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Campbeltown's next Annual Teaching Symposium will be held at Campbelltown RSL,
Carberry Lane, Campbelltown on Wed 8th May 2013.
Contact email@example.com for bookings and further details
for the Full Program and Registration Form.
The next Spring Seminar in Emergency Medicine will be held in Roturua, New Zealand from
25th - 28th September 2013. This conference is partly sponsored by ASCMO and is a worthwhile educational opportunity for all CMOs working in emergency medicine.
For further information about future conferences please visit: www.phemc.org
BMJ's Learning Modules are
now available via CIAP for NSW health employees
From 2012, the University of Newcastle has introduced a Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership
and Management) program, that has been developed in collaboration with NSW Health to promote its Senior Hospitalist initiative. They also consider this program to be
relevant to doctors in a range of other roles.
Specifically the program is designed to:
- equip doctors with the high level skills required for leadership positions in hospitals
- provide a hospital-wide perspective on patient care
- provide the knowledge, professional skills, attitudes and ability to be effective doctors, communicators and - clinical care co-ordinators across independent disciplines and to bridge the gaps that exist in hospital processes
- enable doctors to develop a deeper understanding of hospital organisational culture, networks and infrastructure
- give doctors the skills to conduct research-based system redesign
- offer a postgraduate qualification directly relevant to the management of patient care in hospitals or other clinical facilities
Please refer to both the University and NSW Health websites for more information at:
NB: Generous NSW Health sponsorship may be available to doctors currently employed as a hospitalist or other non-specialist roles.
An information pack can be downloaded from: www.health.nsw.gov.au/resources/training/hospitalist/pdf/info_pack_jan_2012.pdf
Specialists interested in the program should also contact NSW Health for advice on any sponsorship options that might be open to them.
The closing date has been extended until Friday 17th February 2012
Further information can be obtained from:
The latest copy of ASCMO's May 2011 Newsletter is out now.
(0.9MB in Adobe Acrobat 'pdf' format). To view past copies of ASCMO's journals Click here
The last meeting for ASCMO was
ASCMO's 2010 Annual General Meeting and Conference.
This was held from 19th & 20th November 2010 at the Australian School of Advanced Medicine at the Macquarie University Hospital,
3 Technology Place, North Ryde, New South Wales, 2109.
The educational progam included a variety of concurrent workshops such as
- Advanced Suturing Skills
- Advanced Ultrasound: Central Line Placement & Regional Blocks
- CT Cardiac Imaging
- Paediatric Team Skills Simulation Workshop
- Virtual Reality Laparoscopic Workshop
- Hand Injuries
- Conscious Sedation & Anesthetic Monitoring
- iPads for learning and clinical support
The latest copy of ASCMO's Journal ASCMO Times October 2010 is available for downloading
from this website. (2.9MB in Adobe Acrobat 'pdf' format).
To view past copies of ASCMO's journals Click here
Click here to view the discussion paper on
Medicare Locals due to be established from 1 July 2011
Should CMO's/Hospitalists be represented in some way as the remaining generalists?
Read about one CMOs use of the NSW Occupational Health and Safety Legislation to deal with Bullying in the Workplace in
"One CMOs response to bullying in the workplace".
This CMO also wrote a a draft version of Bullying Survey that could
be used to measure and raise awareness about inappropriate behaviours in a workplace.
This CMO's approach appears to address any organizational environments that may provide passive "comfort" to bullying individuals behaving inappropriately.
This approach calls upper management to account everytime they fail to ensure all work environments are safe and free from all forms of bullying and harassment.
The Master of Medical Practice (Hospital Medical Care) is a new course being offered by
Australian School of Advanced Medicine at Macquarie University in North Ryde, Sydney.
This program is for medical practitioners who wish to acquire a university qualification which denotes subspecialist expertise and competence in the the care of patients who have been hospitalised for specialist medical or surgical treatment. The program comprises eight units of study, each worth 4 credit points.
The required units of study are:
- Patient assessment and communication
- Hospital therapeutics
- Resuscitation and clinical procedures
- Safety and quality in hospital medical care
- Ethics, law and professionalism
- Basic concepts in education and critical appraisal of the medical literature
There is a choice of electives from:
- Critical care
- Surgical care
- Medical care
- Health systems and management
The latest data from "MABEL"
(available here) indicates that amongst medical officers, CMOs were most likely to feel that their
personal and professional commitments are in balance.
[Mabel = "Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment
and Life".] Mabel is a 5 yr longitudinal survey of Australian doctors up to 2011. Just under 10,500 doctors responded to Wave 1 in 2008, and
Wave 2 is currently being conducted. More information is available at their website: www.mabel.org.au
A new concept in Continuing Medical Education resources for CMOs is the "CMO Club".
This club seeks to provide and exchange learning modules for CMOs to present to their peers.
Its aims to provide relevant educational resource materials for experienced and/or senior medical staff.
It also encourages participants to add their own material to build relvant educational resources [by way of reduced membership fees] within the club.
For more details go to "CMO Club"
Continuing Medical Education Leave under utilised by many NSW CMOs.
It appears that many NSW CMOs remain unaware that changes to their award in 2005 have provided them
with a clear entitlement to 7 working days (= 7 x 7.6hrs) of Continuing Medical Education (CME) leave per annum, with full reimbursement of expenses relating to that leave, provided they have worked as a CMO for a minm 12 mth period and
the educational activity is relevant to their CMO position. CME leave (& associated entitlements) can accumulate to a maxm of 21 working days [= 21 x 7.6 hrs = 159.6 hrs]. Many CMOs would have now accrued this maxm entitlement and cannot receive any more unless they begin utilising their entitlements.
CMOs have used this leave to attend conferences throughout Australia and New Zealand, such as the recent Spring Seminar in Emergency Medicine (see below). Some CMOs have used CME leave to attend courses with
registration fees alone being greater than $3000 per position (eg 1 week ultrasound courses for Emergency physicians). ie: this is a valuable entitlement that can be used effectively to develop and maintain skills relevant to your position.
Some CMOs taking advantage of their CME entitlements have experienced delays and/or difficulties when seeking approval for CME leave and reimbursement for associated expenses
(such as meals, accommodation, travel, parking, course registration, etc). Most difficulties have arisen from Employers & CMOs being unfamiliar with CMOs entitlements to CME leave, as well as finding suitable forms to complete, etc. Some Area Health Services are using
TESL (Training Education and Study Leave) forms designed for staff specialists
to process CMO claims. Some have modified these TESL forms to better suit CMO needs. If you are having difficulties please familiarise yourself with Clause 16 of the NSW CMO Award
(click here for a copy of NSW CMO Award). Provide your employer with a copy of this section. Once employers are made aware that the CMO Award provides a clear 'Entitlement' to CME leave + expenses, they usually assist you as best they can.
If you continue to have difficulties you can contact David Brock via email firstname.lastname@example.org
NB: During negotiations that led to the 2005 award, ASCMO insisted on the inclusion of the word 'ENTITLEMENT' in relation to leave & expenses for continuing medical education leave,
and that approval for such activities 'SHALL NOT BE UNREASONABLY WITHHELD'.
This means that any employer refusing to provide leave and/or financial re-imbursement for related expenses must have reasons that would withstand potential scrutiny before the NSW Industrial Commission.
NSW Health's policy directive "PD2005_619 Travel Policy" outlines allowable travel expenses subject to the production of receipts.
ASCMO has obtained a Feb 2008 copy of revised Committee Guidelines for Senior CMO Grading in
These guidelines are being used by the Grading committee when assessing applications. Therefore anyone wanting to apply for Senior CMO Grading in NSW, should ensure their applications cover all aspects within these guidelines.
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A downloadable copy of Kevin Rudd's
"National Health and Hospitals Network for Australia's Future" is
You can also find downloadable copies of Stage 2 of the Govt's Health Reform Plan at the following link:
A National Health and Hospitals Network: Further Investments in Australia's Health - Full Report (PDF 2472 KB)
The NSW Institute of Medical Education and Training (IMET) is seeking feedback on the draft version of a
Hospital Skills Program curriculum. [Click here for full details]
On 5/10/06, Michael Boyd as president of the ASCMO, presented David Brock with
the inaugural 'Dave Brock Award' in recognition for one CMOs persistence (7 yrs) as ASCMO's Industrial Officer, to ensure
CMOs in NSW gained access to improved salary and conditions. This allowed CMOs in NSW
to receive payrises of 20-30% with an entitlement to fully funded Continuing Medical
Education leave, and provided opportunities to be recognised as Senior CMOs.
The new award has unexpectedly provided a vehicle for the introduction of CMOs as 'Hospitalists' within NSW hospitals.
The engraved glass brick award (for breaking thru a glass ceiling) was presented in Byron Bay at the Spring Seminar for Emergency Medicine's Conference Dinner which had a
'Hippie Happening' theme. ASCMO intends to present this award to future CMOs providing 'exceptional service to the CMO
CMOs in NSW receive a 4% payrise from 1st July 2006.
You can find an updated salary scale by clicking here.
There has been some confusion about the aniversary dates for CMOs progressing
up the salary scale in the NSW CMO Award. A letter explaining the various dates for progression can be found
CMOs in NSW receive a 4% payrise from 1st July 2006.
You can find an updated salary scale by clicking here.
(This information was prepared by ASCMO for exclusive use by ASCMO's membership.
It requires ASCMO's username/password combination that is only available to ASCMO's members.)
To join ASCMO click here.
If you've forgotten the username/password combination send a request to
On 20th May 2006, a
proposed Pilot Program for Hospitalists in some NSW public hospitals was presented to ASCMO's Annual General Meeting held in Sydney at the Novotel Hotel, Brighton le Sands.
to view proposed Pilot Program for Hospitalists in NSW (May 2006)
NB: Parts of this site are password protected. (Access allowed to
ASCMO membership, only.)
To apply for a username/password combination contact email@example.com
To join ASCMO click here.
To stay up-to-date with all things CMO, you are welcome to join
'ASCMOfirstname.lastname@example.org', the private email discussion list
for ASCMO's membership. It allows CMOs to place any problem/issue/idea before a group of your peers to canvas their opinions.
Or you can simply be a 'lurker', only getting involved if issues being discussed happen to interest you.
Currently 28 CMOs across Australia and NZ belong to this discussion list. This includes all ASCMO's committee members.
So if you want to get involved or stay up to date with the latest issues affecting CMOs, join this discussion list
by emailing David Brock at email@example.com or click here to join "ASCMO-talk".
ASCMO's next meeting will held during the
2006 Spring Seminar (Peripheral Hospitals) Emergency Medicine
Conference (Tues 3rd - Fri 6th October 2006) at
'The Byron at Byron' in Byron Bay, NSW. This has been a successful
conference aimed at CMOs and continues to be sponsored by ASCMO. Visit the Spring Seminar's website at
www.phemc.org for accomodation (discounted), registration and course details. Early bird prices if registering before 30/7/06. See you there.
NB: If you are paid according to the CMO Award in NSW, then you have an entitlement to 7 working days [= 53.2 hrs] Continuing Medical Education leave per year, plus all associated expenses for
educational activities relevant to your CMO position. This entitlement cannot be unreasonably withheld. (see Clause 16 of
NSW CMO Award for full details). Part-time CMOs have pro-rata leave entitlements, but should still receive full re-imbursement for associated expenses including accomodation, travel, meals and course registration.
CMOs have a new Award in NSW .
After a 7 year campaign by ASCMO, and 3 years of negotiation between representative unions and the NSW Dept of Health
a new Award was made for CMOs before the NSW Industrial Commission on 26th May 2005.
This is fantastic achievement for ASCMO. Any perceived deficiencies in these new arrangements will
now have to wait 3 years to be addressed. (Apologies to those who wanted us to achieve everything in a single step. I've included some tips for those who want to remedy this in 3 years time, on the page detailing the new arrangements.)
The new arrangements include a series of four annual 4% pay increases backdated to commence from 1 July 2004.
There is now a new salary scale, with the option for CMOs with 7 or more post-graduate years of medical experience to apply
for the Senior CMO grade. Applications submitted before 30th June 2005, if successful can be backdated to 20th April 2005.
All CMOs who believe that they meet the criteria are encouraged to apply for the new Senior CMO grade. It is
anticipated that there will be a large
number of applicants and the unions (ASMOF predominantly) are working with
the Department of Health to streamline the process. The Department is
working on a circular that will explain the new Award and it is intended
that the circular will include a pro forma application form for the Senior
grade. It has been suggested that CMOs wait for a copy of the circular
before applying. As soon as the application form is finalised it will be posted on this website.
Please direct your CMO colleagues to this website: www.ascmo.org.au
for updated information.
ASMOF's Sim Mead is probably the best person to contact for specific advice.
You can contact him on (02) 9212-6900 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any
questions. He would probably prefer that you were a member of ASMOF.
I am happy to provide you with information as ASCMO's Industrial Officer
and will be placing as much relevant information as I can on ASCMO's
Thanks for the support I have consistently received from so many CMOs within and outside NSW. This 7 year journey
has provided some rocky and uncertain terrain at times. I believe we now have a reasonable document that establishes us as a distinct
entity within the medical workforce.
If you are wanting specific advice about these arrangements you should contact:
- Sim Mead, Senior Industrial officer for ASMOF ph: 02 9212 6900
- Glenn Tyrrell, Industrial officer for HSU ph: 1800 631 505
- David Brock, Industrial officer for ASCMO ph: 0412 065 775
David Brock, ASCMO's Industrial Officer, 26th May 2005
At our 10th Anniversary AGM in May 2006,
Michael Boyd agreed to continue as President. We congratulate him
for ASCMO's achievements during his period of stewardship, including the new Award for CMOs in NSW. Michael can be contacted by email at
for any concerns or suggestions for the future direction of our organisation.
The Doctors Health Advisory Service (DHAS) has notified ASCMO that there has been an
increase in the notifications it received in relation to Career Medical Officers, over
the previous 6 mths to December 2003.
It is not clear whether this is a trend, or short lived occurrence. The DHAS is also not
aware if there have been any structural issues that might underlie this increase.
The DHAS, therefore wished to remind ASCMO of its existence and its charter to provide support to doctors,
veterinarians and dentists in NSW experiencing any level of psychological or physical distress.
The Doctors Health Advisory Service "Helpline for NSW" = 02 9437 6552
The (Oct 2003) QLD SMO/RMO Award is available on ASCMO's website.
"BULLIES NOT WANTED". This guidebook was issued by the Sth Australian Ombudsman. Although aimed at Sth Aust workplaces
this comprehensive 48 page guidebook provides a balanced appraisal and considered suggestions.
If you are a target of bullying you will probably feel a lot better after reading this.
If you are having difficulty downloading this guidebook (Word document) click here
Letter from Medical Training and Education Council of NSW (MTEC),
asking ASCMO and CMOs for information on how CMOs receive training and education.
by Evan Rawstrom, Executive officer, MTEC, June 2003
Minutes from ASCMO's 2003 Annual General Meeting, Mar 2003
Letter supporting introduction/invention of Advanced Trained CMOs in NSW by David Tree, Nov 2002
Work Life Flexibility Project - Letter to AMA, July 2002 by David Tree
Bullying in the Workplace
Feeling frustrated in your workplace. You could be suffering from this silent epidemic.
Latest "President's address, June 2002", by our new President, Dr David Tree.
Latest copy of the
"ASCMO Times" [April 2002] is now available. Its presented in Acrobat format.
To view past copies of the "CMO Bulletin" or obtain a copy of Acrobat reader
2002 Annual General Meeting held in Sydney on 18th May 2002.
Our name has changed from CMOA (Career Medical Officers Association) to ASCMO.
We can now expect to hold the domain name ascmo.org.au
indefinitely. The name change has prompted an extensive revision of our website.
We trust you will find it a useful and enjoyable resource.
Salary Packaging will be available to all NSW CMOs working in
Public Hospitals from 1st Jan 2002 .. contact your Pay Office personnel for more details.
NB: As the Salary Packaging year runs March - March .. the full $17,000 per year is available for packaging in the 3mths to March 2002.
Furthermore, the CMOA recommends that all CMOs seek independent financial advice
before entering into any salary packaging arrangements with their employers.
Looking for a recognised method to document Continuing Medical Education ?
We can offer you the
"Continuing Professional Development Program". This innovative program allows you to
include and record your
"self-directed" educational activities in the form of a "Learning Diary". It is available
in both computer and manual formats. This method of documenting CME is ideally suited
for CMOs, SMOs & RMOs performing varied roles throughout Australia.
(NB: This program has been recognised as suitable evidence of CME by the NSW Medical Board)
Checkout our page of "CMO related
Cartoons", thanks to our resident cartoonist, Kien Coaxuan + friends
NSW CMO's can expect a 3% payrise from Jan 2002
(Click here for details)
Peruse our "Selected Gems" by visiting
ASCMO's Miscellaneous webpages
Advertised positions for CMOs .. latest ads posted 11th Feb 2002
ASCMO and ASMOF have jointly
developed a replacement award for NSW CMOs. You may view or download this
document by clicking here:
Proposed NSW CMO Award (Submitted to NSW Department of Health Nov, 2001).
This remains available for comment from CMOs, till formal negotiations are completed with the
NSW Department of Health. Please direct all comments/criticisms to our Industrial
Officer, David Brock email@example.com.
(HREA, our other industrial representative organisation in NSW has been kept informed
throughout this draft's development, and will be involved during negotiations with NSW DOH).
Your Committee Members for 2001 (includes group photo)
The "penalty/overtime barrier" unique
to NSW CMO Award ..
how much money is it keeping from you ?
Latest edition of CMO Bulletin.
Volume 4 No. 1 (May 2000)
includes FULL details of CMOA's 2000 Annual General Meeting
NSW's latest audit report (Mar 2000) on
Departments: Delivering Services to Patients"
Learn all about
how to salary package a Motor Vehicle
- yet again relegates CMO's to being juniors or rural gp analogues.
This report completes the second part of the performance audit into NSW emergency departments.
The first report (1998) looked at service planning issues.
This report looks at patient flow issues.
Together, these reports provide a detailed examination of the workings,
problems and opportunities for improvements in NSW emergency departments.
we need your comments to help refine the proposed course
structure for a CMO "Masters In Clinical Medicine"
(Draft No. 4 [27th April 2000] is
now available for further comments)
The CMOA committee has co-authored an article on "Hospitalists"
published in the latest (April 3rd 2000) issue of the Medical Journal of Australia.
Visit our "Hospitalists" page (? a new role for CMOs) to view details.
Qld Health publishes the first report on the
Career Paths, Training Needs and Future Role of CMOs / SMOs.
In response to AMWAC's (Australian Medical Workforce Advisory Council) failure
to acknowledge the existence of CMOs within the Australian Medical Workforce in its 1997 report
into the Emergency Medical workforce,
Queensland Health has conducted the first study on
non-specialist career Hospital Medical Officers (=SMOs/CMOs)
in June 1999.
With funding provided by the Medical Training Review Panel,
Qld Health's report is detailed, 108 pages long. An abridged version is available on this website:
"Career Paths, Training Needs and Future Role of Non-Specialist Senior Medical
Officers in the Queensland Public Health System: An Exploratory Study" .
It does make for some very interesting reading. The listed address for correspondence and to obtain a copy is
Dr Michael Catchpole, Principal Medical Adviser, Qld Health. GPO Box 48, Brisbane, QLD 4001.
our very own email discussion group
.. an opportunity to discuss issues with your Career & Senior MO colleagues.
.. to join, simply send an email to
CMOA Submission to the
"Australian Society of Emergency Medicine (A.S.E.M.)" , relating to the role
of CMOs in the Emergency Medicine medical workforce. Written by Dr Stephen Delprado, our A.S.E.M. representative .
we have provided a copy of the
"Recommendations from the Mid-term review for Fed Govt's Provider Number Legislation" ..
tabled to Fed Parliament Dec 1999 .. (make you own comments about them in our Guestbook)
QLD Senior Medical Officers'
and RMOs' Award (+ INTERPRETATION Manual)
NSW Salary Sacrifice for Superannuation arrangements (April '99)
Please complete our
"Feedback form" and
tell us what you think about our website
Checkout some CMO statistics .. who are We ??
Proposed changes to NSW CMO Award
HREA has published "Consolidated Doctors Awards"
(includes Interns, Residents, Registrars, CMOs and Medical Superintendents)
These have followed months (? yrs) of debate and formal voting at the recent CMOA Annual General Meeting on 27th Feb 1999, in Sydney.
They will now be presented to ASMOF & HAREA (our industrial representatives) for further development and subsequent presentation to the Dept of Health for discussion and negotiation.
Multi-Skilled Medical Officers Agreement & Credentialling Criteria
[Working Model of an alternative "Skills-Based" Grading Structure for CMOs .. Disciplines covered include: A & E, Medicine, Surgery, ICU, Anaesthetics, Obs & Gynae, and Paediatrics.]
CMOA Information Sheet