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.

Over 20,000 people support medical students to finish training

Other News 1 December 2015

Today the New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) supported by Annette King presented a petition with over 20,000 signatures to Parliament urging Minister Steven Joyce to remove the 7-year cap on the Student Loan for medical students. A medical degree takes six years to complete making it the longest undergraduate degree in New Zealand. Medical schools select more than 30% of their students from a pool of applicants who have previously completed a degree. This policy means these students will …

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Southern DHB has failed its patients and doctors, says RDA

Other News 25 November 2015
Southern DHB

By not supporting its house officers, the Southern District Health Board has failed its patients as well as its newest doctors, says the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA). The board is under fire for failing a house officer training inspection. RDA national secretary Deborah Powell says the DHB’s management has failed in its obligations:

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  • ASMS Directs

Executive Direct – Issue 2015-4

16 September 2015

This is the fourth 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 10 September: next year’s national DHB MECA negotiations; ASMS Annual Conference; Medical Council recertification draft statement; DHB SMOS Salary Survey; Council of Trade Unions National Affiliates Council; Collective bargaining with non-DHB employers; Other matters; ASMS Branch Representatives: next Executive meeting; National Executive: Regional Representatives.

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2015-15

21 Oct 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 15th issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports on: High Court TPPA ruling sends strong message to Government; Working in Canterbury – negative impact on staff health; Plan to develop a single national electronic health record; Survey on hours of work and burnout; Final reminder: Register now for the ASMS Annual Conference, 19-20 November; Did you know…about covering for residents? 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. Hot topics Prof Martin McKee to Northland DHB ASMS Annual Conferences and Events 2015 Annual Conference 2014 Annual Conference 25th Anniversary Conference Past Presidents and Life Members ASMS History and Recollections Hot topics  Trans Pacific Partnership …

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