Consultation

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 jinny.willis@nzno.org.nz 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:

www.pharmac.govt.nz/devices

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

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_85177/organ-donors-and-related-matters-bill

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

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_86247/oranga-tamariki-legislation-bill

Please send feedback to diana.cookson@nzno.org.nz  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 https://consultations.justice.govt.nz/policy/access-to-official-information/ and

MoJ’s privacy policy at https://consultations.justice.govt.nz/privacy_policy/

Please send feedback to leanne.manson@nzno.org.nz 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 jinny.willis@nzno.org.nz 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:

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/make-a-submission/document/52SCHE_SCF_BILL_85104/misuse-of-drugs-amendment-bill

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

http://www.hrc.govt.nz/sites/default/files/Consultation%20Document%20-%20March%202019_0.pdf

Please send feedback to jinny.willis@nzno.org.nz by 26 March 2019.

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Draft Bowel Screening Histology Data Standard National Bowel Screening Programme

NZNO seeks your feedback on the draft Bowel Screening Histology Data Standard.

The draft Bowel Screening Histology Standard (attached below) identifies and describes the data elements and values that need to be captured and sent to the National Screening Solution from the laboratories that perform histology services as part of National Bowel Screening Programme.

Please note that the National Screening Solution is a new system currently being developed to receive Screening Programme data from service providers.  

Bowel Screening Histology

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 22 March 2019.

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Posthumous Reproduction – Second part of two part consultation on the proposed donation and surrogacy guidelines

https://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/publications/acart-2nd-round-consultation-proposed-donation-surrogacy-guidelines-consultation-document-feb2019_0.pdf

NZNO seeks your feedback on changes to the guidelines for:

  • family gamete donation
  • embryo donation,
  • the use of donated eggs with donated sperm (donated eggs/donated sperm) and
  • clinic-assisted surrogacy

(Collectively, the Donation Guidelines review).

In this consultation document, ACART presents a full and clear explanation of when consent would be needed, to gauge whether people understand and agree with their proposal. 

Please send feedback to diana.cookson@nzno.org.nz by 18 March 2018.

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Proposed changes to national immigration policy

NZNO seeks your feedback on proposed changes to employer-led temporary work visas that aim to ensure these are matched where there are genuine skill shortages.

Crucially for nurses and employers changes include:

  • replacing the Essential Skills in Demand Lists with Regional Skills in Demand Lists and
  • introducing sector agreements to ensure longer-term structural issues are addressed, so that sectors do not become reliant on migrant labour, at the risk of shutting out opportunities to New Zealander.

https://www.mbie.govt.nz/have-your-say/consultation-on-a-new-approach-to-employer-assisted-work-visas-and-regional-workforce-planning/

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 11 March 2019

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Strengthening the Family Justice system

NZNO seeks your feedback as part of a second round of consultation on reforms made to the family justice system in 2014. An Independent Panel tasked by the MoJ to examine the effectiveness of these reforms considers changes need to be made to the Family Court and related processes. The attached consultation documents (in English and Te Re Māori) outline their initial thoughts on a proposed direction for change.

https://consultations.justice.govt.nz/policy/strengthening-the-family-justice-system/

https://www.justice.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Publications/Strengthening-the-family-justice-system-Te-reo.pdf

Please send feedback to Leanne.Manson@nzno.org.nz by 25 February 2019

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Reform of Vocational Education

NZNO seeks your feedback on proposals for change to the vocational education sector which will affect the education and training of many members. Currently 16 institutes of technology and polytechnics receive $500 million of government funding annually and are facing significant financial challenges with student numbers in decline, domestically by 1/3 in the last 10 years.

Following engagement with a variety of stakeholders in 2018, the government has three main proposals for change, with a view to making a decision mid-year and legislation being introduced later this year. These proposals include:

  • a New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology serving all of New Zealand and (so existing government owned institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) are brought together as single entity);
  • a unified national funding system of vocational education and training and
  • new roles for providers and industry bodies Industry Training Organisations

The consultation document and additional companion documents are attached below:

Please send feedback to sue.gasquoine@nzno.org.nz by 20 March 2019

 

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Strengthening the Family Justice system

NZNO seeks your feedback as part of a second round of consultation on reforms made to the family justice system in 2014. An Independent Panel tasked by the MoJ to examine the effectiveness of these reforms considers changes need to be made to the Family Court and related processes. The attached consultation documents (in English and Te Re Māori) outline their initial thoughts on a proposed direction for change.

https://consultations.justice.govt.nz/policy/strengthening-the-family-justice-system/

https://www.justice.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Publications/Strengthening-the-family-justice-system-Te-reo.pdf

Please send feedback to Leanne.Manson@nzno.org.nz by 25 February 2019.

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Health and Disability System Review

Phase one of the review is underway with the Review Committee seeking responses to a short list of questions on what people want from health and disability system. Nurses and the nursing support team are an integral part of the health and disability system, and NZNO seeks member feedback on the questions which can be found here:

https://systemreview.health.govt.nz/overview/give-us-your-views/

We would also encourage all members to respond individually to the online survey which will be live until the end of May  https://systemreview.citizenspace.com/

Please send feedback to leanne.manson@nzno.org.nz by 31 March 2019

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