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Quality Statements to Guide Melanoma Diagnosis and Care in New Zealand

NZNO welcomes your feedback on draft quality statements for melanoma diagnosis and treatment in New Zealand.

The draft quality statements have been developed by the National Melanoma Working Group (NMWG), with support from the Melanoma Network of New Zealand (MelNet) and Te Aho o Te Kahu, the Cancer Control Agency.

The statements describe what quality care for melanoma should look like in New Zealand.

The draft statements for consultation are below.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 6 July 2021.

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PHARMAC Review

NZNO encourages you to have a say on how PHARMAC can best serve the needs of the communities of Aotearoa.   

The Ministry of Health is conducting this review. They are interested in our thoughts on:

·         PHARMAC’s funding functions and processes

·         Barriers to accessing medicines and devices

·         Improvements that could be made, including how to achieve more equitable outcomes.

You can read more here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 6 July 2021.

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Plant Variety Rights Bill

NZNO welcomes your feedback on this bill which would replace the Plant Variety Rights Act 1987. The bill proposes to modernise the regime and implement the Crown's obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi in relation to the plant variety rights regime and New Zealand's obligations under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.   

You can read more here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 18 June 2021.

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Drug and Substance Checking legislation

NZNO welcomes your feedback on a bill which aims to minimise drug and substance harm by allowing drug and substance checking services to operate legally in New Zealand.

You can read more here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 11 June 2021.

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Education and Training Amendment Bill

NZNO welcomes your feedback on proposed amendments to the Education and Training Act (2020). These include:

·         clarifying safety checking processes for children’s workers and school employees

·         extending the ban on charging trainees a compulsory student services fee by 1 year

·         emphasising that only persons holding a teaching position are able to use physical restraint

·         amending certain other provisions in regard to rules around intervention by the Secretary for Education and regulation-making powers around licensing of service providers.

You can read more here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 17 June 2021.

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Newborn Pulse Oximetry Screening

NZNO welcomes your feedback on draft Ministry of Health guidelines for newborn pulse oximetry screening.  Some District Health Boards have implemented the screening and others are yet to introduce it.

The document describes the purpose and benefits of newborn pulse oximetry screening and outlines the key considerations in developing national guidelines.  The Ministry of Health is interested in feedback on the draft recommendations and the proposed screening algorithm.

The discussion document can be found below, for your consideration.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 21 May 2021.

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Education (Pastoral Care of Domestic Tertiary Students) Code of Practice

NZNO welcomes your feedback on:

·         a proposed code for the wellbeing and safety of all tertiary and international learners,

·         a new dispute resolution scheme for domestic tertiary learners, and

·         proposed legislative changes to clarify and streamline providers’ responsibilities to learners.

You can read more here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 12 May 2021.

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Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Amendment Bill

The Health Committee is calling for public submissions on the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Amendment Bill.

The bill seeks to improve the protection of individual rights and the safety of patients and the public. It also aims to enable the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 to be applied more effectively. The bill would amend the Act by: ​removing indefinite treatment orders allowing a family member or caregiver of a patient to be present by audio or video link when the notice relating to the assessment is explained authorising the legal custodian of a special patient to agree that a government agency transport the patient to appear before a court or the New Zealand Parole Board.

You can read more here.

Please note the short timeframe.

Please send feedback to belinda.tuari-toma@nzno.org.nz by 10 May.

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Proposals for a Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan

NZNO welcomes your feedback on the Ministry of Health’s proposed actions to achieve their Smokefree 2025 goal.

It is a decade since New Zealand adopted the goal to reduce smoking prevalence and tobacco availability to minimal levels, essentially making Aotearoa New Zealand Smokefree by 2025.

Over this time, smoking rates have continued to decline; however, the Ministry reports that much work still needs to be done, particularly to reduce smoking rates among Māori, Pacific peoples and those living in our most disadvantaged communities.

The Action Plan is attached for your consideration.

You can read more about the consultation process here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 21 May.

 

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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 policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 17 May.

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Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories in our National Curriculum

Aotearoa New Zealand's histories are being incorporated into the national curriculum to ensure that all ākonga (learners) in all schools and kura learn about fundamental aspects of our country’s history and how these have shaped our lives.

NZNO sees this as very important from an equity perspective. We welcome your feedback on the draft curriculum content (attached). Please note we are particularly keen to hear from members who are supporting health services in schools.

Further information about the consultation process can be found here.

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

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Harmful Digital Communications (Unauthorised Posting of Intimate Visual Recording) Amendment Bill

NZNO would value your feedback on legislation that proposes to make it an offence to post intimate visual recordings of another person online.

Often referred to as revenge pornography, this form of sexual exploitation involves the intentional, non-consensual disclosure of intimate visual recordings of another person who is either naked, exposed, or engaged in an intimate sexual activity.  It constitutes the extreme end of online harassment to which nurses are subject in higher numbers than many other groups (D’Souza, N., Forsyth, D., Tappin, D., & Catley, B. 2018)

Since its enactment in 2015 the Harmful Digital Communications Act has been criticised for setting thresholds and definitions of harm too high resulting in few prosecutions and denying justice to those seriously affected by the online conduct of others.

You can read more here.

Please note the short timeframe.

Please send feedback to sue.gasquoine@nzno.org.nz by 20 April 2021.

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Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion (Safe Areas) Amendment Bill

NZNO welcomes your feedback on Louisa Wall’s bill which is currently before the Health Committee.

The bill aims to protect the safety and wellbeing, and respect the privacy and dignity, of women accessing abortion facilities and practitioners providing and helping with abortion services. It seeks to do so by providing a regulation-making power to set up safe areas around specific abortion facilities on a case-by-case basis.

You can read the bill here.

Please send feedback to Leanne.Manson@nzno.org.nz by 21 April.

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Mental Health and Wellbeing Long-Term Pathway

NZNO encourages members to participate in the current Ministry of Health (MoH) consultation on a mental health and wellbeing long term pathway.

MoH is inviting the sector to help shape the transformation of New Zealand’s approach to mental health and addiction. The approach  addresses recommendations from He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction and incorporates the direction set out subsequently in Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Ora Aotearoa – COVID-19 Psychosocial and Mental Wellbeing Recovery Plan (Kia Kaha).

Stakeholder feedback is sought on topics such as how to implement the Kia Kaha framework principles, what support/resources are required, and what’s working well.

You can link to the online survey here and submit a response directly to Ministry of Health  or you may choose to look through the survey questions and contribute your thoughts to NZNO as part of a joint submission.

Please note the short timeframe for response.

Please send feedback internally to Belinda.Tuari-Toma@nzno.org.nz by 19 March, or submit the online form directly to Ministry of Health by 24 March.

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Pacific Provider Development Funds

NZNO would appreciate your feedback on the Ministry of Health’s proposed process for distribution of Pacific Provider Development Funds (PPDF).

The PPDF is a $3.5 million annual fund designed to improve the capacity and capability of Pacific health and disability providers.

In line with recommendations from a 2018 review of the PPDF, the Ministry of Health aims to create a funding distribution process that is fair, transparent, flexible, high trust and long term. It is important that the process meets the needs of Pacific health providers and benefits Pacific communities receiving health services.

Please take a look at the attached draft guidelines and provide NZNO’s policy team with your feedback (more information about the consultation is available here on the MoH website.)

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

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