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.

Why New Zealand should still oppose investor-state dispute measures

Other News 4 August 2015

Even in this dark hour for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the secrecy farce continues, writes political journalist Gordon Campbell in a column on the Scoop website.  “Plainly, there would be a lot less suspicion about this deal if the Trade Minister – and the PM – showed more respect for the New Zealand public, and explained the trade-offs that are currently on the table.  His full column can be read here.

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Otago doctor top fundraiser for Dry July

Other News 4 August 2015
dry July

Southern DHB medical oncologist and ASMS member Dr Christopher Jackson has raised the most money for the national fundraising event Dry July.  He raised more than $6130 for giving up alcohol last month.  The full story is here.

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Secrecy of TPPA documents heads to court

ASMS News 3 August 2015

A legal challenge to the secrecy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement  (TPPA) negotiations will be launched in the High Court this week.
An urgent application for judicial review will challenge Trade Minister Tim Groser’s blanket refusal to release any of the categories of information sought by University of Auckland Professor Jane Kelsey under an Official Information Act request on 25 January this year.
The request reflect the categories of documents recommended for the release in an own-initiative report by the European Union …

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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. 2015-10

13 Jul 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 10th issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports on Hobson’s choice for laboratory services in the Wellington region; DHB performance on culture; Reminder: ASMS Annual Conference in November; Did you know…about flexible work?; Attempts to silence physicians, fighting a force-feeding bill, and anti-torture measures; 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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