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Call for nominations – ASMS National Executive team

ASMS News 21 December 2020

It’s election time for the ASMS National Executive team. Nominations are called for the roles of President, Vice President and two representatives from each region. A Special Circular has been sent to all ASMS members which includes further information and a link to the nomination form. You can read the Special Circular here. The closing date for nominations is Friday 19 February 2021.  

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Conference videos available now

ASMS News 18 December 2020

We had a lively and engaging Annual Conference this year. 175 people filled the room at Te Papa while others attended virtually. The conference theme ‘Building the workforce pipeline, stopping the drain’ ran throughout the two days. We welcomed an interesting range of speakers who gave presentations on topics such as the workforce pipeline, our equity kaupapa, CME in the post-Covid era and heard from doctors who have followed their creative passion to become writers. The new Minister of Health …

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Briefing to incoming Health Minister on point

ASMS News 16 December 2020

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says the Briefing to the incoming Health Minister is on point and shows just how urgently investment in health is needed. The briefing by health officials paints a picture of a health system which is under immense stress, is suffering from chronic underfunding, has inequitable health outcomes and a vulnerable medical workforce. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says the assessment will come as no surprise to senior doctors and dentists who work at the …

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CME and Covid restrictions

ASMS News 14 December 2020

Using CME while there are still Covid travel restrictions in place has thrown up a number of issues which are likely to continue well into next year. We have drawn up a preliminary discussion document for members and DHBs as a rough guide to help with CME planning and access. We are keen to get feedback and input from members so please read it and email with your suggestions using CME in the subject line.

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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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