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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Draft Reference Set for Gynaecology

HISO is seeking feedback on the draft SNOMED reference set (reference set) which has been developed for gynaecology to support enhanced reporting within the National Patient Flow collection.  
The reference set identifies the most common clinical terms for reason for referral, signs/symptoms, procedures (performed in outpatient settings), along with working and confirmed diagnosis. The reference set, along with information on National Patient Flow can be found online at :

Read here: Health Information Standards 

HISO is seeking general comments on the reference set and also comments on the clinical  terms.

Feedback due: Please send feedback to  by 19 June 2016

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Standardised Tobacco Products and Packaging Draft Regulations

The Government is seeking feedback on the draft regulations for the Tobacco Products and Packaging Bill that will be finalised into law after the primary legislation has passed.

The draft regulations are set out in four parts:

  • Part 1 sets out general requirements that will apply to all tobacco products (subpart 1) and all tobacco packages (subpart 2) respectively. 
  • Part 2 contains provisions that apply only to cigarettes, cigarette packs and cigarette cartons. 
  • Part 3 relates to loose tobacco packaging. 
  • Part 4 covers packaging for cigars.

The regulations will set out the detailed requirements for tobacco product design, appearance, packaging and labelling, improved graphic warnings, and standardised pack quantities.

The main features are:

  • standardising the size and appearance of tobacco products and packages to make them less appealing, and to make the graphic warnings on the packs larger and more effective
  • allowing a brand name and certain other manufacturer information to be printed on the pack, but with tight controls (eg, over the typeface, font size, colour and position)
  • prohibiting the use of tobacco company branding imagery and all other marketing devices on tobacco product packaging and on tobacco products themselves.

Read or download: Standardised Tobacco Products and Packaging Draft Regulations Consultation Document

Feedback due: Please send feedback to by 13 July 2016

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National Immunisation Schedule

Consultation: Position statement - Medical Marijuana, 2016


The purpose of this position statement is to summarise current research on medical marijuana (cannabis). It seeks to inform members in the light of considerable public debate and several high profile cases in New Zealand of individuals seeking to use medical marijuana. At present medical marijuana is a restricted drug only used in exceptional circumstances, and with very high regulatory threshold for use, but there has been a significant shift in global opinion and regulation which is likely to impact New Zealand Nurses therefore must have knowledge of, and understand the medical use of marijuana just as they do with any medication or treatment. It also outlines current evidence about the benefits and risks of cannabis to inform nurses seeking to offer health education to those unable to access medical marijuana who self-medicate.

This position statement does not seek to examine the wider debate about the decriminalisation of cannabis for recreational use.

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Cryopreserved (frozen) ovarian tissue

ACART is seeking feedback on proposed advice to the Minister of Health that the use of cryopreserved ovarian tissue to restore ovarian function become an established procedure. Currently women in New Zealand can cryopreserve and store ovarian tissue, but are unable to use it in New Zealand.  ACART has reviewed recent evidence and considered the risks, benefits and ethical issues associated with the use of cryopreserved ovarian tissue to restore ovarian function.  ACART is proposing that the use of cryopreserved ovarian tissue to restore ovarian function should become an established procedure.

ACART is seeking feedback by 27th June.

The consultation document is available online here: ACART Consultation Cyropreserved ovarian tissue

Feedback due: Please send feedback to  by  27 June 2016.

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Diabetes awareness stocktake - type 2 diabetes

The Ministry of Health has engaged Allen + Clarke to complete a stocktake of diabetes prevention and management resources.  Resources include both those targeted at consumers and those used by health practitioners. The stocktake tool asks you to:

  • identify the diabetes prevention and management resources that you use
  • provide comments on the resources to help us understand their usefulness
  • identify whether there are any resources you would like to see developed, and if there are any gaps, and
  • provide copies of resources, where available.

Please follow the link for the Diabetes Awareness stocktake tool and an FAQs sheet -

Feedback due: Please return your completed survey and provide copies of diabetes prevention and management resources to  by  27 May 2016

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NZQA Standards for Cervical Screening

The standards set for cervical screening and cervical smear-taking are to be up-dated.  This follows a report by an expert panel with representation from the Ministry of Health National Cervical Screening Programme, Family Planning, programme providers, and the unit standard national moderator. The panel convened in April and reviewed the standard to closely align with the National Cervical Screening Programme policy and quality standards, and the Guidelines for Cervical Screening in New Zealand.

Please link here for the consultation paper.

Feedback due: Please send feedback to by 27 May 2016

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Sale and supply of alcohol (display of lo-alcohol beverages and other remedial matters) Amendment Bill

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Display of Low-alcohol beverages and other remedial matters) amendment bill provides for the correction of certain minor and technical issues that have emerged with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. The bill does not affect the original policy intent or amend any substantive issues.

The corrections the bill proposes are: permitting low and non-alcoholic beer, wine, and mead to be displayed for sale in the “single-area” of supermarkets; and clarifying that any company can hold a licence under the Act.

Please follow this link to the Mendment Bill: Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Display of Low-alcohol Beverages and Other Remedial Matters) Amendment Bill

Feedback due: Please send feedback to  by  2 June 2016

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Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill (No2)

(No 2) - Setting standards for heating and insulating rental properties

The Government is seeking comment on the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill which proposes to introduce a new set of minimum standards of heating and insulation for rental properties in New Zealand.

Currently, landlords have obligations under the Residential Tenancies Act with respect to the properties they let out. However, there is no guidance about the specific standards they must meet to ensure warm and dry accommodation.

The requirement to meet the standards proposed in the bill would apply to all tenancy agreements made within a year of the Act coming into force. The natural process of tenant turnover would see most tenancy agreements containing the requirement by the end of 5 year when all residential tenancies must meet the standards.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will set the standards and landlords would be required to meet them.

Please click here to be redirected to the bill.

Feedback due: Please send feedback to  by 16 June 2016

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