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

Social bond to focus on mental health

Other News 3 June 2015
social bonds

Finance Minister Bill English and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman say that New Zealand’s first social bond will aim to empower people with mental illness and support their families.  They say that social bonds – in which the return for investors will be partially determined by whether or not agreed social targets have been achieved – will become another tool in the Government’s social investment approach that is aiming to improve the lives and prospects of the most vulnerable New Zealanders.  …

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Privatised mental health concerns

Other News 2 June 2015
mental health services

Giving private investors an opportunity to invest in the provision of mental health services and make money from them could have disastrous consequences, the Methodist Mission says.  The Government set aside $28.8 million in its 2015 Budget for four social bond programmes – the first of which would expand on a pilot delivering employment services to people with mental health conditions.  Methodist Mission Southern director Laura Black expressed grave concerns about the initiative.  The full article can be read

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New Doctors make Economic Sense

Other News 2 June 2015
Student loan

Minister Joyce has been touting that we must consider fairness to taxpayers on the student loan issues around medical students. However, New Zealanders must consider the economic impact of not letting new doctors graduate.
NZMSA President Elizabeth Berryman says that the Minister is undercutting the investment the public makes in training new doctors.
“The government invests a lot in training doctors but when this policy prevents a large portion of the class at the final hurdle; he is completely undermining the investment …

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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. 2015-7

27 May 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 7th issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports Government figures mask true extent of medical workforce need; Laboratories decision a major blow for clinical leadership; Budget fails to invest in health workforce to deliver health care needed; Clause 17.1 of DHB MECA – employer subsidy for your superannuation; 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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