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.

Tackling rural health workforce issues

Other News15 November 2018

 Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government will take a series of measures to improve the supply of doctors, nurses and midwives working in rural New Zealand. “It’s widely known and accepted that we face challenges attracting and retaining health professionals in some of our smaller communities. We need to make our rural health workforce more sustainable. “Working in rural health can be incredibly rewarding, but it is also demanding and can be isolating. We must do more to …

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Dr Brendan Marshall first to complete advanced NZ obstetrics training

Other News15 November 2018

Travelling to larger centres for maternity care can be a challenge for new mums who live rurally – along with transport to arrange, time off work and childcare to organise, there is also the issue of continuity of care. A Greymouth-based GP and rural hospital generalist is helping sustain rural maternity services on the West Coast by becoming the first person to complete an Advanced Diploma of Obstetrics through a New Zealand accredited provider. Dr Brendan Marshall, a Division of …

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Company formed for joint-venture Queenstown hospital

Other News15 November 2018

A new hospital for Queenstown is a step closer after a private health company and a charitable trust formed a company to make progress on realising it. It is understood the Southern District Health Board has also agreed to fund public patients through the proposed independent surgical hospital. Southern Cross Hospitals Ltd and the Central Lakes Trust have formed the company, Southern Cross CLT Ltd, with equal shares. It was incorporated last Thursday and has applied for registration under the …

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Hundreds of premature babies to benefit from new West Auckland $6m rebuild unit

Other News15 November 2018

A $6 million special care baby unit to be built at Auckland’s Waitakere Hospital hopes to help save hundreds of premature Kiwi babies born each year. The new build comes at a time when demand for the care of vulnerable newborns was so high, some babies were being shipped off to Australia for treatment. “It’s very rare but it does happen – and it’s not uncommon for newborn babies and their mothers to be transferred to units around the country …

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2018 is forcing doctors to be advocates as well as healers

Other News15 November 2018

Treating the types of conditions and injuries which present in this era requires doctors to become advocates as well as healers, writes Dr Jin Russell. Last Thursday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) posted a deeply provocative and surprisingly idiotic tweet about doctors in the United States. This move was a retaliation against an email from the Annals of Internal Medicine, a high impact medical journal issued by the American College of Physicians (ACP), highlighting firearm-related research and the release of …

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