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

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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Heart & diabetes checks health target met

ASMS News 24 November 2015

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest health target results show the more heart and diabetes checks target was met for the first time. “Around 1.2 million people have had their cardiovascular disease risk assessed in the past five years,” says Dr Coleman. “This target has been in place for three years, during that time results have nearly doubled from 46 per cent in 2011/12 to currently 90 per cent. “Health services are assessing patients’ heart risk in a timely …

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Mute medical colleges failing those with unmet health needs, surgeon says

Other News 23 November 2015
Phil Bagshaw

Canterbury Charity Hospital chairman Dr Philip Bagshaw said the medical profession should be speaking out about huge unmet needs in the community.  The comments were made in a speech at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) annual conference on Friday:

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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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