Resident medical officers

AMA Queensland provides workplace relations support for all doctors working in the public health system, including residents and registrars. Our core business is lobbying State and Federal Government decision-makers to ensure doctors have a safe, fair and equitable working environment.

In conjunction with our union partner, the Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation Queensland (ASMOFQ),
AMA Queensland offers representation for resident medical officers (RMOs) and registrars during award negotiations, industrial disputes and issues of public health policy. We fight to improve and maintain the working rights and conditions of doctors employed in the public health system.

Currently we are focused on several important issues affecting all public health employees, including:

  • ongoing opportunities for clinical training;
  • the proposed privatisation and contestability of publicly-funded health services;
  • tax-cap on shelf-funded education expenses;
  • job security and budget cuts;
  • the development of efficient and transparent billing processes; and
  • improved management of patient complaints.

Research has shown us that RMOs often face difficulties in the workplace such as:

  • claiming overtime due to workplace cultural issues;
  • difficulty accessing professional development leave (PDL) entitlements due to unclear processes or insufficient resources;
  • workplace bullying and harassment; and
  • uncertainty about entitlements.

To support residents and registrars, AMA Queensland has established the Council of Doctors in Training (CDT), which is run by junior doctors for junior doctors, specifically advocating for the issues which junior doctors face.

The CDT, in partnership with ASMOFQ, works with the various Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) to develop appropriate policies and guidelines to deal with these issues and others facing junior doctors.

Early career is a crucial time for all doctors working in the public health system to develop an understanding their workplace rights, responsibilities and entitlements. AMA Queensland's residents and registrar members have the peace of mind in knowing they can access free, unlimited access to our Workplace Relations Team.

If you are experiencing problems within the workplace or you are unsure of your entitlements, please contact the Workplace Relations Team on (07) 3872 2222 or email

Your current industrial entitlements are covered under the:


In 2018, ASMOFQ is negotiating the new certified agreement (MOCA 5) with Queensland Health for doctors in the public system. Members can keep track of the progress of the claims and the negotiation process via emails, meetings, the website and social media. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the MOCA 5 negotiations, please email: or call (07) 3872 2222.

What is the MOCA 5 and why does it matter to you as a junior doctor? Read more here.

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