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End of Life Choice Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on  the End of Life Choice Bill.   The purpose of the Bill is to give people with a terminal illness or a grievous and irremediable medical condition the option of requesting assisted dying. The motivation for this Bill is compassion. It allows people who so choose, and are eligible under this Bill, to end their lives in peace and dignity, surrounded by loved ones.

The bill:

  • defines who is eligible for assisted dying
  • details the provisions to ensure that this a free choice
  • outlines the steps to ensure a person is mentally capable of understanding the nature and consequences of assisted dying.  

FEEDBACK DUE 7 February 2018 to

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How to change the legal classification of a medicine in New Zealand - Guidance document

This guidance document is aimed at pharmaceutical companies, health professional organisations, Medsafe, the Ministry of Health or individuals who are considering applying to change the legal classification of a medicine in New Zealand. The purpose of this guidance document is to provide general advice on the process for changing the legal classification of a medicine in New Zealand to help ensure the process is easy to understand and transparent.

The document can be found here:

This is the second consultation currently underway with Medsafe - the first is on observers at Ministerial Advisory Committees. Both are due by 15 January.

Feedback due to by 12 January 2018.

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NZNO Strategy for Nursing - Advancing the health of the nation (Hei oranga motuhake mo ngā whānau, hapū, iwi)

What is the NZNO strategy for nursing about?

NZNO does not currently have a comprehensive nursing strategy but one is needed. This new strategy will provide a vehicle for the following:

  • A framework that signals our direction and to promote nursing
  • Provides unity of purpose
  • A clear document for decision-makers and other stakeholders
  • Public expression of nursing endeavour and intention.

We invite you to be a part of shaping this important document. NZNO members can respond to the confidential draft which is currently undergoing consultation.

Send feedback to by 19 January 2018.

This important strategy has been written to inform, inspire and influence – we welcome your involvement as it will become a flagship document going forward.

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Nationwide review of the operation of mental health rosters

Legal Aid Services (LAS) have embarked upon a review of the way that mental health legal aid cases are assigned to providers nationwide. Your comment is invited on the changes proposed to the way mental health cases are assigned and how the rosters are managed, as outlined in the below consultation paper:

Feedback due to by 19 January 2018.

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National Health Workforce Strategy

In response to strong demand, HWNZ is developing a national strategy, which is intended to be “a comprehensive ‘living’ document, co-designed with all parts of the sector, incorporating priorities and actions that will be updated and reviewed annually."

Your feedback on health workforce concerns (eg skills and policy gaps, funding & other barriers, changing roles, sustainability, recruitment and retention, safety, cultural diversity, population changes etc.) and ideas for developing our workforce to 2030 and beyond is sought.

NZNO encourages members and member groups to take this opportunity to contribute to this long overdue strategy, both directly to HWNZ and to NZNO to inform our input and engagement in stakeholder workshops likely to start in February 2018.

Please note there is no consultation document; the strategy has yet to be developed.

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NZNO seeks your feedback on MEDSAFE’s consultation on the process for observers at Ministerial Advisory Committees. ie whether the:

  • Medicines Classification Committee should not change, whether observers representing applicants are no longer allowed to attend or whether the observers are widened;
  • Medicines Assessment Advisory Committee should not change or whether observers representing the sponsor are no longer allowed to attend;
  • Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee should not change, whether there should be no observers other than from the Ministry or whether sponsors should be allowed to attend for section 36 issues to provide a presentation and answer questions; and
  • Medicine Review Committee should not change or whether applicants for a review are allowed to present their case to the Committee.

Read here: Ministerial Advisory Committees (opens in new window)

MEDSAFE  is also updating its guidance document: How to change the legal classification for Medicines in NZ  (opens in new window)

Feedback due: to by 20 December 2017.

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Anaesthetic Technician (AT) Scope of Practice Review Consultation

Read here: A Review of the Anaesthetic Technician Scope of Practice

The Medical Sciences Council (MSC) is undertaking a public consultation on a proposal to redefine the parameters of the Anaesthetic Technician (AT) scope of practice. The Council proposes to widen the AT scope of practice from a two year diploma course to a three year degree for Perioperative Practitioners. Note that the AT scope fits within the RN scope of practice, and that this potentially duplicates the RN role of Surgical First Assistant.  The consultation documents include:

You may also be interested in NZNO’s former responses to the Council on the regulation of ATs:

Feedback due: to by 8 December 2017.

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Guidelines for nurses on the administration of medicines

Analytics indicate that the ‘Guidelines for nurses on the administration of medicines’ is one of the most accessed publications that Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa (NZNO) produces utilised extensively by members and employers of nurses and caregivers. This revision has focused on aligning it with the legislation and regulation changes in 2015/16 that extend nurse prescribing. It has benefited from significant input from the Professional Nurse Advisers who work with members to address complex clinical scenarios associated with administering medicines, from Ministry of Health officials and the Nursing Council of New Zealand. It has also been an opportunity to rearrange aspects of its presentation to make it more ‘user friendly’.

Please contribute feedback that considers the Guidelines’ relevance and usefulness to nurses in practice.

FEEDBACK DUE Please send feedback to by 30th November 2017

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Social Workers Registration Bill

This Bill protects the title of social worker and extends the scope of current regulation so that anyone practising as a social worker, or doing a job with that title, must be registered and have a current practising certificate. It restricts certain jobs to social workers.

However, it does not define or protect the practice of social work. People may be employed as social workers in all but name - eg as a Family or ‘Community worker and as long as they do not undertake the restricted tasks specified in the Act, they do not have to be registered. Employers usually decide the title.

NZNO, NCW and others have called for mandatory registration of social workers. We are seeking your feedback on whether the Bill should  be extended to include a definition of social work (there are international examples), and registration for every person undertaking this type of work regardless of job title? Do you know of anyone whose job might be considered social work, but whose job title does not include the words ‘social worker’? We are also interested in personal examples/ evidence. 

View the bill at: Social Workers Registration Bill and the Regulatory Impact Statement. Note that the committee is due to report back in February, 2018. 

Please send feedback to by 6 November 2017.

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National Health Index (NHI) Number Format Change and Allied Health Data Set Draft Standard

NZNO is seeking your feedback on two brief consultation documents from the Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO) available here:

  1. National Health Index (NHI) Number Format Change

HISO has identified a need to extend the range of NHI numbers for future use.  A number of options have been considered. The recommended option is to change the check digit algorithm and number format from AAANNNN to AAANNAA

  • The cutover would occur once the existing number range is exhausted; the old format would be retained alongside the new format. 
  • No mapping between NHI numbers would be required.
  • At current allocation rates there would be sufficient NHI numbers to last another 130 years.

Click on the “NHI Number Format Change Public Comment Document” from the above link to download the proposal (scroll down after the public comment form).

  1. Allied Health Data Set Draft Standard.. The Standard defines the minimum data required to be captured by Allied Health staff in DHBs to record patient related clinical activity. It is currently being reviewed to assess and maintain its currency.

You may comment on the standard as a whole or any part of the document. Download the consultation document HERE.

Please forward your feedback on either or both documents by by 30 October 2017 to:

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Advanced Nursing Practice Position Statement Revision

NZNO adopted a position statement on Advanced Nursing Practice in 2000.  This is the 4th revision of the document and includes recent work by the National Nursing Consortium on specialty practice standards, Dr Kathy Holloway on a New Zealand nurse specialist framework, and the Nursing Council of New Zealand work on competencies for nurse prescribers and nurse practitioners.  While drafting the revision we have focused on making the position statement clear, concise and current.

Feedback due: Please send feedback to by 24 November 2017.

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Dietitians Board

The Dietitians Board is currently consulting on its Professional Standards & Competencies for Dietitians, which are aspirational and forward focussed.

The draft document can be found HERE  and a short survey can be found HERE.  Please respond directly to the survey and will help guide the future of dietetics in New Zealand.

Your input would be valuable to our consultation and to the profession.

Feedback due: Please send feedback to by  25 October 2017.

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