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The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is the professional association and union uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand.

NZMA supports pro-vaccination stand

Other News 26 May 2017

The New Zealand Medical Association supports Dr Lance O’Sullivan’s stand against the misinformation being peddled by anti-vaccination agitators, and deplores the personal attacks made against him and his family. “Evidence-based medicine is at the heart of what we, as doctors, do,” says NZMA Chair Dr Kate Baddock. “A key principle in our Code of Ethics is that—as a profession—we adhere to the scientific basis for medical practice. “Children are the most vulnerable members of our society. It is our responsibility …

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NZMSA Supports Dr. Lance O’Sullivan: Vaccines Save Lives

Other News 26 May 2017

The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) supports Dr. Lance O’Sullivan’s comments that promotion of falsehoods about vaccination results in harm to our children, the most vulnerable members of society. Healthcare providers, such as Dr. O’Sullivan, spend their lives working towards improving and maintaining the wellbeing of New Zealanders. The continued spreading of misinformation surrounding vaccination threatens to damage the work they do to protect New Zealanders against vaccine-preventable diseases. Since the advent of vaccination, millions of deaths have been …

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NZ joins global response to antimicrobial resistance

Other News 26 May 2017

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Food Safety Minister David Bennett welcome the announcement of New Zealand’s action plan for tackling the growing issue of antimicrobial resistance. “Antimicrobial resistance is a global issue that requires a global response. New Zealand has joined other countries in announcing its action plan at the World Health Assembly in Geneva,” says Dr Coleman. “Like other countries, New Zealand has seen a rise in antibiotic resistant infections so it’s important that we have this action plan. …

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Health funding falls short of what is needed – again

ASMS News 25 May 2017

“The Government’s decision today not to fund public health care to the level needed is a serious blow for New Zealand’s communities,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). A preliminary analysis shows there is a total operational funding shortfall of approximately $300 million.  The budget for district health boards (including money for new initiatives) is $12.683 billion. There is a funding shortfall of approximately $163 million in order to tread water. “This was …

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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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