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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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What Price Mental Health? The Crisis and the Cure

23 June 2021 ASMS Media Release

A new report by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora shows New Zealand cannot afford to waste another three years watching the crisis in mental health spiral further out of control. The report – What Price Mental Health? The Crisis and the Cure – uses official data and evidence to lay out the extent of underfunding of mental health and addiction services. It also details the huge increase in demand for specialist services and the lack …

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Nurses’ strike

4 June 2021 ASMS

We know that the nurses’ strike is going to pose real challenges to staff and patients AND we fully support their cause for decent pay and conditions. We’ve put together some initial guidance for you on issues which arose during the last nurses’ strike in 2018 that may come up this time.

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Senior doctors battle entrenched burnout

7 May 2021 ASMS

A survey by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora, shows one in two senior doctors are experiencing high levels of burnout and there has been no improvement in the past five years. Burnout is an occupational syndrome caused by chronic workplace stress. ASMS has repeated a survey carried out in 2015 to compare burnout levels five years on and to measure the impact of staffing shortages, growing patient demand and clinical pressures. More than 2,100 ASMS members …

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Public sector pay restraint a ‘kick in the teeth’

5 May 2021 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says the Government’s ongoing public sector pay restraint is a kick in the teeth to senior doctors and dentists who keep core health services going and have kept New Zealanders safe and cared for during the Covid-19 pandemic. In a press release on the Government’s Workforce Policy Statement, Public Service Minister Chris Hipkins has ruled out pay increases for those earning over $100,000 for the next three years. ASMS Executive Director …

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CME and the trans-Tasman travel bubble

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

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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Roll up your sleeve!

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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Nominations are open!

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

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

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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