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.

Bay of Plenty paediatrician awarded top honour

Other News 22 May 2015
RACP

A Bay of Plenty paediatrician says his receipt of a prestigious Australasian award for services to rural medicine is a reflection of teamwork rather than individual accomplishment.  John Malcolm is to receive the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Rural and Remote Medal 2015 at a gala ceremony in Australia this weekend.  The full media release can be read here.

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Budget Prevents Doctors from Graduating

Other News 22 May 2015
budget 2015

The release of Budget 2015 confirms the fears of medical students with future hopes of joining the medical workforce in New Zealand.  They won’t have the opportunity to finish their degrees.  A Medical degree in New Zealand requires 6 years of study, making it the longest undergraduate degree in the country. Each year 30% of the class is selected by the universities from a pool of applicants with a previous degree.
The government’s continued time restrictions on student loans means there …

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Budget 2015: Government fails to invest in the health workforce

ASMS News 21 May 2015
budget 2015

“The Government has failed, yet again, to use its Budget to invest in the health workforce which is the prime source of maintaining and improving the quality of patient care,” says ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell, responding to the Government’s Vote Health Budget announcements today.  “This leaves hospital specialists to wonder what services might be compromised or even have to go.”  The full ASMS media release can be read here.
Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman’s media release about the Government’s …

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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

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.

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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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