Proposal for changes to funded vaccines in the National Immunisation Schedule

NZNO seeks your feedback on proposed changes to the funding of vaccines in the National Immunisation Schedule. Through provisional agreements with a number of suppliers this would result in several vaccine brand, eligibility and dose changes.

We welcome feedback on the entire proposal or specific vaccines.

Please see the consultation request attached, (which details the vaccines, dose changes and suppliers concerned).

Please send feedback to by May 30, 2019

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Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on this Bill which would amend the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act and strengthen requirements that consumer credit is lent responsibly to protect vulnerable borrowers.

The Bill is the result of a review that identified ongoing issues in the credit market and significant harm to vulnerable consumers from problem debt. The intent of the Bill is to address issues including excessive cost of some consumer credit agreements; continued irresponsible lending and other non-compliance, including by mobile traders; unreasonable fees; and irresponsible debt collection practices.

Please send feedback to by 7 June 2019

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WorkSafe’s Draft Guidelines for Employers; Violence in the Healthcare Industry

WorkSafe are consulting on a draft guideline for persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) in the healthcare industry informing them of their duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) including an explanation of how the risk of violence in healthcare workplaces fits into the health and safety legislation and a ‘PLAN-DO-CHECK-ACT’ approach to worker safety in contexts where violence needs to be anticipated.

Please send feedback to by Wednesday 5th June, 2019.

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Achieving Medicine Access Equity in Aotearoa New Zealand: Towards a Theory of Change

Not all New Zealanders are achieving best health outcomes from medicines funded by PHARMAC. PHARMAC has therefore set a goal to eliminate inequities in access to medicines by 2025. To progress this goal, a discussion piece has been developed that seeks to understand the problem and how to address it. NZNO welcomes your feedback on this mahi.

Specifically, this document includes

  • a definition of “medicine access equity” (what fairer access to medicines to medicines would look like);
  • the drivers that facilitate access to funded medicines;
  • why some population groups (especially Māori) experience more inequitable access to medicines than others and intended work programmes to eliminate inequities in access to medicines.

Please see the discussion piece below

Please send feedback to

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New Zealand Infrastructure Commission/Te Waihanga Bill.

This bill establishes the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission/Te Waihanga as an autonomous Crown entity. The Infrastructure Commission’s purpose will be to co-ordinate, develop, and promote an approach to infrastructure that improves the well-being of New Zealanders. Infrastructure provisions (such as hospitals, roads etc.) will be linked to current and expected levels of service and service demand, including within the New Zealand health sector.

This consultation is an important opportunity for NZNO members to offer ideas to inform health considerations regarding infrastructure, such as Health Impact Assessments.

Please send feedback to by 17 May 2019.

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Technological change and the future of work

The Government has asked the Commission to examine disruptive technological change and its impact on work. 

Technological change will affect the future of nurses’ work in terms of both increased risks and opportunities, via advances in information and communication technology, robot technology and artificial intelligence etc. This consultation is an important opportunity for NZNO members to offer ideas, opinions and evidence to inform the inquiry on how such change may affect nursing.

Please review this issues paper, the first stage of the Commission’s inquiry, after which a series of reports will be released for further feedback. 

Please send feedback to by 30 May 2019.

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‘Better Later Life He Oranga Kaumātua 2019-2034’ Strategy

The Minister for Seniors the Hon. Tracey Martin has released a draft of the strategy ‘Better Later Life He Oranga Kaumātua 2019-2034’ for consultation.


The key areas for action and possible initial priorities are:


  • Preparing for financial and economic security
  • Improving access to health and social service
  • Providing housing choices and options so people can age in the community
  • Enhancing opportunities for social connection and participation
  • Providing accessible built environments so people can participate in their community.

Please send feedback to by Monday 27th May 2019.

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Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) Review

NZNO seeks your feedback on this review which aims to ensure that the ANZSRC reflects current practice and is sufficiently robust to allow for long-term data analysis.

ANZSRC is the collective name for the three related classifications used in the measurement and analysis of research and experimental development (R&D) undertaken in Australia and New Zealand. The three constituent classifications are: Type of Activity (ToA), Fields of Research (FoR), and Socio-economic Objective (SEO).

Please see the attached document: Australian and NZ Standard Research Classification Review 2019

Please send feedback to by 31 May 2019.

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Management of Hospital Medical Devices

NZNO invites your feedback on the next phase of consultation regarding PHARMAC’s management of hospital medical devices.

District Health Boards (DHBs), PHARMAC, suppliers and others are working towards a new way of managing medical devices used or supplied to people by DHBs, either in hospitals or in the community. This would see PHARMAC’s role expand to include making funding decisions on these devices, as well as medicines.

PHARMAC is seeking our feedback on whether we agree or disagree with what they propose and how they can address issues we may identify.

Please find the consultation document attached here:

Please send feedback to by 21 June 2019

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Organ Donors and Related Matters Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on this bill which aims to increase New Zealand’s deceased organ donation and transplantation rates. It would amend multiple Acts but will do two main things:

  • create an agency overseeing organ donation by expanding the functions and role of the New Zealand Blood Service and 
  • adjust the compensation available for live donors while they recuperate from surgery particularly those who return to work part-time or donate overseas.

Please find the bill attached below:

Please send feedback to by 9 May 2019.

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Oranga Tamariki Legislation Bill

NZNO seeks your views on this omnibus bill which would amend 12 interrelated Acts and aims to give full effect to aspects of the Children, Young Persons, and their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Act 2017.

Crucially, it seeks to ensure that the benefits of the policy to include 17-year-olds in the youth justice jurisdiction are fully achieved.  The inclusion of 17-year-olds in the youth justice jurisdiction will take effect on 1 July 2019.

The bill would:
• amend legislation to ensure that the extended youth justice jurisdiction is applied consistently across the justice system
• address drafting errors in the 2017 Act and
• make a consequential amendment to the Children’s Commissioner Act 2003 to correct a cross-referencing error.

Please send feedback to  by 17 April 2019

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Official Information Act (OIA)

The OIA allows people to request official information held by Ministers and specified government agencies.  It contains rules for how such requests should be handled and provides a right to complain to the Ombudsman in certain situations.

NZNO seeks your feedback on how the OIA is working in practice to inform a decision by MoJ as to whether to progress a review of this legislation. Your feedback will help to inform a decision on whether to review the OIA or whether instead to keep the focus on practice improvements.

Please find links to more information at and

MoJ’s privacy policy at

Please send feedback to by 11 April 2019.

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Updated Code of Ethics

The NZMA is undertaking an internal review of their Code of Ethics which was last changed in 2014. NZNO is seeking your feedback on this updated Code.

Please note that changes to the Code arising from this review are minor, with most recommendations in the 2014 Code unchanged. To help your review the main changes are detailed below:

  • The preliminary statement has been expanded to elaborate on professional autonomy and clinical independence, and update wording relating to working in collaborative groups.
  • The principle about respecting the rights, autonomy and freedom of choice of the patient now also includes respecting the relationships of the patient (principle #2)
  • The principle on avoiding exploiting the patient has been expanded to include the need to develop a relationship of trust (principle #3)
  • The Treaty of Waitangi has been added to recommendation #25 in the section on responsibilities to the patient
  • A new clause has been added to the section on professional responsibilities relating to doctors treating themselves or members of their families (recommendation #34)
  • Two new recommendations have been added to the section on research. Recommendation #51 addresses research involving people who are incapable of giving consent while recommendation #52 addresses research involving biobanks or similar repositories.
  • The WMA Declaration of Geneva has been added to the end of the Code.

The updated 2019 Code, as well as the 2014 Code with amendments shown as track changes are attached.

Please send feedback to by 5 April 2019

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NZNO seeks your feedback on the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill.

Crucially, this bill aims to improve the way Police use discretion for drug offences and to treat drug use/addiction as more of a health issue.

The Bill aims to:

  • make the two main synthetics, 5F-ADB and AMB-Fubinaca, Class A drugs;
  • target suppliers through  increased penalties for makers and suppliers of synthetic drugs and
  • give police more discretion to either prosecute users or consider whether directing them to health and therapeutic services would be more beneficial.

Please find the Bill attached here:

Please send feedback to  by 4 April 2019

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New Zealand’s health research priorities – final consultation

NZNO seeks your feedback on the draft prioritisation vehicle that will drive health research investment in New Zealand up until 2027.

The revised prioritisation model is informed by the initial round of consultation (on which NZNO provided feedback) in September and October 2018.

Following this consultation, health research priority actions for New Zealand will be established in mid-2019.

Please find background information about the consultation and prioritisation process to date here:

Please send feedback to by 26 March 2019.

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