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Proposal to fully fund Mercilon 28 for oral contraception

NZNO welcomes your feedback on PHARMAC’s proposal to increase the subsidy to fully fund ethinyloestradiol 20 mcg with desogestrel 150 mcg tablets and 7 inert tablets (Brand name: Mercilon 28) for oral contraception.

There would be no change for individuals on other fully funded combined oral contraceptives.

Further details about the proposal are available here on the PHARMAC website.

Please note the short timeframe for feedback.

Please send feedback to Policy.Analysts@nzno.org.nz by 9 March 2021.

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Draft Guidance on Staying Mentally Healthy When Working From Home

Over the last year work-from-home has become common for many office workers.

NZNO welcomes your feedback on the attached draft guidance from WorkSafe. The guidance has been developed for workers who frequently do office-type work in their home, or an equivalent location, rather than at their business premises. It contains practical steps for managing the mental health risks that can arise from working for home.

Please send feedback to Policy.Analysts@nzno.org.nz by 15 March.

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Proposal for the Supply of Various Medicines

NZNO welcomes your feedback on changes proposed by PHARMAC in response to Apotex New Zealand withdrawing from the market. Everyone using the medicines included in the proposal would need to change brands to continue using a funded medicine. 

Further information about the medicines and the likely impact on patients and prescribers is available here on the PHARMAC website.

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 3 March 2021.

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Changes to Pharmac's Advisory Committee's

NZNO welcomes your feedback on PHARMAC’s proposal to change how committees advise them on medicines and consumer experiences. They aim to: 

  • enable consumers to share their perspectives and advice formally, through the committees
  • enhance the diversity of the committees
  • strengthen health equity knowledge within the committees.

The changes will be formalised in the committees’ terms of reference.

Further information is available in the attached consultation document.

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 12 March.

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Vaping regulations (under the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act 1990)

 

NZNO welcomes your feedback on draft regulations that aim to:

  • better support smokers to switch to regulated products that are less harmful than smoking
  • protect children, young people and non-smokers from the risks associated with vaping and smokeless tobacco products.   

The proposed regulations cover topics such as the display and sale of vaping products and the definition of an internal area.

Further information is available here on the Ministry of Health website.

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 8 March 2021.

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He Pou a Rangi | Climate Change Commission: 2021 Draft Advice for Consultation

NZNO welcomes your feedback on the Climate Change Commission’s first advisory report to Government.

The report includes advice on the first three emissions budgets and on policy direction for the Government’s first emissions reduction plan. Together, these lay out the course for reducing emissions in Aotearoa and set the direction of policy to achieve this. The report also provides advice on the eventual reductions needed in biogenic methane emissions, and on the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution.

Further information is available here on the Climate Change Commission’s website.  

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 5 March 2021.

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FUNDING OF FOOD THICKENERS – SEEKING INFORMATION

PHARMAC currently funds food thickeners for use in both the community (at home or residential settings) and in hospital. In the community, PHARMAC restricts funded access to food thickeners for those people who have motor neurone disease with a swallowing disorder.

PHARMAC is currently assessing its longer term role in the funding of food thickeners and wishes to learn more about the use of food thickeners in residential care.

You are welcome to contribute to NZNO’s advice to PHARMAC on this topic. More information is available here on the PHARMAC website.

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 5 March 2021.

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Formation of a Health, Community and Social Services Workforce Development Council

NZNO warmly invites your feedback on the Tertiary Education Commission’s proposal to formally establish a Health, Community and Social Services Workforce Development Council.

Feedback is sought on the WDC’s name, the industry coverage, and the governance arrangements.

Further information is available here on the TEC website.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 28 January 2021.

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Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill

NZNO welcomes your feedback on a government proposal to increase the availability of employer-funded sick leave for employees.

The Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill proposes to amend the Holidays Act 1993 to increase the minimum sick leave entitlement from 5 days per year to 10 days per year.

The Bill keeps the current maximum entitlement which allows any unused sick leave to be carried over up to 20 days annually.

Further information is available here on the New Zealand Parliament website.

Please note that a NZNO Policy Analyst will collate members’ feedback into one submission.

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 21 January 2021.

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Proposed amendments to the specified prescription medicines list for designated registered nurse prescribers in primary health and specialty teams

NZNO welcomes your feedback on proposed amendments to the list of specified prescription medicines for designated registered nurse prescribers.

The Nursing Council of New Zealand has recommended 60 prescription-only medicines it considers appropriate for designated registered nurse prescribers in primary health and specialty teams. The Council received suggestions for other prescription medicines that they have not recommended be added at this time.

The proposed amendments include new medicines for diabetes, respiratory conditions and antiviral medicines. Most medicines on this list are subsidised.

The Ministry of Health must consult on the proposed changes prior to making a legal change by Gazette notice.

More information is available on the Ministry of Health website here.

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 21 January 2021.

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Proposal to widen access to febuxostat for prevention of tumour lysis syndrome

NZNO welcomes your feedback on PHARMAC’s proposal to widen access to febuxostat tablets to include some patients at risk of tumour lysis syndrome (TLS).

The proposal would mean that funded access to febuxostat tablets would be widened to include patients at high risk of TLS who are intolerant of allopurinol.

More information is available on the PHARMAC website here.

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 17 December 2020.

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Reform of the food regulatory system

Earlier this year the Australian New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation endorsed an implementation plan to reform the food regulatory system.

NZNO welcomes your feedback on this consultation. Your input will help to define the broad principles and parameters for reform which will, in turn, inform next steps in the process. Topics include:

  • challenges and opportunities facing the regulatory system over the next 20 years
  • objectives and scope of the collaborative Australia and New Zealand food regulatory system
  • aspirations for the food regulatory system and high level actions

More information is available on the Australian Department of Health website here.

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 14 January 2021.

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Review of Document Development Process 2015

NZNO warmly invites your feedback on NZNOs publication: ‘Document Development Process’ which is now due for its 5 yearly review.

Your feedback is specifically sought on how effective this process is in achieving credible publications on behalf of the organisation and any opportunities for improvement in the process, specifically how it reflects NZNOs commitment to achieving equity for its members and those for whom they care.

The document needing review can be found below.

Please send feedback to sue.gasquoine@nzno.org.nz by Fri 18 Dec 2020.

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Standards New Zealand: DZ 8134:2020 - Health and disability services standard and sector solutions

NZNO warmly invites your feedback on a revised draft version of the standard for health and disability services. The document sets out the minimum requirements necessary to present fair and equitable health and disability services. It aims to improve the experience and outcomes of people and whanau, and reduce care variation. It reflects a shift to more person- and whānau-centred health and disability services.

Further information about the consultation is available on the Standards New Zealand website.

Nursing Policy Adviser/Researcher Sue Gasquoine will collate and submit NZNO feedback.

Please send your feedback to sue.gasquoine@nzno.org.nz by 5pm on 8th January 2021.

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