A proposed restructure within Sandringham Radiology would see the dedicated Tutor position replaced by a combined Chief/Tutor role.
The VHPA is concerned that such a move would undermine the role of tutor and impact negatively on both the management of the department and the education of junior staff.
In a major blow to Alfred Health, this proposal has been rejected by both Monash and RMIT Universities on the basis that the loss of a dedicated Tutor role will put Radiographer education and student placements at risk.
The proposed restructure came out of an external investigation into the management and culture of the Radiology Department at Sandringham.
The investigation recommended changes to the management structure of the Department and called for increased access to professional tuition.
“Members in the Department are disappointed that Alfred Health have missed an opportunity to properly address the staff concerns that were raised in the external investigation,” said Emma Brelsford, VHPA Organiser.
“It appears that management are misusing the recommendations to conduct a short-sighted cost-cutting exercise.”
The VHPA is working with members to ensure that health care remains the number one priority in this restructure.