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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 Annual Conference speakers

ASMS News 22 November 2017

The ASMS 29th Annual Conference is being held in Wellington tomorrow and Friday, with a stimulating line-up of speakers on topics relevant to the work of senior doctors and dentists. Speakers include: National President Dr Hein Stander The new Minister of Health, Dr David Clark Dr Victoria Atkinson, CMO and cardiothoracic surgeon, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, on changes to culture to address negative behaviours and improve safety Dr Erik Monasterio, Canterbury DHB forensic psychiatrist, on a personal experience of stress …

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Waikato health board director mysteriously resigns

Other News 21 November 2017

A key member of former Waikato District Health Board chief executive Dr Nigel Murray’s inner circle has resigned, effective immediately. Waikato Hospital executive director Brett Paradine’s resignation was announced this morning in a memo from interim chief executive Derek Wright. Paradine has been on leave for the past couple of weeks and was not expected to return to work, DHB spokeswoman Lydia Aydon said. It was unclear why Paradine, who has worked for the board for 14 years, resigned. Read …

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Waikato DHB review of HealthTap contract looks deep into controversial $17m app

Other News 21 November 2017

The reliability and usefulness of American technology being used to power Waikato District Health Board’s SmartHealth app will form part of a review of the board’s contract with provider HealthTap. Buy-in from doctors, the cost of the contract to establish and run the app, barriers encountered in implementing SmartHealth, which has not met user target numbers, and the possibility of switching to a local provider, are also under review. The controversial app, believed to have cost upwards of $17 million …

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Urology super-clinic ‘a turning point’

Other News 20 November 2017

The head of urology at Dunedin Hospital says it took time for his bosses to admit there was a problem but he is confident they will not ignore a similar situation in future. Speaking yesterday during a break in a special super-clinic, urology clinical leader Dr Al Hepburn said he was grateful to patients and staff for making it happen. “I was thanking [patients] for taking their weekend off and they were throwing it straight back.” The patients expressed gratitude, …

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Executive Direct – Issue 2016-2

26 April 2016

Dear Member This is the second issue for 2016 of our electronic publication, Executive Direct, to report to members on National Executive news. It is sent to members after each Executive meeting. This Direct reports on the Executive meeting held on 14 April and will also be available on the ASMS website: The next regular Executive meeting is scheduled for 7 July. National DHB MECA negotiations Payroll Record membership year

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ASMS Direct – Issue 2016-3

17 May 2016
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