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.

How to develop new antibiotics

Other News 25 February 2015

The bacteria are winning, reports Ezekiel J. Emanuel, an oncologist and vice-provost at the University of Pennsylvania, writing in The New York Times.   Every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least two million people are infected with bacteria that can’t be wiped out with antibiotics and, as a result, 23,000 people die.  Direct health costs from these illnesses are estimated to be as high as $20 billion annually.  Ezekiel Emanuel argues that the development of …

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WMA calls for official investigation into ISIS organ harvesting

Other News 24 February 2015
harvesting organs

The World Medical Association (WMA) has joined the international call for the United Nations to investigate reports that ISIS is involved in harvesting human organs to raise funds for its terrorist activities.   This follows comments from the Iraqi ambassador to the UN that ISIS was forcing doctors to remove human organs and executing those doctors who refused to participate.  The full media release can be read here.

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DHBs improve performance on health targets

Other News 24 February 2015
medical target

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest quarterly health target results show DHBs are making good overall progress and are continuing to improve their performance on the Government’s health targets.  The full media release is available here.

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Cardboard cut-out specialists can’t cover holes in services

ASMS News 24 February 2015
cardboard cut out of doctor

ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell writes in a column in New Zealand Doctor magazine that by 2021, DHBs will be struggling on several hundred fewer hospital specialists than the Australian benchmark suggests will be needed.
The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) and former health minister Tony Ryall fell out over DHB specialist numbers.
Mr Ryall’s approach to solving what he had previously described as a crisis was to use fudged data to embellish the situation to make it look much better …

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  • ASMS Directs

Executive Direct – Issue 2014-5

10 December 2014

This is the fifth issue for 2014 of our electronic publication, Executive Direct, to report to members on National Executive news. This Direct reports on the last Executive meeting held on 26 November: Medical Students Association; Elections for National Executive, 2015-2018; Productivity Commission Consultation Paper: `More Effective Social Services'; Amendments to Employment Relations Act; Collective Bargaining with Non-DHB Employers; Review of the ASMS Reserves Policy and Use; Medical Council Prevocational Training Stakeholder Meeting; Other matters.

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2015-2

09 Feb 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 2nd issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports Senior Auckland Pathologist Leader warns against repeating Auckland’s debacle in Wellington Region; Pathologists’ letter to the Health Minister; Aotea Pathology says thanks but no thanks; Graham Dyer picks up the baton, and promptly drops it; CTU raises concerns over backdoor attempt at a public-private partnership; So what happens now if public hospital laboratories are privatised; World Health Professions Alliance collaborative practice award; World Medical Association condemns use of doctors in flogging; Clause 28.2.b about a partner’s entitlement to Parental Leave; 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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