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Stopwork meetings

News 26 July 2021

We are asking all members to attend stopwork meetings following very little progress in the ASMS-DHB MECA negotiations. We have had ten days of talks and the negotiations have stalled, with no acceptable offer on the table. The stopworks are an important opportunity for members to hear more details about the negotiations and feedback to the negotiating team. Stopwork meetings will be held in each DHB between August 2-14. In some larger DHBs there will be more than one meeting …

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Senior doctors to hold stopwork meetings

News 14 July 2021

Senior hospital doctors and dentists who are members of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists will hold a series of stopwork meetings next month to discuss their stalled employment contract negotiations. Stopworks will be held at every DHB starting on August 2. ASMS has been in talks with DHBs since February to negotiate a new multi-employer collective agreement or MECA, but the DHBs have failed to put an acceptable offer on the table. “We are asking for a very modest …

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Patience running thin on mental health upgrades

News 8 July 2021

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says patients and staff will be disappointed that an inquiry into progress on planned new mental health facilities has been knocked off the political agenda. Government MPs on Parliament’s health select committee have blocked a National Party proposal for an inquiry into the delay in providing 15 new mental health inpatient facilities which would aim to accelerate progress and assess design standards. In its recent report, What Price Mental Health?

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Your new branch officers

News 5 July 2021

Find out who your new ASMS branch officers are. We have new ASMS Branch Presidents and Vice-Presidents in many DHBs following elections earlier this year. Their three-year terms began on 1 July. Branch officers are key representatives in your workplace. They promote and organise local ASMS activities and can help raise general or local issues and concerns. See the list below if you want to know who to contact.

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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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