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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 Support Call for Independent Health Assessment of TPPA

ASMS News 28 November 2014 ASMS Media Release

Senior doctors and dentists are formally throwing their weight behind growing calls for a formal independent health assessment of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). A recommendation about the TPPA was put to 134 public hospital specialists at the Annual Conference of their union, the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), this morning. They voted overwhelmingly in favour of an independent health assessment, to be based on the draft of the TPPA and carried out prior to the TPPA being …

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ASMS 26th Annual Conference, Wellington

ASMS News 28 November 2014

The 26th ASMS Annual Conference was held at Te Papa in Wellington on 27 and 28 November 2014, with ASMS branch officers from around the country in attendance. National President Hein Stander spoke about the relationship between distributive clinical leadership, a joyful workforce and compassionate health care.  He was followed by Marise Stuart from the New Zealand Medical Students Association, who talked about the need to invest in a culture of care and teamwork. The conference voted unanimously to award …

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Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman Minister of Health – Address to the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Annual Conference

ASMS News 27 November 2014 Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman Minister of Health 27 November 2014                   Speech Address to the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Annual Conference   President Dr Hein Stander, members of the ASMS. It’s great to be here today to address your conference. The last six weeks have been the busiest of my ministerial career. There’s been plenty of travel – many of you may be aware that I am trying to get around all the DHBs by Christmas. Fifteen down – …

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Privatisation of hospital laboratories

ASMS News 21 November 2014 ASMS Media Release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is so concerned by plans to privatise the public hospital laboratories at Wellington and Hutt Hospitals in the greater Wellington region that it is taking steps to alert local mayors, district health board chairs and chief executives to the possible consequences. “We want to make sure that the people making decisions about the future of the public hospital laboratories are fully informed about the risks of what they are doing,” says Ian Powell, …

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Air NZ cuts may make health workforce harder to recruit in rural areas

ASMS News 19 November 2014 ASMS media release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) endorses the concerns expressed by rural doctors about the impact of Air New Zealand cuts to regional services. The Chair of the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network, Dr Jo Scott-Jones, says Air New Zealand’s decision to suspend some routes and reduce services to others will make it harder to recruit and retain doctors in the more isolated parts of the country. ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell says that’s an unforeseen consequence of …

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Private health insurers looking after own interests

ASMS News 17 November 2014 ASMS media release

“All this talk of a worrying decline in private health insurance is just an attempt by the health insurance industry to protect its own commercial interests,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).  He was responding to reports of the health insurance industry’s briefing to new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, which warned that older people were increasingly unprepared to take responsibility for their own health care despite a growing need to do so.  The …

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Health Minister commended for dismissing flawed recommendations

ASMS News 14 November 2014 ASMS media release

‘New Zealand’s system of health funding is not unsustainable, despite what Treasury and the Ministry of Health would have the Minister of Health believe,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).  “Health Minister Jonathon Coleman is right to have dismissed these recommendations from the Treasury and Ministry of Health, as they are not the answer to the issues the health sector does need to address.”   The full ASMS media release is available here.

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Recognition of prolonged public hospital specialist shortages welcomed

ASMS News 13 November 2014 ASMS media release

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) has welcomed publication of a Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) report as the organisation’s first official recognition of prolonged medical specialist shortages in public hospitals.  “It reinforces what we have been saying for some time about the vulnerability of hospital specialists.  It’s good to see a government agency acknowledging these issues,” says Ian Powell, ASMS Executive Director.  The full media release is here.

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Innovative eHealth idea wins Clinicians’ Challenge

ASMS News 12 November 2014

ASMS member Dr Tom Morton, who’s an emergency physician at Nelson Marlborough DHB, has been named the winner of this year’s Clinicians’ Challenge. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said Dr Morton would receive $10,000 to continue developing his proposal, which aims to use IT to improve health services.  The two runners-up in the competition are also ASMS members.  Dr Coleman’s full media release can be read here.

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Urgent action needed on palliative medicine specialist workforce shortage

ASMS News 11 November 2014 ASMS media release

“New Zealand is desperately short of palliative medicine specialists and faces a crisis in that workforce within five years unless something is done urgently to address the situation,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).  The full ASMS media release is available here. Radio New Zealand’s health correspondent Karen Brown filed this report on the situation. The Morning Report programme also interviewed Dr Anne O’Callaghan, the chair of the Palliative Medicine …

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