07 June 2018 8:01 PM
During your graduate year you may experience a major life event or issues relating to your work performance. That’s where ANMF (Vic Branch) is here to help you as one of your many membership benefits.
As the phrase goes, ‘a stitch in time saves nine’, so contact us as soon as you know there will be an issue. That way we can ensure you’re being treated fairly and provide you with the necessary information regarding your rights and responsibilities.
Every graduate issue is different and is handled on a case by case basis; however the most common issues we’ve helped graduates with include illness, performance management and pregnancy.
If you have an on-going or temporary health issue, ensure you have evidence, such as a medical certificate. Your employer’s enterprise agreement and policy will outline conditions relating to sick leave.
If you require adjustments to how you may need to perform your work as a result of your temporary or ongoing illness or injury, contact ANMF for advice immediately. ANMF can assist you with negotiating adjustments that allow you to safely and productively perform the genuine and reasonable requirements of your employment, and help protect your career.
For assistance with mental health or substance use issues, the Nurses and Midwives Health Program Victoria (NMHPV) are also available to assist you with free and confidential support and can work in tandem with ANMF to support you to discuss matters with your employer.
If mistakes occur that were a result of your conduct, your employer may implement a Performance Management Plan (PMP) to address any concerns they might have about your practice.
This can be stressful, but try not to panic. As long as your PMP has clear and achievable goals and timelines, it’s to ensure you improve.
If possible prior to being put onto a PMP, get in touch with the ANMF to ensure you are being treated equitably.
Pregnancy and return to work
If you become pregnant during your graduate year, your employer cannot force you to resign nor deny you accommodations to ensure you are safe during your pregnancy.
Unless you’ve been working in the facility for more than 12 months you are unlikely to be eligible for your employer’s paid parental leave scheme. This will also depend on your employer’s enterprise agreement; public sector hospitals have different conditions than private hospitals.
Conditions regarding breastfeeding spaces and family-friendly working conditions upon your return will also be outlined in your enterprise agreement. Generally speaking, your employer cannot discriminate against you for your caring responsibilities.
As soon as you know you are pregnant, contact ANMF for advice before talking to your employer.
The Graduate and Final Year Student Support Officer is happy to advise or assist graduate members with a work query or issue. Please contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org or 9275 9333.