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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.

CME and the trans-Tasman travel bubble

ASMS News 23 April 2021

With the much-anticipated trans-Tasman travel bubble now operating, some of you may be thinking of jetting across the Tasman for a holiday or for CME. We have put together some initial advice.

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Rural health at a crossroads

ASMS News 23 April 2021

People living in rural areas and small town in New Zealand face greater barriers accessing healthcare services than people in urban centres. The delivery of healthcare to rural communities and the recruitment of health professionals is also challenging. ASMS has produced a Research Brief which discusses models of healthcare and how rural communities can best be served.

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Bold response to tackle stressed health system

News 21 April 2021

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says the Government has chosen a bold path of health reform, but increased health funding and investment must sit alongside. The Health Minister Andrew Little has announced a generational shakeup of the health system, which goes much further that the recommendations of the Health and Disability System Review. ASMS applauds the Government’s decision to establish a Māori Health Authority with full commissioning rights, as a new pathway to deliver health equity …

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Roll up your sleeve!

ASMS News 13 April 2021

“I am very grateful to have received the first dose of the vaccine. It’s a protection for the patients we see, for the wider team, my family and myself”. As frontline health staff, ASMS members have been rolling up their sleeves and lining up for their Covid vaccinations. ASMS fully supports the government’s Covid vaccine rollout. Some of our members have sent in picture of themselves receiving their first jab. Take a look.

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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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Videos

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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