The New Zealand Resident Doctors Association (RDA) and Specialty Trainees of New Zealand (SToNZ)
The RDA and SToNZ are the major representative associations for Resident Medical Officers (RMOs) (i.e. house officers and registrars) in New Zealand. One of the most important roles of the RDA is negotiation of the Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA) which covers RMO employment contracts and conditions for those employed by DHBs across New Zealand.
The RDA and SToNZ MECAs provide full reimbursement of all training costs. This includes attending examination preparation courses, EMAC and/or EMST. Some DHBs will fund other courses on a case-by-case basis, guided by recommendations from their Anaesthetic Department.
For RDA members, Senior registrars in their 5th year or above are also entitled to $6,500 and eight days’ conference leave to attend conferences. The clause comes into effect one year after passing the Primary Examination.
For SToNZ members, trainees receive 10 days of conference leave, and $2000 per annum (accruable to $6000) for implements to aid training (such as laptops, non-reimbursed textbook, subscriptions, conferences). This is currently at the discretion of each DHB and Anaesthetic Department.
Please see the unions’ websites for more details.