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.

Gobsmacking lack of robust financial analysis for DHBs’ flawed laboratories proposal

ASMS News 2 March 2015
Financial analysis

“The three Wellington regional district health boards driving public hospital laboratories toward privatisation have failed dismally to provide any good financial analysis of the benefits of going down this path,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).
The Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs are due to make a decision shortly about the future of the Wellington and Hutt Valley public hospital laboratories.  Medical specialists and other health professionals are very concerned about …

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New toolkit to help DHBs in suicide prevention

Other News 2 March 2015
suicide prevention

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new resource released today is designed to help DHBs, in partnership with their communities, prevent and respond to suicide.  “Around 500 New Zealanders take their own lives every year,” says Dr Coleman.  The Ministry of Health, DHB staff, health professionals, community organisations and experts in the field have developed a new web resource which includes links to research, programmes and services.  More information is available here.

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Pressure to bring in tobacco plain-packaging

Other News 2 March 2015
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The Government is being lobbied to bring the tobacco plain-packaging bill back to Parliament for a final vote, now the policy has been found to work “almost like a vaccine against tobacco” in Australia, reports the New Zealand Herald.   The health select committee last year supported the bill but the Government has delayed bringing it back to the House pending the outcome of the challenges against the Australian law by the tobacco industry.  The full article can be read

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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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  • 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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