ASMS

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.

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All DHBs need to prioritise carbon footprint reduction

ASMS News 4 December 2020 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists supports the Government’s commitment to a carbon neutral public service by 2025. The health sector is responsible for between 4-8% of New Zealand’s carbon emissions. Last week senior doctors and dentists at the ASMS Annual Conference passed a resolution to strongly advocate for all DHBs to join Toitū Envirocare – an organisation which measures and reports on environmental impact and gives certification. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says so far six of the DHBs …

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ASMS Annual Conference 2020

ASMS News 2 December 2020 ASMS

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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Pleasing progress on pay equity in DHBs

30 November 2020 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists is pleased to see an initial agreement reached between district health boards and the Public Service Association on pay equity for clerical and administration staff. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says advancing pay equity is as fundamental as the role clerical and administration staff play in supporting the operation of our DHBs. She says the agreement, which will lift pay rates for thousands of workers, is a big win. “Senior doctors and dentists know …

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Health Minister priorities welcomed

ASMS News 27 November 2020 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says under pressure senior doctors and dentists will be pleased to hear a commitment from the new Health Minister to look at staffing shortages and prioritise medical workforce planning. Andrew Little spoke to about 170 senior doctors at the ASMS Annual Conference in Wellington which had the theme Building the Workforce Pipeline, Stopping the Drain. He said the idea there is no plan for workforce renewal and development seems criminal to him. ASMS …

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Building the workforce pipeline, stopping the drain

ASMS News 26 November 2020 ASMS

A report out today from the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists warns urgent, co-ordinated action is needed to tackle staffing shortages and future proof the specialist workforce, or New Zealanders will increasingly miss out on the specialist care they need. The report – Building the Workforce Pipeline, Stopping the Drain – is being launched at the ASMS Annual Conference in Wellington.

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Health Minister to speak at Annual Conference

ASMS News 18 November 2020 ASMS

The new Health Minister Andrew Little has been confirmed to speak at our Annual Conference on Friday 27 November. We’re looking forward to hearing his address. The full conference programme is now final, check it out here.

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Primary care costs help push emergency departments to breaking point

ASMS News 12 November 2020 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says the costs and waiting times to see a GP are helping push emergency departments to breaking point. Lakes DHB is the latest to issue a warning – Lakes DHB issues warning over swamped emergency departments – saying both Rotorua and Taupō Hospitals have extremely limited capacity to admit more patients. It is a situation repeated around the country. Waikato Hospital issued a similar warning in August. Hawkes Bay Hospital has been using …

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Big ‘to do’ list for new Health Minister

ASMS News 2 November 2020 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora welcomes the appointment of Andrew Little to the role of Health Minister, saying he has a strong track record in Government and his work on Treaty negotiations will support a much-needed focus on ending health inequities. It also welcomes the inclusion of both Associate Health Ministers in Cabinet. Peeni Henare’s suite of responsibilities sits well with the social determinants of health and wellbeing. Former ASMS member, Dr Ayesha Verrall’s clinical expertise …

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Full house for Annual Conference

ASMS News 13 October 2020 ASMS

We have had an overwhelming response from members wanting to come to this year’s Annual Conference at Te Papa, 26-27 November. Thanks to all those who have registered. Unfortunately, we have now reached capacity and are putting registrations on hold. However, we are offering a webinar option for those who want to attend.  To register for the webinar please email Cassey van Riel on cvr@asms.org.nz.  We look forward to seeing everyone, whether in person, or virtually, in Wellington next …

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