Health and Disability Service Standards Review 2017 – short survey

The Ministry of Health is undertaking its three yearly review of the Health and Disability Service Standards.  Feedback is sought via a short survey; members are welcome to submit directly and/or to NZNO.

Note: In 2013 NZNO recommended that all standards be amended to include:

  • accountable measures for ensuring safe staffing in all health services i.e. that there are appropriate systems to ensure sufficient staff with the right skill mix (education, training, experience) and resources (e.g. assessment tools, care capacity demand management) to meet patient numbers and acuity;
  • that the amendments should apply to the standards for safe and appropriate environment; and continuum of care; and
  • that the amendments should apply to all services.

A recommendation for a mandatory standard for safe Aged-Care and Dementia-Care services is part of NZNO’s manifesto.

View the service standards

View the 2017 survey

Please send feedback to by 28 July 2017.


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Request for IDEAs in breaking patterns of family violence

The government is calling for IDEAs as to how to break patterns of family violence.
A Family Violence Summit will be held on June 7 at Te Wharewaka in Wellington (Programme and keynote speakers) addressing four issues:

  • Helping children and their whānau to live without family violence.
  • Kaupapa Māori whānau-centred approaches
  • Taking opportunities to intervene earlier
  • Supporting seniors, people with disabilities and migrant communities 

There will be an opportunity to view the summit speakers via a link on the website.

You can contribute your ideas using the online submission form and you can also send feedback to NZNO for its submission. Nurses have a key role in identifying, and providing interventions to reduce family violence. What support, services, training,  etc. are needed to enhance and utilise their skills to improve outcomes?   Examples of what works and what doesn’t work are very useful.

Please send feedback to by Monday June 12, 2017.

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Review by Nursing Council on Post Graduate Education: Accrediting and Monitoring

The Nursing Council is reviewing how it accredits and monitors postgraduate nursing education programmes. The Council is consulting on:

  • a quality assurance profile for each education provider/programme
  • a finite period of accreditation, accreditation with conditions or refusal/revocation of accreditation, and
  • the publishing of accreditation reports on the Council website.

The consultation documents, including submission questions can be accessed here.

Please send feedback to by Friday June 23 2017.

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Proposal from PHARMAC on meningococcal C conjugate vaccine

PHARMAC is seeking feedback on one final proposal for the supply and funding of meningococcal C conjugate vaccine. In summary, the proposal would result in:

  • Neisvac-C remaining as the only listed meningococcal C conjugate vaccine on the National Immunisation Schedule.
  • the delisting of Neisvac-C in the 10 injection pack presentation.
  • a correction of the chemical name for Neisvac-C in the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

The consultation can be found here:


Please send feedback to by Monday 5 June 2017.

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Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill

This bill overhauls the Domestic  Violence Act to strengthen the legal framework for family violence laws and break the cycle of family violence. The key provisions of the Bill include:

·more accurately recording family violence offending in the criminal justice system,

·enabling the introduction of codes of practice, and new information sharing provisions across all those dealing with family violence

The Bill and bills digest can be found here:

Please send feedback to by 19 May 2017


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Proposed Changes to the Essential Skills Visa

The Government is making a number of changes to our permanent and temporary immigration settings aimed at managing the number and improving the quality of migrants coming to New Zealand. It is proposing a number of changes to temporary migration settings to manage the number and settlement expectations of new migrants coming to New Zealand on Essential Skills work visas. Proposed changes include:

  • The introduction of remuneration bands to determine the skill level of an Essential Skills visa holders
  • A maximum duration of three years for lower-skilled and lower-paid Essential Skills visa holders, after which a minimum stand down period will apply before they are eligible for another lower-skilled temporary work visa.
  • Aligning the ability of Essential Skills visa holders to bring their children and partners to New Zealand with the new skill levels.
  • Exploring which occupations have a seasonal nature and ensuring that the length of the visa aligns with peak labour demand.

A transition period is proposed so that current ES visa holders will not be adversely affected. The consultation document can be fund here

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Draft Suicide Prevention Strategy

The Ministry of Health welcomes NZNO member feedback on the draft strategy which sets out the proposed direction to prevent suicidal behaviour in New Zealand. It also identifies a set of priority areas for action.  

The draft strategy can be viewed on the Ministry of Health website at

Please send feedback to by Friday 2 June 2017.

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ACC Regulations: Additional occupational groups to registered health professionals

MBIE  is currently consulting on proposed regulations under section 322 of the Accident Compensation Act 2001 to:

  • add the following eight occupational groups to the definition of registered health professional:  anaesthetic technology; dental hygiene; dental therapy; dietetics; optical dispensing; osteopathy; psychology; psychotherapy; and
  • add pharmacists as an occupational group as providers

We welcome member feedback on the discussion document outlining the proposed regulations can be found here.

Please send feedback to by 5 May 2017.


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MOH - Transforming Respite: Disability Support Services Draft Respite Strategy 2017-2022

The Ministry of Health is seeking feedback on a draft respite strategy that proposes aligning respite with the Disability Support Services strategic direction to enable greater choice, control and flexibility to people with disabilities and their families. Please find the draft strategy attached below:

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to by 26 April 2017

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Pan Pacific Leg Ulcer Guideline Development Group - Updated Pan Pacific Leg Ulcer Guidelines

The Pan Pacific Venous Leg Ulcer Guideline Development Group invites your feedback on the draft document “Pan Pacific Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention and Management of Venous Leg Ulcers 2nd Edition.

The document has been developed collaboratively by a large team of healthcare professionals and is a revision of the first edition, which was published by Wounds Australia and the New Zealand Wound Care Society in 2011 and approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council and the New Zealand Guidelines Group.

Comment can be made via

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to by Monday 10 April 2017

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Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand - New Zealand Child and Adolescent Asthma Guidelines 

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand welcomes your feedback on these draft guidelines.  The guidelines aim to provide simple, practical and up-to-date, evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis, assessment and management of child and adolescent asthma in clinical practice.

The final version will be published and developed into practical tools for health professionals. 

Please find attached the draft attached here: New Zealand Child and Adolescent Asthma Guidelines  

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to by Monday 10 April 2017.

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MOH - Proposed new investment approach to post-entry training of New Zealand’s future health workforce

The Ministry of Health is seeking your feedback on a proposed new investment approach to Post-entry training of New Zealand’s future health workforce. The proposal represents a significant change to the way in which decisions about post entry training funding are made, basically moving it to a fully contestable model.

Please find the proposed investment approach outlined in the consultation document below.

Feedback due: Please send feedback to by 12 May 2017


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Domestic Violence - Victim's Protection Bill 2016 (Member's Bill - Jan Logie)

FROM: Justice and Electoral Select Committee, Parliament.

RE: Domestic Violence – Victim’s Protection Bill 2016 (Member’s Bill – Jan Logie)

The Bill aims to enhance workplace protections for victims of domestic violence through a series of amendments. The Bill supports victims to stay in paid employment and addresses any discrimination.

The Bill provides for up to 10 days paid leave for people affected, flexible working arrangements and additional protections for victims.

NZNO welcomes your feedback on the Domestic Violence - Victim’s Protection Bill 2016.

FEEDBACK DUE: Please send feedback to Diana Cookson, NZNO Research and Policy Assistant at by 18 April 2017.

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HDC Health and Disability research involving adult participants who are unable to provide informed consent.

The effect of Right 7(4) of the current Code of Health and Disability Service Consumers’ Rights (the Code) is that research with participants who cannot give informed consent cannot proceed unless the research is in the best interests of the participants.

Frequently the outcome from the research is uncertain so it is difficult to know whether the participants will be better off participating in the research, than not participating. However such research might provide important information of benefit to others.

NZNO welcomes your feedback to help the HDC determine whether there is a need to change this legislation. Are New Zealand’s current laws regarding non-consensual research appropriate? If not, how should they be amended?

The consultation document  and submission form are available here:

Feedback due: Please send feedback to  by 21 April 2017

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