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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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New health leaders must focus on improving staffing and valuing workers

20 December 2021 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says being a better employer and addressing critical staffing shortages must be top of the agenda for the country’s new health leaders. It has been announced that Riana Manuel, currently Chief Executive of Hauraki Primary Health Organisation and iwi-based not-for-profit Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki, will lead the new Māori Health Authority, while the new Chief Executive of Health NZ will be current Counties Manukau DHB head Fepulea’i Margie Apa. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton …

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Hospital investment needs to be matched with staffing investment

16 December 2021 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says boosting hospital capacity and upgrading some facilities represents a much-needed catch-up in the country’s Covid preparedness, but the same priority must be given to critical understaffing. The Government has announced that 24 hospitals will receive upgrades to improve care and isolation of patients, along with an increase in ICU capacity. “The Covid crisis has shone a very hard light on a public health system which has endured year upon year …

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Health reform legislation – read our submission

15 December 2021 ASMS

ASMS has said clinical governance will be essential to the successful implementation of the health reforms as part of its submission to a parliamentary select committee on the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill. The legislation sets up the foundations and legal framework for the largest reform of the health system in a generation.

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Do you know about time in lieu over public holidays?

6 December 2021 By Andrew Chick

Time in lieu for working a public holiday can only be claimed once. That means, where a public holiday is Monday-ised, if you work both the actual day and the Monday, you can only claim one alternative (or lieu) day. You will be paid at the appropriate rate for all days you work, but one public holiday only generates ONE alternate day of leave. This holiday season Christmas, Boxing, New Year’s Day and 2 January all fall on a weekend, …

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Inside the Frontline of the Mental Health Crisis

29 November 2021 ASMS Media Release

We have launched a substantive new report which details the stresses and challenges facing the country’s psychiatrists in the face of soaring demand for mental health services. It is based on a survey of ASMS psychiatry members and reveals that 45 percent would like to leave their job.

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Beyond the Mask

26 November 2021 ASMS

The artistic talents of our doctors and dentists are on display at the Beyond the Mask exhibition organised by ASMS and the Academy of Fine Art in Wellington. ASMS members took away the big awards on opening night.

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New ASMS life member

25 November 2021 By Andrew Chick

Bay of Plenty anaesthetist and former ASMS Treasurer and National Secretary Dr Paul Wilson has been granted life membership of the Association at the 33rd ASMS Annual Conference.

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Health Coalition Aotearoa delivers giant letter to the Minister…

22 November 2021 By Andrew Chick

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists – Toi Mata Hauora was part of Health Coalition Aotearoa’s presentation to the Associate Minister of Health, Ayesha Verrall, in support of the draft Smokefree Action Plan 2025 on Thursday 18 November . The Coalition presented the Minister with an over-sized letter – signed by over 660 people and 60 organisations (including ASMS) – calling for full implementation of the Plan released in April 2021, including: A comprehensive, multi-faceted approach. The …

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Senior doctors relieved by swift Covid booster rollout

15 November 2021 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora is pleased to see the Government moving so quickly on rolling out Covid boosters. The Government has announced that boosters will be available from November 29th for those who received their second vaccination more than six months ago. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says many senior clinicians and frontline health workers who were vaccinated early this year were becoming increasingly concerned about waning Covid immunity. She says today’s announcement will come …

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End of Life Choices Act | What you need to know

10 November 2021 By Andrew Chick
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The End of Life Choice Act came into effect on 7th November. We asked experts from the Medical Protection Society (MPS) for medico-legal advice to share with our members. They have provided a good overview of the legislation, along with information which you as senior clinicians may need or want to know.

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