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.

New Health Minister – no pressure! 

ASMS News 17 April 2015
public health

The expectations of a new Health Minister, continued workforce shortages, spin and politics in some DHB decision-making, and concern about the impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) are the topics covered in a paper by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) to the Australian Medical Association’s industrial coordination meeting in Canberra this week.    ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell provided the meeting with an overview of recent developments and pressure points in New Zealand’s health sector.  His paper …

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DHBs are being ‘blackmailed’ into privatising food services

Other News 16 April 2015
hospital food services

Labour’s Annette King says Health Benefits Ltd (HBL) is forcing district health boards to hand over their hospital food services to the private company Compass or face large costs to help pay for the work that HBL put into the privatisation plan. Read more here, and  listen to a Morning Report interview 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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