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.

130 new rheumatic fever drop-in clinics opening

Other News 1 April 2015
Sore throat

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says 75 new free drop-in sore throat clinics are now up and running in Waikato and Northland, and a further 55 clinics will soon be opening.  “The Government has invested more than $65 million to prevent rheumatic fever,” says Dr Coleman.   There are now 202 drop-in clinics in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Rotorua, Gisborne/East Coast, Porirua and the Hutt Valley.”   The full media release is available here.

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Workforce woes ease but rural hospitals still a ‘threatened species’

Other News 1 April 2015
rural hospital

The crisis in the rural hospital doctor workforce is abating against a backdrop of an “inexorable” decline in the number of small town hospitals, says Ross Lawrenson in New Zealand Doctor.
The head of the University of Auckland’s Waikato Clinical School presented research at the recent rural health conference in Rotorua showing an improving picture of rural hospital workforces.
The number of FTE (full time equivalent) doctors in 18 rural hospitals which directly employ medical staff has risen from 85 in 2009 …

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Flow-on effect of health targets concerning

Other News 31 March 2015
waiting times

Nurses are saying the Health Minister’s target of six hours waiting time in emergency departments is causing trouble right through the hospital system, reports the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO).  The Minister recently admonished at least one district health board for its “recurring pattern of poor performance”, particularly in its emergency departments.  The full NZNO media release can be read here.

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Better data – the benefits to the profession and the public

Other News 27 March 2015

The Medical Council of New Zealand has released a discussion paper and media statement to generate debate within the medical profession and the public about the value of performance and outcome data, and how such data promote the competence of doctors.   The Medical Council is seeking feedback on this issue.  The media statement can be read here and the discussion document is available here.

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  • ASMS Directs

Executive Direct – Issue 2015-1

19 March 2015

This is the first issue for 2015 of our electronic publication, Executive Direct, to report to members on National Executive news. It is sent to members after each Executive meeting. This Direct reports on the Executive meeting held on 26 February: Medical Students Association; Elections for ASMS Branch Presidents and Vice Presidents, 2015-2018; Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement meetings; Expanding Industrial Team; Establishment of New Policy Research/Analyst Position; Collective Bargaining with Non-DHB Employers; Informal National Executive Strategic Planning Meeting; Minister of Health’s ‘Letter of Expectations’ to DHBs, 2015-16; Health Sector Directions Forum; ASMS Exit Survey; Health and Safety Risks: ASMS Responsibilities; Other matters.

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2015-2

09 Feb 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 2nd issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports Senior Auckland Pathologist Leader warns against repeating Auckland’s debacle in Wellington Region; Pathologists’ letter to the Health Minister; Aotea Pathology says thanks but no thanks; Graham Dyer picks up the baton, and promptly drops it; CTU raises concerns over backdoor attempt at a public-private partnership; So what happens now if public hospital laboratories are privatised; World Health Professions Alliance collaborative practice award; World Medical Association condemns use of doctors in flogging; Clause 28.2.b about a partner’s entitlement to Parental Leave; ASMS homepage news items.

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  • Publications



Welcome to the ASMS video page.  Here you’ll find a selection of video interviews with people who have played pivotal roles with the ASMS, as well as videos of conference addresses and other significant presentations.

ASMS Annual Conferences and Events

2014 Annual Conference
25th Anniversary Conference

Past Presidents and Life Members
ASMS History and Recollections

ASMS Annual Conferences and Events 
2014 Annual Conference
Presidential address to the ASMS Annual Conference – Dr Hein Stander
Health Minister – Dr Jonathan Coleman
Building resilience …

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