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.

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DHB Employment Conditions


The Association is a registered union that advises and represents members in respect of their employment agreements. It has negotiated collective employment agreements with all public hospitals and some with other employers. Where there is no collective agreement, the Association will advise members when they negotiate their own individual employment agreements.

According to our membership rules we may represent any doctor that is salaried and who requires an annual practising certificate to perform their salaried job, apart from those who work in universities, or government departments (excluding ACC).

The ASMS DHB MECA sets out the terms and conditions for working as a specialist in New Zealand’s public hospitals.

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Industrial Officer Contact Information

If you have any other queries about an aspect of your employment, please contact your  ASMS industrial officer on +64 4 499 1271 or via email as below;

Sarah Dalton, Industrial Officer –
Northland DHB and Auckland DHB; and any members who work for other employers in the area covered by those DHBs

Phil Dyhrberg, Industrial Officer –
Waitemata DHB and Counties Manukau DHB

Steve Hurring, Industrial Officer –
Waikato DHB; Bay of Plenty DHB; Lakes DHB; Taranaki DHB and Tairawhiti DHB

Ian Weir-Smith, Industrial Officer –
Hawke’s Bay DHB; Whanganui DHB; MidCentral DHB; Wairarapa DHB, Hutt Valley DHB and Capital & Coast DHB

Lloyd Woods, Senior Industrial Officer –
Nelson-Marlborough DHB and West Coast DHB 

Dianne Vogel, Industrial
South Canterbury DHB; Southern DHB and Canterbury DHB

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