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.

New Executive Director appointed

ASMS News16 September 2019

Sarah Dalton has been appointed Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), effective 1 January 2020. At present Ms Dalton works as an Industrial Officer at ASMS, serving the Northland, Waitemata, and Auckland DHBs. Ian Powell signalled last year he will leave ASMS at the end of 2019. He has led the union since its formation in 1989. ASMS President Professor Murray Barclay says Mr Powell’s departure is the most significant change in the union’s history. “We …

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The reluctant leader: He kaihautū, he whakatōngā

Other News16 September 2019

Curtis Walker talks to Alan Perrott about leadership, identifying as Māori and why flagpoles sometimes must come down Kei te korero a Curtis Walker ki a Alan Perrott mō te kaihautūtanga, mō te tuakiri Māori, ā, mō tika ki tōna wā o te tope o te pouhaki Subtle and gentle “Subtle and gentle, but in an immovable kind of way.” The Medical Council of New Zealand chair is describing his deceased yet ever-present koro, Ranginui Walker. Like his grandfather – an activist, university professor, …

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More Māori and Pacific health workers should be doctors, nurses and managers – Dr Matire Harwood

Other News16 September 2019

The small number of Māori health practitioners in New Zealand means most hold multiple, varying roles to fill gaps in the health system. Dr Matire Harwood exemplifies the multi-tasking expected of Māori working in health. She is currently a general practitioner, health researcher and Waitematā DHB board member who has worked at the coalface of health for the last 25 years. “We need Māori involved at all levels of the health system,” says Harwood. “It won’t just benefit Māori, it …

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An open letter to MPs: No-deal Brexit could cause significant harm to health and social care

Other News9 September 2019

This morning the Nuffield Trust, the Health Foundation and The King’s Fund have published an open letter to all MPs regarding the implications of a no deal Brexit for health and care services. As the Government launches its public campaign to prepare for a no deal Brexit and MPs return from recess tomorrow with a short window to discuss the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, the letter summarises four major areas where the impact …

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Auckland surgeon donates $1 million to help Pasifika students become doctors

Other News9 September 2019

An Auckland surgeon and his wife have donated $1 million to help Pasifika students qualify as doctors. Aucklanders John and Rose Dunn are a little self-conscious about having an endowment fund named after themselves. Their $1 million John and Rose Dunn Pasifika Fund will contribute to course fees and accommodation costs through the University of Auckland School of Medicine Foundation. Although the Dunns have always been philanthropic, they’re normally quiet givers and were reluctant to be interviewed or have the …

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