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We are the union for salaried doctors and dentists.

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.

Senior doctors call for strong clinical voice to lead health reforms

News 23 September 2021

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora welcomes the appointment of one of its members to the interim board of Health New Zealand, saying the voice of frontline clinicians must be heard as the Government pushes forward with sweeping health reform. Dr Curtis Walker, who is also the Chair of the Medical Council, has been named as one of eight members of Health New Zealand which, along with the Māori Health Authority, will lead the establishment of the …

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Ten-year mental health plan could prove a long wait

News 22 September 2021

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora is greeting a new plan to improve mental health with cautious optimism but warns ten years could prove a very long wait. The Government has announced a ten-year strategy – Kia Manawanui – to set goals on mental health and support the delivery of mental health services. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says the explosion in demand for specialist mental health services has deepened a crisis which requires urgent action. A …

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Annual Conference going virtual

News 13 September 2021

A difficult call has been made to hold the ASMS Annual Conference in November as a virtual only event. The outbreak of the Delta strain of Covid-19 means it is difficult to plan for large events due to potential alert level changes restricting travel and the size of gatherings.

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Yours sincerely, disgruntled

Blog 17 August 2021

One of our members has written a letter to the Health Minister Andrew Little, outlining their personal frustrations over workload, health workforce shortages and the position taken by DHBs and the Government in the MECA negotiations. We have anonymised it but it is a clear example of how our hospital doctors are feeling.

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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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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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