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.

Union warns Southern DHB of legal action

Other News 24 April 2015
outsourcing food services

The Service and Food Workers’ Union has warned the cash-strapped Southern District Health Board could find itself embroiled in costly legal action if it goes ahead with food service outsourcing, reports the Otago Daily Times.  National Secretary John Ryall said the union would lodge a similar case against Southern DHB to the one it is fighting with Auckland DHB over outsourcing.  The full article can be read here.

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New Zealand irresponsible to follow Obama’s TPPA spin: Jane Kelsey

Other News 23 April 2015

Last Friday one of the final acts in the long-running saga of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement began playing out in Washington DC, writes Jane Kelsey in the New Zealand Herald.  It may either be its salvation or its death knell. At present, odds are on the latter.  Her full article can be read here.

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Shop around to find a free doctor says Health Minister

Other News 22 April 2015
doctors and children

The Health Minister is advising the parents of injured children to shop around until they find a doctor who will treat their child for free.  Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report programme reports that the Government promised at the election to make doctors’ visits free for all primary school age children from July this year, but that the ACC Minister has provided enough funding to cover just 90% of injured children.  The full Morning Report item can be heard

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Surgical league tables could be problematic in the south

Other News 22 April 2015
surgical league

Publishing surgical league tables could be problematic in the south, where people are older and more likely to have surgical complications, says Medical Council Chair Andrew Connolly.  The Otago Daily Times reports that the Council has sparked discussion among doctors about its paper that asks whether the profession should be more open about medical outcomes.  The full article can be read 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. 2015-6

31 Mar 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 6th issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports Election results for ASMS National Executive; British Medical Journal article on changing New Zealand’s health legislation; New Ministry of Health Director General confirmed; CTU urges support for bill to fight foreign corporate control; Medical Council seeks feedback on performance and outcome data discussion document; APAC 2015: exclusive ASMS preferential offer; 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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