The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is proud to have initiated the process which led to the establishment of the Nurse Practitioner Advisory Committee of New Zealand (NPAC-NZ).
Established in February 2002, NPAC-NZ comprises of representatives from:
- New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses
- College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ)
- New Zealand Nurses Organisation
- National Council of Māori Nurses.
Nurse Practitioner Advisory Committee of New Zealand (NPAC-NZ) works under the terms of a Memorandum of understanding with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
The focus of NPAC-NZ is to work with the profession and the Nursing Council of New Zealand on matters relating to the registration of Nurse Practitioners and the development of the Nurse Practitioner model in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Objectives of NPAC-NZ
To drive the strategic agenda and communicate directly on issues pertaining to the nurse practitioner scope of practice with the wider nursing community, Chief Nurse, NPNZ, Ministry of Health and Minister of Health, Nursing Council of New Zealand, Health Workforce New Zealand and other relevant agencies.
With a broad sector approach, provide leadership and strategic advice on sector system issues/barriers pertaining to the implementation of the nurse practitioner scope of practice in New Zealand.
To ensure decision-making around the nurse practitioner scope of practice is cognisant of the full scope of stakeholders and all relevant perspectives.
To identify and recommend changes to systems that impact on the nurse practitioner scope of practice within the wider context of health care in New Zealand.
To offer insight to relevant national stakeholders from the four major nursing Organisations (including NPNZ), that promotes genuine collaborations to contribute to national health policy frameworks.
Provide strategic leadership for the review and ongoing development of the Nurse Practitioner processes, the scope of practice and areas of practice.
Make recommendations to the Nursing Council as per the Memorandum of Understanding.
Further information about NPAC-NZ
Information about NPAC-NZ (ie contact details, newsletters, objectives and activities) is available at: