Consultation

Position statement: Nursing, technology and telehealth.

NZNO CONSULTATION REQUEST

FROM Leonie Walker, Principal Researcher.
RE Position statement: Nursing, technology and telehealth.
DATE DUE
Feedback to Leonie Walker - Principal Researcher leoniew@nzno.org.nz
by Tuesday 22 June 2016.

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.

The purpose of this position statement is to outline NZNO’s position on issues raised by the rapidly evolving advances in electronic health records, telehealth and the use of technology in nursing practice.

We are seeking your feedback on the position statement and in particular any further reference material or resources. We invite you to please forward this to Leonie Walker at Leoniew@nzno.org.nz by Wednesday 22 June, 2016.

Further enquiries to:
Leonie Walker
Principal Researcher
Ph 0800 28 38 48

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Perioperative Mortality Review

The Perioperative Mortality Review Committee wish to consult on the recommendations that will form part of their forthcoming 2016 report.

The POMRC is seeking our thoughts and advice for the following recommendations:

For improvements to care, the POMRCrecommends:

  1. Non-operative treatment for patients who are assessed as having an ASA status of 5 must be considered.
  2. The risk of dying perioperatively should be discussed with all patients contemplating an operation with a significant risk.
  3. Death following elective surgery performed on the weekend should be investigated in depth.
  4. Resources available for the care of electively admitted patients operated on the weekend compared with those operated on in the weekdays should be reviewed.

We apologise for the short turnaround but we have only just been notified of this consultation.

Feedback due: Please send feedback to marilynh@nzno.org.nz  by 18 May 2016

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Inquiry into whānau access to and management of Tūpāpaku

The Māori Affairs Select Committee (the Committee) invite submission on the Inquiry into whānau access to and management of Tūpāpaku.

Purpose:

The purpose of this inquiry is to consider any legislative and/or regulatory changes to ensure best practice for whānau to access and make decisions over the Tūpāpaku of whānau members immediately after death until burial. The inquiry should establish that best practice is followed nationally in a consistent way. This may include rights to view and remain with the body while held in a hospital, by a pathologist, police or funeral director; the relative authority of pathologists and coroners to release Tūpāpaku to whānau; acknowledging tikanga Māori including traditional treatments for Tūpāpaku in lieu of embalming; and other matters as appropriate.

We may also consider the adequacy of the law concerning the return of body parts to whānau and organ donations but we are aware that there has been significant work in these areas already.

We note that our inquiry is not restricted to Māori but to all New Zealanders who have an interest in these issues. There are other cultures in NZ with funeral practices that may be relevant to this inquiry and we welcome those submissions.

Terms of reference:

To inquire into the issue of whānau access to and management of Tūpāpaku, the Māori Affairs Committee will:

• Investigate the current powers and practice of pathologists, coroners, police and funeral directors and other relevant agencies in allowing, or not, whānau to view and/or remain with Tūpāpaku.

• Investigate the relevant powers and practice of pathologists, coroners, police and funeral directors and other relevant agencies to release Tūpāpaku into whānau custody, and how these can be improved to allow more timely release.

• Investigate what resources and personnel are available to relevant agencies and services, including; cultural guidelines, the role of Police iwi liaison officers and the practical availability of pathologists and coroners.

• Investigate the relevant tikanga Māori and legal requirements in relation to the preservation and management of Tūpāpaku and funeral practices, including burial and cremation practices and where this can happen.

• Investigate guidelines and practices of how relevant agencies communicate with whānau at all stages, and how this can be improved to ensure whānau know their rights and have up to date and full information about the relevant processes.

• Investigate the experiences of whānau in having Tūpāpaku returned to Aotearoa where a whānau member has died overseas, particularly Australia, as well as other matters relating to coronial practices and the transportation of Tūpāpaku.

• We intend to report on any policy, legislative or regulatory changes that arise from this inquiry.

Feedback due: Please send feedback to leannem@nzno.org.nz by 17 June 2016

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Position statement: The role of the nurse in end of life decisions and care

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.

The majority of nurses will provide nursing care to people who are nearing the end of their life. The purpose of this position statement is to outline NZNO’s position on the role of the nurse in end-of-life decisions and care. This document is an update to the 2010 position statement on nurse’s role in end of life care decisions.

We are seeking your feedback on the position statement and in particular any further reference material or resources. We invite you to please forward this to Lorraine Ritchie at Lorrainer@nzno.org.nz by Wednesday June 8th, 2016.

Further enquiries to:
Lorraine Ritchie
Professional Nurse Adviser
Ph 0800 28 38 48

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Enabling Good Lives approaches to supporting disabled people

Enabling Good Lives approaches to supporting disabled people  

The Ministries of Health, Education and Social Development are asking for feedback on the innovative approaches and practices providers and communities have developed to support disabled people to have greater choice and control over their supports and lives. This will help inform the development of advice to Government on how to apply the Enabling Good Lives approach to disability support services.

NZNO is seeking member feedback on where and how nursing services are used to support people with disabilities, examples of effective systems and identification of potential innovation, and barriers.  Members may provide direct feedback to the Ministry of Social development through the link above.

Feedback due: Please send feedback to marilynh@nzno.org.nz  by 31 August 2016

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Public Health Nursing Knowledge and Skills Framework April 2016

The PHA have developed a draft knowledge and skills framework for public health nurses and are seeking our feedback. The framework outlines the knowledge and skills public health nurses and public health nurse managers need to both demonstrate and develop their knowledge and skills in public health nursing practice.

Please download the framework below, and also guiding questions are available on the PHA website

Feedback due: Please send feedback to jillc@nzno.org.nz  by 6 May 2016

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Proposal for NZNO to endorse the Public Health Association’s Statement of Principles on Trade and Health

International trade agreements have traditionally focused on the trade of goods and commodities. Their scope has, however, been expanded to include services that support trade and, more recently, to align regulation between countries in a number of areas, eg intellectual property, telecommunications investment, government procurement etc. Health services and health care industries account for a significant proportion of employment and production in most countries, and are potentially affected by such agreements.  In its fact sheet on International Trade Agreements, the International Council of Nurses encourages national nursing organisations to “work strategically with others in health care so as to influence international trade agreements that have an impact on patient, family and public health, health sector human resources, and health care delivery systems in general”.

The Public Health Associations of New Zealand and Australia have jointly developed and endorsed a statement of principles and on trade and health. It is specific and relevant to Aotearoa New Zealand, te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the Pacific region. It provides a rationale for identified priorities and actions in support of “a fairer regime of trade/investment law that supports health, social and environmental goals, as well as economic development; which prioritises equity within and between countries as a necessary condition for improvement in global population health; and is consistent with international law relating to health, the environment, and human rights.”

Your feedback is requested on a recommendation that NZNO endorse the Statement of Principles which can be found here: http://www.pha.org.nz/policies/PHA-Trade-and-health-position-2015.pdf

The background paper may also be of interest – Draft Trade and Health background paper July 2015

Note also the  ICN’s fact sheet on:

Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs)  

AND

NZNO’s recent submission on the International Treaty Examination of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Feedback due: Please send feedback to marilynh@nzno.org.nz  by  30 May 2016

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The Introduction of Fit for Purpose Omics-based Technologies

A principle-based framework has been developed as part of the NHC’s Genetics, Genomics and Epigenetics work programme, and is presented in their Think piece The Introduction of Fit for Purpose Omics-based Technologies.  

Omics-based technologies have the potential to deliver significant health benefits to citizens, the health sector and to the New Zealand economy, but there are social and ethical issues that also need to be considered. The NHC proposes that the successful introduction into clinical practice of omics-based technologies requires the development of agreed processes, enablers and timelines across health and a number of non-health sectors. Links to both technical and lay papers can be found here:

www.nhc.health.govt.nz/omics

Feedback due: Please send feedback to marilynh@nzno.org.nz  by  27 April 2016

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Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill

This Bill is designed to repeal and replace the Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act 1966 to provide for the compulsory treatment of a small group of people with severe substance addiction and severely impaired capacity, who are unable to engage in treatment of their own accord. It is based on extensive work undertaken by the Law Commission in 2010 [2]  

This link below will take you to the bill and a short description (bills digest)  can be accessed from the same page.

http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/legislation/bills/00DBHOH_BILL68057_1/substance-addiction-compulsory-assessment-and-treatment

Feedback due: Please send feedback to marilynh@nzno.org.nz  by 20 April 2016.

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MOH - Draft framework for children's workforce core competencies

The Ministry of Health is seeking feedback on the scope, content and structure of this draft framework, as described in the discussion document. We have asked for an extension to the short timeframe (before Easter), but in the meantime the document is below.

NZNO’s previous submissions have rejected the need for an additional process for nurses working with children to demonstrate competence, since all children’s workforce competencies are within the RN  competencies and  APC requirements.

Feedback due: Please send feedback to Marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 29 March 2016

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Consultation on the review of the code for advertising to children and the children's code for advertising food

The ASA is reviewing its Codes for advertising to children under 14 years.  The brief  consultation document  sets out the current Codes and Principles guiding advertising to children and for advertising food to children and asks for information, examples and feedback on a range of questions including ‘health star rating’ systems, sponsorship,  enforcement. This is an important opportunity for nurses to provide input into industry regulation on a key issue affecting public health. You may wish to refer to the Ministry of Health’s  Child Obesity Plan and Informas research.    

Feedback due: Please send feedback to marilynh@nzno.org.nz before 8 April 2016

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International treaty examination of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

International treaty examination of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/business-summary/00DBSCH_ITR_68247_1/international-treaty-examination-of-the-trans-pacific-partnership

Public submissions are now being invited on the above Treaty. NZNO has expressed concern about the potential impact of the TPPA on public health and on PHARMAC and has called for health sector scrutiny of the Treaty – see  http://www.nzno.org.nz/get_involved/campaigns/tppa and NZNO media releases.

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 10 March 2016

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Productivity Commission - New Models of Tertiary Education

The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper called New Models of Tertiary Education and is calling for input. Though this process runs over a year and includes two reports with submissions requested on both reports, early feedback is useful.

Members may want to refer to NZNO’s vision 2020 for nurses and other NZNO documents on nursing education available from this website. http://www.nzno.org.nz/resources/nzno_publications

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 22 April 2016

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