In February of this year Professional Scientists Australia (PSA) made a submission to review the RTAC Code of Practice. This was based on a survey which identified 76.5% of respondents with high workloads had increased stress levels, 72.5% with increased workloads had escalted the possibility of human errors occurring, and 93.6% of respondents said that the Code needed to include provisions to protect against insufficient fertility scientists. Click here to read the follow up letter to the The Fertility Society of Australia (FSA).
The FSA has responded to our submission by forming a workgroup to investigate our members concerns. However, no commitment has been made by the FSA to implement minimum standards and enforce change.
PSA are currently representing Embryologists in negotiations with Queensland Fertility Group (QFG), who are so far refusing to include a workload clause into the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA). With companies refusing to address the issue of safe staffing levels at a local level, the FSA as the regulatory body must step in and make strong and enforceable guidelines to protect both patient and staff safety.
PSA members are fighting for a better fertility industry but we can't win this fight without you. If you want to see improvements to the Fertility Industry and at your workplace, you must step up and join the fight.
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