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

Whakaari tragedy: message of support to NZ specialists

ASMS News12 December 2019

ASMS  has received a message of support from our colleagues on the other side of the Tasman. The President of the Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Federation Geoff Dobb said: “We have been following the events unfolding in NZ from this side of the Tasman with great sadness, but also admiration for the emergency response teams and the medical staff caring for the survivors. The workload for your plastic surgeons, intensivists, anaesthetists and others who support them must be extreme, especially …

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Three decades of speaking up for senior doctors

Other News12 December 2019

Ian Powell sat down with RNZ Nine to Noon host Kathryn Ryan to reflect on his 30 years as the public face of ASMS.  He was the the Association’s first Executive Director in 1989, when the union had 1200 members. It now has 5000.  He spoke to Kathryn Ryan about years of fighting for the pay and conditions of medical specialists and being a vocal advocate for the public health.  Have a listen here.     

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Further evidence of doctor burnout and workload pressures

ASMS News11 December 2019

The senior doctors’ union, the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, is welcoming a report from the Medical Protection Society which provides further evidence of doctor burnout and high workload pressures. The “Breaking the burnout cycle” report shows 44% of 300 doctors surveyed are not satisfied with their work/life balance, and 41% have considered leaving the profession over issues of wellbeing. A corresponding survey of dental professionals reveals similar trends. ASMS represents senior doctors and dentists in New Zealand’s …

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DHBs must address leadership culture – Ian Powell

Other News11 December 2019

Ian Powell, executive director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, has led the union since its formation in 1989. He leaves ASMS at the end of the year, and is gravely concerned about the state of district health boards, particularly the Southern DHB. Read more. 

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Updated Statement on informed consent

Other News9 December 2019

The Medical Council has recently revisited its Statement on informed consent. Informed consent is a very important aspect of care. This statement sets out the standards of good medical practice when discussing options for treatment and obtaining consent from patients. We are pleased to share this statement with you. Some important points The key points about informed consent are: Every time treatment is provided, a doctor must have permission to provide that treatment. The process of obtaining that permission …

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