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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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Senior doctors welcome Government inquiry into contaminated water

ASMS News 18 August 2016 ASMS Media Release

The union for senior doctors and dentists working in public hospitals is welcoming the Government’s decision to initiate an independent inquiry into the Havelock North water contamination issue. “While this event is unexpected and very rare – fortunately – it is serious and warrants a rigorous, independent investigation,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “Even if no mistakes have been made there will be much to learn from this rare event.  In the …

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Burnout rife among senior doctors and dentists working in public hospitals

ASMS News 12 August 2016 The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

Half of all public hospital specialists surveyed about burnout appear to have very high levels of burnout, says the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). The ASMS has today published a report on burnout among senior doctors and dentists employed by the country’s 20 district health boards.  The report is called “Tired, worn-out and uncertain”: Burnout in the New Zealand public hospital senior medical workforce, and is available from the ASMS website at https://www.asms.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Tired-worn-out-and-uncertain-burnout-report_166328.pdf. ASMS represents more than 90% …

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Latest issue of ASMS magazine The Specialist

ASMS News 10 August 2016 By Lydia Schumacher

The latest issue of the ASMS magazine, The Specialist, is now available online at https://www.asms.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/11106-The-Specialist-July-WEB-v2.pdf. This issue features articles on – among other things – the DHB MECA negotiations, the need for recovery time, a shortage of forensic pathologists, a joint conference to discuss building a sustainable future medical workforce, involving doctors in strategic planning, the case for spending more on health, and an interview with ACC Clinical Advisor Tony Haycock.

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Senior doctors press hospital bosses for more leadership in health services

ASMS News 8 August 2016 Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The union for senior doctors and dentists working in public hospitals is calling on district health board bosses to let doctors behind the wheel of the health system. “Hospital managers need to put senior doctors in the driving seat when it comes to changes in service design, configuration and delivery that are going to affect their clinical practice,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “Instead, they’re increasingly being left to pump air into …

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Panel discussions on speaking out

ASMS News 5 August 2016

ASMS members are invited to panel discussions in Auckland and Wellington on the importance of professionals speaking out.  These have been organised by the education union NZEI Te Riu Roa in conjunction with several other unions, including ASMS, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, Public Service Association, Tertiary Education Union and the PPTA. ASMS members Dr Joshua Freeman and Dr George Laking will be speaking at the Auckland event and Dr Erik Monasterio at the Wellington discussion.  Other speakers include Jessica …

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Staffing shortages push national forensic pathology service to the brink

ASMS News 5 August 2016 ASMS Media Release

The national forensic pathology service would struggle to cope if another earthquake as lethal as the Christchurch shakes occurred today, forensic pathologists have told the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “They say they are so stretched already that shouldering the extra workload associated with a natural disaster, or any other major disaster for that matter, would be almost unthinkable,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the ASMS. “We’re talking about a small but critical public health service provided by …

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First survey in series identifies extent of DHB’s senior doctor shortage

ASMS News 27 July 2016 Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The union for senior doctors and dentists has begun surveying the heads of departments in public hospitals to get an accurate picture of specialist shortages. The first survey has been carried out at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board and it shows the DHB is significantly short of the senior medical officers it needs, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “There’s a difference between the number of vacancies a DHB advertises, which is directed …

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The evidence for patient centred care and why looking after front line health staff supports it

ASMS News 18 July 2016 Media Release - ASMS

If patient centred care is ultimately determined by the quality of the interaction between patient and doctor, the first question to address is how good that interaction is. That’s the focus of a second discussion paper on patient centred care published today by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), called ‘Why is patient centred care so important?’ The paper was written by ASMS Policy and Research Director Lyndon Keene and can be viewed online at https://www.asms.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Why-is-patient-centred-care-so-important-issue-2_165838.4.pdf. “This paper …

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Shift work, scheduling and risk factors

ASMS News 11 July 2016 ASMS News

There are increasing expectations that Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) spend more time out of hours in hospitals – through shifts, long periods of call, extended working days or weekend work. Dr Charlotte Chambers, ASMS Principal Analyst (Policy and Research), has examined the literature about shift work, with a particular focus on issues arising from doctors working at night in hospital emergency departments.  Her paper on the literature is available here https://www.asms.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Shift-work-research-brief_166090.2.pdf

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The path to patient centred care in New Zealand’s health system

ASMS News 24 June 2016 Angela Belich - Deputy Executive Director

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) has produced the first of a series of short papers arguing for patient centred care to be clearly driving changes in the health system. “Providing the best possible care for patients is what motivates senior doctors and dentists, along with other health professionals,” says Angela Belich, Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “Increasingly they’re trying to do this in an environment of financial constraints, ongoing workforce shortages and …

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