Why join NZRDA?
There are a number of advantages of RDA membership. As a member you will receive all the benefits of belonging to a professional and employment related union including advocacy advice and support related to employment issues that may arise including contract compliance or enforcement and representation if so required.
REPRESENTATION OF RMOs
The RDA represents RMOs on a wide range of issues for example: HWNZ medical relevance group which operates to ensure all TIs get a job as a first year, MCNZ around pre-vocational training, bullying and sexual harassment of RMOs and workload and supervision pressure that will directly affect you starting from day one as an RMO.
Whilst anyone can start contributing to a superannuation scheme, our MECA provides for the employer to contribute equally to your scheme up to 6% of your income. Before you think, “I’m too young for superannuation” or “I need to pay off my debt first” think again.
RMOs are amongst the very few health sector employees to have superannuation available – courtesy of NZRDA’s negotiations on our members’ behalf. Our scheme is transportable and can be taken to any DHB in NZ – essential given our mobility between DHBs throughout our careers. We can also suspend contributions for up to 2 years (and longer by agreement) in case we need to go overseas for instance.
The DHBs match your contribution up to 6% a year. NZRDA members can join our superannuation scheme.
Overseas grads joining the RDA
Welcome to New Zealand. Godzone. Paradise on earth. You have chosen to come ‘down under’ – a great move! You have joined a growing body of UK doctors who have seen the light and realised that the British Isles can no longer offer doctors the life or career they pursue. For some, it is the training opportunities; for others, the chance to enjoy unrivalled outdoor sports or other activities. For many, it is a much-needed change of scene after a six or seven-year hard slog to get full GMC registration. A chance to jump off the treadmill of professional development and just have a year’s working holiday – why not? There is also a percentage of us who plan to stay permanently, to make New Zealand our home, recognising the many benefits of life here versus life in the modern UK.
Trainee Intern Guide
Please find the TI Guide here : Trainee Intern Guide
Trainee Intern Questions
What follows is some simple advice on a number of issues that will affect you when you start work. You will be met at or shortly after you commence employment by NZRDA reps who will be able to give more information if you need and the reps will be around as the year progresses to help with anything that arises. You will also receive your own copy of MECA and a guide to MECA which helps explain your rights in easy to understand language, but hopefully what follows will get you started. The first section answers frequently asked questions. TIs themselves provided these questions, but if there is more you need to know, feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. The second section covers issues that you need to think about before starting work: Indemnity Insurance and Superannuation.