Consultation

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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FSANZ Review of Infant Formula Standards

FSANZ is proposing to revise and clarify standards relating to infant formula products comprising category definitions, composition, labelling and representation of products.

The consultation paper covers:

  • Definitions and composition
  • Safety and Food Technology
  • Provision of Information.  

There are several questions for each section; answer only those that apply. 

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 5th May 2016

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Ministry for the Environment - Emissions Trading Scheme Review

Emissions Trading Scheme Review  

The Government is reviewing the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS). This discussion document invites submissions to help determine the future direction of the NZ ETS, ie Aotearoa new Zealand’s response to climate change.

While the document  sets out the issues on which the Government is consulting; the objective, content and drivers for the review; and includes the review’s terms of reference, it does not cover the co- benefits to health of reducing emissions, nor the costs of not acting to limit climate change.  
Please note NZNO’s earlier submissions on the ETS and the World Health Organisation  and International Council of Nurses positons on climate change and health

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 15 April 2016

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Medsafe - Proposed regulatory changes to medicine data sheet format

Medsafe is consulting on a proposal to standardise the data sheet process and the Guideline on the Regulation of Therapeutic Products in New Zealand. Part 10: Requirements for information for prescribers and consumers Currently New Zealand data sheets place clinical trial and pharmacology data before prescribing information, such as the approved indications, contraindications, warnings and precautions. Medsafe proposes a change to require a standard format for data sheets based on the European Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) format, with minor adaptations to meet certain New Zealand legislative requirements and current regulatory policy. To this end, Medsafe proposes a timeline of 1 January 2017 for the format and layout changes to be implemented for all approved data sheets.

In addition, Medsafe is also seeking comments on the use of preferred terminology, electronic information delivery methods and the desirability of introducing "data sheets" for higher-risk medical devices, in order to inform the proposed new Therapeutic Products legislation.

The consultation documents can be found at http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/consultations/current.asp

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 21st March 2016.

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Understanding Duty of Care - Consultation document

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.

For nurses and midwives there is a close relationship between professional and legal obligations. The purpose of this fact sheet is to define duty of care and outline ‘duty of care’ obligations. This document is an update to the 2008 fact sheet on duty of care.

We are seeking your feedback on the fact sheet and invite you to please forward this to Jill Clendon by Friday April 1st at jillc@nzno.org.nz

Further enquiries to:
Jill Clendon
Nursing Policy Adviser/Researcher
Ph: 03 546 3941 or 0800 28 38 48

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Taking Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): A discussion document

Feedback is sought on the above document which outlines the Government’s proposed approach for addressing FASD. The document  identifies key principles, high level outcomes and potential action areas for an action plan to address FASD.  Note also the government’s announcement of $1 million funding for a first steps package of initiatives aimed at preventing, identifying and responding effectively to FASD.

The discussion paper can be found here:

http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/taking-action-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder-fasd-discussion-document

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 12 February 2016

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MOH - Draft options for the regulation of prescribing and dispensing in New Zealand

This paper provides some background information and outlines the process for an exposure draft of a new Therapeutic Products Bill in 2016 which will cover:

  • Medicines
  • Medical devices and
  • tissue and cell therapies

Part A describes why medicines (or therapeutic products) need regulating and outlines the current regulatory arrangements that establish who can prescribe and dispense prescription medicines in New Zealand.

Part B describes the new approach to legislative design followed by some early draft options concerning the regulation of prescribing and dispensing on which feedback is sought.  These proposals concern the shape of the primary legislation with respect to prescribing and dispensing.

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 15 January 2016

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MOH - Maternal Child Health Service Review

The Public Health Group (PHG) within the Ministry of Health is reviewing the services it funds under the Well Child Promotion Service Line, which has been the Maternal and Child Health Promotion Service Line.  The Ministry is inviting feedback on a document, which discusses the findings to date from the Service Review and proposes a direction for Maternal and Child Health Promotion services purchased by the PHG.

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 18 January 2016

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Mental Health and Addiction Workforce Action Plan 2016-2020

NZNO invites your urgent response to the Mental Health and Addiction Workforce Action Plan 2016-2020, released for consultation by the Ministry of Health. The Plan has been developed to fit in with the updated Health Strategy (see NZNO’s submission on this update)

The consultation documents are not on the Ministry’s website, but you can find the Plan below:

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to Senior Policy Analyst marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 15 January 2016

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HISO New Zealand Pathology Observation Codes for Public Comment – order panel/group codes and associated result codes

New Zealand Pathology Observation Codes for Public Comment – order panel/group codes and associated result codes.

The New Zealand Pathology Observation Code Set (NZPOCS) standard comprises code sets for ordering and reporting laboratory tests in the New Zealand health and disability sector. They have been developed in association with the draft list of orders and most common order panel/groups. The consultation document is  available here http://healthitboard.health.govt.nz/standards/health-information-standards-open-public-comment

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 4 December 2015

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WORKSAFE - Worker engagement participation and representation good practice guidelines

WorkSafe have released a draft version of the Worker Engagement Participation and Representation Good Practice Guidelines which “provide practical advice and focus on the requirements and duties related to worker engagement, participation and representation in the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.” http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/about/who-we-work-with/consultation/open-for-consultation/worker-engagement

Worker engagement, along with strong regulation and informed employers, is widely accepted as fundamental to workplace health and safety and was a key recommendation of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Safety. Worker engagement at governance level is not, however, mandated by new Health and Safety legislation, and provisions for worker engagement, participation and representation are weak. (see NZNO’s submission)

and that of the Council of Trade Unions,Te Kauae Kaimahi  http://union.org.nz/sites/union.org.nz/files/CTU-Submission-Health-&-Safety-Regulation-Discussion-Document.pdf

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to marilynh@nzno.org.bz by 23 November 2015.

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NCNZ - Decision on nurse practitioner scope of practice and further consultation

NCNZ has decided to broaden the scope of practice for NPs remove the requirement restricting nurse practitioners to a specific area of practice.

The Council is now consulting on:

  • Draft education programme standards that would allow greater consistency between programmes preparing nurse practitioners and give the Council confidence to register nurse practitioner candidates based on assessments of clinical competence within the programmes.
  • Ways of ensuring a consistent standard of candidate assessment between programmes e.g. external moderation, involvement of clinical experts.
  • Whether nurse practitioner candidates should continue to submit a portfolio to Council to demonstrate clinical competence when applying for registration.
  • New competencies for nurse practitioners that are more integrated and concise and reflect the new scope statement. The draft competencies have been refocused on advanced clinical skills and leadership and prescribing has been integrated within the competencies.
  • Requiring a year of supervision to support the development of newly registered nurse practitioners.

Information about the decision, and the second consultation document can be found here:

Information and second consultation document

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to jillc@nzno.org.nz by 4 December 2015

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NZNO Employment Policy Framework

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

In 2011, NZNO published 2020 and Beyond: A Vision for Nursing establishing the parameters for future work in each of the areas of the vision. As a result, in 2012, 2013 and 2015, NZNO consulted on and published its education, models of care and legislation and regulation policy frameworks. This final phase of the work completes the entire NZNO policy framework. Attached is the final document in the series; the draft policy framework on employment.

We are seeking your feedback on the draft policy framework. In particular, we are interested in your feedback on the following points:

Content:
o Are there any gaps or is there too much content?
o Do you agree or disagree with the statements or the order in which they are presented?

Action points:
o Do you support these?
o Do you have any recommendations for further or amended action points?

Please feel free to write directly on the framework document itself using track changes (or in pen then scan and email or post if this is easier) Please forward to your members as appropriate. All comments and feedback are warmly welcomed no matter how small or large.

Feedback Due: Please forward your feedback on the policy by Thursday 10th December 2015 to
jillc@nzno.org.nz or post to PO Box 1195, Nelson 7040

Enquiries to:
Jill Clendon
Nursing Policy Adviser/Researcher
Ph 03 5463941 or 0800 283848
 

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