Q. How come some registrars get paid differently to me? Can you also include the difference for Aboriginal Health practices and their payments/teaching?
A. Each registrar signs their own contract with a practice. The terms of this contract may vary greatly from yours. On-call, after-hours, hospital rounds etc., can all have a bearing. Some practices don’t include external payments but adjust in their wages instead. You can never compare apples with apples in this space and should not try. Aboriginal Health posts are funded differently and therefore paid differently as well. However all contracts must be compliant with the NTCER (2017-18)
Q. Do I really have to do on call?
A. If On Call is a requirement of your practice, then yes you do. MCCC advocates that on-call is an important part of being a GP. Your on-call roster shouldn’t be more onerus than other GPs in your practice.
Q. I want Friday afternoons off so I can go back to Melbourne but the practice wants me to have Wednesday afternoons off.
A. The practice is your employer and any such arrangements need to be discussed. Ultimately, it is your employers right to ensure the needs of their practice are being met.
Q. I don’t understand how I am being paid – the practice is not paying me properly. For more senior registrars transferring to Fellowship – how do I understand payment according to percentages. How do I make the choice
A. Talk to your local RLO to understand the payment system.
Q. How many annual leave and sick leave am I entitled to?
A. All registrar entitlements are within the national workplace relations system. Registrars are entitled to four weeks of paid annual leave for each year of service with the employer at their base pay rate. The minimum entitlement to paid personal/carer’s leave for a registrar is 10 days per year. Please refer to the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER) for further information.
Q. I am doing more on call/hospital/nursing home work than others, what I can I do to change this?
A. Speak to your supervisor first. You can also discuss this with your RLO or Training Adviser.