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The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is the professional association and union uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand.

Relief in sight for busy Dargaville hospital medical staff

Other News 4 September 2015
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Rural hospital medical specialists will soon be providing the majority of care at Dargaville Hospital.  From October 1 the medical staffing of the hospital will return to the Northland District Health Board.  It is expected the changes will allow the recruitment of highly skilled medical officers and health specialists. The Northland DHB will incorporate Dargaville into the new rural specialist programme already being offered at Kaitaia and Bay of Islands hospitals.  Read the full article here.  

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Call to boost obesity surgery

Other News 4 September 2015
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A senior New Zealand scientist is calling for the Government to increase funding for weight loss surgery to help in the battle against obesity.  ”Current methods are not working”, Prof Peter Shepherd, of the University of Auckland, said in a public lecture delivered yesterday as part of Queenstown Research Week.  Read the full article here.  

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The need for elective surgery increase

Other News 3 September 2015
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Taranaki health bosses are defending their record on elective surgery numbers after questions were raised by Labour’s health spokeswoman Annette King.  Annette King obtained numbers under the Official Information Act that revealed 730 people in Taranaki  had elective orthopaedic surgery, including hip and knee operations, in the 2014/15 year.  Read the full article here.

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Doctors Health Advisory Services Australasian Conference 2015

Other News 3 September 2015
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This year’s Doctors Health Advisory Services Australasian Conference theme is “Pathways and Progress”.  The focus will be on proactive and reactive approaches to optimising physician health.  The two day academic program will appeal to all who have an interest in the health and welfare of the medical profession. Some of the advances in understanding the health of medical professionals and some of the great initiatives in improving welfare and support systems for doctors and medical students will be discussed and showcased. …

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Executive Direct – Issue 2015-3

20 August 2015

This is the third 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 23 July: next year’s national DHB MECA negotiations; Social Impact Bonds; Australian Border Defence Act; disclosure of personal information under the Official Information Act; Doctors’ Writing Project; health and safety campaign; national workshop for ASMS Branch Presidents and Vice Presidents; RDA initiative on sexual harassment, bullying and inappropriate behaviour; collective bargaining with non-DHB employers
trends in the media; other matters; ASMS Branch Representatives: next Executive meeting; National Executive: Regional Representatives.

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2015-12

11 Aug 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 12th issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports on: TPPA legal challenge lodged with court; ASMS legal opinion on personal information and the Official Information Act; Presenteeism Survey; Literature review of Social Impact Bonds; Bullying in hospitals; MAS Membership Seminars; Reminder: ASMS Annual Conference in November; Did you know…about representation? ASMS homepage news items.

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