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

World Medical Association celebrates landmark declaration on torture

Other News 29 June 2015
physicians and torture

The World Medical Association (WMA) has celebrated the 40th anniversary of a landmark declaration by the medical profession against physicians’ involvement in torture, and says the celebrations occurred on the eve of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.  WMA President Dr Xavier Deau says the declaration set out clear guidance that “the physician shall not countenance, condone or participate in the practice of torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading procedures, whatever the …

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Katherine Rich not seeking reappointment

Other News 29 June 2015
Health Promotions Agency

Former MP Katherine Rich has confirmed she will not seek reappointment to the Health Promotion Agency (HPA).  She said through a media spokesperson last night that the decision had nothing to do with controversy over what some have described as a conflict of interest between her roles as chief executive of the Food and Grocery Council, and member of the board of the HPA, reports the Otago Daily Times.  The full article can be read here.

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  • ASMS Directs

Executive Direct – Issue 2015-2

26 May 2015

This is the second 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 7 May: next year’s national DHB MECA negotiations; ASMS National Secretary; national office appointments; further Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement actions; membership growth; national workshop for ASMS Branch Presidents and Vice Presidents; Medical Students Association; research project to measure unmet health need; Ministry of Health reviews – inflexible time frame; RDA initiative on sexual harassment, bullying and inappropriate behaviour; collective bargaining with non-DHB employers; defining acceptable minimum standards in services and departments; other matters.

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2015-8

15 Jun 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 8th issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports Leaked TPPA document reveals the extent of the risk to Pharmac; The passing of Peter Conway; ASMS Annual Conference in November; About full pay annual leave entitlements following return from parental leave (Clause 23 and Clause 28 of the DHB MECA); 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.

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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

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Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)
How the secret TPPA deal could keep the cost of …

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