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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Senior doctors call for strong clinical voice to lead health reforms

23 September 2021 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora welcomes the appointment of one of its members to the interim board of Health New Zealand, saying the voice of frontline clinicians must be heard as the Government pushes forward with sweeping health reform. Dr Curtis Walker, who is also the Chair of the Medical Council, has been named as one of eight members of Health New Zealand which, along with the Māori Health Authority, will lead the establishment of the …

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Ten-year mental health plan could prove a long wait

22 September 2021 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora is greeting a new plan to improve mental health with cautious optimism but warns ten years could prove a very long wait. The Government has announced a ten-year strategy – Kia Manawanui – to set goals on mental health and support the delivery of mental health services. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says the explosion in demand for specialist mental health services has deepened a crisis which requires urgent action. A …

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Annual Conference going virtual

13 September 2021 ASMS

A difficult call has been made to hold the ASMS Annual Conference in November as a virtual only event. The outbreak of the Delta strain of Covid-19 means it is difficult to plan for large events due to potential alert level changes restricting travel and the size of gatherings.

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Doctors Stand Up for Vaccination

10 September 2021 ASMS

ASMS supports an open letter written on behalf of doctors who want to present a united and evidence-based voice to the people of Aotearoa New Zealand in support of vaccination against Covid-19 for all eligible New Zealanders. For more information and details on how to sign up and take part, see below.

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Residency shambles for essential health staff demands urgent response

30 August 2021 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora is calling on the Government to urgently address residency difficulties for doctors and other desperately needed health workers. Immigration lawyer Kamil Lakshman told RNZ today that the Work to Residence visa process for doctors and nurses should be fast-tracked, particularly given the Covid pandemic. There has been a long pause in processing expressions of interest from skilled migrants for residency visas, with no indication of when processing will resume. ASMS Executive …

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Covid outbreak – we’re here to help!

25 August 2021 ASMS News

Kia kaha koutou! A big thank you to all ASMS members for being part of the frontline response to the latest Covid-19 outbreak. We are conscious of the pressures the outbreak places on you and your whānau. We want you to work safely. Our staff are working from home and ready to support members with any concerns or questions they may have. Below   is some guidance and advice which you might find helpful.

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Vaccine fast-tracking needed for medical families and whānau

20 August 2021 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora is calling for families and whānau of medical staff to be fast-tracked for Covid vaccination. ASMS members and their families have expressed concern for some time that family members of frontline clinical staff have not been prioritised for vaccination in the same way border worker families have. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton says the outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant means families will be feeling even more vulnerable. The Ministry …

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Yours sincerely, disgruntled

18 August 2021 By Sharlene Lawrence

One of our members has written a letter to the Health Minister Andrew Little, outlining their personal frustrations over workload, health workforce shortages and the position taken by DHBs and the Government in the MECA negotiations. We have anonymised it but it is a clear example of how our hospital doctors are feeling.

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Advice for nurses’ strike

17 August 2021 ASMS

30-thousand nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants from the Nurses Organisation along with 1500 midwives from the MERAS union are planning strike action on Thursday 19 August, after they failed to reach agreements over pay and conditions with district health boards.  ASMS fully supports the industrial action but recognises it will have an impact on our members. We have put together some guidance on issues which might arise for you as a result of the strike.

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