STONZ is a union representing and advocating for all junior doctors
We were formed by a group of surgical trainees, but very quickly started to gain momentum and attract junior doctors from other specialties, also looking for an alternative.
It is our mission to build a collaborative community where all RMOs are given the opportunity to complete their training without boundaries or limitation.
When STONZ was first established, the team wanted to ensure that the RMO voice was central to how the union functioned.
What does that really mean? The way our union is structured means that RMOs truly remain at the core of our Union and our Executive team are ultimately responsible for the running and the success of the union.
That’s why our executive team are all practicing doctors. Working with you and who are also involved in the day to day running of STONZ alongside our Support team, and who are ultimately responsible for the overall management and for setting the strategic direction of our union.
BY JUNIOR DOCTORS...
One of the earliest motto's from STONZ, is that we are a union for Junior Doctors, run by Junior Doctors.
Our team are involved from an operational perspective such as approving budgets, providing clinical advice, and regularly attend local, regional and national meetings. They are also responsible for the overarching strategy and direction of STONZ as well as taking the lead when it comes to Collective Agreement negotiations. This is not something we outsource, our team are involved in the detailed preparations and are front and centre at the bargaining table during this process.
STONZ GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE
We are a non-for-profit incorporated society and STONZ was established 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 current working doctors. To recognise the additional workload that comes with being on the executive, we pay a small salary of $15,000 gross pa to our senior executive and $10,000 gross pa to our Junior executive. We also directly employ our support team so we can maintain overall control and leadership. Our aim is to build a business where we attract and retain good people so we can best support our members now and in the future.
STONZ has auditors which complete an annual review and assurance of STONZ operations and finances to ensure that we are operating responsibly and are being open and transparent with our members. The annual independent review is an ongoing annual processes, and any recommendations are shared at our AGM each year.