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1 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No.2) 2011 (HPEB2) July 2011 Information Session

2 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 2 Background Discussions between Queensland Health and the health practitioner unions for a new agreement to replace HPEB1 commenced in July 2010 Queensland Government and the unions reached in-principle agreement on the contents of HPEB2 in December 2010

3 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 3 Consultation about what? Queensland Health has a legislative obligation to inform you about the content of the proposed agreement You need to be aware of the content of the agreement so you can cast an informed vote about whether you accept or do not accept the offer outlined in the agreement

4 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 4 What is the new agreement called? The title of the proposed agreement is: Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No.2) 2011 The agreement will be commonly known as HPEB2

5 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 5 Who are the parties to HPEB2? Unions AMACSU (formerly QPSU) United Voice Queensland (formerly LHMU) Queensland Nurses’ Union Employer groups Queensland Health

6 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 6 Which employees does HPEB2 cover? Those disciplines listed in Schedule 1 of the proposed HPEB2 agreement

7 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 7 Who is not covered by HPEB2? Disciplines/professions specified in clause 4.3 of proposed HPEB2 Doctors Nurses Dentists Professional, technical, administrative and operational officers

8 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 8 When will HPEB2 take effect? How long does it last? HPEB2 will operate from the date of certification up to the nominal expiry date of 31 August 2013 HPEB2 entitlements will be applied retrospectively from 1 September 2010 until the date of certification unless otherwise stated HPEB2 will continue to operate until it is replaced by certification of another agreement or is terminated The parties to HPEB2 will commence discussions for a replacement agreement at least six months prior to the nominal expiry date

9 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 9 Carry over provisions HPEB1 provisions which continue to have application have been carried over to HPEB2 Minor amendments to tense and updates to names of units, groups, policies, directives, legislation etc has occurred to allow for the continuing provisions to be carried over into HPEB2 Only those HPEB1 provisions which are completed have been omitted

10 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 10 What is the structure of the agreement? Part A: Preliminary matters Part B: Classifications Part C: Wage and salary related matters Part D: Registration, training and development Part E: Employment conditions Part F: Projects and reviews Part G: Industrial relations and consultation Part H: Organisational change and restructuring Part I: Job security and contracting Part J: Miscellaneous Part K: Further matters, variations and no further claims Schedules: various

11 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 11 What are the objectives of the agreement? Maintaining and improving the public health system to serve the needs of the Queensland community Improving and maintaining quality health services Maintaining a stable industrial relations environment Collectively striving to achieve quality outcomes for patients Achieving a skilled, motivated and adaptable workforce Providing fair remuneration for work done

12 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 12 The HPEB2 agreement will apply to the extent of any inconsistency between the provisions in the agreement and the relevant award The relevant award is: District Health Services Employees’ Award – State 2003 What relationship does the agreement have with awards and other conditions?

13 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 13 Protected HR policies The HR policies listed in Schedule 5 of HPEB2 cannot be amended unless agreed by the parties to the agreement

14 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 14 What are the forums for consultation? The Health Practitioners’ Consultative Group (HPCG) is the new peak consultative forum The HPCG replaces the Health Practitioner Interest Based Bargaining (HPIBB) Group

15 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 15 How are disputes about this agreement to be prevented or settled? Process in the event of a dispute: An issue is identified at the local level  local discussion (7 days) If remains unresolved  referred to district/divisional management (14 days) If not resolved  referred to HPCG If not resolved  referred to the QIRC

16 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 16 What are the proposed wage increases? Wage increases to be paid in three instalments: −3% from 1 September 2010 −3% from 1 September 2011 −3% from 1 September 2012 The new wage rates table can be found in Schedule 4 of HPEB2 The new wage rates, including all associated back pay, to be paid to HPs as soon as possible after the agreement is certified

17 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 17 $500 addition to base annual salary Subject to agreed productivity measures delivering savings greater than 0.5% per annum over the life of the agreement, an increase of $500 will be made to annual base salary of pay on 31 August 2013 The savings must also be sufficient to fund this additional $500 increase

18 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 18 Does the agreement support consultation? Yes. Queensland Health is committed to collective agreements with unions Continued commitment to: −Union Encouragement –Leave to Undertake Work with Relevant Union –Industrial Relations Education Leave –Union Delegates Assistance The parties recognise that: –The agreement needs to be implemented through an open and consultative process –Employees and their union representatives need to be involved in the decision-making processes affecting the workforce

19 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 19 What does the agreement say about organisational change and restructuring? Organisational change needs to demonstrate benefits: –enhanced service delivery to the community –improved efficiency and effectiveness Queensland Health Change Management Guidelines to be applied

20 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 20 What about job security? Queensland Health is committed to job security for its permanent employees Job reductions by forced retrenchments will not occur Volunteers, other unpaid persons or trainees, will not be used to fill funded vacant positions Queensland Health supports that temporary and casual employees have the right to raise concerns about their employment and work matters without fear of victimisation Queensland Health acknowledges that long term casual employees have rights to unfair dismissal entitlements

21 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 21 New/amended provisions Central job evaluation process, including work level evaluation manual and benchmark role descriptions Student clinical education allowance amended for psychology discipline Ministerial Taskforce: scope of practice Employment security Social worker treatment rooms policy National Health Reform working party Workforce planning group

22 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 22 Centralised job evaluation A centralised evaluation process will be established The evaluation process will apply where: -A new position is created; or -If there is a substantial change in the role and work value of an existing position which warrants a work level evaluation Evaluations will be undertaken by the Centralised Job Evaluation Unit (CJEU) in the Human Resource Services Division

23 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 23 Work level evaluation manual The work level statements in HPEB2 will be reviewed within three months of certification A working party will be established to develop the HP Work Level Evaluation Manual within six months of certification The manual will include the revised work level statements and example benchmark role descriptions Job evaluations will be conducted by the CJEU using the manual and work level statements

24 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 24 Student Clinical Education Allowance The Student Clinical Education Allowance continues to apply for eligible disciplines The eligibility criteria has been amended to enable psychologists to claim for supervision of all psychology students except those students who are Queensland Health employees working as provisionally registered psychologists

25 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 25 Ministerial Taskforce: scope of practice A ministerial taskforce, including union representation, will be established to identify ways to address scope of practice matters

26 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 26 Permanent employment QH is committed to maximising permanent employment where possible Eligible employees will be converted from temporary to permanent status in accordance with HR Policies B52 and B1

27 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 27 HP3 base-grade investigation QH has committed to investigate the potential for HP3 to be designated as base-grade for professions requiring a degree level qualification This would enable temporary staff at this level to potentially be directly-appointed without having to undertake a further merit process, dependant upon the needs of the organisational unit

28 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 28 Social worker treatment rooms Queensland Health will develop a policy to provide priority access to local rooms for clinical purposes This policy will include the prioritisation of access to treatment rooms for use by social workers to deal with clients with suitable privacy The policy will ensure that existing social worker resources are not diminished or substituted for the treatment rooms

29 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 29 National Health Reform A joint working party will be formed to ensure progression to a funding system under National Health Reform provides the maximum efficient delivery of services

30 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 30 Workforce planning group A workforce planning group will be established to develop a framework for determining the appropriate mix of classifications

31 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 31 Workplace health and safety Queensland Health is committed to continuous improvement in WH&S standards and working together to prevent injuries and illness at the workplace Quarterly discussions at DCF regarding health practitioner WH&S issues Statement about client aggression

32 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 32 No further claims This agreement is in full and final settlement of all parties’ claims for its duration

33 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 33 Consultation period As required by the Industrial Relations Act 1999 employees will be provided with at least 14 days to access the proposed agreement before the ballot Consultation commences: 14 July 2011

34 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 34 Ballot process Health practitioners can vote on whether or not they accept the proposed agreement Ballot papers will be mailed to postal addresses on 29 July 2011 To vote you must complete the ballot paper and return to Workplace Consulting Queensland The ballot closes on receipt of first mail 23 August 2011

35 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 35 Certification If a valid majority of employees who vote approve the agreement, Queensland Health will proceed to have HPEB2 certified at the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission Once this has occurred, the new wage rates and other conditions will take effect Should a majority of vote not be achieved Queensland Health and the relevant unions will meet and discuss options

36 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 36 More information Full copies of the proposed HPEB2 agreement and further information is available from: www.health.qld.gov.au/eb/hp-negotiations.asp Emailing HPEB2@health.qld.gov.auHPEB2@health.qld.gov.au Calling the HPEB2 hotline on 1800 080 717 Your Ballot Contact Officer Your Union Representative

37 Proposed Health Practitioners’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 Information Session 37 Questions ?


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