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Coast to Coast – Working, Studying and Training!

This year I was fortunate enough to compete in and complete the Coast to Coast one day multisport race. A bucket list event for me and something I couldn't have done without the solid support of friends and family. As it took me 10 hours or so per week training, doing it as a SET 4 trainee certainly raised some eyebrows. However, a wise person once said to me; "if you really want to do something, do it when you’re busy or risk not doing it at all", so, I bit the bullet and went for it. Here ar...

April 14, 2022

A Pandemic Fellowship

After a covid disrupted year in 2020 with lockdowns and delayed exams surely 2021 would be a new year and a nice way to put covid behind us, right? With excitement for the journey ahead our family of 4 headed to Melbourne for my fellowship. Within 3 days of arrival there was an outbreak in Auckland and because that was our exit port we were required to isolate and get a test – all negative – but a sign of things to come! The first 4 months were fantastic with almost no restrictions and in re...

April 14, 2022

April - General Update

Across Aotearoa we have seen a slight easing in pressure on services with fewer COVID-19 positive admissions and more manageable staffing levels in some areas which has been a welcome change, particularly for the northern region. However, we have continued to see pressure on our teams as the ‘peak’ of this outbreak moved its way down the country with Canterbury and Southland recently experiencing the highest number of cases in those regions to date. We want to thank each and every...

April 14, 2022

Annual General Meeting (AGM) & why you should dial in

One of the earliest motto's from STONZ, was that we are a union for Junior Doctors, by Junior Doctors.  What does that really mean? The way our union is structured means that our Executive team are ultimately responsible for the running and the success of the union. They are involved from an operational perspective with things such as approving the annual budget, providing clinical advice for difficult situations, overseeing the Support team and regularly attending local, regional and natio...

April 14, 2022

Want to join the STONZ team?

STONZ are a non-for-profit incorporated society, with the sole aim of supporting Junior Doctors and advocating to improve working conditions for all RMOs. In order to do this, we have a simple governance structure and our aim is to ensure that our executive team positions are always filled by doctors.  As the union continues to grow, and in order to better support the executive team, we are now looking to fill two roles; one looking after the Research portfolio and another to advocate and w...

April 14, 2022

Importance of a leave plan

It’s really important to plan ahead and have a plan to take leave throughout the year. Even if it’s a day or two at home to tick off some ‘life admin’ or catch-up on some rest and read a good book or Netflix and chill. While the borders are slowly opening up and we’ll soon be able to travel internationally again, sometimes a short break locally or somewhere else in Aotearoa can be just as good to refill your cup, or re-charge your batteries. STONZ Appendix 3 of the MECA, outlines the B...

April 14, 2022

MPS, Indemnity and COVID-19

If you are asked to perform a duty that you would not normally undertake, regardless of the circumstances you need to assess whether you have the skills and competency to proceed. This will include considering what is in the best interests of the patient. If you do not feel it is safe to proceed and that to do so would place the patient at greater risk of harm than not undertaking the duty that has been requested, then you should advise whoever has asked you to do so and explain your concerns. ...

April 13, 2022

Project Update

The Fatigue Working Group was unfortunately put on hold due to the Omicron outbreak but we have recently resumed meetings and the next part of the project will be to send a snapshot survey to all those working in health, with the aim of establishing a baseline understanding of our fatigue challenges, the system drivers and how staff feel. The working group is hoping to achieve ethics approval this month so that the survey can be sent in May 2022. The survey aims to cover all workforces, not just...

April 13, 2022

Run Reviews & Admin Time

Our team regular supports members and DHBs with Run Reviews, and there are many planned for 2022. One of the challenges is that it is difficult to get completed timesheets from RMOs. A reminder that Run Reviews processes will go ahead regardless of how many RMOs participate so it is really important that if you are asked to fill out timesheets that you do. Whilst we absolutely appreciate that it’s an extra task that you really don’t need, by not participating you risk having an outcome that ...

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