ASMS

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.

Flow-on effect of health targets concerning

Other News 31 March 2015
waiting times

Nurses are saying the Health Minister’s target of six hours waiting time in emergency departments is causing trouble right through the hospital system, reports the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO).  The Minister recently admonished at least one district health board for its “recurring pattern of poor performance”, particularly in its emergency departments.  The full NZNO media release can be read here.

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Better data – the benefits to the profession and the public

Other News 27 March 2015
data

The Medical Council of New Zealand has released a discussion paper and media statement to generate debate within the medical profession and the public about the value of performance and outcome data, and how such data promote the competence of doctors.   The Medical Council is seeking feedback on this issue.  The media statement can be read here and the discussion document is available here.

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Canterbury DHB faces $45 million budget hole over next decade

Other News 27 March 2015
Canterbury DHB

Canterbury District Health Board says it will record a $45 million blowout in the next 10 years if the Government does not step in, reports The Press newspaper.  In March 2014 the DHB asked the Ministry of Health for additional annual mental health funding of $4.5 million for up to 10 years.  Almost a year later, the Ministry has still not accepted the proposal and the DHB’s annual plan and budget for the 2014/15 financial year has not been signed …

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eReferral system rolled out across the South Island

Other News 27 March 2015
ereferrals

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says Southern DHB has now completed the South Island’s rollout of eReferrals, enabling faster, more accurate transfer of patient information. Dr Coleman says the West Coast, South Canterbury and Nelson Marlborough DHBs replaced paper-based referrals with electronic referrals, and now the Southern DHB has introduced the system. His media release can be read here.

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  • ASMS Directs

Executive Direct – Issue 2015-1

19 March 2015

This is the first 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 26 February: Medical Students Association; Elections for ASMS Branch Presidents and Vice Presidents, 2015-2018; Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement meetings; Expanding Industrial Team; Establishment of New Policy Research/Analyst Position; Collective Bargaining with Non-DHB Employers; Informal National Executive Strategic Planning Meeting; Minister of Health’s ‘Letter of Expectations’ to DHBs, 2015-16; Health Sector Directions Forum; ASMS Exit Survey; Health and Safety Risks: ASMS Responsibilities; 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

Reports

Videos

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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