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If you are a salaried doctor, SASMOA and ASMOF protect your rights at work. 


Working in the health system is an exciting, rewarding and stimulating career. It can also be confronting, exhausting and stressful – an environment where the decisions you make can have real consequences. That’s why for decades South Australian doctors have worked together to support each other, through SASMOA.


We are a union; a group of employees who come together to achieve strength and safety in numbers. Only a registered union has the legal standing to negotiate and enforce your pay and conditions.


​Salaried doctors work on the frontline in our hospitals and health services as:

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

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

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

  • Consultants and Senior Consultants (specialists)

  • Visiting Medical Specialists 

  • Clinical Academics, and

  • Other doctors employed in various health services.

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

SASMOA & ASMOF (SA) act for salaried doctors across the health system both collectively and individually.


COLLECTIVELY, SASMOA negotiates every three years with the state government over Enterprise Agreements covering the details of salaried doctors’ remuneration and working conditions. This includes aspects such as rostering, maximum daily/weekly hours, shift lengths, breaks, penalties, allowances, professional development, reimbursements and leave.


In short, we negotiate on behalf of doctors to create a system with:

  • appropriate staffing levels; 

  • working hours that prevent fatigue and consider doctors’ own health, wellbeing and work/life balance;

  • professional training and development; and

  • remuneration that will attract and keep doctors in South Australia.

You can view information about the current Enterprise Agreements on our Key Documents page.

In addition, SASMOA also lobbies and campaigns on behalf of our members for the resources, equipment and facilities needed to provide leading practice health services for all South Australians.


INDIVIDUALLY, we provide information, advice, advocacy and representation from expert industrial staff on a range of matters relating to salaried doctors’ workplace rights, timesheets and pay, disciplinary processes, workplace discrimination, performance reviews, workplace injuries and illness, workers’ compensation, workplace health and safety, and rights during restructures.

If you’re a salaried doctor and Member, SASMOA and ASMOF (SA) are here for you if you’re:

  • Underpaid

  • Rostered unreasonable hours

  • Harassed and bullied


You can read our Member Representation Policy and Procedures (PDF) here, which includes an explanation of how we deal with individual cases and pre-existing issues, and levels of assistance members can expect for various matters (please note: SASMOA services its financial members and has clear processes for support we can provide for doctors who join with pre-existing industrial problems).

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