Action for healthy waterways: A discussion document on national direction for our essential freshwater

NZNO seeks your feedback specifically on section 6 of this plan which focuses on supporting the delivery of safe drinking water. Safe drinking water is a fundamental of public health which is proving increasingly unreliable in Aotearoa New Zealand and poses risks to human health, for example the Havelock North drinking water crisis and excess nitrates in drinking water in areas of intensive farming. We are particular we interested in whether you:

  • support the proposals to amend the National Environmental Standards for Sources of Drinking Water (NES) and
  • agree with the proposal to strengthen the obligations on regional councils and territorial authorities to manage risks to source waters through amendment to the Drinking Water NES.

Please  find the discussion document here:

Please send feedback to by October 10, 2019.

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New Zealand Cancer Action Plan 2019–2029/ Te Mahere mō te Mate Pukupuku o Aotearoa 2019–2029

This ten-year Action Plan aims to ensure collaborative work to prevent cancer and improve detection, diagnosis, treatment and care after treatment. It seeks to ensure access to quality cancer care regardless of where New Zealanders live, or who they are. Priority populations include Māori, Pacific peoples, those in rural and highly deprived areas, those with mental illness and disabled people.

Key actions of the plan include:

  • making more medicines accessible for more people through a funding boost for PHARMAC
  • increased emphasis on prevention and screening and
  • Quality Performance Indicators that are specific to cancer to improve equity of care.

NZNO seeks your feedback on:

  • whether this Action Plan includes the right actions to improve cancer outcomes in New Zealand and  
  • any other cancer areas that need to be considered. 

Please  see the Action Plan attached.

Please provide feedback using the online survey.

Please send feedback to by 6 October 2019.


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Online Gambling in New Zealand: Discussion Document

NZNO seeks your feedback on this consultation which aims to set the direction for the future of online gambling in New Zealand. This is in response to the increasing number of people affected by gambling harm and persistent health inequities for the most affected at-risk population groups.

We are interested in your feedback on:

  • how best to regulate online availability in New Zealand (see specific options set out in document) and
  • how online gambling as an addiction disorder is affecting the lives of New Zealanders.

Please see the discussion document here:$file/Online-Gambling-in-New-Zealand-Discussion-Document.pdf

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WorkSafe New Zealand: Draft #2 Violence Good Practice Guidelines

In May of this year WorkSafe consulted publicly on a draft guideline Violence in the Healthcare Industry: Guidance for PCBUs. The NZNO Addressing Violence Against Nurses Project Team made a comprehensive submission that contributed to refining the draft, and which started some valuable discussion. 

WorkSafe are consulting again on this new version of the Guideline, through the Central Region District Health Board Technical Advisory Services (TAS) and unions.

For more infomation view the attachments in the box below, and please send feedback to by Friday, 13 September 2019

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Abortion Legislation Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on the changes proposed in the Abortion Legislation Bill, which takes abortion out of Crimes Act and seeks to treat the procedure as a health issue.

Crucially, the bill would allow a woman to refer themselves for an abortion in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. This replaces the current system that requires an abortion to be approved by two certifying consultants before proceeding.

However, after 20 weeks, women will have to meet a statutory test requiring a heath practitioner to “reasonably believe the abortion is appropriate with regard to the pregnant woman’s physical and mental health, and well-being” before being given the procedure.

The bill would also:

  • allow safe areas to be established around specific abortion facilities, on a case-by-case basis;
  • disestablish the Abortion Supervisory Committee;
  • ensure that practitioners who object to providing services on the grounds of conscience must inform the pregnant women about their objection, and that the woman can obtain the services elsewhere and
  • make it clear that health practitioners must advise people who are considering, or have had, an abortion that counselling services are available (although counselling will not be mandatory).

We are very interested in your views as health professionals on this model, either as individuals or as members of a college or section.  

Please click the link in the Link box below, and send feedback to by September 12, 2019.

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Culture, Wellbeing and the Living Standards Framework: A Perspective

This discussion paper is the first step in the process to better incorporate culture into the Living Standards Framework (LSF) and Dashboard, which are anticipated to be released in 2021.

The key questions considered in the newly released paper include:

  • What are the different dimensions of culture that matter for New Zealanders’ wellbeing?
  • What would be the advantages and disadvantages of creating a fifth capital stock under the heading Cultural Capital in the LSF?
  • What set of indicators and statistical measures should there be to monitor the contribution of cultural capital to future wellbeing?

NZNO welcomes your feedback on this  paper, which is attached below:

Please send feedback to by September 23, 2019

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Inquiry into health inequities for Māori

NZNO invites your feedback on this inquiry which will focus on cancer care and explore barriers that Māori experience relating to prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, cures, and palliative care.  The inquiry will focus on cancer care and explore barriers that Māori experience relating to prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, cures, and palliative care.

The terms of reference for this inquiry will focus on:

  • collating existing statistics and evidence regarding Māori cancer health and identifying significant inequalities
  • studying the higher incidence rate Māori experience with specific cancers compared to non-Māori
  • identifying specific sets of issues experienced by Māori health service users
  • investigating and critiquing the lower engagement rate for Māori with prevention, early detection, screening programmes, treatment, and medication
  • looking at the role primary and health professionals play in improving cancer survival rates for Māori
  • researching how to best design, develop, and roll-out an early detection and/or wellbeing programme
  • identifying where whānau ‘touch’ the system to identify ‘moments of impact’ where bias (unconscious or deliberate) consistently occurs
  • exploring a conceptual best practice whānau-centric model of cancer care.

For more details on the Inquiry please see the Māori Affairs Facebook page (link below).

Please send feedback to by 13 September 2019 

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Medicinal Cannabis Scheme

The Ministry of Health has opened public consultation on the proposals for the medicinal cannabis regulations needed to support the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme. The Government has committed to establishing a Medicinal Cannabis Scheme to improve access to quality medicinal cannabis products.

The Scheme will do this through:

  • enabling the commercial cultivation of medicinal cannabis and the manufacture of medicinal cannabis products in New Zealand
  • setting standards for medicinal cannabis products so that medical practitioners can prescribe them with more confidence.

A regulatory system, with controls on the cultivation of cannabis and the manufacture and supply of medicinal cannabis products, is needed to support the Scheme. The regulations are being developed to establish the regulatory system.

Information about the Scheme is here:

Please send feedback to by 31 July 2019 

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Alcohol Advertising and Promotion Code – regular review

NZNO invites your views on the Alcohol Advertising and Promotion Code that the advertising industry are required to follow. This feedback will inform possible changes to this Code.

For example, in your opinion, does the Code do enough to:

  • protect children and young people and other vulnerable audiences and
  • ensure alcohol advertisements and promotions are targeted at adults and convey that a high standard of social responsibility is required.

Please see the draft code here:

Please send feedback to by 16 August, 2019.

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Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on this Bill which seeks to amend the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 to prohibit smoking in vehicles, including employers in work vehicles, carrying anyone under the age of 18. The purpose of the Bill is to protect children from the harm associated with second hand smoke.

Please see the Bill attached here:

Please send feedback to by 1 August 2019 

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New Zealand Health Survey – refresh of the adult and child surveys

NZNO seeks your feedback on the content in the New Zealand Health Survey (NZHS). The Ministry of Health wishes to update the content so it better meets users' needs.

We are interested in your views on:

  • what is important to you about the current surveys  and
  • what you would like to see included in the future.

You may wish to provide feedback to us or directly to the Ministry of Health on the Adult NZHS via questionnaires (please click here ) and the Child NZHS (please click here). 

Please send feedback to by 17 July, 2019.

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Proposal to list urology products supplied by CR Kennedy (NZ) Limited

PHARMAC is seeking feedback on a proposal to list a range of urology products in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 August 2019. The proposal concerns urology products used in hospital and community settings, from short to long-term use. Urology products include urethral, suprapubic and sheath catheters, bags and accessories for the management of urinary drainage.

PHARMAC is working with a range of suppliers to seek provisional agreements and this proposal is the latest to arise from that process.  PHARMAC expects to consult on further proposed agreements in the urology, ostomy and continence categories over the coming months.

Those likely to be interested:

DHB Staff

  • clinical staff in a range of inpatient, outpatient and community settings where urology products are used
  • procurement and supply chain personnel
  • users of urology, ostomy and continence products provided by DHBs

Consultation closes at 4pm on Friday, 5 July 2019 and feedback can be emailed directly to

Note the short timeframe.

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Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlements Amendment Bill

NZNO invites your feedback on this Bill which aims to address historical inequalities and ensure support workers receive fair pay. The Bill seeks to do this by clearly defining the role of support workers, clarifying that mental health and addiction support workers are included.

The bill would give effect to elements of the following settlement agreements:

New pay rates would be related to the qualification held by support workers. Employers would receive government funding to facilitate new pay rates and back payment of previously underpaid employees.

Please view the Bill here:

Please send feedback to by 18 July 2019

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Cultural competence, partnership & health equity: MCNZ review

The Medical Council is reviewing the existing statements on Cultural Competence and Best practices when providing care to Māori patients and their whanau (last reviewed in 2006). Both documents have been revised to reflect current guidance and to provide greater clarity on the required standards of cultural competence and provision of culturally-safe care.

The draft revised documents the council would like feedback on are:

  • Statement on cultural competence and the provision of culturally-safe care and
  • Achieving best health outcomes for Māori: a resource.

Please feedback directly to the Medical Council via an online survey at by 10 July 2019.

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Consultation on the application fee for nurses from overseas countries (except Australia) applying for registration in NZ

NZNO is seeking feedback on the proposal from the Nursing Council of New Zealand to ‘outsource’ the verification of documents such as qualifications to CGFNS International at a cost to the applicant of US$300 (approx. NZ$450). The NCNZ fee will drop to NZ$485 (from NZ$650).

Australian nurses are excluded from the process because of the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act (1997)

The link to the document can be viewed here:

Please send feedback to by 28 June 2019. 

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