richard storey - stonz research representative
The development of our committed, transparent and innovative new union brings exciting opportunities. We are committed to supporting evidence-based working and training conditions. We do not underestimate the complexity and spectrum of clinician and patient needs and are looking to investigate changes that will help guide our next round of MECA bargaining in 2020.
Working and training conditions in our hospitals has unfortunately been allowed to steadily deteriorate. Staff turnover in our hospitals is high, burnout rates are high and job satisfaction rates are low. Many of these issues relates to degradation of our role in the health system; particularly for our most junior staff. There has been a progressive trend towards service provision and away from high yield training opportunities and investment in future specialists. Further, there has been neglect of inclusive teaching methods. Specialty services have become disjointed and function in increasing isolation from referrers and neighbouring specialties. Teaching, research and collaboration are tools which can break down the barriers between hospital groups and refocus care on common issues.
STONZ are looking to support research projects that help guide rostering, working hour limits, sleep management, the role of technology and other parameters that impact on how we work, train and look after our patients. Many of you have great research ideas, my role is to help facilitate those ideas and help construct and support meaningful research.
STONZ has committed 5% of the total union revenue to research grants which can now be applied for.