 of the Medical Radiation Scientist (State) Award 2022.
As a result of HSU members’ advocacy, the Ministry have now prepared a draft Determination which ensures that these graduates:
Will be employed at Level 2 moving forward, and
MRS graduates who were incorrectly graded as Level 1 will be reclassified to the correct Level and Year.
However, the Ministry has not agreed to backpay MRS graduates – at this stage. The Ministry has not undertaken the work to map which LHDs were incorrectly grading MRS graduates and how much back pay they may be owed.
What do you think? HSU members are asked to participate in a survey to understand the scope of backpay for MRS graduates. Your response to this survey will provide concrete data and guide our negotiations with the Ministry. The survey will be open until Friday 8 September 2023.