What is the NZRDA
WHO WE ARE
Who are we? The NZRDA stands for New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association – or the RDA for short. The RDA is the only organisation in New Zealand solely repreresenting the interests of RMOs (RMO means Resident Medical Officer and includes trainee interns, house surgeons, senior house officers and registrars). We are run by resident doctors for resident doctors. Our main purpose is to look after and to promote the interests of our members. This includes taking care of doctors’ rights and your interests at work, within the health sector and in the wider community. The philosophy of the NZRDA is based on community, support and union principles such as democratic structure and quality service delivery to members.
WHAT WE DO
In short, the RDA supports RMOs, pursues RMO’s interests and negotiates and enforces RMOs terms and conditions of employment. We work to ensure your employment agreement is honoured. We are a democratic union – so that means that we ask what our members want before we act on their behalf and we are not politically aligned: our role is to represent RMOs and we must be free to do that regardless of who is in power. In actively lobbying for our members interests, we comment publicly where appropriate and communicate with other medical organisations (both in New Zealand and overseas), politicians, government organisations and those in the private sector. It is through the union that you have an opportunity to have your say and influence decisions that may affect your future in the delivery of health services in New Zealand. We provide advocacy advice and support for workforce issues that may arise including those related to compliance and enforcement of your employment agreement. We also provide individual representation services to you if you so require. Personal and professional support through the RDA can be accessed 24/7.