Episode 96 - General Dentists and Specialist Dentists EBA Forum

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 96 - General Dentists and Specialist Dentists EBA Forum

In Episode 96, Yunbin Lin and Rem Richards discuss changes to the General Dentists and the Specialist Dentists agreements.

Discussion starts at the 3.06 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here. VHIA audio podcasts are now available on the Google Podcast app available to download now. 


Episode 95 - What to Expect from Bargaining in 2019

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 95 - What to Expect From Bargaining in 2019

In Episode 95, Stuart McCullough and Tim Nagle discuss what to expect from bargaining in 2019, as well as giving a comprehensive break down of VHIA's approach to bargaining.

Discussion starts at the 3.45 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here. VHIA audio podcasts are now available on the Google Podcast app available to download now.


Episode 94 - End of 2018 _ Outtakes

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 94 - Christmas Case Study / Outtakes

In Episode 94, Stuart McCullough and Tim Nagle discuss classic HR traps for work Christmas functions, including some recent decisions from the Fair Work Commission.  Bonus features! Includes the announcement of this year’s winners of the Podcast Quiz and 2018 outtakes. 

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here. VHIA audio podcasts are now available on the Google Podcast app available to download now.


Episode 93 - Public Holidays – Christmas_New Year 2018_2019

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 93 - Public Holidays - Christmas/New Year 2018/2019

In Episode 93, Yvonne Urpis joins Stuart McCullough to discuss upcoming public holidays and the public holiday matrix published with Bulletin 2367. The podcast includes the publication dates for the public holiday matrix in 2019.

Discussion starts at the 1.36 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here. VHIA audio podcasts are now available on the Google Podcast app available to download now.

 


Episode 92 - Requests for Flexible Working  Arrangements

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 92 - Requests For Flexible Working Arrangements

In Episode 92, Tim Nagle and Stuart McCullough discuss the recent decision of the Fair Work Commission in The Police Federation of Australia (Victoria Police Branch) T/A The Police [2018] FWC 5695.

Discussion starts at the 1.27 time mark.

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Episode 91 - Maintenance EBA Forum

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 91 - Maintenance EBA Forum

In Episode 91, Rem Richards (Workplace Relations Consultant) and Daniel Pullin (Senior Workplace Relations Consultant) discuss the upcoming approval of the Maintenance Enterprise Agreement.  Rem discusses the key changes arising out of the agreement, the undertakings provided to the Commission, and a key SDPP item.

Discussion starts at the 1.42 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here. VHIA audio podcasts are now available on the Google Podcast app available to download now.

 

Episode 90_ Saved Provisions_ Medical Specialists

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 90 - Saved Provisions: Medical Specialists

In Episode 90, Stuart McCullough and Daniel Pullin go in depth on the process for developing the ‘saved provisions’ schedules applying to Medical Specialists.  They’ll be discussing their observations based on VHIA’s review so far and the process for seeking member instructions.  

Discussion starts at the 1.55 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here. VHIA audio podcasts are now available on the Google Podcast app available to download now.

 

Episode 89 - Doctors Backpay

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 89 - Doctors Backpay

In Episode 89, Stuart McCullough and Senior Workplace Relations Consultant, Daniel Pullin discuss Bulletin 2365 and the Guidelines for the payment of backpay for salary increases from FFPPOA 1 January 2018 and the Lump Sum Payment for Doctors in Training and Medical Specialists.

Discussion starts at the 1.40 time mark.

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Episode 88 -

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 88 - Dental Therapists, Hygienists & Oral Health Agreement

In Episode 88, Tim Nagle and Workplace Relations Consultant Yunbin Lin discuss the recently lodged Victorian Public Health Sector (Dental Therapists, Dental Hygienists and Oral Health Therapists) Enterprise Agreement 2018 – 2022. This includes a discussion about changes to the agreement, allowances, and the bargaining process to date.

Discussion starts at the 2.44 time mark.

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Episode 87 - Approval of the SACS Agreement

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 87 - Approval of the SACS Agreement

In Episode 87, Emma Scott and Daniel Pullin discuss the approval of the SACS Agreement. Focusing on the wages and allowance outcomes and a small number of the major changes. 

Discussion starts at the 1.47 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here. VHIA audio podcasts are now available on the Google Podcast app available to download now.


Episode 86 -

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 86 - Statutory Declarations

In Episode 86, Stuart McCullough discusses statutory declarations and personal leave – when they can be used and the consequences if a false statutory declaration is given.

Discussion starts at the 1.51 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here. VHIA audio podcasts are now available on the Google Podcast app available to download now. 


Episode 85 - Security and Patient Transport Review

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 85 - Security and Patient Transport Review

In Episode 85, Daniel Pullin and Workplace Relations Consultant, Maria Kopilas discuss the Security Officer and Patient Transport Review outcome under the Health & Allied Services, Managers and Administrative Workers Agreement. The new classification structures will take effect from the first full pay period on or after 1 October 2018.

Discussion starts at the 2.26 time mark.

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Episode 84 - One Year to Go Until Bargaining

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 84 - One Year to Go Until Bargaining

It’s one year before the next round of bargaining kicks off.  In this podcast Stuart McCullough and Yunbin Lin discuss the things that VHIA will be doing as part of the preparation for bargaining.

Discussion starts at the 2.10 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here. VHIA audio podcasts are now available on the Google Podcast app available to download now. 


Episode 83 - Medical Specialists – Reviews over the life of the Agreement

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 83 - Medical Specialists - Reviews Over the Life of the Agreement

In Episode 83, Daniel Pullin and Workplace Relations Consultant, Maria Kopilas discuss items for review over the life of the Medical Specialists Agreement. This includes the Saving of Local Agreements, a review of the rates of pay (paper vs actual), a review of existing Manager Allowances and a Fatigue Management Review.

Discussion starts at the 3.07 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here. VHIA audio podcasts are now available on the Google Podcast app available to download now. 


Episode 82 -  Interpreters and Wage Skill Group 1 Translation

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 82 - Interpreters and Wage Skill Group 1 Translation

In Episode 82, Daniel Pullin and Workplace Relations Consultant, Yunbin Lin discuss changes to the Health & Allied Services, Managers and Administrative Workers Agreement that occur from the first full pay period on or after 1 October 2018. This episode focuses on the Transition of Interpreters to the Managers and Administrative Workers Section of the Agreement and the Translation of Wage Skill Group 1.

Discussion starts at the 2.00 time mark.

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Episode 81 - Transition to the new Health Care Worker structure and the Dental Nurses to Dental Assistants Transition

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 81 - Heath Care Worker and Dental Nurse to Assistant Transition

In Episode 81, Daniel Pullin and Workplace Relations Consultant, Yunbin Lin discuss changes to the Health & Allied Services, Managers and Administrative Workers Agreement that occur from the first full pay period on or after 1 October 2018. This episode focusses on the Transition of Personal Care Workers and Nursing Attendants to the new Health Care Worker Structure and the Transition of Dental Nurses to Dental Assistants.

Discussion starts at the 2.04 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here. VHIA audio podcasts are now available on the Google Podcast app available to download now.


Episode 80 -  How to - Preparing for the Fair Work Commission

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 80 - How to - Preparing for the Fair Work Commission 

Heading to the Fair Work Commission and not sure how to prepare? Relax. In this podcast Stuart McCullough and Emma Scott discuss how to prepare to represent your organisation at conciliation before the Fair Work Commission. They’ll discuss what to do and what to avoid as you get ready for the big day.

Discussion starts at the 2.06 time mark.

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Episode 79 - Theatre Technicians Translation

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 79 - Theatre Technicians Translation 

This week, Stuart McCullough and Maria Kopilas (in her first podcast appearance) discuss the upcoming translations for Theatre Technicians which take effect in October. This follows on from last week’s podcast on Instrument Technicians.

Discussion starts at the 2.16 time mark.

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Episode 76 - FAQ DIT copy (1)

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 78 - The Safe Patient Care Amendment Bill Explained

In Episode 78, Stuart McCullough and Tim Nagle outline the key changes proposed to the Safe Patient Care Act, including to the new rounding method and the new mixed wards provisions.  This podcast provides essential information for members in terms of proposed staffing and operational changes.  It follows Bulletin 2320.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here. VHIA audio podcasts are now available on the Google Podcast app available to download now.


Episode 76 - FAQ DIT copy

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 77 - HWU - Transition to New Instrument Technician Structure

In Episode 77, Stuart McCullough and Senior Workplace Relations Consultant, Daniel Pullin discuss the transition to the new Instrument Technician structure which will apply from 1 October 2018. This will be the first of five podcasts scheduled to assist our members to implement the changes occurring in the Health & Allied, Management and Admin Officers Agreement.

Discussion starts at the 3.10 time mark.

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Episode 76 - FAQ DIT

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 76 - FAQ Doctors in Training

Following episode 73 (which covered Specialist FAQs), Stuart McCullough and Daniel Pullin discuss the questions that came up most often during our recent EBA Forums regarding the new Doctors in Training Agreement. Topics include how to apply the lump sum payment for DITs on ‘self-managed’ parental leave, changes to on call and recall (clause 38) and breaks between ordinary shifts (clause 33.6).

Discussion starts at the 2.18 time mark.

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Episode 75 - Review of Agreements (1)

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 75 - Review of Agreements

Four key agreements have now entered the ‘Review’ stage. In Episode 75, Stuart McCullough and Tim Nagle discuss how the review process will work, the issues identified by members as needing most attention and how members can participate to ensure that our agreements are subject to continuous improvement.  If you’re not sure what’s involved in the agreement ‘Review’ process, this podcast is a great place to start. 

Discussion starts at the 3.18 time mark.

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Episode 74 - How to Conduct Difficult Meetings

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 74 - How to Conduct Difficult Meetings

In Episode 74, Stuart McCullough invites Tim Nagle to discuss difficult meetings. This includes how to prepare, how to conduct and how to respond to difficult questions.

Discussion starts at the 1.30 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here. VHIA audio podcasts are now available on the Google Podcast app available to download now.


Episode 73 -  Implementation FAQ's from Doctors EBA Forums

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 73 - Implementation FAQ's from Doctors EBA Forums

In Episode 73, Stuart McCullough and Senior Workplace Relations Consultant, Daniel Pullin discuss the frequently asked questions with respect to the Medical Specialists Agreement following the Doctors EBA forums in July and August. Stuart and Daniel discuss the definition of Clinical Support Duties and the 50% allocation for Unit Heads with respect to Clinical Support Time; Fixed Term Employment, in particular, whether a Health Service can appoint Doctors to fixed-term Unit Head or other senior appointments and Continuing Medical Education, in particular the introduction the ability for Doctors taking CME to claim a fixed $250 per day to facilitate the costs of child care whilst undertaking a CME activity.

Discussion starts at the 2.17 time mark.

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Episode 72 -  Payroll Reference Group (2)

Medical Specialist EBA Forum Presentation

DOCTORS’ EBA MEMBERS’ FORUM


Episode 72 -  Payroll Reference Group (3)

Doctors in Training EBA Forum Presentation 

DOCTORS’ EBA MEMBERS’ FORUM

 

Episode 72 -  Payroll Reference Group

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 72 - Payroll Reference Group

In Episode 72, Stuart McCullough invites Workplace Relations Consultant, Yvonne Urpis to discuss the payroll reference group and to discuss the expansion of the payroll reference group. Touching on what the group hopes to achieve going forward.

Discussion starts at the 2.30 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here.


Episode 71 -  DIT - The Interaction Between Ordinary Hours of Work and Overtime

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 71 - Doctors in Training – The Interaction between Ordinary Hours of Work and Overtime

In Episode 71, Stuart McCullough and Senior Workplace Relations Consultant, Daniel Pullin discuss the interaction between the Ordinary Hours of Work per Week and Overtime clauses to clarify the ability for health services to average a Doctor’s ordinary hours of work over a period of up to four weeks. Additionally, they discuss the introduction of sub-clause 33.5 into the proposed Agreement that clarifies that an Overtime payment incurred must be reflected in the time and wages record and paid in that applicable pay period (and not carried over into the following pay period).

Discussion starts at the 1.22 time mark.

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Episode 70 -  Service Delivery Partnership Plan “Round Up”

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 70 - Service Delivery Partnership Plan "Round Up"

In Episode 70, Stuart McCullough invites Workplace Relations Consultant, Emma Scott to summarise the Service Delivery Partnership Plan (SDPP) activities occurring across the various enterprise agreements. The Service Delivery Partnership Plan requires the parties of each enterprise agreement meet, discuss and implement activities related to the productivity initiatives outlined in each agreement through an SDPP working group. The podcast addresses several items including the frequency of SDDPWG meetings, what activities have occurred in relation to the both common and individual initiatives and also what activities are still to occur.

Find out more about the SDPP by watching Episode 70.

Discussion starts at the 2.05 time mark.

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Episode 69 - SDPPWG For Doctors Agreements (2)

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 69 - SDPPWG For Doctors Agreements

In Episode 69, Stuart McCullough and Senior Workplace Relations Consultant, Daniel Pullin discuss the Service Delivery Partnership Plan items specific to the Doctors in Training and Medical Specialists Agreements including the development of a Fatigue Management Review for both Agreements; the review of employment entitlements that have continued application by virtue of clause 6 of the current Medical Specialist Agreement; the development of rates for the Manager Allowance; the referral of discussions to address two-year contracts for Doctors in Training and the establishment of a joint working party established to undertake a review of the rates of pay and other conditions with a view to identifying conditions that more accurately reflect current practice and a method to move the current paper rates to actual/market rates for Full Time Medical Specialist.

Discussion starts at the 2.50 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here.

 


 

Episode 68 - Long Service Leave Scenarios Part 2

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 68 - Long Service Leave Scenarios Part 2

In Episode 68, Manager of Workplace Relations Services, Tim Nagle and Workplace Relations Consultant Rem Richards lead the second part of the discussion into Clause 70 of the Nurses and Midwives Agreement. Going through the key principles of the Provisions for long service leave in the Nurses and Midwives Agreement. They break down the remaining scenarios relating to long service leave, to give members a cohesive and understandable guide to long service leave. This is the second of a two part series.

Discussion starts at the 1.35 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here.

 


Episode 67 -Changes to DIT to Recognise Parental Leave

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 67 - Changes to DIT to Recognise Parental Leave

In Episode 67, Stuart McCullough and Senior Workplace Relations Consultant, Daniel Pullin discuss the changes to the Doctors in Training Agreement that deal with the Period of Employment clause (Clause 21), including the effect of Parental Leave, Carer’s Leave and Family Violence Leave on the length of a Doctors contract of employment, the extension of the allowable period of absence for the purpose of continuous service where the absence is related to a period of Long Parental Leave and the referral of discussions to address two-year contracts to the SDPPWG.

Discussion starts at the 2.20 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here.

 

Episode 66_ Rotations

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 66 - Rostering

In Episode 66, Workplace Relations Consultant Rem Richards and Principle Consultant Alec Djoneff break down Rosters Clause in the Medical Scientists EBA. They discuss the history of the clause and its key principles.

Discussion starts at the 2.56 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here.



Episode 65- DIT_ Rotations

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 65 - DIT: Rotations

In Episode 65, Stuart McCullough and Senior Workplace Relations Consultant, Daniel Pullin discuss the changes to the Doctors in Training Agreement that deal with Rotations between Hospitals (Clause 24); Rotation Allowances (Clause 52) and Facilities when on Rotation (Clause 73). Daniel and Stuart discuss the introduction of minimum breaks between rotations if the Doctor is required to move residence; the requirement for health services who rotate Doctors to engage and cooperate leading up to the Doctor’s transition to the next hospital; the way in which Location Allowance is paid; the provision of Wi-Fi (where possible) and the introduction of safety assessments of residential living quarters provided by a rotation hospital.

Discussion starts at the 2.40 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here.


Episode 64 - Long Service Leave Scenarios Part 1

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 64 - Long Service Leave Scenarios: Part 1

In Episode 64, Stuart McCullough and the Manager of Workplace Relations Services, Tim Nagle, discuss Clause 70 of the Nurses and Midwives Agreement. Going through the key principles of the Provisions for long service leave in the Nurses and Midwives Agreement. They break down nine scenarios relating to long service leave, to give members a cohesive and understandable guide to long service leave. This is the first of a two part series. 

Discussion starts at the 1.42 time mark. 

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here.


Episode 63 - Continuing Medical Education

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 63 - Continuing Medical Education 

In Episode 63, Stuart McCullough and Senior Workplace Relations Consultant, Daniel Pullin discuss the Continuing Medical Education Support (CME) entitlement as prescribed in clause 41 of the Specialists Agreement. Daniel and Stuart discuss the increase to the CME reimbursement cap; additions to what constitutes a ‘reimbursable expense’; an increase to the timeframes to assess CME claims; the introduction of additional obligations on both the Health Service and the Doctor when assessing CME claims; clarification on the implications of Fringe Benefit Tax on CME and the ability for unused CME to be carried into the following financial year in specific circumstances.

Discussion starts at the 2.38 time mark. 

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here.


Episode 62 - Medical Scientists Agreement - Fatigue

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 62 - Medical Scientists Agreement: Fatigue

In Episode 62, Stuart McCullough invites Workplace Relations Consultant Rem Richards to discuss Safe Work Australia’s Guide to Managing the Risk of Fatigue at Work. This is an external document which is linked to Clause 56 of the Medical Scientist Agreement.  Specifically, the reference is located at clause 56.1(b). It references the guide as a way for Members to achieve safe rostering practises. The guide also discusses what fatigue is, how it occurs, and why fatigue is a problem. It provides guidance on identifying contributing factors to fatigue and how to best manage and control the risks associated with fatigue.

Discussion starts at the 2.44 time mark.

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Episode 61 - DIT Training Time

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 61 - DIT Training Time

In Episode 61, Stuart McCullough invites Senior Workplace Relations Consultant Daniel Pullin to discuss changes to the Doctors In Training Agreement, in regards to Training Time. Going in depth into the clause's three key components and breaking down each component separately to allow for the audience to gain a greater understanding into how these changes will affect them.

Discussion starts at the 2.35 time mark.

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Episode 60 - How to Write A Letter (2)

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 60 - How to Write a Letter

In Episode 60, Stuart McCullough invites Workplace Relations Advisor Yunbin Lin to discuss one of the challenges for those who work in People in Culture, that is how to respond to correspondences from representatives. In particular, how to respond to letters and emails that are hostile in nature. They discuss that writing a letter in response is more than a task - it's a skill. Asserting that when done well, it can assist in the management of difficult workplace issues.

Discussion starts at the 1.40 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here. 


Episode 59 - Planned and Unplanned Absences

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 59 - Planned and Unplanned Absences 

In Episode 59, Stuart McCullough talks to Alec Djoneff about clause 34 of the new Medical Scientists Agreement. The clause requires the backfill of staff on planned and unplanned absences where the absence is for two weeks or more.  It also outlines obligations to manage workload if, after best endeavors, a suitably qualified and experienced person isn’t available for backfill.  Alec outlines not only the history of the clause, but how clause 34 was developed.

Discussion starts at the 1.36 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here.


Episode 58 -  The Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence Initiative

VHIA Member Spotlight - Episode 58 - The Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence Initiative

In Episode 58, Stuart McCullough hosts a Member Spotlight episode – in which he speaks to Professor Kelsey Hegarty, the Joint Chair for Family Violence Prevention at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Women’s Hospital, about The Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence Initiative. They discuss the differing forms of family violence, strategies for teaching health professionals how to respond appropriately to family violence and provide accessible resources for the public and health professionals who have encountered family violence and need to seek help or wish to learn how to approach the subject and respond appropriately.

Discussion starts at the 2.18 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here. 



Episode 57 - Member Spotlight - Environmental Health

VHIA Member Spotlight - Episode 57 - Environmental Health

In Episode 57, Tim Nagle hosts a Member Spotlight segment – in which he interviews Vicki Poxon, CEO of Beaufort and Skipton Health Service, on the topic of Environmental Health. They discuss the important, yet not often explored, role of health organisations in bolstering environmental health. They discuss improving waste management strategies and the growing need for greater energy efficiency. Specifically discussing Beaufort and Skipton's enterprising solutions to becoming more environmentally conscious. They also discuss the ever growing input of young people as change-makers in the industry.

Discussion starts at the 1:23 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here.



Episode 56 - Barwon Health Aboriginal Health Unit (1)

VHIA Member Spotlight - Episode 56 - Barwon Health Aboriginal Health Unit

In Episode 56, Stuart McCullough goes on the road to film our new series of podcasts – the Member Spotlight – in which he stops at Barwon Health, to talk to Sharelle McGuirk, Koorie Workforce Officer at the newly established Aboriginal Health Unit. This week’s episode takes a look at the importance of the Welcome to Country acknowledgement, the benefits of establishing and centralising the unit in one office and creating an environment that fosters comfort and support to Aboriginal people. Finally, they discuss how the Aboriginal Health Unit is working to improve Aboriginal employment in healthcare fields, breaking down systematic and historical limitations and paving the way for a culturally inclusive workforce.

Discussion starts at the 2:22 time mark.

Audio for Apple Itunes can be downloaded here, or if you have an Android device click here.


Episode 55 - Public Holiday Pay for Easter Long Weekend

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 55 - Public Holiday Pay for Easter Long Weekend

In Episode 55, Stuart McCullough invites Workplace Relations Consultant, Yvonne Urpis, to discuss the Public Holiday Matrix which was distributed via VHIA Bulletin No. 2247 on the 12th February 2018. This Bulletin outlined the public holiday pay rates for the Easter Long Weekend. Yvonne gives some tips for members on how to best utilise the matrix. Find out more about the upcoming holiday season and its impact on pay rates.

Discussion starts at the 2:15 time mark. 

View Episode 55 Here.

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Episode 54 - Maryborough District Health Service

VHIA Member Spotlight - Episode 54 - Maryborough District Health Service - Workforce Development

In Episode 54, Stuart McCullough goes on the road to film our new series of podcasts – the Member Spotlight – in which he stops at Maryborough District Health Service, to talk to Nickola Allan, Director of Clinical Services. This week’s episode takes a look at how Maryborough District Health Service has engaged with learning, innovation and growth through last month’s opening of the simulated learning environment, COIL – Centre of Inspired Learning. COIL is a flagship facility focused on a most common challenge for rural and regional health services – developing a workforce facility to train people locally so they don’t have to leave; attracting a much-needed workforce in health; and giving the whole community opportunities for education and training for local long-term development. This initiative has attracted a further $4.1 million grant to further develop purpose-built accommodation for medical interns, and nursing and allied health students coming through the organisation. Learn more about Maryborough’s program for innovation and growth in Episode 54.

VHIA also produced a guided video tour of COIL to accompany this episode.

Discussion starts at the 2:05 time mark.

View Episode 54 Here.

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Episode 53 - Fixed Term Health Professionals Implementation Guide

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 53 - Fixed Term Health Professional Implementation Guide

In Episode 53, Tim Nagle, Manager Workplace Relations Services, invites Workplace Relations Consultant, Emma Scott to discuss the Fixed Term Health Professionals Implementation Guide. They discuss the history of the Fixed Term arrangement for Health Professionals and how it differs in the Health Professionals Agreement to other Agreements with additional restrictions capping fixed term employment and a thirteen week re-engagement clause. They discuss the changes to this Agreement, which has allowed improvement to parental leave and the adjustments to the definition of genuine fixed term employment.

Discussion starts at the 1.28 time mark.

View Episode 53 Here.

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Episode 52 - Nurses & Midwives

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 52 - Nurses & Midwives Agreement - Long Service Leave

In Episode 52,Stuart McCullough and the Manager Workplace Relations Services, Tim Nagle discuss the Nurses & Midwives Agreement. Their discussion provides an overview of the key changes to the long service leave entitlements of Registered Nurses & Midwives. Tim and Stuart discuss the impact the changes to the Fair Work Act in 2010 and the inclusion of 70.5(b) in the Agreement has on Registered Nurses and Midwives. They highlight the effect of these changes is to shift the historical approach to the treatment of continuous service and the entitlement of casual Registered Nurses and Midwives. An outline on the measure VHIA is taking to support members to navigate these changes is also discussed.

Discussion starts at the 2:33 time mark.

View Episode 52 here.

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Episode 51 - Med Scientists

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 51 - Medical Scientists Grade 1 to 2 Translation

In Episode 51, Workplace Relations Consultant, Rem Richards invites Principal Consultant, Alec Djoneff to discuss the progression of Grade 1 Year 7 Scientists. Alec discusses the upcoming MSAV and VHIA agreed Bulletin that will be issued to Members regarding the process for the progression of Grade 1 to Year 7 Scientists to Grade 2. Alec discusses the clause in the context of bargaining, the intention and operation of the clause, the distinct employee and employer obligations under the clause, and next steps for Members. Rem also talks about the Assessment Form that MSAV and VHIA agreed upon which will be included in the Bulletin for Members to utilise.

Discussion starts at 2:10 time mark.

View Episode 51 here.

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Episode 50 - Specialists

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 50 - Medical Specialists Agreement

In Episode 50,Stuart McCullough and Senior Workplace Relations Consultant, Daniel Pullin discuss the Medial Specialists Agreement. Daniel and Stuart provide a brief summary of the in-principle agreement reached at the end of 2017. Daniel discusses the wage outcome and allowance increases, changes to shift penalty payments, changes to Continuing Medical Education, variation of fractional hours and work patterns, changes to maximum or fixed term contracts, and a set of descriptions for Manager's Allowance. Daniel and Stuart also discuss the review of Specialist exiting rates of pay and conditions and the continuing work on the development of Savings schedules during the life of the Agreement.

Discussion starts at the 2:27 time mark.

View Episode 50 here.

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VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 49 - Doctors in Training

In Episode 49, Stuart McCullough opens VHIA's first podcast of the year with a discussion on the Doctors in Training Agreement. He invites Senior Workplace Relations Consultant, Daniel Pullin, to talk about the Agreement in Principle reached at the end of 2017 for both Doctors in Training and Medical Specialists Agreements. In relation to the Doctors in Training Agreement, Stuart and Daniel discuss the remuneration and allowance increases, including the recognition of interstate parity, the payment of a Lump Sum Bonus and increase to the Continue Medical Education Allowance. In addition, Stuart and Daniel summarise the changes to the Training Time, the arrangement of backfill; rotation arrangements; Examination and Conference Leave; two-year contracts; the extension of contract length due to certain absences and new provisions surrounding hours of work, including changes to maximum shift lenfths for Registrars, night shift arrangements and the introduction of a fatigue management review.

Health Services should have received a Bulletin requesting members to prepare to return an eligible employee list that may be required on short notice leading up to a Ballot Date which has yet to be announced. There will be an EBA Forum to discuss the changes and implementation to this agreement which will be communicated to members in the coming weeks.

Discussion starts at the 2:34 time mark.

View Episode 49 here.

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In Episode 48, Stuart closes 2017 with VHIA's final video podcast episode for the year. Together with the help of Tim Nagle, the two look back at the year that was 2017, the things yet to come in 2018, and also include a hilarious reel of bloopers at the end from outtakes in 2017. Be sure to hang in there for the bloopers starting at the 20:58 time mark!

Of the key outcomes for 2017, we see a significant increase in member participation across all regions of Victoria. This is due to monthly meetings both in-person and by conference video connection for all our divisions, through new communication initiatives such as the VHIA Community App, and finally, increased clarity and relevance of how agreement processes are communicated to members.

Member Participation rates include:

- 97% of Community Health members participating in at least 1 monthly meeting
- An Average of 54% of Community Health members participating month to month
- 89% of Rural & Regional members participating in at least 1 monthly meeting
- An Average of 36% of Rural & Regional members participating month to month
- 96% of Metro members participating in at least 1 monthly meeting
- An Average of 74% of Metro members participating month to month
- Over 30% of membership successfully signing up to the VHIA Community App

If you'd like to see what 2018 holds for VHIA members, watch Episode 48.

From VHIA to all our members - We wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Discussion starts at the 1:38 time mark.




In Episode 47, Stuart McCullough invites for the first time, Workplace Relations Consultant, Yvonne Urpis, to discuss the Public Holidays Matrix which was distributed via VHIA Bulletin No. 2229 on the 31st October 2017. This Bulletin outlined the public holiday pay rates for the Christmas and New Year public holiday period. Yvonne gives some tips for members on how to best utilise the matrix. Information captured by the Matrix include two scenarios which are: Rostered to Work (FT, PT & Casuals); and Not Rostered to Work. Find out more about the upcoming holiday season and its impact on pay rates.

Discussion starts 2:25.




In Episode 46, Stuart McCullough returns to invite Daniel Pullin to discuss Work Functions Conduct just in time for the busy Christmas Office Party season. For those that work in HR, this season can be considered the most "dangerous" time of the year where things can go seriously pear-shaped. From "Secret Santa" to work Christmas parties, Stuart and Daniel openly discuss real-life cases of work yuletide activities, its repercussions and what preventative measures can be taken to help facilitate safe and joyful workplace festivities.

Discussion starts 4:20.



VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 45 - Implementation Issues Roundup

In Episode 45, Tim Nagle invites Workplace Relations Consultant, Rem Richards to discuss the topic of Implementation Issues Roundup. VHIA has created an Issues Log as part of a shift to how VHIA conducts the bargaining round of agreements. Previously there was a lot of activity around bargaining rounds, but not so much in between. To address this, VHIA is trying to develop a more continuous process, and part of that is the Issues Log. The process is now broken down into 4 stages over 4 years. These stages include: Bargaining, Implementation, Reviewing and Planning (in that order). Watch Episode 45, to find out more about the current Agreements and what stages they are in.

Discussion starts 1:00.


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VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 44 - Service Delivery Partnership Plan

In Episode 44, Tim Nagle invites Workplace Relations Consultant, Emma Scott to discuss the topic of the Service Delivery Partnership Plan, otherwise known as the SDPP. The SDPP starts with the Government's current wage policy in relation to enterprise agreements. The policy says that the first 2.5% per annum will be assured to the parties in the agreement, but they have the opportunity for higher wage increases. The first 0.5% above the 2.5% is the SDPP, and its reliant on the people entering into such a plan. People can get outcomes in excess of 2.5%. The "partnership approach" is fundamentally based on the existence of shared goals between employers and employees, and that is to increase productivity over the life of the agreement. Find out more about the SDPP by watching Episode 44.

Discussion starts 2:21.



VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 43 - Maintenance Agreement

In Episode 43, Stuart McCullough welcomes for the first time, his predecessor, former VHIA CEO and present IR Consultant to VHIA, Alec Djoneff. The topic of this episode focuses on the Maintenance Agreement and the terms of settlement that has been recently prepared. After almost 2 years of bargaining, a proposed settlement to members was recommended on the 27 October. Unions covered by this agreement include: AMWU, Plumbers Union, and the CFMEU. Occupations covered by the Maintenance Agreement include critical classifications that are relevant to hospital maintenance, which are mainly in the Electrical & Plumbing areas. This covers higher level tradesmen, with qualifications that enables them to do complex work. Wage increases are also detailed at the 15:51 time mark of the discussion. Find our more about the Maintenance Agreement by watching Episode 43.

Discussion starts 1:58.

View Episode 43.


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VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 42 - User Notes - Family Violence Leave

In Episode 42, Stuart McCullough invites Tim Nagle back to discuss the User Notes for Family Violence Leave. VHIA has developed User Notes fr the Family Violence Leave clause which is intended to explain in greater depth the way this clause operates and its particular obligations. This new clause has been introduced into the sector for the first time, and the User Notes serve as a guide and include links to additional resources. Additional resources include policy framework guides, and materials for implementation. Member Reference Groups and consultation with Health Unions have been utilised to make the user notes as effective as possible. Find out more by watching Episode 42.

Discussion starts 1:43.

View Episode 42 here.



In Episode 41, Stuart welcomes Tim Nagle back to discuss the Statewide Classification Committee. The Statewide Classification Committee relates to the issues that the union raised in the discussion for the Nurses & Midwives agreement, that specifically addressed the classification of staff. One of the limitations of the previous agreement was that the classification structure didn't neatly cover all staff and certainly didn't accommodate emerging roles. The problem that is being resolved in the new agreement is where similar roles in different organisations are being classified differently and the dispute that this raises with no clear path for resolution. Find out more about the Statewide Classification Committee by watching Episode 41.

Discussion starts 2:07.



VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 40 - Avoidance & Management of Short Shifts

In Episode 40, Stuart invites Tim Nagle back to discuss the Avoidance & Management of Short Shifts. This clause, which is paticularly relevant to the Nurses & Midwives agreement, has had some changes from previous agreements. The previous version of this clause has caused some disputes in regards to the operation of circumstances under which a Short Shift could be worked. The amendments in the new agreements address these issues. Clause 47 now details the provisions of Short Shifts. Short Shifts are defined in Clause 4 as 6 hours of duration excluding meal break, and it's purpose is filling a gap in a roster in the context of a 24/7 ward setting. There are also prohibitions of no Short Shifts on night duties. Find out more about the changes in the management of Short Shifts.

Discussion starts 2:36.

View Episode 40 here.

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VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 39 - Multi-Skilling Allowance

In Episode 39, Stuart invites Daniel Pullin to discuss Multi-Skilling Allowance. The Multi-Skilling Allowance was an entitlement that was paid under the 2011-2015 Health & Allied Services EBA. They reference Clause 11 which was a package of reserve matters that gave rise to issues with classification definitions, where employees were misclassified because the pay rate was the same even if they didn't do that particular job. This resulted in changes in the new Agreement. Changes apply to Food & Domestic Services Assistants, and Patient Services Assistants. There are also changes for Multi-Skilling Allowances in relation to interpreters. Find out about the new Agreement's Multi-Skilling Alowance clause.

Discussion starts 1:43.

View Episode 39 here.

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In Episode 38, Stuart McCullough invites Daniel Pullin to discuss the topic of Accident Make Up Pay. This term, which is found in all agreements, applies when someone is either injured or ill and in receipt of worker's compensation payment. It is the difference between the compensation that the employer is receiving, and what the employee would have been paid that week if they had been able to perform their normal duties. Essentially, people on worker's compensation would be receiving less pay than if they were at work. Stuart & Daniel discuss further how Worker's Compensation is calculated as a percentage of pre-injury average weekly earnings.

Discussion starts 2:12.

View Episode 38 here.


VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 37 - No Safe Job Leave

In Episode 37, Stuart McCullough welcomes Tim Nagle back to discuss the topic of No Safe Job Leave. Stuart & Tim talk about a very specific entitlement that is relevant in the context of pregnant employees and parental leave. Paid No Safe Job Leave is a recent development, which came about in the WorkChoices legislation. The clause entitles employees to be transferred to a safe job, and helps to determine what happens when that is not possible. Further discussion covers employer obligations, what qualifies employees and minimum entitlements.

Discussion starts 2:53.

View Episode 37 here.




In Episode 36, Stuart McCullough invites Daniel Pullin to discuss the topic of Workplace Bullying & Harassment specific to the health sector. The issue of workplace bullying has been an area of high activity for the past couple of years and 2 significant reports on the subject are referred to. The Reports include 3 categories: Culture, Prevention and Response. Culture - inadequate leadership, insufficient priority, a failure to identify workplace bullying as an appropriate hazard. Prevention - policies and procedures and training. Response - ineffective early prevention as an issue, along with inadequate mechanisms for responding to complaints of workplace bullying. Learn more about the recent reports on Workplace Bullying & Harassment in Episode 36.

Discussion starts - 2:52.

View Episode 36 here.

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VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 35 - WorkCover Leave Accrual

In Episode 35, Stuart McCullough invites Tim Nagle back to discuss WorkCover Leave Accrual. The two talk specifically of the accrual of annual leave and personal leave on periods of absence while on WorkCover. This topic is further to a full-bench decision by the Fair Work Commission, handed down on 1 September 2017 - the case of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF) and Alfred Health. Stuart explains that during the time that a person is not in active service to an employer, they are not accruing the benefits of service. This means there is effectively a stop on the accrual of annual and personal leave. Learn more about the accrual of leave while on WorkCover in Episode 35.

Discussion starts 2:40.

View Episode 35 here.


VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 34 - Clerical Workers Translation

In Episode 34, Tim Nagle invites Senior Workplace Relations Consultant, Daniel Pullin to discuss the topic of the Translation of Clerical Workers in the Health & Allied, Administrative Workers Agreement. There's a change coming up at the first full paid period on or after the 1st October this year. Clerical workers on the Health & Allied, Management & Admin Workers Agreement, will be transferred to the Management & Administrative Workers section of the Agreement. A table outlining the change is included for different Clerical Workers Grades at 6:26 of the video. There is a specific table for the Royal Women's Hospital or Royal Children's Hospital at the 7:12 mark of the video. Tim & Daniel talk further about the employer obligations for these changes and refer to useful templates available. Bulletin 2216 sent Friday, 1 September 2017, contains further details on this topic.

Discussion starts 4:47.

View Episode 34 here.

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VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 33 - Medical Scientists Agreement

In Episode 33, Tim Nagle stands in for Stuart McCullough. Tim invites Principal Workplace Relations Consultant, Richard Corboy to discuss the progress of the Medical Scientists, Pharmacists and Psychologists Agreement. Since the podcast was recorded, the Government has approved the draft new agreement on the 22nd August and the Commission has approved the Single Interest Employers application on the 29th August 2017. Now that approval has occurred, the agreement process will commence, making sure the document is correct, and that supporting documents and voting material will be provided to members. Main changes in the agreement relate to: workload and replacing staff; adoption of the Nurses public holidays clause which enables a fifth week of annual leave in exchange for less public holidays; new roster protocols; and the upgrading of clinical supervision requirements for psychologists. Watch Episode 33 to find out more about the recently approved Medical Scientists Agreement.

Discussion starts 3:06.

View Episode 33 here.


VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 32 - Mental Health Agreement - Community Workload Management System

In Episode 32, Stuart invites Tim Nagle back to discuss the Community Workload Management System (CWMS) in relation to the Mental Health Agreement. One of the issues raised during the bargaining process was that due to the demands on time spent on clinical issues, there wasn't enough time spent on the non-clinical issues. In the short term, this may seem OK, but in the long term it is not sustainable. Stuart and Tim discuss the employer's obligation to have an implemented CWMS within 12 months, that is not only an agreed model, but also compliant with the provisions in the agreements. Watch Episode 32 to find out more about the CWMS.

Discussion starts 3:15.

View Episode 32 here.


VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 31 - Carer's Leave

In Episode 31, Stuart welcomes back, Workplace Rlations Consultant, Rem Richards to discuss the topic of Carer's Leave. In this instance, the two discuss the use of personal carer's leave to discharge a caring responsibility under certain defined circumstances. They discuss when you can use Carer's Leave, define "immediate family members", and also describe the specific circumstances employees could access the accrual of this leave in the context of the Fair Work Act.

Discussion starts - 2:45.

View Episode 31 here.



In Episode 30, Stuart invites VHIA's newest Workplace Relations Consultant, Rem Richards to partake in his first video podcast, to discuss the Agreement Approval Process. Stuart asks Rem to breakdown the ingredients that go into making an agreement at the Fair Work Commission, and further explain how the Fair Work Commission goes about assessing Enterprise Agreements. 5 categories of the Assessment Process are covered, which include: 1) Forms & Signature Requirements; 2) Preapproval Requirements; 3) Mandatory Terms; 4) National Employment Standards Requirements; and 5) The Better Off Overall Test.

Discussion starts - 2:43.

View Episode 30 here.

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VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 29 - Right of Entry

In Episode 29, Stuart invites Tim Nagle back to discuss the topic of Right of Entry. It is one of those subjects that comes up only occasionally, but does so with a sense of urgency. Stuart & Tim focus on 3 key categories which includes: Right of Entry in order to investigate a suspected contravention, Right of Entry to hold discussions, and Right of Entry related to occupational health and safety.

Discussion starts - 2:17.

View Episode 29 here.



In Episode 28, Stuart invites Workplace Relations Consultant, Emma Scott to discuss the new clause for Higher Qualifications. What defines Postgraduate and Doctorate qualifications is particularly relevant to the Allied Health Professionals agreement. Previously, these key terms were not clearly defined and were often a source of argument and dispute. Find out about the ways this new clause influences definitions of Higher Qualifications and the provisions of when it should be paid on leave.

Discussion starts at 1:46.

View Episode 28 here.

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VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 27 - Transfer of Business

In Episode 27, Stuart invites Workplace Relations Consultant, Emma Scott to discuss the topic of Transfer of Business. Although it is not an everyday transactional issue for HR advisors, when the issue does surface it tends to come with some degree of importance and the potential for a significant decision to be made. Stuart defines the Transfer of Business in 4 ways, so as to give an understanding of the background and the principles that are attached. This information is not only relevant to the situations of outsourcing, but also in the context of acquisition.

Discussion starts at 2:11 mark.

View Episode 27 here.



In Episode 26, Stuart invites Industrial Relations Consultant, Emma Scott to discuss the topic of Independent Contractor Vs Employee. They talk about the importance for members to recognise the difference between those two types of arrangements, as well as what happens in the event of disputes involving independent contractors and employees. Ultimately, the range of enterprise agreements that determine the terms and conditions that apply to employees, does not apply to independent contractors. This includes the rights and protections as part of the Fair Work Act, which also doesn't necessarily apply to contractors in the same way it does employees.



VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 25 - Agreement Interpretation

Many members are called upon to interpret agreements or to respond to interesting or creative interpretations of agreements. In theme with Searching for Meaning, Episode 25 sees Stuart McCullough go through the principals that underpin the appropriate interpretation of these industrial instruments, and navigate the murky waters of when things are taken out of context and words interpreted too literally. Watch the latest episode to find out about the key principals for agreement interpretation.


VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 24 - Transition to Retirement

In Episode 24, Stuart invites Tim Nagle back to discuss the topic of Transition to Retirement. This is a feature of the agreements, because a lot of employers are using Transition to Retirement clauses as a way of retaining employees within the sector. In the last EBA round, provisions were placed in the agreement to help others benefit from the practices that some employers were using. The purpose of the provision is to remove the disincentive for people to transition to retirement - eg. Long service leave paid out at the contracted hours at the time. This means that if a Full Time employee had been working in the workplace for a long time, but are now unable to continue at a  Full Time rate, then they are left with the difficult situation where this may disadvantage them. This provision is to support a more flexible use of this clause and to remove such impediments.

View Episode 24 here.


VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 23 - NERR & EBA Process

This week Stuart invites Industrial Relations Consultant, Emma Scott to discuss NERR & EBA Process. NERR stands for Notice for Employee Representational Rights which is notice required by the Fair Work Act to be given to eligible employees as soon as practical but no later than 14 days after an employer agrees to bargain a new EBA for staff. It is emphasised that issuing an NERR is absolute requirement and must occur. The purpose for the NERR is to let employees know that they have a right to be represented. Find out more about the Dos & Don'ts of NERRs and EBA Processes by watching Episode 23.

View Episode 23 here.


VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 22 - Fixed Term Contracts

In Episode 22, Stuart invites Principal Workplace Relations Advisor, Tim Nagle back to discuss the use of Fixed Term Contracts. This clause is a common clause across the agreements and can only be used for true fixed term arrangements. Tim helps to define true or genuine fixed term arrangements by giving some examples: Graduate Nurse Positions, Parental Leave Replacements, Long Term WorkCover Replacements, Long Service Leave Replacements, Special Projects and Postgraduate Training. Replacement of staff is a key component of a number of examples.

View Episode 22 here.

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In Episode 21, Stuart McCullough invites Tim Nagle back to discuss Flexible Work Arrangements. They draw to our attention the potential of this clause to result in win-win situations for employees and employers, as it enables employees to maximize their contribution to their employer and also enables employers to retain individuals. This episode ensures that Flexible Work Arrangement rights are understood for best possible outcomes.


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VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 20 - Fit for Work

In episode 20, Stuart MCullough invites Principal Workplace Relations Advisor, Tim Nagle, to discuss the Fitness to Work provisions of the enterprise agreements. Employers have common law obligations and entitlements around fitness for work where an employee's capacity is affected in a way that will impact how they can perform their role. What this clause establishes is a standardised and transparent process for employers and employees to address some of the potential fit for work issues which can be one of the most challenging and difficult circumstances to navigate. This would apply particularly in some circumstances where an employee may not have insight into the kinds of challenges that are apparent to the employer.

View Episode 20 here.

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 19 - Casual Conversion

In Episode 19, Stuart invites Tim Nagle back to discuss the clause related to the conversion of casual employment. With the exception of the Mental Health agreement, which doesn't have this clause, for the purpose of this episode, they talk about the Nurses & Midwives, Allied Health Professionals, and the Health & Allied, Managers & Admin Workers agreements.

View Episode 19 here.
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In Episode 18, Stuart invites Senior Workplace Relations Advisor, Daniel Pullin to discuss the actions for 2017 arising from the Heath & Allied, Managers & Admin Workers EBA. An Implementation Guide in its final form has been posted on the VHIA Community App and website. Final amendments to the Implementation Guide have been made in consultation with members as well as health workers union, with more information on instigating the changes which can be quite complex. In this episode, Daniel direct members on the process of utilizing the guide.

View Episode 18 here.

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 17 - Union Matters

This week, Stuart McCullough invites Tim Nagle back to discuss the importance of communication in Episode 17 titled "Union Matters". There are 10 sub-clauses in total under the Union Matters clause. The two go through each one, and explain how the Union Matters clause outlines the various entitlements and obligations of those involved to help avoid conflict and disputes.

View Episode 17 here.

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 16 - Disciplinary Procedures

In Episode 16, Stuart McCullough invites Tim Nagle back to discuss the Disciplinary Procedures contained in the agreements, and the role of investigations. They start by discussing where those disciplinary procedures have come from and where they are now in terms of the new enterprise agreements.

View Episode 16 here.
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VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 15 - Member's Spotlight - Safe Injecting Rooms

VHIA debuts its first Member's Spotlight podcast on the issue of Safe Injecting Rooms with Demos Krouskos, CEO of North Richmond Community Health Ltd. Stuart McCullough invites Demos to share his experience on the effects of drug use and overdoses on the local community, and the human cost of no intervention.

View Episode 15 here.
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With recent round of agreements having new redundancy provisions, Stuart an Tim tackle the topic of Redundancy. Previous agreements didn't have redundancy provisions within them, which meant that a lot of key things were left open to debate. They discuss the importance of having clear processes and clear entitlements, and some of the confusion that surfaces when important distinctions are not made.

View Episode 14 here.

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VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 13 - Doctors' Log of Claims
In Episode 13, Stuart McCullough invites Daniel Pullin back to discuss the Doctors' Log of Claims. VHIA has received a log of claims which outlines what is sought by the AMA during the bargaining process. In relation to Doctors in Training and Specialists, Stuart and Daniel discuss: the curtailment of entitlements; aligning the EBA with improvements in technology; subsequent changes to clinical decision making; and improvements of safe hours of work clause.

View Episode 13 here.
Audio Podcast for Apple iTunes can be downloaded for free here, and Android devices here.


VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 12 - Nurses Implementation Issues
In Episode 12, Stuart McCullough invites Principal Workplace Relations Advisor, Tim Nagle, to discuss Nurses Implementation Issues for the Nurses & Midwives Enterprise Agreement. Issues have been identified as being in two distinct categories – How the clause operates (including what the entitlements are), and How to administer it. To get a proper understanding of these clauses and to gain access to the material that supports the consistent application of the entitlements, watch this episode.

View Episode 12 here.

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 11 - Health & Allied, Managers & Administrative Workers Agreement
In Episode 11, Stuart McCullough invites Daniel Pullin back to discuss the Health & Allied, Managers & Administrative Workers Agreement, which came into effect on 15 December 2016. It is an agreement divided into two distinct parts, and implements immediate changes related to wage increases for pay periods on or after the 1 October 2016. Some members have expressed challenges implementing key changes relating to the eligibility of entitlements based on the assessment of part-time review of hours. This episode helps to clarify how to apply those entitlements as well as going in depth on other areas with key differences.

View Episode 11 here.

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 10 - Allied Health Professionals
In Episode 10, Stuart McCullough invites VHIA Industrial Relations Consultant, Emma Scott to discuss the Health Professionals Source Document. In reference to the new Allied Health Professionals agreement which is presently lodged with The Commission, they talk about the key changes in the new agreement, and the process of approval and ballot.

View Episode 10 here.
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VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 9 - Mental Health Agreement
In Episode 9, Stuart McCullough and Tim Nagle discuss the Mental Health Agreement which has been put to a ballot to employees and been approved. There was a 1/3 participation rate in voting and a valid majority of 99.2% have approved the agreement. Within 14days the application will be submitted to the Fair Work Commission. The new Mental Health Agreement will last 4 years and expire on the 30 June 2020.

View Episode 9 here.
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VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 8 - Consultation
In Episode 8, Stuart McCullough and Tim Nagle discuss the Consultation Clause in agreements. Consultation is an important or useful part of an employer’s process to introduce some kind of change. They discuss in more detail what the consultation obligations are when there is major change that should have a significant effect on employees. Find out the distinction between when you must consult, and when you SHOULD consult by watching Episode 8 on Consultation.

View Episode 8 here.
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VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 7 - Conflicts & Dispute Settlement
This week, In Episode 7, VHIA's CEO, Stuart McCullough and Principal Workplace Relations Advisor, Tim Nagle, discuss the Dispute Settlement clause in all Enterprise Agreements. They go into detail about the purpose of such a clause in ensuring fairness for the processes involved in resolving conflicts in the workplace.

View Episode 7 here.
Audio Podcasts for Apple iTunes can be found here, and Android here.

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 6 - The VHIA Community App
This week, VHIA's CEO Stuart McCullough interviews Digital / Online Marketing Coordinator, Susanna Richardson about the launch of the VHIA Community app. They discuss the role and potential of this new way of connecting with members, and also run through some directions on how to activate accounts for members.

View Episode 6 here.
Audio Podcasts for Apple iTunes can be found here, and Andriod here.

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 5 - Implementation Issues List for 2017
This week, Stuart McCullough returns with Tim Nagle to go through implementation issues for 2017 and discuss the implementation list. The processes and guides for those agreements that are completed and now in implementation such as: the Nurses & Midwives agreement; Health & Allied Services; and Management & Administration Officers; are touched upon. View Episode 5 on Youtube here.
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VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 4 - New Beginnings with Daniel Pullin
This week, our normal host Stuart McCullough is replaced with Tim Nagle, VHIA Principal Workplace Relations Advisor. The theme this week is "New Beginnings" signalling the Chinese New Year, and the start of VHIA's freshest recruit, Daniel Pullin, VHIA Senior Workplace Relations Advisor. In this episode, Daniel gives us an introduction to his professional background, formerly at Monash Health, and then addresses his new role and areas of expertise in service to VHIA's members. View Episode 4 on Youtube here.
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Community Health Centres Social and Community Services Bargaining
VHIA IR Consultant, Emma Scott runs a video tutorial on CHC SACS Bargaining addressing the ASU Counter Proposal and VHIA's Proposal 2. This includes a detailed explanation of the briefing document and associated spreadsheets.

View Part 1 of the tutorial here.
View Part 2 of the tutorial here.

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 3 - Nurse & Midwife Patient Ratio Improvement Taskforce
This week, VHIA opens 2017 with its first video podcast on the Nurse & Midwife to Patient Ratio Improvement Taskforce. Stuart McCullough discusses the topic, also referring to the Safe Patient Care Act from Episode 1, with Principle Workplace Relations Advisor, Tim Nagle. Alternative to previous episodes, Stuart now starts video podcasts with the "Weekly Update" and then follows through with topical discussion. Audio from the VHIA podcasts is also available on iTunes and in your internet browser.

VHIA Weekly Video Podcast - Episode 2 - OH&S, Violence in the Workplace
VHIA has released the 2nd of it's weekly podcast videos, and the last for 2016! This week, our host and CEO, Stuart McCullough tackles the issue of OH&S in the workplace and the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF) 10 Point Plan to address violence and aggression. Watch as he and Principle Workplace Relations Advisor, Tim Nagle discuss how this problem affects healthcare workers around Victoria. View Episode 2 on Youtube Here.
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VHIA Weekly Video Podcasts - Episode 1 - Safe Patient Care Act
VHIA is now proud to provide members with a weekly Video Podcast as a means of accessing the most relevant industry news and updates. In episode one of the Weekly Roundup, Host and CEO, Stuart McCullough interviews Principle Workplace Relations Advisor, Tim Nagle on the Safe Patient Care Act. View Episode 1 on Youtube Here.
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RWH Family Violence Program Presentation
On Thursday 15 December 2016, The Royal Womens' Hospital presented their Family Violence Program for VHIA members at the RWH. The presentation delivered by Georgia Shepherd and Tania McKenna of the RWH, outlined:

1. Context / our journey / organisational culture
2. Family violence workplace support training
3. Family violence leave and workplace safety training
4. Communication channels
5. Enablers / challenges


View the video recording of the presentation here.