We are the union for salaried doctors and dentists.

We promote, protect and support the interests of our members in all aspects of their working lives. We are working for an equitable, accessible public health care system that meets the needs of all New Zealanders.

Great line up for this year’s Annual Conference

ASMS News23 October 2020

Check out the line up for this year’s Annual Conference. Click here: ASMS 32nd Annual Conference programme. The theme is Building the workforce pipeline, stopping the drain. We have an interesting series of sessions and speakers, along with our normal business. We’ve left a spot open for the Minister of Health to speak to the conference and we’re hoping to be able to confirm this once the new government is fully in place.

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Full house for Annual Conference

ASMS News13 October 2020

We have had an overwhelming response from members wanting to come to this year’s Annual Conference at Te Papa, 26-27 November. Thanks to all those who have registered. Unfortunately, we have now reached capacity and are putting registrations on hold. However, we are offering a webinar option for those who want to attend.  To register for the webinar please email Cassey van Riel on  We look forward to seeing everyone, whether in person, or virtually, in Wellington next …

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Canterbury DHB bailout welcome but scars run deep

ASMS News2 October 2020

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists is welcoming a government bailout for the Canterbury District Health Board but says it’s a shame it has taken an unprecedented leadership crisis and protest action by staff to force action. The DHB is to be given an equity injection of $180 million, which is the size of its deficit. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says it’s a relief to finally see the Health Minister Chris Hipkins acknowledging the financial difficulties the DHB has …

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Health Matters – Framing the full story of Health

ASMS News29 September 2020

Improving health outcomes and reducing demand for health care in Aotearoa means targeting growing inequities. We know our members are regularly treating preventable illness and disease which have their roots in social factors such as poverty, racism, poor housing, unhealthy foods, and environments. That is why we’ve put together a new report Health Matters – Framing the full story of health.  We hope it will provoke some better national conversations about health, and some long term cross-party political commitment …

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