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SASMOA is the South Australian Salaried Medical Officers Association.

We are the State-based union for doctors who work in salaried positions in hospitals and community health services in South Australia.

From interns to senior specialists, from crowded emergency departments to surgical suites and community-based services, we represent salaried doctors regarding their pay and conditions of employment.


More about who we represent and where they work is below. 

We also lobby and advocate for proper resourcing of the South Australian health system.

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We are a registered industrial association under the Fair Work Act 1994 (SA) and the employee party to all major State registered Awards and Agreements covering salaried doctors in SA.

You can find our industrial agreements on our Key Documents page and can read about SASMOA's governance and find details about our Council members and staff on our Governance page. 

SASMOA members can also become members of the ASMOF (SA) branch. ASMOF is the Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation, which is the Australian trade union registered with the Fair Work Commission to represent the interests of salaried doctors in the private sector and federal jurisdiction. You can read more about ASMOF on our ASMOF (SA) page. 




Local Health Networks


United Doctors' Voice


Salaried medical officers are the frontline doctors employed in hospitals and community health services in Adelaide and across regional South Australia.​

Salaried doctors include:

  • Interns (doctors completing their compulsory training year in hospital following graduation from medical school)

  • Resident Medical Officers (postgraduate doctors second year and above)

  • Registrars and Senior Registrars (specialists-in-training, training in one of 30+ medical specialties)

  • Consultants and Senior Consultants (qualified specialists)

  • Visiting Medical Specialists

  • Clinical Academics, and

  • Other salaried doctors employed in various community health services.

The ASMOF SA Branch also has the legal standing to cover and represent salaried doctors in the private sector, such as GP Registrars. 


SASMOA members are generally employed at the 10 Local Health Networks (LHNs) covering South Australia, plus various other independent health services.


The 10 LHNs are:

  • Central Adelaide LHN (which includes the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glenside Health Service, Hampstead Rehabilitation Hospital, Breast Screen SA, SA Pathology, SA Medical Imaging and other health services)

  • Northern Adelaide LHN (which includes the Lyell McEwin Hospital, Modbury Hospital and other healthcare services)

  • Southern Adelaide LHN (which includes the Flinders Medical Centre, Noarlunga Health Service and the Repatriation Health Precinct)

  • Women’s & Children’s HN (which includes the Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Women’s Health Service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and other healthcare services)

  • Six Regional Health LHNs based on geographic areas of South Australia – the Barossa Hills Fleurieu LHN, Eyre and Far North LHN, Flinders and Upper North LHN, Limestone Coast LHN, Riverland Mallee Coorong LHN, and the Yorke and Northern LHN.



SASMOA represents, negotiates and advocates on behalf of salaried doctors in South Australia.


We negotiate the Award and Enterprise Agreements covering doctors’ remuneration with the State government on behalf of salaried doctors.


This includes all aspects of salary and working conditions (including rostering, hours, shift lengths, breaks, penalties, allowances, professional development, reimbursements and leave). These Agreements are renegotiated every three years.


SASMOA provides individual and collective industrial representation for our members in:

  • Contracts of employment

  • Rights and entitlements

  • Safety matters

  • Disciplinary issues

  • Grievances, and

  • Rights of private practice.​


SASMOA also lobbies and campaigns on behalf of our members and the community of South Australia for:

  • Attraction and retention of medical staff

  • Safe working hours and staffing levels

  • Quality training and professional development opportunities

  • Work and family balance for medical professionals

  • Doctors’ own physical and mental wellbeing, and

  • Adequate resources for the health system, so that the community is served by highly trained and experienced staff with access to leading practice facilities and equipment.

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