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Consultation: Position statement - Medical Marijuana, 2016

Purpose

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 marilynh@nzno.org.nz  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 - http://www.nzno.org.nz/groups/colleges_sections/colleges/aotearoa_college_of_diabetes_nurses/resources

Feedback due: Please return your completed survey and provide copies of diabetes prevention and management resources to marilynh@nzno.org.nz  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 leannem@nzno.org.nz 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 marilynh@nzno.org.nz  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 marilynh@nzno.org.nz  by 16 June 2016

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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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