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.

Anaesthetist describes heart-wrenching need for millions made homeless by quake

Other News 7 May 2015
Nepal earthquake

A New Zealand anaesthetist volunteering in quake-ravaged Nepal says the most heart-wrenching sights are the things he can’t help with – food and shelter to the millions of Nepalis who have lost their homes.  Maurice Lee, an anaesthetist at Auckland’s North Shore Hospital, flew to Nepal days after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Himalayan nation – barely two weeks after he had returned from his annual aid trip there as part of the International Nepal Fellowship (INF).   The full …

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Budget 2015: $98 million for more elective surgery

Other News 7 May 2015
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An extra $98 million will be invested in Budget 2015 to provide more New Zealanders with timely elective surgery, and to improve the prevention and treatment of orthopaedic conditions, says Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.  Access to elective surgery is a top priority for the Government, he says.  The full media release can be read here.
However, Labour’s health spokesperson, Annette King, says the funding is a drop in the bucket in an effort to appease thousands of …

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Morale of nurses falling – research

Other News 6 May 2015
nurses falling

The morale of New Zealand nurses – particularly those working in aged care and district health boards – continues to fall, affected by heavy workloads, restructuring and unresponsive leadership, NZNO’s latest research reveals.   The research findings are examined in an article in the latest Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, the magazine of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (vol 21, no 3, April 2015).  The full article can be read here.

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How can unions help achieve effective staffing?

Other News 6 May 2015
hospital staffing

What’s the role of unions in ensuring nurse staffing is effective, improves patient outcomes and enhances organisational efficiency?  A key player in the development of care capacity demand management, Jane Lawless, ponders the issue in an article in the latest issue of Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, the magazine of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.  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

Reports

Videos

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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