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The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is the professional association and union uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand.

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We’re home but we’re still here for you

ASMS News 27 March 2020 ASMS

ASMS is still up and running during this Covid-19 crisis. While you’re on the frontline our staff are working from home, and will continue to offer support, assistance and advice.

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Urgent plea over theft and hoarding of critical hospital supplies

ASMS News 27 March 2020 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists is putting out an urgent plea for people to stop taking hospital supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). ASMS members at several DHBs have raised concerns that essential equipment needed to fight Covid-19 is going missing. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says it’s not just the odd mask being taken. “We’ve had reports of wholesale uplifts of things like scrubs, masks and hand sanitiser.  Supplies of PPE are vital during this Covid-19 crisis and …

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Covid-19 guidance and resources

26 March 2020 ASMS

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.

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Childcare for essential workers

Other News 26 March 2020 ASMS

Finding appropriate childcare is a major concern for ASMS members and frontline health care staff during the Covid-19 crisis. The government has announced approved childcare companies which can look after the children of essential workers in their homes under strict protocols. It’s contained in the Ministry of Education’s update for schools. You can find it here

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Covid-19 – Don’t bring it home

ASMS News 25 March 2020 ASMS

Practical advice for during and after a shift has been created for health care workers thanks to creative anaesthetist and ASMS member Dr Morgan Edwards.  

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Covid-19: medico-legal FAQs

ASMS News 23 March 2020 MPS

Worried about protecting your own health, or your working conditions during the Covid-19 crisis, or maybe having to undertake different duties?  We asked MPS to answer some of your medico-legal questions and offer some advice so members are clear on their protection and rights. Read here   

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ASMS News 23 March 2020 ASMS

ASMS organised this special message from a theatre team in Auckland which has been widely shared on social media.  The message to the public to stay home during the Covid-19 pandemic is essential to save lives and protect healthworkers and hospital staff.  A big thank you to all our members who are doing their bit to help stop the spread of Covid-19.  

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Gearing up for Covid-19

ASMS News 20 March 2020 ASMS

Hospital staff around the country have been practising “donning and doffing” their protective gear as part of Covid-19 preparations. DHBs have also been running stocktakes of their PPE supplies. ASMS Vice President and Waitematā DHB anaesthetist Dr Julian Fuller has been testing an N95 mask for size and fit. Remember that access to proper and suitable  PPE is an important part of workplace health and safety and is covered in the MECA.  See here  

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