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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.

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CME and the trans-Tasman travel bubble

ASMS News 23 April 2021 ASMS

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 ASMS

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

21 April 2021 ASMS Media Release

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 ASMS

“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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Registrations are open! Creating Solutions conference

ASMS News 9 April 2021 ASMS

ASMS is excited to be co-hosting the Creating Solutions conference alongside the Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust. The conference on July 2-3 features an exciting lineup of health sector leaders who will speak to a broad range of thought-provoking topics over the course of the two days.

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Urgent action required on cervical cancer self-swabbing

7 April 2021 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora supports the call for the Ministry of Health to quit stalling the rollout of a life-saving and low-cost measure that will save the lives of many women and improve health equity. Self-swabbing for cervical cancer was supposed to start in 2018 but has been put on the backburner by the Ministry. Te Tātai Hauora o Hine director Dr Beverley Lawton, who conducted a pilot study of the proposed HPV self-screening, told RNZ …

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Nominations are open!

ASMS News 26 March 2021 ASMS

ASMS members are encouraged to stand or nominate colleagues for the positions of President and Vice President at each ASMS branch.

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Big tick for fluoridation decision – more brave action needed

ASMS News 18 March 2021 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists is welcoming the Government’s legislative decision to hand over control of water fluoridation to the Director General of Health but is urging even stronger action to improve the oral health of New Zealanders. ASMS represents senior doctors and dentists in public hospitals. Executive Director Sarah Dalton says tooth decay or dental caries is also one of the most prevalent and chronic diseases in New Zealand and today’s decision is a significant step which will …

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Backing for fully empowered Māori Health Authority

ASMS News 12 March 2021 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and the New Zealand Medical Association are making clear their support for the establishment of a Māori Health Authority with full commissioning rights, as a new pathway to deliver health equity for Māori. The Final Report of the Health and Disability System Review included a recommendation for a Māori Health Authority. However, Review members were split on whether it should have the power to commission and fund services.  An “alternative view” in the …

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New National Executive

ASMS News 12 March 2021 ASMS

Congratulations to the new ASMS National Executive. After several weeks of voting, members elected their representatives to serve on the National Executive for the next three years.

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