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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Annual Conference 2015

On 29 May we’re ramping up our workplace campaign with the launch of our “No Pay? No Way!” report and we’ll be launching our exciting new website. It’s all happening at our Annual Conference.

Over the day Annual Conference will explore the current and future industrial landscape, our No Pay? No Way! campaign and what we can do to tackle exploding workloads, and growing our Union.

Register for Annual Conference here.

Annual Conference gives you the chance to come together and share your experiences and contribute to discussions about public health policy, and develop a better understanding of the industrial and political landscape.

Plus we're excited to have the Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Mary-Anne Thomas, attending.

The Annual Conference is free and open to all members and we strongly encourage you to register to help us finalise preparations.

Conference details:
Date: 29 May
Time: 9:30am to 4pm (registration commences at 9am)
Venue: DownTowner on Lygon at 66 Lygon St Carlton – check it out on Google Maps

Register for Annual Conference here.


 
HSU Victoria No. 4 Branch National Council Delegate Election Notice

HSU Victoria No. 4 Branch

NATIONAL COUNCIL DELEGATE

NOMINATIONS, which must be in writing and comply with the registered rules of the Union, will open on Thursday 7 May 2015. They must reach my office or postal address not later than 12:00 noon on Thursday 28 May 2015.  Nominations cannot be withdrawn after this time.

NOMINATION FORMS are available from the AEC’s website (www.aec.gov.au) or the Union’s website (www.hsu.net.au).

ADDRESS FOR LODGING NOMINATIONS

By Email: A properly completed nomination form including all necessary signatures and attachments may be scanned and submitted as a pdf file to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Note:  Emails larger than 6MB in size may not be accepted by the AEC’s firewall.
By Post: GPO Box 4382, MELBOURNE VIC 3001
By Fax: (03) 9285 7149
By Hand: Australian Electoral Commission, Level 8, Casselden, 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Note: Hand delivered nominations forms will be by appointment only. Please call Returning Officer, Laura Leavy, on (03) 9285 7177 to make an appointment.

BALLOT: If a ballot is necessary, voting material will be posted on Thursday 25 June 2015 to eligible members at the address shown in the Union’s records. The ballot will close at  10:00 am on Thursday 16 July 2015.

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March 4 Rallies

On March 4 the Union joined with tens of thousands of people in Melbourne to march for our rights at work, for our penalty rates and minimum wage, and for an Australia where your bank balance shouldn't dictate the healthcare you get.

It was a spectacular display of people with the march stretching for many blocks as those who gathered expressed loudly and proudly that we wouldn’t accept attacks on our rights at work and on our penalty rates and minimum wage. And the 50,000 person-strong crowd was not about to accept the erosion of universal healthcare and Medicare; or that students should be slugged with a debt sentence to go to university.

Check out the coverage in The Age at: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/thousands-rally-in-melbourne-against-abbott-governments-workplace-inquiry-20150304-13uknv.html

Or see for yourself just how big the Melbourne rally was at: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=546101928862770&fref=nf

 
Excessive Workloads: Say No!

If you thought working through excessive workloads with insufficient staff is being professional, think again.

Unfortunately when the work keeps piling up without the staff support needed, it can create significant pressure. It can create situations where people get over-worked and neglect their own health because they have to plough through the work.

When you are stressed and overworked errors can occur and mistakes can be amplified. Stress and being overworked can lead to serious health problems leading to increased time away from work. As you will know, errors and mistakes can make a major difference in a diagnosis or treatment; or critically delay a diagnosis for urgent treatments to be established.

There is nothing professional or beneficial to patients in allowing your health to deteriorate because managements are refusing to manage staffing levels and workloads appropriately. There are no benefits to patients about having excessive workloads because managements refuse to employ sufficient staff to do the work. And there is nothing beneficial to patients about working unpaid through meal breaks and before rostered starts or longer hours in order to get normal work done, especially if leads to increasing health problems for you.

Excessive workloads are not about you and your level of professionalism; it’s increasingly clear excessive workloads are about management refusing to properly manage staffing levels and workloads and ensuring the availability of sufficient staff to undertake the workload.

Remember: say No to unpaid work.

 
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