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

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9% missing out on hospital treatment: study

Other News 24 March 2017 Kathryn Ryan - Radio New Zealand

A new pilot study finds that 9 per cent of adult New Zealanders are missing out on hospital treatment for non-urgent conditions – including mental, medical, surgical and dental problems. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the leader of the pilot study, the founder of the Canterbury Charity Hospital, surgeon Phil Bagshaw. Listen to the interview here:

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Thousands left off surgery waiting lists suffering indefinitely: new research

Other News 24 March 2017 ASMS

Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders living in pain are unable to access health care due to long waiting lists, a study in the New Zealand Medical Journal has revealed. The study, led by Christchurch surgeon Phil Bagshaw, developed tools to measure levels of unmet health need. New Zealand Herald: Stuff:–study Green Party:  

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New research findings paint damning picture of unmet health need

ASMS News 24 March 2017 Media Release - ASMS

New research findings published in today’s New Zealand Medical Journal paint a damning picture of the level of unmet health need in this country, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “As a country we should be very concerned when credible independent research suggests that at least 25% of adults are not able to get the primary health care they require and the unmet secondary need is about 9%,” he says. “These research findings …

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Dunedin City Council launching hospital campaign

Other News 23 March 2017 Eileen Goodwin - Otago Daily Times

The Dunedin City Council is harnessing people power in a bid to keep Dunedin Hospital in the central city. It is launching a public campaign today at 12.30pm outside The Fix cafe in Frederick St. Cr David Benson-Pope said public support was imperative for the campaign to work. “Given the strength of feeling about this issue over such a long time, I think we can anticipate some pretty overwhelming support for what the council is leading here. “This is a …

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Getting patients with major trauma to the right hospital quicker

Other News 23 March 2017 Media Release - Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, ACC Minister Michael Woodhouse

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and ACC Minister Michael Woodhouse say hundreds will benefit from a new major trauma policy which will see patients taken to the most appropriate hospital more quickly. “The Government is focused on getting patients the care they need when they need it. As part of the wider work programme we’re rolling out the ‘Major trauma out of hospital destination policy’ from Monday,” says Dr Coleman. “Each year around 2,000 people with major trauma are transferred to …

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Enthusiasm greets school of rural health idea but Waikato Uni says it’s not enough

Other News 23 March 2017 Liane Topham-Kindley - New Zealand Doctor

A proposed national School of Rural Health shows Otago and Auckland Universities recognise their current medical training model is inadequate, Waikato University’s vice-chancellor Neil Quigley says.  Waikato University issued a media release in response to yesterday’s announcement about the School of Rural Health proposed by Otago and Auckland universities, with Professor Quigley saying the current model is not producing the distribution of doctors across specialties and locations outside the main metropolitan areas.  Minor changes to the programmes, as outlined in …

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Virtual rural health school mooted: med schools, college and network on board

Other News 23 March 2017 Liane Topham-Kindley - New Zealand Doctor

A virtual national School of Rural Health based in 20 rural communities around the country is being investigated as an option by Otago and Auckland Universities. The universities are working with the RNZCGP and the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network in a joint initiative which will ultimately seek Government funding to develop training sites in rural communities and extend Otago University’s Rural Medical Immersion Programme. Auckland University’s head of the medical programme Warwick Bagg says the proposal is not …

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World leading NZ research is improving stroke patients rehabilitation

Other News 23 March 2017 Media Release - Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith says new internationally-recognised research that aims to improve rehabilitation of people after they have a stroke is an important step forward. “Around 9,000 people have a stroke each year in New Zealand. Early identification and treatment is crucial to reduce the likelihood of brain damage and lasting harm,” says Dr Coleman. “Of these, around a third of people who experience significant disability following stroke could benefit from intensive inpatient …

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How do you make an informed medical decision in the age of the internet?

Other News 21 March 2017 Nicholas McBride - Stuff

A way of handling endless medical advice in the age of the internet will be tested as part of new research. A Massey University PhD student is testing a new way of dealing with information overload when making healthcare decisions. Yi-Mei Huang has developed a programme that guides patients through a step-by-step process to improve the way they deal with large volumes of information. Huang said “personal knowledge management” was a process to help people to manage large amounts of information. It  was …

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On World Sleep Day, time to take action on doctor fatigue

Other News 20 March 2017 Media Release - Royal College of Anaethetists

17 March was World Sleep Day and the RCoA join with the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland in calling for action on the issue of safe working hours for doctors. The AAGBI has established a three-point plan to address the issue: Support publication of a national survey about junior doctor fatigue, covering accessibility of hospital rest facilities, commuting after working night shifts and the impact of fatigue on physical and psychological health. Roll out of a fatigue …

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