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.

Surgical trainees warned off Dunedin

Other News 3 July 2015
trainee surgeon

Surgical trainees have been warned to avoid seeking placement at Dunedin Hospital, because its trainee orthopaedic surgeon positions have been removed for a year, reports the Otago Daily Times.  The Resident Doctors’ Association told members in an email alert yesterday that the training loss had “potential knock-on impacts” for surgical training other than just orthopaedics.   The full article can be read here.

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Junk food advertising ban best way to fight childhood obesity

Other News 3 July 2015
junk food advertising

Junk food advertising is “powerful, pervasive and predatory” – and must be regulated, says a new New Zealand Medical Journal article.   Children needed protection from the sophisticated marketing of food and drinks that were making them fat, say Stefanie Vandevivere and Boyd Swinburn from the Auckland University School of Population Health.  The full article can be read here.

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Newborn hearing screening strengthened

Other News 3 July 2015
newborn baby

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says newborn babies across New Zealand are now benefitting from an improved hearing screening programme as a result of the implementation of the 2013 review.
“Over 55,000 newborn babies are screened each year through the hearing programme. Early detection of hearing loss means appropriate intervention can be provided,” says Dr Coleman.
“Good progress is being made on implementing the 21 quality improvement recommendations of the 2013 review on the newborn hearing screening programme.
“DHBs have done a great job …

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New leaks show Pharmac loser in TPPA negotiation

Other News 3 July 2015

New leaked documents from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) show that New Zealanders could lose access to affordable medication, said the Green Party today.
Draft copies of the text dated May 11, obtained by Politico, show that the US had aggressively and successfully advocated on behalf of big pharmaceutical companies to ensure that generic medication will face tough challenges in overseas markets.
“The leaked text indicates that big pharma are winning the lobbying war in the TPPA negotiations and the New …

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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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