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We promote, protect and support the interests of our members in all aspects of their working lives. We are working for an equitable, accessible public health care system that meets the needs of all New Zealanders.

‘Fix-it’ notice needed on critical health system understaffing

News 18 June 2021

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says an urgent ‘fix-it’ notice needs to be issued to address an understaffing crisis across the health system. According to Radio New Zealand, Worksafe has issued Wellington Free Ambulance with a ‘fix-it’ notice over worker fatigue. Ambulance staff themselves blame the situation on a massive shortfall in staffing. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says staffing shortfalls are the new normal in health, leading to high levels of burnout, people leaving and …

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Senior doctors throw their support behind striking nurses

News 9 June 2021

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora is fully supporting striking nurses in their fight for fair pay and safe staffing. 30,000 members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation are walking off the job for eight hours today after turning down the latest pay offer from the DHBs. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says no one knows better than doctors how valuable nurses are and the dedicated care they give to patients around the country. “There is a …

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Nurses’ strike

ASMS News 4 June 2021

We know that the nurses’ strike is going to pose real challenges to staff and patients AND we fully support their cause for decent pay and conditions. We’ve put together some initial guidance for you on issues which arose during the last nurses’ strike in 2018 that may come up this time.

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Great line-up for the Creating Solutions virtual conference

ASMS News 25 May 2021

Registrations are now open for the Creating Solutions – Towards better health equity for all conference. The virtual conference is on 2-3 July and is being co-hosted by ASMS and the Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust. We have put together an exciting programme of national and international speakers and health sector leaders. The conference will be opened by the Health Minister Andrew Little with a keynote address by the established British health equity researcher Sir Michael Marmot.  All those attending will be …

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Covid-19: Up close and personal

Blog 10 March 2021

ASMS Vice President Dr Julian Fuller left New Zealand late last year to visit his dying brother in South Africa and contracted Covid-19. He returned to New Zealand last month and used some of his time in managed isolation to write about his experience.

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Institutional racism – our duty of care to patients and staff

Blog 21 August 2020

ASMS National Executive member and Auckland Starship Hospital paediatrician Dr Julian Vyas writes about how racial bias in the New Zealand healthcare system may not only affect health outcomes, but can also affect minority ethnic healthcare workers. He argues that tackling systemic racism requires action at both an organisational and individual level.  He asks all health staff to reflect on their own workplace, to be open to the possibility of subconscious bias existing and how it may affect colleagues.

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Abortion law reform: what it means for us

Blog 18 June 2020

After more than 40 years of an abortion law that put unnecessary legal barriers between women and their health providers, New Zealand has finally righted a wrong and introduced a new legal framework so abortion can be treated as a health issue, not a criminal one. So, what does this mean in practice? What does it mean for the thousands of women and pregnant people who seek abortions each year due to an unintended pregnancy? What does it mean for …

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Talking telehealth beyond Covid-19

Blog 5 June 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant a rapid increase in the use of IT to support distance consultation through telehealth. ASMS National Executive member and Auckland paediatrician Dr Julian Vyas has been thinking about the implications for members.

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Covid-19 Guidance and Resources

There is a range of guidance and advice out there for frontline healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve compiled some of the information and resources which are available to help support ASMS members and ensure their own health and safety is looked after. As you know the situation is rapidly evolving and some of the information could change. Change of duties or extra hours ASMS has put together advice to support you: Changes of duties or extra …

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ASMS Annual Conference 2020 Why it’s important to match our training pathway to our population profile Professor Joanne Baxter Associate Dean (Māori), University of Otago Director of Kōhatu – Centre for Hauora Māori The Pipeline– panel discussion Anna Clark, Deputy Director-General Health Workforce, Ministry of Health Professor Peter Crampton, Kōhatu, Centre for Hauora Māori, Otago University Dr Deborah Powell, National Secretary, NZRDA Mr Peter Robertson, NZ Orthopaedic Association Dr Richard Storey, Vice President, STONZ The equity kaupapa …

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