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.

Canterbury surgery rates down

Other News 28 April 2015
surgery instruments

Up to 550 patients are missing out on elective orthopaedic surgery in Canterbury each year as public hospital surgeons struggle to meet demand, reports The Press.  Dan Coward, Canterbury District Health Board manager of older person, orthopaedics and rehabilitation, says Canterbury has performed well for major hip and knee replacements but had fallen well below the national average for specialty orthopaedic surgical interventions for ankles, shoulders and hands.  Canterbury was ranked second lowest after Auckland for specialty orthopaedic intervention rates.  …

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Ebola ruled out for healthcare worker

Other News 28 April 2015
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Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the second healthcare worker who recently returned from Sierra Leone and required testing to rule out Ebola has tested negative for the virus.
“Laboratory testing and clinical assessment has confirmed that the patient does not have Ebola,” says Dr Coleman. “The patient does not meet the clinical criteria for a second test to be required.”
“The patient’s condition has since improved and they have been discharged from Wellington Hospital.
“The individual will continue to self-monitor for the remainder …

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Union warns Southern DHB of legal action

Other News 24 April 2015
outsourcing food services

The Service and Food Workers’ Union has warned the cash-strapped Southern District Health Board could find itself embroiled in costly legal action if it goes ahead with food service outsourcing, reports the Otago Daily Times.  National Secretary John Ryall said the union would lodge a similar case against Southern DHB to the one it is fighting with Auckland DHB over outsourcing.  The full article can be read here.

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New Zealand irresponsible to follow Obama’s TPPA spin: Jane Kelsey

Other News 23 April 2015

Last Friday one of the final acts in the long-running saga of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement began playing out in Washington DC, writes Jane Kelsey in the New Zealand Herald.  It may either be its salvation or its death knell. At present, odds are on the latter.  Her full article 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. 2015-6

31 Mar 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 6th issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports Election results for ASMS National Executive; British Medical Journal article on changing New Zealand’s health legislation; New Ministry of Health Director General confirmed; CTU urges support for bill to fight foreign corporate control; Medical Council seeks feedback on performance and outcome data discussion document; APAC 2015: exclusive ASMS preferential offer; 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.

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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