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.

  • Membership

Eligibility and Subscription

Membership Eligibility

Our membership is open to any salaried specialist or senior medical or dental officer employed in New Zealand’s public hospital system. About 90 per cent of all specialists and other senior medical and dental officers working in the public hospital system are members of ASMS.

Membership is also open to other senior medical officers who work in Hospices, private specialist practices, Union Health Services, rural-based Community Health Trusts and the Family Planning Association. About 5 per cent of our members work for such groups and most of these members are general practitioners.

Separate organisations exist to represent the employment interests of house surgeons, registrars and medical/dental practitioners employed in the University Medical Schools and government departments. They are not eligible for membership of the ASMS.

We welcome enquiries from medical or dental practitioners who think they may be eligible for membership and from medical and dental practitioners who are considering appointments or who have been offered positions in New Zealand.

Collective Agreements and advice are available here.


For the year 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020 our subscription is $1,100.00 per annum. This may be paid by fortnightly salary deductions of $42.30.

Reduced subscriptions are available for members who earn less than $110,000 per annum. In these cases the subscription is calculated at 1 per cent of the salaried earnings, the minimum being $100.00.

The most convenient method of paying your membership subscription is by fortnightly salary deduction. If you choose this option we will arrange the setup with your employer’s payroll on your behalf. If you wish to pay annually, an invoice will be sent to you on receipt of your application. You can pay your invoice by cheque, internet banking or via credit card online. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to have received your invoice from us via post or email in order to pay online as you will be required to enter your invoice number as a reference. For internet banking payments the ASMS bank account details will be advised on the invoice.

If you wish to join the ASMS, please click here to join.