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.
Past and present presidents and life members
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.
- Compilation of comments from ASMS past Presidents
- George Downward (1989 – 1991)
- Allen Fraser (1991 – 1995)
- Peter Roberts (1997 – 2003)
- David Galler (April-July 2003)
- Jeff Brown (2003 – 2013)
- Hein Stander (2013 – present)
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:
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.
Audio of Professor Martin McKee addressing the ASMS commemorative conference.
Radio New Zealand’s health correspondent Karen Brown filed this report for Checkpoint.