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.

US Chamber of Commerce works globally to fight anti-smoking measures

Other News 2 July 2015

From Ukraine to Uruguay, Moldova to the Philippines, the US Chamber of Commerce and its foreign affiliates have become the hammer for the tobacco industry, engaging in a worldwide effort to fight anti-smoking laws of all kinds, reports The New York Times.  Facing a wave of new legislation around the world, the tobacco lobby turned for help to the US Chamber, with the weight of American business behind it.  While the Chamber’s tobacco lobbying has been largely hidden from public …

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Controversial social bonds pilot could take seven years to deliver results

Other News 2 July 2015
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Official documents show it could take up to seven years for the Government to see the fruits of its controversial social bonds programme, reports Stuff.  Labour’s health spokesperson Annette King says this revelation raises suspicions that $30 million in public money set aside for the pilot was an “upfront payment” to private companies looking to cash in on health outcomes.  However, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is maintaining the money won’t be paid out unless results are achieved.  The full article …

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Free GP visits and prescriptions for under-13s

Other News 1 July 2015
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From today all New Zealand children aged under 13 will be eligible to access free GP visits at any time of the day or night seven days a week, as well as free prescriptions, says Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.   He says that of the 1012 general practices in the country, 96% have opted in for free medical appointments, covering 98% of children aged under 13.  The full media release is available here.

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Watson, the computer that’s tackling cancer

Other News 1 July 2015
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Watson, the computer brain of gameshow fame, is now training to be the world’s first artificial intelligence expert in cancer, reports The Washington Post.  The idea is to use Watson’s increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence to find personalised treatments for every cancer patient by comparing disease and treatment histories, genetic data, scans and symptoms against the vast universe of medical knowledge.  Such precision targeting is possible to a limited extent but it can take weeks of dedicated sleuthing by a team …

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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. 2015-8

15 Jun 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 8th issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports Leaked TPPA document reveals the extent of the risk to Pharmac; The passing of Peter Conway; ASMS Annual Conference in November; About full pay annual leave entitlements following return from parental leave (Clause 23 and Clause 28 of the DHB MECA); 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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