NSW Health Pathology: Hospital Scientists Awards Update

The HSU continues to attempt to engage with NSW Health Pathology and the Ministry on their applications to amend the Hospital Scientist Awards. Despite these repeated attempts at genuine engagement, NSWHP remains reluctant to engage in detailed and thorough discussions about the Awards.

The Hospital Scientist Industrial Committee, made up of HSU Hospital Scientist members, has identified the key issues. We have met with NSWHP executive management to raise these issues, including:

  • Failure to consult with the HSU in amending the awards
  • Forming a fixed view prior to consultation commencing
  • Too much discretion afforded to NSWHP in relation to qualifications and laboratory complexity
  • Changes to the qualification requirements of Principal Hospital Scientists and Hospital Scientists
  • Creation of a two-stream system for Hospital Scientists
  • Implementing professional qualification requirements through an award variation application
  • Incorrect assessment of the pay rate equivalencies
  • Multiple positions will be worse off in respect of pay
  • Reduction in the number and proportion of Hospital Scientists in pathology laboratories

A statewide meeting of HSU members will soon be held to provide a detailed update on the case. This will provide an opportunity for members to identify their issues with the case. Details of the meeting will be sent to members soon.

The HSU will work to ensure Hospital Scientists’ pay and conditions are protected now and into the future. If you know someone who isn’t a member, tell them to join today. New members can join at www.hsu.asn.au/join or call 1300 478 679.