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Review of class 4 Gambling

This discussion document seeks your views on how to manage the decline of community funding from class 4 gambling (pokies in clubs, pubs and bars) and how community funding can be sustained into the future. The DIA is also seeking ideas for a cost effective regulatory model for the sector that maximises community funding into the future, without increasing harm or driving a growth in gambling, and is taking the opportunity to seek views on the future of online gambling in New Zealand.

Read or dowload:$file/Class4-review-discussion-document2016.pdf

Feedback due: Please send feedback to  by 7 August 7 2016

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Ministry of Transport - What is our transport future?

The Ministry of Transport is taking a whole of system, long-term view of the future of transport in Aotearoa and is seeking your ideas for the future of transport. They want to stimulate wider debate and generate ideas on the possible future of New Zealand’s transport system by sharing our visions of how we think the transport system could look in the future.

A document, videos and questions are available here:

NZNO members and member groups are strongly encouraged to participate and particularly to

  • Highlight links between transport and health –cost and mobility, access to services, air quality/respiratory conditions, impact of options to walk or cycle on obesity etc.; 
  • The connection with climate change, particularly the win –win potential of reducing carbon emissions and encouraging healthier environments and lifestyles;
  • The need for an independent Health Impact Assessment of all proposed major transport options.

Please see our earlier submission on climate change.

Feedback due: Please feedback directly to the MoT and/or to Snr Policy Analyst by 30 September 2016.

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Ministry of Justice - Family violence risk framework

It seems that someone has been listening to NZNO and others, because the Ministry of Justice has released a discussion document calling for “A common approach to understanding Family Violence Risk Assessment and Management”. The Ministry points out that although many organisations working in family violence have their own risk assessment and management methods, there is no national policy, or process. By introducing a common approach it hoped to achieve a level of consistency and best practice to better support family violence victims.

The consultation document is available here: Family violence risk framework

The consultation period is extremely short.

Feedback due: Please send feedback including details of assessment systems you use of are familiar with, current systems failures,  gaps, or advantages, and your recommendations to  by Monday 29 August  2016

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E-Cigarette Regulation Consultation

The Ministry of Health is consulting on policy options for the regulation of e-cigarettes, including possible amendments to the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 and the Medicines Act 1981.

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are a relatively new and evolving product. The risks and benefits of e-cigarettes are uncertain. There is some evidence that e-cigarettes could potentially play a significant role in the reduction of harm for smokers. However, there is very little evidence of the impact of e-cigarettes on the non-smoking population. Similarly, the impact of e-cigarettes on the goal of a SmokeFree Aotearoa NZ by 2025 is uncertain. All of the four transnational tobacco companies now own at least one electronic cigarette product and, given their ethical record in promoting tobacco despite evidence of harm, we suggest a cautious approach is needed to this product, which is marketed in an array of colours, flavours and styles, designed to appeal to young people.  

Currently, the sale and supply of nicotine e-cigarettes are prohibited, while smoked tobacco can be sold legally. The legal status of e-cigarettes can be confusing and the law is not routinely enforced. This consultation aims to clarify the legal position.

The consultation document can be downloaded at:

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Feedback due: Please send feedback to  by 5 September 2016​.

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Draft Disability Strategy

The Draft NZ Disability Strategy  (2016-2016) is a high-level document outlining outcomes for people with disabilities covering eight areas – education; employment; health and well-being; justice; accessibility; attitudes; choice and control and leadership. Further consultation towards an Action Plan (2019-2022) will begin in 2018. Nursing workforce perspectives that may contribute to development of this plan are welcomed, as well as any other comments.  There are also a series of workshops that you may like to attend.

The strategy can be downloaded here:

Details of the workshops and other events here:

Feedback due: Please send feedback to  by 18 August  2016

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Essential skills shortage review - Immigration New Zealand

Immigration New Zealand accepted NZNO’s nomination of Registered Nurse (in the specialities - Aged Care,  Critical Care and Emergency, Medical, Mental Health and Perioperative)  to be reviewed for the Essential Skills Shortages Review. See our submission 2016-05%20Essential_skills_in_demand_NZNO.pdf.

Preliminary Indicator Evidence Reports (PIERs) providing some relevant statistical and other information are available here

However, there are many aspects affecting workforce supply and demand that are not reflected in the PIERS reports, and which should be considered as part of the review. Eg resourcing, recruitment and retention policies, pay and conditions, safety, quality etc.  NZNO has advocated for the review of nursing occupations on the essential skills in demand  lists, particularly in areas where shortages and safety issues are the result of inadequate resourcing, lack of safe staffing and employment conditions that fall below the standard collective agreement for nursing and midwifery - the DHB NZNO Nursing and Midwifery Multi Employer Collective Agreement.

Feedback due: Please send feedback to  by 17 August  2016  

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Proposals in relation to Nurse Prescribers

Proposal to amend the pharmaceutical schedule rules to support prescribing rights for Registered Nurse Prescribers and Nurse Practitioners.

The proposal can be found here: Pharmac Consultation - Nurse Presribers 

In particular we are interested in whether the proposed change to the section on specialist prescribing will address the issues faced by Nurse Practitioners.

Feedback due: Please send feedback to  by 2 August 2016.

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Position statement and guidelines: NZNO and its international relationships and affiliations

NZNO is committed to the representation of members and the promotion of nursing and midwifery. NZNO provides professional leadership and advice in a range of areas.

NZNO maintains a number of international relationships and affiliations with relevant nursing and health groups including the International Council of Nurses, the Australian Nurses and Midwifery Federation and the South Pacific Nurses Forum. Similarly, NZNO Colleges and Sections and individual staff members maintain other important and strategic relationships. This document outlines NZNO’s position on international relationships and affiliations and provides guidance for members and staff on establishing and maintaining these.

We are seeking your feedback on the position statement and guidelines and invite you to please forward this to Jill Clendon by Tuesday August 23rd at

Further enquiries to:
Jill Clendon
Nursing Policy Advisor/Researcher
Ph 03 5463941 or 0800

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Proposal for sole subsidised supply of progestogen-only long-acting intra-uterine system (LIUS) (Mirena)

PHARMAC consultation on a proposal for sole subsidised supply of progestogen-only long-acting intra-uterine system (LIUS) (Mirena).

Note that the proposal does not change the restrictive access conditions to Mirena, and excludes contraception.

Consultation webpage:

Note NZNO’s previous submission on sole subsidised supply of a contraceptive implant (Jadelle implant) whichPlease send feedback to  by 10 July  Please send feedback to  by 10 July   raises relevant access and equity issues.

Read: Proposal for sole subsidised supply of a contraceptive implant 

Feedback due: Please send feedback to  by 10 July 2016

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New Position statement: Nursing and sexual and gender diversity

New Position statement: Nursing and sexual and gender diversity

The purpose of this position statement is to update the previous statement (dated 1997) in the light of legal and social changes in the field of gender diversity.

Feedback to Leonie Walker - Principal Researcher -
by Friday 5th August 2016.

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Children, Young Persons, and their families (Advocacy, Workforce, and Age settings) Amendment Bill

The aim of the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989 (the Act) Bill is to begin  to amend the “reforming the system of services for responding to the needs of vulnerable children and young persons, and their families”  [click here] 

This is the first stage of major state care reforms, overhaul, with a new child-centred operating model with a single point of accountability would be in place by the end of March 2017, focusing on prevention, intensive intervention, care support services, transition support and preventing youth offending and reoffending.

The main features of the Bill are:

extending the age of state care and protection to a young person’s 18th birthday;

  • ensuring the views of children and young people are taken into account as part of decision making at an individual level and in the development of services and policy;
  • supporting the establishment of an independent youth advocacy service; and 
  • enabling the broader range of professionals with specialist skills to widen the expertise within the new model to perform some functions under the Act while social workers remained the main professionals responsible for carrying out these functions.

Please read: Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Advocacy, Workforce, and Age Settings) Amendment Bill

Feedback due: Please send feedback to  by 22 July 2016.

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Dieticians Board - Scope of Practice

The New Zealand Dietitians Board has gazetted one Scope of Practice of Dietitian. In accordance with section 14 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (“HPCA Act”), the Board is consulting with practitioners and stakeholders on the proposal to amend the scope of practice for dietitians. The updated current scope of practice which has not been changed since the HPCA Act came into force over 10 years ago.

The Board’s intention is to refine the scope of practice to provide greater clarity as to the range of dietetic practice and to include the prescribing endorsement. Following further discussion, the Board has developed two draft scopes of practice upon which it is seeking further comment.

Feedback due: Please send feedback to  by 27 July 2016

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Social Services Legislation Rewrite bill

This bill repeals the Social Security Act 1964. As well as rewriting social security legislation to “enhance clarity, coherency, and consistency” it also introduces policy changes. These affect the principles underlying the social security system and the rules around financial support for people in need, for example because of unemployment disability, child & family.  

Additional principles are focused on long term beneficiaries and employment. Specifics include merging orphans and the unsupported child benefits; allowing single people to be paid a single rate of sole parent support; renaming the emergency benefit ‘the exceptional circumstances benefit’ and introducing the discretion to apply, for example, work obligations, and removing a benefit which applies only to people who are totally blind (S40J).

NZNO members’ feedback / comment on the health needs of people receiving social security assistance is sought, particularly with regard to work capacity. We note that the Bill frames social security in terms of charity rather than human rights,  ie ‘who is entitled to what’ - rather than ensuring that the basic needs of all citizens are met. The period given for the Committee to consider this substantial Bill, including hearing submissions, has been reduced, under protest from MPs, from the standard six months to four months. We apologise for the short timeframe for feedback.

The bill and accompanying explanatory note (ills Digest) and impact statements can be found here - New Zealand Parliament - Social Secuirty Legislation Rewrite Bill

Feedback due: Please send feedback to by 20 June 2016.

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Strategy to increasing the number of organ donations

The Ministry of Health (the Ministry) is developing a strategy to increase the number of organ donations (and ultimately transplantations) from deceased people in New Zealand.   The proposed strategy is based on the findings of an initial review of national donation and transplantation rates (see Review of Deceased Organ Donation and Transplantation, which can be found on the same Ministry webpage as this consultation document).

The initial review focused on options to increase rates of deceased person organ donation. An increase in donation rates will require transplant services to have the capacity to accommodate the increase. The Ministry is working with district health boards (DHBs) to ensure that capacity can continue to meet demand.

Read or download: consultation document (docx, 222 KB)

To find out more information about the initial phase of the review, read the full report Review of deceased organ donation and transplantation rates – initial report to the Minister of Health (docx, 376 KB).

Feedback due: Please send feedback to by 15 July 2016

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Guideline - Privacy, Confidentiality and Consent in the Use of Exemplars of Practice, Case Studies and Journaling, 2016.


The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to nurses, midwives, students and others who may use exemplars, case studies or journaling as part of their practice.


The use of exemplars of practice, case studies and journaling of practice experience has become common place within nursing and midwifery over the last 20 years. These three strategies for aiding reflection on practice and demonstrating competence are useful in analysis of strengths and weaknesses and identifying growth or change potential; they are professional development and quality improvement strategies.

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