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

  • ASMS 25th Anniversary Conference

ASMS 25th Anniversary Conference

26 August 2014 

The ASMS marked 25 years since its formation in 1989 with a commemorative conference in Wellington on Tuesday 26 August.  Senior doctors from around the country gathered to hear an inspiring line-up of speakers, including ASMS Foundation President George Downward, keynote guest Professor Martin McKee from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Dr Michael Chen-Xu and two panels comprising medical, political and business commentators.


ASMS: Celebrating 25 years of engagement

The argument for investment in public health


Professor Martin McKee’s presentation to the ASMS commemorative conference in Wellington, 26 August 2014

Professor Martin McKee’s presentation to health professionals at Ko Awatea, Auckland, 29 August 2014

Professor Martin McKee’s presentation to ASMS members in Christchurch, 28 August 2014


Conference speakers

Conference panels

Conference delegates

Past and present presidents and life members

Social function


Past Presidents:

Effective leadership and a highly professional and active membership have been at the heart of ASMS’ success over the past 25 years.   ASMS’ past Presidents provided the following brief comments about their time in the role.

You can read more of their observations here.

Key Conference Speakers:

Reflecting on the past quarter century and looking ahead to the future of health care were two of the themes at the 25th commemorative conference.

Dr George Downward, ASMS Foundation President – Reflections on the first 25 years

Dr Michael Chen Xu, Past President of the NZ Medical Students Association – The next 25 years

Professor Martin McKee’s presentations:

Professor Martin McKee

Professor Martin McKee

One of the world’s leading thinkers on the operation of health systems in times of economic austerity, Professor Martin McKee from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, addressed the commemorative conference in August 2014.  ASMS was able to bring him to New Zealand thanks to sponsorship from MAS.  An article about his visit is here.

Professor McKee delivered presentations to ASMS members and other health professionals in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland, and videos of these presentations are available below.

Health and Wealth, the Argument for Investment

Public Health, Adapting to Change

Austerity, A Failed Experiment on the People

Observations on the NHS Today and its new Legislation

Sponsored by MAS

Sponsored by MAS






Audio of Professor Martin McKee addressing the ASMS commemorative conference.

Radio New Zealand’s health correspondent Karen Brown filed this report for Checkpoint.