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.

Memo reveals secret waiting list at Waitemata DHB

Other News 4 May 2015
Doctor writing

A district health board has been putting patients on a ‘suspended’ waiting list for surgery until it can fit them in within the Government’s new target of four months, according to a memo obtained by the New Zealand Herald. The existence of Waitemata DHB’s suspended list is revealed in a memo headed ‘An impossible situation’, which says the DHB is not adequately funded for the increasing number of patients needing elective surgery.  The full article can be read

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People left in pain as DHBs refuse specialist appointments, says Labour

Other News 1 May 2015
medical specialist assessments

New Zealanders are being refused specialist assessments in greater numbers as district health boards struggle with cost pressures, says Labour’s health spokesperson, Annette King.  An increase of almost 400% in the number of patients being refused first specialist orthopaedic assessments in some areas, and being sent back to their GPs sometimes in serious pain, is the sign of a health system under enormous strain, she says.  The full media release can be read here.

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MPs warned about risks of law suits from international trade deals

Other News 1 May 2015
international trade deals

MPs have been warned that a disputes provision in the South Korea trade deal could expose the New Zealand government to multi-million dollar lawsuits from foreign corporations, reports Radio New Zealand.  Investor-state dispute clauses, also being considered for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), allow multinational companies to sue governments if they lose profits as a result of new domestic regulation.  Parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee is hearing submissions on the South Korea trade deal.  The full Radio New …

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Vacancies on the Medicines Assessment Advisory Committee

Other News 30 April 2015
medicines assessment

The Ministry of Health says Medsafe is currently seeking applications for the Medicines Assessment Advisory Committee (MAAC).  The MAAC provides advice to the Health Minister on the benefits and risks of new medicines, and it is an important component of the regulatory framework for safeguarding public health in New Zealand.
Applications are being sought from candidates with substantial clinical experience and national credibility in:

general practice
specialist fields (for example cardiology, dermatology, geriatrics, neurology, psychiatry and women’s health).

To be considered for appointment, candidates …

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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.

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

ASMS Annual Conferences and Events 
2014 Annual Conference
Presidential address to the ASMS Annual Conference – Dr Hein Stander
Health …

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