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Frontline mental health services desperate for action

ASMS News 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

ASMS News 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

ASMS News 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

ASMS News 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

ASMS News 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, 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

ASMS News 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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Call for nominations – ASMS National Executive team

ASMS News 21 December 2020 ASMS

It’s election time for the ASMS National Executive team. Nominations are called for the roles of President, Vice President and two representatives from each region. A Special Circular has been sent to all ASMS members which includes further information and a link to the nomination form. You can read the Special Circular here. The closing date for nominations is Friday 19 February 2021.  

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