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.

Health target results – ED wait times achieved

Other News 27 May 2015

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest quarterly health target results show the shorter stays in emergency departments target has been met for the first time.  “Across the country over 250,000 New Zealanders were admitted, discharged or transferred from an emergency department within six hours.”  His full media release can be read here.

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Medical Council consultation on fees

Other News 27 May 2015

In 2014 the New Zealand Medical Council indicated it was examining the Council’s fee structures.  That work has now been completed and the Council is proposing a re-costing of fees.  More information, including a link to the Council’s consultation document, can be found here.

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NZMA support for medical students’ fee plight

Other News 27 May 2015

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) supports the call by the New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) for the Government to urgently address the impact of time restrictions on the student loans of many medical students currently part way through their study.
“We have raised this previously with the Government,” says NZMA Chair Dr Stephen Child. “We continue to be concerned that no action has been taken to enable all medical students to take out student loans to cover the full …

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Unintended consequences of meeting health targets

ASMS News 27 May 2015
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The Government’s health targets had unintended consequences for one senior doctor at a large DHB recently.  Doing what was right clinically, she took a few extra minutes to reassure an anxious young patient she was preparing for surgery and to correct another surgical patient’s erroneous information about what was going to happen.  Satisfied that proper attention had been given to the patients they were about to operate on, the theatre team then worked quickly and efficiently to complete their list.  …

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  • ASMS Directs

Executive Direct – Issue 2015-2

26 May 2015

This is the second 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 7 May: next year’s national DHB MECA negotiations; ASMS National Secretary; national office appointments; further Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement actions; membership growth; national workshop for ASMS Branch Presidents and Vice Presidents; Medical Students Association; research project to measure unmet health need; Ministry of Health reviews – inflexible time frame; RDA initiative on sexual harassment, bullying and inappropriate behaviour; collective bargaining with non-DHB employers; defining acceptable minimum standards in services and departments; other matters.

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2015-7

27 May 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 7th issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports Government figures mask true extent of medical workforce need; Laboratories decision a major blow for clinical leadership; Budget fails to invest in health workforce to deliver health care needed; Clause 17.1 of DHB MECA – employer subsidy for your superannuation; 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.

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Prof Martin McKee to Northland DHB
ASMS Annual Conferences and Events

2014 Annual Conference
25th Anniversary Conference

Past Presidents and Life Members
ASMS History and Recollections

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Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)
How the secret TPPA deal could keep the cost of …

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