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The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is the professional association and union uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand.

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Call for employment investigation into former Waikato DHB boss to be released

Other News 21 November 2019 Libby Wilson - Stuff

The employment investigation a former Waikato health boss tried to keep secret should come out in full, a health union leader says. Nigel Murray quit his job at the head of Waikato DHB almost two years ago, while his expenses were being probed. He was later found to have spent $120,608 on unjustified travel and accommodation, and has taken his former employer to court to keep a draft employment investigation report secret. But that report should be released, says Association of …

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World Medical Association deplores breakdown in Hong Kong medical care

Other News 21 November 2019 WMA - press release

The reported breakdown of medical care and humanitarian assistance for protesters in Hong Kong have been deplored by the World Medical Association. With reports of physicians and other medical staff being arrested, and injured students and protesters being denied medical assistance, the WMA demands that the Hong Kong authorities respect human rights and do not to violate the spirit of the Geneva Conventions. WMA President Dr. Miguel Jorge said: ‘Medical personnel must be protected at all times no matter what …

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Recertification for doctors on a vocational scope of practice

Other News 20 November 2019 Medical Council of New Zealand

If you hold a vocational scope you must participate in the recertification programme offered by the medical college responsible for your area of vocational practice. Recertification programme providers – in most cases in New Zealand these are the specialist medical colleges – develop, manage and administer recertification programmes for each vocational area of medicine. The Medical Council sets the requirements for these programmes and accredits them against the relevant standards. Recertification programmes support doctors to maintain their competence, take responsibility …

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Attacks on children’s hospitals must end

Other News 20 November 2019 World Medical Association

The increasing trend for children’s hospitals to be attacked by terrorists and armed forces has been denounced by the World Medical Association to mark tomorrow’s 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. WMA President Dr. Miguel Jorge said that recent reports of indiscriminate attacks in Bolivia, Yemen and Syria had highlighted a global outrage that needed to be condemned by the world.  ‘This week’s anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child …

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ED Specialist receives ACEM Service Award

Other News 15 November 2019 Counties Manukau Health

A CM Health ED specialist has become the first NZ recipient of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) Service Award. Dr Bhavani Peddinti is based at Middlemore Hospital and was presented the award for his significant contribution in education and training as well as services on College committees and councils. The College is a non-profit organisation responsible for training emergency physicians and advancing professional standards in emergency medicine in Australia and New Zealand. “I was very surprised to be …

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DHB bailouts symptomatic of underfunding

ASMS News 12 November 2019 Media Release - ASMS

Emergency cash injections for DHBs are a symptom of a woefully inadequate budget planning process that is increasingly an exercise in futility, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Executive Director Ian Powell says. Mr Powell was commenting on a New Zealand Herald story that reveals equity injections to seven DHBs totalling $142 million to keep them afloat in the last financial year. This was on top of an earlier $92 million payout in January, and a further $134 million is …

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Gender bias report. Senior doctors “making up for being female”

Other News 8 November 2019 ASMS

A new Association of Salaried Medical Specialists report is giving insight into why senior women doctors are burning out at a quicker rate than their male counterparts and are more likely to work through illness. The Director of Policy and Research with ASMS, Charlotte Chambers, interviewed 14 senior women doctors for the study and found common narratives around subtle and overt gender bias, as well as a lack of work-life balance. She says the medical profession needs an urgent shift …

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ASMS researcher unpicks medical culture’s impacts on women

Other News 8 November 2019 New Zealand Doctor - Virginia McMillan

Research released today is highlighting that a medical career pressures New Zealand women in ways not experienced by men, affecting their wellbeing, advancement and choice of specialty. A gathering at Parliament this morning presents Association of Salaried Medical Specialists’ interviews and analysis on why medical women are at greater risk of burnout than men. Having reported that 71 per cent of surveyed medical women aged 30 to 40 were likely to be experiencing burnout, ASMS director of policy and research …

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‘Where’s the real doctor?’: Being a woman in New Zealand’s senior medical workforce

ASMS News 7 November 2019 Media Release - ASMS

A study examining gender bias and other challenges faced by women in New Zealand’s senior medical workforce was launched today at Parliament by Minister for Women and Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter. It’s hoped the research will spark much-needed debate on the culture and future of medicine. “Making up for being female’: Work-life balance, medical time and gender norms for women in the New Zealand senior medical workforce” was conducted by Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Director …

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Australian doctor slammed for saying more women make workforce more vulnerable

Other News 5 November 2019 Lin Evlin - SBS News

Exclusive: In emails obtained by SBS News, senior Sydney obstetrician Dr Hans Peter Dietz told doctors the medical industry was “increasingly vulnerable because it’s increasingly female”. A senior doctor and member of the leadership council of the NSW medical union has been criticised for making controversial comments about women in medicine. The remarks by Dr Hans Peter Dietz, which were sent on a group email to about 35 people in the union’s committee, were made in response to a 

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