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Release of the 20 DHB and SToNZ national manual

RMO story

A national manual has been released today, providing a consistent application of the multi-employer collective agreement between the 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) and Specialty Trainees of New Zealand (SToNZ).

View the manual on the TAS website

A collaborative approach

The manual was developed so the SToNZ MECA, a multi-employer collective agreement covering around 1500 Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) in New Zealand, could be applied in a consistent and standardised way across the 20 DHBs. It is the result of a collaborative approach between DHBs and SToNZ.

Peter Bramley, DHB Chief Executive Lead for the RMO Workforce, says “this resource is a great example of what we can achieve working in partnership with our union partner, to support the RMO workforce.”

Who can use the manual

The manual has been developed for RMOs, SToNZ, and people providing administrative and management support to RMOs.

It springs from the National Engagement Forum, which was established at the outset of the 2018-2020 SToNZ MECA, to take a partnership approach to supporting the RMO workforce.

What the manual contains

The manual outlines:

  • Each clause in the MECA
  • Clarification on sub-clauses, where required
  • An overview and application
  • The operational context, including scenarios and frequently asked questions
  • A comparison to the corresponding clause in the NZ Resident Doctors Association (NZRDA) MECA.

 The national manual will be kept up to date on the TAS website.