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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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NZNO Guideline on Transcribing

FROM Jill Clendon – Nursing Policy Adviser/Researcher
RE NZNO Guideline on Transcribing
DATE DUE Feedback to Jill Clendon Nursing Policy Adviser/Researcher jillc@nzno.org.nz by Tuesday 10th December 2015

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.

In the past, NZNO has not supported the practice of transcribing. Traditionally, transcribing has been the responsibility of the prescriber. However, there are situations in which transcribing by regulated health professionals who are non-prescribers may facilitate improved access to and continuity of care. Further, as electronic prescribing becomes increasingly common, the need to transcribe may also increase, particularly in rural and remote areas.

NZNO has sought advice and has modified its position on transcribing. Attached is a set of draft guidelines on transcribing based on this modified position. It is hoped these guidelines will provide clarity for nurses and organisations around the practice of transcribing.

We are seeking your feedback on the guidelines and invite you to please forward this to Jill Clendon by Tuesday December 10th at jillc@nzno.org.nz.

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

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MOH - Amendment to the Medicines (Standing Order) Regulations 2002

The Ministry of Health are consulting on amendment of the Medicines (Standing Order) Regulations to enable nurse practitioners to issue standing orders and is seeking feedback on:

  1. The timing of an amendment to the Medicines (Standing Order) Regulations 2002 to authorise nurse practitioners to issue standing orders.
  2. The potential benefits and risks of amending the Medicines (Standing Order) Regulations 2002 now rather than through the review of the therapeutics regulatory regime.

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to Jill Clendon jillc@nzno.org.nz by 20 November 2015

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MOH - Draft update of the NZ Health Strategy

The Ministry of Health is consulting on the draft update of the New Zealand Health Strategy.  The draft updated Strategy proposes a clear view of the future we want for the health system over the next 10 years, to ensure all New Zealanders live well, stay well, get well. A Roadmap of Actions proposes a direction of travel for the next 5 years.

The draft updated Strategy covers challenges and opportunities for the health system, the future we want, including principles and behaviour that will enable it, and 5 strategic themes:

  1. people-powered
  2. closer to home
  3. value and high performance
  4. one team
  5. smart systems

The Ministry will also be hosting  regional forums in Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch and Wellington to enable health and disability representatives to come together to discuss the draft Strategy and Roadmap of Actions.  

  • Auckland: 7 November - Holiday Inn Auckland Airport, 2 Ascot Road, Mangere, Auckland
  • Hamilton: 14 November - Kingsgate Hotel, 100 Garnet Ave, Te Rapa, Hamilton
  • Christchurch: 21 November - Siduma at Airport, Cnr Memorial Ave & Orchard Rd, Christchurch
  • Wellington: 28 November - Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington

The forums will run from 9.30 am until 2.00 pm and refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP by 30 October 2015 by emailing nzhs_strategy@moh.govt.nz. We will send further information once we receive your RSVP.

http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/new-zealand-health-strategy-consultation

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to Marilyn Head marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 30 November 2015

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Updated Disability Action Plan 2014-2018

The Office of Disability (the Office) are undertaking a second consultation round to review the priorities and actions in the Disability Action Plan 2014-2018.  Many of the issues that have been raised by disabled people do not clearly lie within the responsibility of any one government agency or non-government organisation. For these issues, more than one agency needs to be involved to add value and address the issue. The Plan provides leadership and a coordination mechanism to help progress working together on these issues.

There are other actions important to disabled people being led by a single government agencies. These single agency led actions are not included in the Plan. The Office for Disability Issues will develop a separate process to ensure visibility and monitoring of these single agency led actions in early 2016.

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to Jill Clendon jillc@nzno.org.nz by 2 November 2015

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ACC Proposed Quality Indicator Measures

ACC is considering adding new Quality Indicator measures to the next Elective Surgery contracts and we want to make sure that what we’re proposing is aligned with what our member organisations may already have in place. We’d also like to know if you can see any issues with what we’re proposing before we confirm which measures to include.

Currently ACC has limited visibility of the quality of Elective Services being provided by our elective surgery vendors and providers. The reporting measures in the current elective surgery contract need updating. To support our drive for continuous quality improvement, we need assurance that patient safety is being monitored and reported on and that we are purchasing quality services.

Attached are 14 proposed quality indicators we compiled based on advice and discussions with the New Zealand Health Quality & Safety Commission, along with information from the New Zealand Private Hospital Surgical Association and a sample of Australian hospitals

We’ve also attached two sets of questions. The first is to seek your comments on the Quality Indicators and the second is to ask about current practices of some of your member organisations.

Feedback due: Please send feedback to Jill Clendon at jillc@nzno.org.nz by 2 November 2015

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Parental leave and contract hours bill

Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave and Work Contact Hours) Amendment Bill: Private members bill  to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks. This bill adds provisions around work contact hours, where working parents are entitled to the flexibility of returning to work for a certain amount of time during the parental leave period without losing their entitlement to paid parental leave.

Note: NZNO supports the ’26 for babies’ campaign

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to Marilyn Head marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 23 October 2015

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MOH - Draft Pharmacy Action Plan

The Pharmacy Action Plan describes the future direction of pharmacy services and the range of settings in which these might be delivered, with an emphasis on a more multi-disciplinary approach and better integration of pharmacy within the health and disability system. It identifies five focus areas and specific actions to be implemented over the next three to five years.

The Pharmacy Action Plan:

  • defines how the pharmacy sector can work in partnership with other health professionals.
  • identifies actions that will contribute to better use of the pharmacy workforce delivering services as part of a highly functioning, patient centred, fully integrated health team
  • increases the emphasis on new models of pharmacy care being provided more flexibly and in a broader range of settings.
  • has a focus on better use of technology and information systems.

The consultation draft and submission form can be accessed on the Ministry’s consultation page:
http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/draft-pharmacy-action-plan-2015-2020

Feedback Due: Please send feedback to Marilyn Head marilynh@nzno.org.nz by November 6, 2015.

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Petition of Hon Maryan Street and 8,974 others – Medically assisted dying in the event of a terminal illness or an irreversible condition which makes life unbearable – request for a change to an exist

The Health Select Committee has been asked to investigate fully public attitudes towards the introduction of legislation which would permit medically-assisted dying in the event of a terminal illness or an irreversible condition which makes life unbearable. The petition asks for a change to existing law.

In order to fully understand public attitudes the committee will consider all the various aspects of the issue, including the social, legal, medical, cultural, financial, ethical, and philosophical implications.

The Committee will investigate:

1. The factors that contribute to the desire to end one’s life.

2. The effectiveness of services and support available to those who desire to end their own lives.

3. The attitudes of New Zealanders towards the ending of one's life and the current legal situation. 4. International experiences.

Feedback due: Please send any feedback to leannem@nzno.org.nz by the 11 December 2015

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