Welcome to the Medical Scientists Association of Victoria (MSAV) the Victorian Psychologists Association Inc (VPA Inc) and the Association of Hospital Pharmacists (AHP)website.

MSAV, VPA Inc and AHP are the only unions in Victoria which specifically look after the industrial interests of medical scientists (MSAV), psychologists (VPA Inc) and hospital pharmacists (AHP). MSAV, VPA Inc and AHP are component Associations of the Health Services Union (HSU) Victoria No. 4 Branch.

It pays to belong to the Union

A member at one of our major Melbourne Hospitals contacted the Union after her employer had refused her request to come back from maternity leave on a part time basis. The Union approached the employer and sought to appeal the decision as per the Public Sector Enterprise Agreement.

The employer later retracted their refusal and the member will make a return to work after maternity leave with her flexible work arrangements later in the year – It Pays to belong to a Union.


It Pays to belong to the Union is prepared each week by Veronica Belot, an industrial officer at the MSAV/VPA/AHP/HSU4.

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Health Minister failing to address private pathology in public hospitals undermining health outcomes: MSAV

The Medical Scientists Association of Victoria has expressed dismay at the Health Minister’s apparent lack of interest in reports that public hospitals are being compromised because of continued outsourcing and privatisation of pathology services. And in one case, a public hospital is operating with a pathology laboratory that does not have enough staff to ensure every shift is staffed.

Paul Elliott, Executive Officer of the Medical Scientists Association of Victoria, said:

“Around 85% of all patient clinical diagnosis is based on a pathology test of one form or another. And on-time test results are an absolutely vital element to delivering world-class health care. But we know this is being compromised as public hospitals look to do more with less and unfortunately one of the areas considered for the chopping block is pathology.

“But while the number and volume of pathology testing is significantly increasing we have hospital managers saying that experienced scientific staff are being retrenched because of continuing budget cuts.

“Which is why we’re completely dismayed the Victorian Health Minister hasn’t lifted a finger to investigate our growing concerns about the increasing reliance on private pathology providers in public hospitals.

“The Napthine Government’s cuts to funding are forcing public hospitals to outsource and privatise essential services, like pathology. It’s already happening in public hospitals in regional and rural Victoria, and it’s only a matter of time before metropolitan hospitals begin to privatise or outsource their pathology services too.

“To date the Minister hasn’t replied to our correspondence or phone calls, which makes us very concerned that the Minister is in above his head and has no idea about how to create a world-class health system for all Victorians.

“The Napthine Government must end its ideologically driven push for ever more privatisation of health care or face having a state incapable of meeting even the most basic health needs of Victorians.”


 
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This the last week to complete the "No Pay? No Way!" Survey.

It is vital that we continue to gather information for our “No Pay? No Way!” campaign to help us build up our campaign for more staff and reduced workloads. And the more information we have the stronger our arguments are for staff increases and reductions in workloads.

That’s why it’s so important that you participate in the survey and let us know how unpaid work is impacting on you.

Make sure you take our Survey this week before it closes on Friday 31 October.

 


 
The Better Path Plan

Pathology is a key scientific service in delivering Victorians world-class health care.

It is complex pathology science that doctors and specialists rely on to make a diagnosis and to find treatments. Pathology is vital to help make sure that the treatment your doctor or specialist has prescribed is actually working. It’s also the medical scientists in pathology that cross-match blood for life-saving transfusions.

Pathology Blood Banks keep critical clinical services such as accident & emergency, surgery and obstetrics functioning through routine and emergency periods.

Privatising pathology services has caused deterioration in the standards of pathology science for public hospitals. Delays in getting results to critical tests, which adversely impact on quick and timely clinical diagnosis or treatment, has become a permanent feature of privatised pathology services.

At every turn the Victorian Government has cut funding to the health system with little regard for the actual workforce needs of Victoria’s health sector. And with the increasing attacks on budgets, and efforts by hospital managements to do more with less, more medical scientists are walking away. High turnover is now directly impacting on the standard of pathology science practised.

It’s pretty simple to work out – No Medical Scientists = No Diagnosis + No Treatment.

The Better Path Plan has three components that are fundamental to restoring pathology services and ensuring pathology continues to be a strong and vital part of the healthcare of Victorians.

1. Monitor and enforce existing contracts for private pathology services in public health services like hospitals.

2. Return pathology services to the public sector where they have been privatised.

3. No new contracts to be entered into for pathology services with private providers.The Union is calling on all candidates at this year’s State Election to sign our Better Path Plan pledge to show their commitment to having world class healthcare underpinned by strong, public pathology services.

Read the icon Better Path Pledge.

TAKE ACTION: Make sure our Better Path Plan is on the agenda for the State Election - send your email today!


 
Latrobe Regional Hospital and Gippsland Pathology failing Latrobe Valley: MSAV

The Medical Scientists Association of Victoria is deeply concerned that Latrobe Regional Hospital is failing to ensure Gippsland Pathology, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dorevitch Pathology, meets its contracted obligations to deliver essential pathology services on site.

Paul Elliott, Executive Officer of the Medical Scientists Association of Victoria, said:

“Failure by Latrobe Regional Hospital to enforce its own contracts is allowing Gippsland Pathology to dictate the services it will provide rather than delivering the services its contracted to provide; ultimately leaving the Latrobe Valley community with a diminished Hospital service.

“Documents published by the Department of Health - Health Purchasing Victoria reveal the pathology services contracted by Latrobe Regional Hospital require Gippsland Pathology to perform pathology testing on-site.

“We know this is not happening. Gippsland Pathology has moved vital testing off-site, immediately leading to increased turn-around times, a measure in the contract to monitor if tests are completed within strict timeframes, for essential pathology tests and results.

Latrobe Regional Hospital has refused to take any action to force Gippsland Pathology to comply with the contract and perform pathology testing in the hospital.

“And with around 85% of all patient clinical diagnosis based on a pathology test of one form or another, on-time test results are an absolutely vital element to delivering world-class health care.”

“But while the number and volume of pathology testing is significantly increasing we have Gippsland Pathology cutting back the scientific workforce needed to ensure testing is performed at the highest possible standards.

“The Napthine Government’s cuts to funding are forcing public hospitals to outsource and privatise essential services, like pathology.

“Unfortunately for patients in the Latrobe Valley, there are currently no alternatives to private providers who are less concerned about maintaining quality testing by qualified scientists than they do about making huge profits.

“It’s time the Health Minister, David Davis ensures that Latrobe Regional Hospital enforces its contracts with Gippsland Pathology so people living in Latrobe Valley can be assured they are receiving world-class health care, not substandard health care.

“More importantly it shows that the experiment of Local Hospital Boards has failed to deliver the health outcomes Victorians expect and the Napthine Government must end its ideologically driven push for ever more privatisation of health care.”


 
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