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ASMS News 7 August 2020

The 32nd ASMS Annual Conference will be held on 26-27 November at Te Papa in Wellington. This year’s theme is ‘Building the workforce pipeline, stopping the drain.’ We already have confirmed speakers from the Simpson Review, and on the critical developing equity kaupapa discussion.

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DHB Chief Executive put in untenable position

ASMS News 4 August 2020

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says Canterbury DHB Chief Executive David Meates was put in an untenable position and the people of Canterbury should be angry and upset over his resignation. Mr Meates’ resignation from both the Canterbury and West Coast DHBs was announced at an emergency Canterbury Board meeting today. Two other members of his executive leadership team have recently resigned and ASMS understands others could follow. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says David Meates has been a …

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Commentary on the Health and Disability System Review

ASMS News 3 August 2020

The Simpson Health and Disability System Review recommends the most wide-ranging reform of the health system in 20 years. ASMS has gone through the 274-page report and put together a summary which includes analysis and commentary of the main proposals. 

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Sticking plaster approach to Family Planning

ASMS News 28 July 2020

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says a one-off funding boost for Family Planning is a step in the right direction but there needs to be commitment to proper long-term funding and pay parity for senior doctors across the health sector. The Government has announced $427,000 in support to Family Planning to help reduce waiting times for patients. Family Planning has not had a funding increase in over ten years.  Last week it apologised to patients saying it was struggling …

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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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