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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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New National Executive

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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Frontline mental health services desperate for action

11 March 2021 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says frontline mental health workers are overwhelmed by skyrocketing demand and have seen no meaningful progress despite the promises of the 2018 mental health inquiry. In assessing progress on the recommendations from the inquiry, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission describes frustration over the pace of change and the speed at which funding is being delivered. It suggests some progress has been made but points to an urgent need for an overarching plan. ASMS …

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Student mentoring opportunity

1 March 2021 ASMS

The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association and the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists are proud to launch the ASMS-NZMSA Year 4 Clinical Mentoring Programme for 2021.

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A tribute to Canterbury health workers on tenth quake anniversary

22 February 2021 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora wants to pay tribute to the hundreds of health workers who worked tirelessly to provide immediate and long-term care to the victims of the Christchurch earthquake, as the region marks the tenth anniversary.

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JCCs Round One

11 February 2021 ASMS

The first round of JCCs are underway. We had some lively and well attended meetings last year and it would be great to see as many of you as possible this year. You can check when your meeting is here.

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Staring down the barrel of a senior doctor staffing crisis

4 February 2021 ASMS comment piece

It can take at least 13 years to train a hospital specialist and we are facing not only gaping shortages, but also an ageing workforce. In this opinion piece published by Newsroom.co.nz, ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton looks at New Zealand’s worsening medical workforce crisis.

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Improved cancer treatment relies on more staff

3 February 2021 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora warns cancer treatment in New Zealand will not improve without planning and action to fill gaps and boost the medical workforce. In its first report the Cancer Control Agency, Te Aho o Te Kahu, identifies issues around an ageing cancer specialist workforce and the need to attract more trainees. “Unfortunately, that doesn’t reflect the pressure staff and departments are currently under, and the overall picture is more urgent,” says ASMS Executive …

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