Consultation

Proposal to widen access to rituximab and change the funded brand for all funded indications excluding rheumatoid arthritis

 

PHARMAC is seeking your feedback on a proposal to make changes to the funded brand of rituximab, a biologic medicine used to treat a range of cancer, blood and autoimmune conditions, from 1 March 2020.

If the proposal is approved, the following changes would occur:  

  • from 1 March 2020, a biosimilar rituximab (Riximyo, supplied by Novartis) would be listed and would be the only funded brand of rituximab for all funded indications excluding rheumatoid arthritis from 1 September 2020 until 30 June 2023.
  • the current funded brand of rituximab (Mabthera, supplied by Roche) would remain fully funded for patients with rheumatoid arthritis only.
  • from 1 March 2020, funded access to rituximab (Riximyo brand only) would be widened to include the following new uses:
  • maintenance for CD20+ low grade or follicular B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • graft versus host disease
  • antisynthetase syndrome with lung disease
  • some severe neurological conditions
  • amending existing criteria for transplant indications to allow use for any organ.

 

See link

Please send feedback to jill.wilkinson@nzno.org.nz by 11th November 2019


 

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Proposal to award sole supply for fluticasone and fluticasone with salmeterol metered dose inhalers (MDIs)

Please follow this link to the  PHARMAC Consultation regarding a proposal to award sole supply for fluticasone and fluticasone with salmeterol metered dose inhalers.

These changes would mean that only the Flixotide and Seretide brands would be funded from 1 September 2020, following a six-month transition period.

Please send feedback to jill.wilkinson@nzno.org.nz by 1 November 2019.

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Healthy Food and Drink Guidance

Healthy Active Learning is a new Wellbeing Budget initiative that will promote and improve healthy eating and physical activity in schools, kura,

NZNO seeks your feedback on MoH’s policy for food and drink available in education settings- Healthy Food and Drink Guidance -  that impacts the types and portion sizes of foods available. The Guidance aims to update health eating advice for schools, kura, ngā kōhangareo and early learning services across Aotearoa.  

Please fill in the survey attached here:

https://consult.health.govt.nz/nutrition-and-physical-activity/healthy-food-and-drink-guidance-survey/consultation/intro/

Please send feedback to diana.cookson@nzno.org.nz by 29 October 2019.

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Pregnancy Warning Labels

NZNO seeks your feedback on a mandatory labelling standard for pregnancy warning labels on packaged alcoholic beverages:  Proposal P1050 - Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages 

It was agreed in October 2018 by a forum lead by the Australian Government Department of Health and New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries that a mandatory labelling standard for pregnancy warning labels on packaged alcoholic beverages should be developed and should include a pictogram and relevant warning statement.

FSANZ  has already undertaken New Zealand public health stakeholder consultation and is now undertaking wider consultation on the draft food regulatory measure  – see attached document:  http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/code/proposals/Documents/CFS%20-%20Pregnancy%20Labelling.pdf

Please send feedback to diana.cookson@nzno.org.nz by 23 October 2019.

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Review of folic acid fortification of food

NZNO is seeking your feedback on the above review which identifies options for strengthening fortification of bread or fortifying wheat flour to further reduce neural tube defects such as spina bifida, as outlined below:

OPTION 1: Maintaining the status quo

OPTION 2: Asking industry to enhance voluntary fortification

OPTION 3: Changing to mandatory fortification 

(3A) Mandatory fortification of non-organic bread

(3B) Mandatory fortification of non-organic bread-making wheat flour

(3C) Mandatory fortification of all non-organic wheat flour

Folic acid is an essential B vitamin important for the healthy development of babies early in pregnancy. There is overwhelming evidence that consuming sufficient folic acid before conception and during early pregnancy can prevent many cases of neural tube defects such as spina bifida.

Crucially, MPI argues that Aotearoa New Zealands’s rate of neural tube defects is higher than it could be and Māori women have higher rates of affected live births than other groups. The financial, social, and emotional impact from such birth defects can be significant for many whānau and wider communities.

Please see the link to the consultation paper

Please send feedback to diana.cookson@nzno.org.nz by 2 November 2019.

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Planning for successful cities: A discussion document on a proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD)

NZNO seeks your feedback specifically on Section 5 of the document which focuses on what is meant by quality urban environments. A successful city may include a built environment that makes a significant difference to the health outcomes of people and communities. We are interested in whether you have any ideas about the potential of urban design to improve the health of New Zealanders, for example through ensuring physical activity opportunities (safe, active transport), healthy food access and opportunities for social and community interactions. We are also interested to know if you have had any experience of useful policy tools to support healthy urban development, e.g. Health Impact Assessments. 

Please see link

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 3 October 2019.

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Shaping a Stronger Education System with New Zealanders Discussion Document

This discussion document outlines the long term vision, objectives and actions that have resulted from the conversation with New Zealanders. These are the starting point for the proposed Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP) and the Tertiary Education Strategy (TES), which are the focus of this consultation.

discussion document

Please send feedback to sue.gasquoine@nzno.org.nz by October 23, 2019.

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Proposal that will enable podiatrists to prescribe medicines to their patients

NZNO seeks your feedback on a proposal that will enable appropriately trained podiatrists to prescribe from a list of medicines relevant to their clinical practice. This is known as Designated Prescribing.

Currently, podiatrists use certain medications under exemption, and refer their patients back to their GP or other prescribers, when they require other medications.

Prescribing by podiatrists will reduce delays in accessing treatment and enable more equitable and cost-effective access to medications for patients.

There are 8 questions, and this should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete, depending on your responses.

Please see link to the Consultation document below:

Please send feedback to Jill.Wilkinson@nzno.org.nz by 14 October 2019.

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Well Child Tamariki Ora (WCTO) review

NZNO invites your feedback on the MoH’s review of the WCTO programme. The aim of the review is to ensure the programme is able to help improve the health and overall wellbeing of tamariki. We welcome your views on what you think is currently working, what may not be working or any improvements.

The engagement tool is designed around six themes:

  • whānau centered
  • integration
  • workforce
  • data and information
  • equity
  • funding and contracting.

 

Please take the time to complete the online engagement form to have your say. 

Please see the engagement form below:

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 24 October 2019.

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Planning for successful cities: A discussion document on a proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD)

NZNO seeks your feedback specifically on Section 5 of the document which focuses on what is meant by quality urban environments. A successful city may include a built  environment that makes a significant difference to the health outcomes of people and communities. We are interested in whether you have any ideas about the potential of urban design to improve the health of New Zealanders, for example through ensuring physical activity opportunities (safe, active transport), healthy food access and opportunities for social and community interactions. We are also interested to know if you have had any experience of useful policy tools to support healthy urban development, e.g. Health Impact Assessments. 

Please see below, for the link to the document.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 3 October 2019.

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Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on the implications for nursing of this Bill which aims to “create a unified and cohesive vocational education and training system” through amendment to the Education Act 1989.  This will be achieved by —

  • establishing a new regulatory framework for vocational education and training; and
  • enabling workforce development councils to be established under the principal Act to provide skills leadership, set standards and develop qualifications, endorse programmes and moderate assessments, and provide an advisory and representative role in vocational education and training; and
  • establishing the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) as a tertiary education institution under the principal Act and a Crown entity for the purposes of the Crown Entities Act 2004. NZIST will provide, arrange, and support a range of vocational education and training, including in the workplace; and
  • providing transitional arrangements to enable a smooth transfer of functions and responsibilities from the current system to the new system.

Please see the Bill below

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 6 October 2019.

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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:

https://www.mfe.govt.nz/sites/default/files/media/Fresh%20water/action-for-healthy-waterways.pdf

Please send feedback to diana.cookson@nzno.org.nz 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 policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz 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:

https://www.dia.govt.nz/diawebsite.nsf/Files/Online-Gambling-Consultation/$file/Online-Gambling-in-New-Zealand-Discussion-Document.pdf

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