In 2009 New Zealand faced an influenza (H1N1 or swine ‘flu) pandemic. The Ministry of Health led the strategy supported by a pandemic response plan and NZNO implemented its pandemic plan. Members were understandably concerned and a range of advice was prepared to support members during this time. This material will be updated in further pandemics but in the interim it provides a sound basis of information and advice for future scenarios.
Call NZNO on 0800 283848 if you need further advice on your professional and employment issues.
If you are unwell please call your general practitioner or Healthline on 0800 6111116 for advice.
Influenza A (H1N1) Quarantine / Isolation Issues - NZNO (Word)
Union Update & Advice June 09 - CTU (Word)
NZNO Advice for RN's June 09 (PDF)
Obligations in a Pandemic or Disaster - NZNO Guidance
A guide for NZNO members, 2008 (PDF)
Understanding duty of care fact sheet (PDF)
What are New Zealand Nurses Organisation members’ responsibilities and accountabilities during a pandemic or disaster? There are no easy answers. This guideline provides members with information on their professional, legal, ethical and employment obligations. It does not provide directives for action, but rather a framework for informed decision making for NZNO members in New Zealand health care settings.
Patient Care Advice
Key Activities of NZNO
NZNO representatives (members and staff) have been involved in pandemic influenza planning with the Ministry of Health (MOH), Department of Labour and the Council of Trade Unions.
Locally District Health Boards and Primary Health Organisations have been developing pandemic preparedness plans. NZNO members should be aware of these plans and have received education on the content of these plans. These plans have been tested by the MOH and further information is available from the theirwebsite.