ASMS

Working for better health care in New Zealand

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is the professional association and union uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand.

Medical professionals pay tribute to ‘unflappable’ Christchurch doctor

Other News24 February 2017

The death of a mental health registrar has been felt throughout the medical profession in New Zealand and overseas. The 50-year-old mental health registrar at Christchurch Hospital died while walking to work. The family had since learnt the father-of-five had undetected Wellens’ syndrome, a genetic cardiac syndrome. Husaini was a couple of months out from completing his training in psychiatry, so he could help address Christchurch’s increasing mental health issues. “He was happy. I’ve never seen him so happy,” Juliana Binte Osman said of her husband. Read the article here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/89651146/medical-professionals-pay-tribute-to-unflappable-christchurch-doctor

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Request for feedback

Other News23 February 2017

In 2017, the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) are assessing the training, education, and continuing professional development programs provided by the Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), and they’re requesting feedback on the programmes being assessed. Links are included here to background information on the assessment process and the relevant questions for the assessment. The AMC would like to receive feedback by Monday 13 March 2017, and this can be emailed in a PDF …

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Junior doctors’ roster dispute with district health boards likely to be settled on Thursday – union

Other News22 February 2017

Junior doctors’ long-running battle over work hours appears to be coming to an end. Three thousand of the doctors have been negotiating a multi-employer collective agreement for “safer” rosters since January 1 last year. But today the NZ Resident Doctors Association national secretary, Dr Deborah Powell, confirmed the district health boards’ bargaining team will recommend settlement of the agreement to board chief executives on Thursday, before the association formally proceeds to ratification by its members. She was cautiously optimistic the …

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Port Hills fires a ‘setback’ for mental health, says Canterbury District Health Board chief executive David Meates

Other News22 February 2017

Christchurch’s Port Hills fires are likely to cause a “setback” for the mental health of a region still recovering from earthquakes, Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) chief executive David Meates​ says. In his latest CEO update, Meates wrote about the impact of the fires, saying it would likely impact the mental health and wellbeing of many in the community. “There’s a palpable sense of ‘why us, haven’t we been through enough already?’ “For many Cantabrians today feels like we’re back to ground zero.” …

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DHBs ‘dragged kicking and screaming’ to settlement

Other News22 February 2017

The country’s district health boards are accused of being ‘dragged kicking and screaming’ towards a settlement with junior doctors. However the DHBs claim they have invested multi-millions into one of the most significant changes to junior doctor contracts in years. The NZ Resident Doctor’s Association and hospitals agreed to a settlement on Tuesday following lengthy negotiations. The DHB bargaining team will recommend settlement to chief executives at a meeting on Thursday before the deal is confirmed by union members. Read the …

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