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.

  • About ASMS

What We Do

The Association has two main roles in supporting better Healthcare: 1. Professional and Policy In this role the ASMS: Promotes the right of equal access for all New Zealanders to high quality health services; Articulates our members’ professional concerns and interests to the Government and its various agencies, employers and the public at large; Advises members in their dealings with the media; Liaises with the Medical Protection Society to ensure effective representation for members facing disciplinary proceedings in clinical matters …

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National Executive & Staff

National Executive National Office Staff Interviews with Past-Presidents ASMS branch representatives NATIONAL EXECUTIVE The ASMS has a democratic structure with branches whose boundaries usually coincide with those of each DHB. The top decision and policy making body is the Annual Conference. Most branches are managed by an elected local committee who also select delegates to attend Annual Conference. Between conferences, management of the Association lies with an elected National Executive of ten members. They are elected …

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Policy Charter

The following policy charter forms the policy framework of the ASMS. It was first adopted by the Third Annual Conference (1 November 1991), has been subsequently amended and can only be changed by resolution of Annual Conference or postal ballot in accordance with the Rules. State Funded Health Service That the Association support continuation of an adequately state funded health service. That all New Zealanders should have equal access, regardless of income or financial circumstances, to the state funded service. …

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Changes passed at the 2017 ASMS Annual Conference have been incorporated and approved by the Registrar of Incorporated Societies on 2 February 2018.

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Historic Moments

Important moments in the history of the ASMS are recorded in this section – documents, photographs, recollections, news clippings and videos. We will continue adding interesting historic material and interviews to this page as they become available.  Please contact us if you have a photograph or document that you think may be of interest. Videos Documents Photographs     Videos An interview with Dr James Judson, a founder of the ASMS.   Documents Opinion on …

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