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Queensland Health Parental Leave Policy for Resident Medical Officers

For some time now, ASMOFQ has been working with Queensland Health to address difficulties Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) encounter with accessing maternity leave provisions. In the past, if a RMO commenced parental leave in December but their contract ceased in January or February, then the RMO would only receive parental leave until the end of their contract (and thus not receive the full 14 week entitlement). In some circumstances a RMO may have received the full entitlement, for example, if they had a new contract starting with the same Hospital and Health Service (HHS) or the HHS chose to extend their existing contract. ASMOFQ held concerns that a significant number of members were not receiving their full entitlement and that there was much inconsistency between HHS’s in the management of this issue. 

Following discussions with Queensland Health, ASMOFQ is pleased to advise that draft changes have been made to the Parental Leave HR Policy C26 which ensures RMOs are able to access their full entitlement.  It stipulates that for an RMO who commences parental leave prior to the end of their contract, each HHS is to extend the RMO’s contract temporarily to allow payment of the full 14 weeks of this leave. (Note that the qualifying service period for paid parental leave is at least 12 months of recognised service).

A link to the proposed changes can be found here.


ASMOFQ is supportive of this change. If you have any comments or feedback regarding the proposed policy please contact us at asmofq@amaq.com.au.

ASMOFQ continues to work with Queensland Health to advocate for further changes to members access to parental leave, including:

  • Obtaining a placement while on maternity leave;
  • Accessing entitlements when on rotation at a private hospital for Registrars enrolled in Vocational Training Programs; and
  • Job sharing and other return to work supports.
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ASMOFQ is involved in the following consultative forums. If you have any issues you would like raised, please call Industrial Relation Team on (07) 3872 2222 to discuss.

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Central Queensland

4 November 2016
MOCA 4 Oversight Committee

16 November 2016
Children’s Health Queensland

17 November 2016
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