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Proposed changes to the IQN competence assessment process and English language standard.

NCNZ is seeking your views about:

1. Introducing an exam and practical assessment (e.g. an OSCE)

2. Removing the post-registration experience requirements

3. Introducing education for entry to our register (pre-entry education), particularly focusing on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Kawa Whakaruruhau and cultural safety

4. Changes to Competence Assessment Programmes (CAPs)

5. Introducing post-entry conditions

6. Offering alternative pathways to entry to our register.

This is the link to the proposals on Nursing Councils website:

Please send feedback to by May 6 2022.

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Income Insurance Scheme

Few protections are available for people who lose their job. Some receive redundancy payments, though these are rarely paid if a business fails. Some people are eligible for welfare support, but not all. 

The Government, Business New Zealand and the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions are proposing a new way to better protect workers and the economy: a New Zealand Income Insurance scheme.

It will support workers with 80 percent of their income for up to seven months if they lose their job through no fault of their own. Under the proposed scheme, people will have the time and financial security to find a good job that matches their skills, needs and aspirations, or retrain for a new career. 

People with a health condition or disability, which meant they needed to stop working or reduce their hours, will be supported to take time off work to recover fully, or work reduced hours, or retrain if they could not continue to work in their existing job. 

Like ACC for accidents, the scheme will be funded by levies on wages and salaries, with both workers and employers contributing. 

The key features of the proposed New Zealand Income Insurance Scheme are:

  • Broad coverage for different working arrangements
  • Coverage for job losses due to redundancy, layoffs, health conditions and disabilities
  • A four-week notice period and four-week payment, at 80% of salary, from employers
  • A further six months of financial support from the scheme, at 80% of wages or a salary
  • Option to extend support for up to 12 months for training and rehabilitation
  • A case management service to support people’s return to work
  • Administered by ACC
  • Funded by levies on wages and salaries, with both workers and employers paying an estimated 1.39% each
  • Workers would become eligible after six months of levy contributions in the previous 18 months.

The scheme is now open for public comment, with submissions closing on April 26. 

Read the announcement by the Finance Minister, Business New Zealand CEO and New Zealand Council of Trade Unions President.

Please send feedback to by 18 April 2022.

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Options for mandatory reporting of firearms injuries

It is not mandatory for health professionals to report to Police if someone presents with an injury caused by a firearm.

The Government has agreed in principle to a recommendation of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attacks on Christchurch masjidain to introduce mandatory reporting of firearm injuries to Police by health professionals (Recommendation 24). The Government noted more work was required to determine how best to implement mandatory reporting.

Your feedback on the attached discussion paper will help determine how to respond to Recommendation 24. The paper has been developed by Police in conjunction with the Ministry of Health.

Opportunity to attend online workshops

Alongside the ability to provide a written submission, four online workshops with key community stakeholders to discuss this issue, will be held on the following dates:

  1. Tuesday 5 April: 4-6pm
  2. Thursday 7 April: 10am-12pm
  3. Tuesday 26 April: 10am-12pm
  4. Wednesday 27 April: 4-6pm

If you would be interested in attending an online workshop, please email to confirm the date that suits you.

Please send feedback to by Friday 29 April 2022.

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Proposed Review Framework for the List of Occupational Diseases in the Accident Compensation Act 2001

MBIE are seeking feedback on a proposed review framework for the list of occupational diseases covered under the AC Act, as set out in Schedule 2 of that Act.

MBIE are consulting on the proposed framework because they want to ensure that the list of occupational diseases appropriately reflects those that working New Zealanders experience.

The process would also support fair claimant access to the AC Scheme’s gradual process cover.

MBIE are seeking views on the whole framework, specific stages, the objectives we have assessed it against and our assessment of alternative options.

MBIE also welcome suggestions of alternative review frameworks.

ACC are not seeking views on any expansion of the AC Scheme in this consultation, including additional occupational diseases to include in Schedule 2

More information is available here:

Please send feedback to by 24 April 2022

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Have your say on how we monitor the mental health and addiction system

Tēnā koutou katoa.  He mihi maioha tēnei i roto i ngā tūāhuatanga maha o te wā.

Have your say on how we monitor the mental health and addiction system

Consultation is now open on He Ara Āwhina (Pathways to Support), a framework that describes what an ideal mental health and addiction system looks like. 

He Ara Āwhina will set out how the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission will monitor, and advocate for improvements to, the mental health and addiction system, and services. 

Your feedback will help us improve and finalise the He Ara Āwhina framework. The Commission will use He Ara Āwhina to monitor the mental health and addiction system (including services) from 2023. In the meantime, we will publish Te Huringa, our 2022 Mental Health Service and Addiction Service Monitoring Report later in March 2022.

This is important work. We want your support so that everyone who wants to have their say, can have their say.  

We especially want to get feedback from the following groups:

  • tāngata whaiora (people seeking wellness);
  • people with experience of mental distress or addiction (or both);
  • whānau members, families or supporters of someone with mental distress or addiction (or both);
  • people providing mental health or addiction supports and services; and
  • policy makers or commissioners of services.

Copies of the framework and our key messages are attached.

Please share the information with your networks and visit our website ( to learn more and to have your say.

The consultation is open until 19 April 2022.  

If you have any questions, email, or contact us on LinkedIn.

Thank you for your participation.

No reira ngā manaakitanga ki runga i a koutou katoa.  

Ngā mihi

Tanya Maloney (she / her)

Kaiwhakahaere Hauora Hinengaro, Waranga  | Director Mental Health and Addiction

Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission


The information included in this email and any accompanying documents from the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is confidential and/or privileged. This information is intended to be for the use of the addressee. If you are not the addressee, note that any disclosure, photocopying, distribution or use of the contents of the emailed information is prohibited. If you have received this email in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from any system and destroy any copies. Thank you.

Please send feedback to by 11th April 2022.



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Plain Language Bill

Public submissions are now being called for the Plain Language

The Bill would improve the effectiveness and accountability of the public service by requiring communications to be clear and accessible to the public.  

It would set out requirements for public service agencies and Crown entities that all relevant documents produced use plain language.

"Plain language" would be defined in the Bill as language that is clear, concise, well-organised, follows recognised plain language guidelines, and can be easily understood on first reading.

The Bill would also allow for the establishment of plain language officers for each reporting agency and require that relevant agencies report to the Public Service Commissioner about how they are implementing the requirements in the bill.

Follow the link to read the Bill:

Plain Language Bill 70-1 (2021), Members Bill Contents – New Zealand Legislation

Please submit your response to by Wednesday 23 March 2022

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Assisted Dying Research Stakeholder Survey

NZNO encourages members with an interest in Assisted Dying to respond to a stakeholder survey.

You have been invited to participate because you have been identified as a stakeholder in the health care system. As part of our mahi, we would like your input to identify the highest priority research areas

If you agree to take part, you will complete a 5-10 minute survey.

The purpose of this survey is to capture the views of assisted dying stakeholders to help us determine the direction of future research. The information from survey will be used to inform the research programme we are developing and in a publication on the views of stakeholders

You can find the survey here:
This research is confidential. By answering it, you are giving consent for us to use your responses in this research. Your answers will remain completely confidential. We will be working with aggregated data to ensure responses are not able to be identified.  Once you submit the survey, it will be impossible to retract your answ

At the end of the survey, you can enter a prize draw to win one of four $50 supermarket vouchers

Please submit your response directly, via the link above, by 1 March 2022

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Improving the protection of drinking-water sources

NZNO warmly invites your feedback on proposed changes to The Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Sources of Human Drinking Water) Regulations 2007.

The proposed changes aim to improve source water protection, and have come about in response to the 2016 Havelock North gastroenteritis incident.

The consultation document is available here.

Please send feedback to by 1 March 2022.

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Consultation on the draft Rules and Guidelines on the use of physical restraint at registered schools and kura in New Zealand

NZNO warmly invites you to provide feedback on a new draft set of rules and guidelines on the use of physical restraint at registered schools and kura in New Zealand. The rules and guidelines have been prepared by an advisory group made up of representatives of parents, the education sector and disability communities.

The rules and guidance aim to provide practical guidance and clarity about when physical restraint can be used and how to prevent it, to better protect children and young people from harm.

Feedback is sought on:

  • how these will work in practice
  • any changes that may be needed
  • whether there are gaps or other issues to consider.

The consultation document is linked here.

Please send feedback to by Thursday 24 March 2022.

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Vaccinating Health Worker Role

NZNO warmly invites your feedback on a Ministry of Health (MoH) proposal to expand the scope of the COVID-19 Vaccinator Workforce with the creation of a new ‘Vaccinating Health Worker’ role.

A Vaccinating Health Worker would be able to administer a range of vaccines to people aged 11 and up, under the clinical supervision and direction of a qualified health practitioner.

MoH believes the new role will support the registered workforce to operate at the top of its ability, and add skills to the kete of healthcare workers such as kaiāwhina, immunisation support workers, and pharmacy technicians.

The model for the proposed Vaccinating Health Worker role is the COVID-19 Vaccinator Working Under Supervision role introduced in May 2021.

A Background Information Paper is available. 

Please send feedback to by 8 February 2022.

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Accident Compensation (Maternal Birth Injury and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

NZNO warmly invites your feedback on a bill which would extend ACC cover to a specified list of maternal birth injuries.  These injuries are not currently covered, despite having the same characteristics as injuries (such as sprains and strains) that are covered by the scheme.

The bill would also make five policy changes. Please see here for more information about the bill.

Please send feedback to by 8 February 2022.

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Second Feedback Survey Ngā Paerewa Health and Disability Services Standard Implementation Progress

NZNO invites you to provide feedback on Ngā paerewa Health and disability services standard (NZS 8134:2021). Updates to the standard reflect a shift towards more person- and whānau-centred health and disability services, where people are empowered to make decisions about their own care and support in order to achieve their goals, with a stronger focus on outcomes for people receiving support. 

The five-minute survey focuses on your current level of understanding of the 2021 Standard, and key areas of change you’d like HealthCERT to focus training on. Findings will be used to inform future training and resource development.

Regular short surveys will be undertaken during the implementation of the updated standard.

For further information, and to access the survey, please click here.

Please submit your survey response directly via the link above by 10 January 2022.

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Proposal to fund treatments for cancer and asthma

NZNO invites you to provide feedback on PHARMAC’s proposal to fund new treatments for lung cancer and severe refractory eosinophilic asthma, as well as widen access to a treatment for ovarian cancer.

The agreement with AstraZeneca would also include amendments to the contractual arrangements for budesonide with eformoterol powder for inhalation (Symbicort Turbuhaler), fulvestrant (Faslodex) and gefitinib (Iressa).

Please refer here for further information about the proposed changes.

Please send feedback to by 24 January 2022.

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Sunscreen (Product Safety Standard) Bill

NZNO welcomes your feedback on a bill that aims to introduce mandatory regulation of safety standards for sunscreen products.

Because sunscreen is currently classified as a cosmetic in New Zealand, manufacturers are not required to regularly test the products, and the sunscreen standard is voluntary. This is despite New Zealand having one of the highest rates of skin cancer and melanoma.

The Bill proposes requiring the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to recommend the making of regulations under the Fair Trading Act 1986. 

You can read the bill here.

Please send feedback to by 17 May.

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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 by 28 January 2021.

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