Consultation

Update to the Disability Action Plan

The Office for Disability Issues is running a public consultation on behalf of the Disabled People’s Organisations and government agencies involved with the Disability Action Plan. It is the first time they have consulted the community as part of a Plan update, which will now happen every year.

We have an opportunity to provide feedback on priorities and actions in the Disability Action Plan.

Unfortunately there is a very tight turn-around for this request with feedback due to the Office for Disability Issues on September 22nd.

NZNO has requested an extension to the due date but this was declined. We will be making a brief submission and encourage you to also do the same directly at:

Disability Action Plan 2014-2018

Please send comments to Jillc@nzno.org.nz by 22 September, 2015.

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Health Practitioners (Statutory References to Medical Practitioners) Amendment Bill

This omnibus bill amends 7 statutes to increase the range of functions formerly restricted to medical practitioners that may be performed by health practitioners.

It will remove some longstanding barriers to NPs and RN practice, specifically with regard to death, work, injury certification, and prescribing. Implementation will be a further two years after enactment. A brief summary is available below, and the link to the legislation, bills digest and debates is here:

http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/legislation/bills/00DBHOH_BILL63296_1/health-practitioners-replacement-of-statutory-references

NZNO is particularly interested in your feedback on the Primary Health Care Provider (Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Amendment Bill) and Designated Prescriber Nurse terms Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill and whether they clarify or add confusion.

Feedback Due: Please send comments to marilynh@nzno.org.nz or ring 04 494 637 217 by 30 September 2015

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Health Quality and Safety Commission - Capability Framework

The HQSC is seeking feedback on a draft discussion paper describing a framework that articulates specific expectations for quality and safety, for all health care workers at every level of the health system, including capabilities for consumers.

The framework is intended to be used as a guide by organisations to consider and reflect on their internal capability and capacity for quality improvement and patient safety and identify potential gaps. It will allow organisations to either develop internal education and training programmes to close these gaps or seek external programmes.

The draft framework can be accessed via the following link: http://www.hqsc.govt.nz/assets/General-PR-files-images/sector-full-discussion-paper-Aug-2015.docx

Feedback Due: Please send comments to marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 20 September 2015.

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Parliamentary Inquiry Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill

The purpose of this bill is to provide financial assistance to people who, for altruistic reasons, donate kidney or liver tissue for transplantation purposes, and who forgo income from, for example, employment during their convalescence. The Bill also provides for the payment of childcare assistance for those who require it during their convalescence.

NZNO members’ experience and expertise in this area would be useful, particularly the potential of this proposals, and with any factors need to be considered to ensure the best outcomes of donors.

Feedback Due: Please send comments to leannem@nzno.org.nz by 2nd October 2015.

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MOH - Strategy to prevent and minimise gambling harm 2016/17 to 2018

The Ministry of Health is consulting on its proposed strategy to prevent and minimise harm from gambling for the three-year period from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019. The Strategy needs to align with the updated Health Strategy and the Gambling Act 2003 requires that it has:

  • measures to promote public health,
  • services to treat and assist problem gamblers and their families/whānau,
  • independent scientific research and
  • evaluation.

The strategy takes a public health approach, has a population health  framework , and is underpinned by principles of health equity, good outcomes for Maori and Pacific peoples, workforce development, among others which are closely linked to 11 identified objectives. 

The consultation document and other documents informing the development of the strategy are available at:

https://www.health.govt.nz/publication/strategy-prevent-and-minimise-gambling-harm-2016-17-2018-19-consultation-document

Feedback Due: Please send comments to marilynh@nzno.org.nz by Monday 10 September 2015

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MOJ - Family Violence Review

Family Violence Review

The Government is reviewing laws relating to family violence.

Among proposals in the consultation document Better family violence law: http://www.justice.govt.nz/consultations/better-family-violence-law are:

  • giving better guidance in law about family violence and the expectations about how government will respond;
  • giving more visibility in law to the population groups affected by family violence;
  • creating an additional pathway for victims, perpetrators and whānau who seek help to stop violence escalating, without having to go to court;
  • improving protection orders, including how applications are funded; and
  • creating a new framework of family violence offences supporting improvements to the whole of government response to family violence.

NZNO members’ experience and expertise in this area would be useful, particularly the potential of these proposals to affect health and health equity, and what factors need to be considered  to ensure the best outcomes.

Feedback Due: Please send comments to leannem@nzno.org.nz by September 4th 2015.

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Health Information Standards Organisation - HISO 10029 Health Information Security Framework

The standard has been re-developed by a Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO) working group including representatives from District Health Boards, central government agencies, academia and system vendors. The changes are significant.   The revised standard sets out updated requirements on healthcare agencies operating in the New Zealand health and disability sector

The purpose of the standard is to ensure that health information is captured, stored, transmitted and processed in a secure fashion.  A copy of the draft document can be found online at http://healthitboard.health.govt.nz/standards/health-information-standards-open-public-comment

Feedback Due: Please send comments to marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 14 August 2015

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Nursing Council of New Zealand - Proposed schedule of medicines for registered nurses working in specialist ophthalmology teams

In 2014 the Nursing Council made an application to the Ministry of Health for designated prescribing rights for registered nurses practising in primary health and specialty teams. More information on the consultation and the full application document can be found here. This original application will enable suitably qualified and experienced registered nurses to prescribe for patients with some long term and common conditions within a collaborative team. 

Several submissions were received by Council to include medicines for nurses working in specialist ophthalmology (eye health) teams.  These medicines were not included in the original consultation.  The Council is now formally consulting on the specialist ophthalmology schedule of medicines in anticipation of a regulation for designated prescribing rights being passed in 2016.  This consultation is limited to the specialist ophthalmology schedule of medicines. 

NZNO will be making a submission on this proposal and we are seeking any feedback from members to inform this submission. Please note this consultation focuses solely on the medicines nurses working in ophthalmology teams will be able to prescribe.

Feedback Due: Please send comments to jillc@nzno.org.nz by 28 August 2015

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Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART)

Informed consent and assisted reproductive technology: proposed advice to the minister.

ACART is seeking feedback on advice intended to clarify informed consent requirements in relation to ARTs and ensure consistency through all processes. The document advises on

  • the point of initial consent;

  • ongoing involvement of gamete donor;

  • partner, family and whānau rights; and

  • regulation. 

Feedback due: Please send comments to marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 2nd September 2015

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Asthma Foundation - National Respiratory Strategy

The National Respiratory Strategy is being developed as a first step toward improving respiratory health in New Zealand.  It is intended to present key issues affecting our respiratory health and to recommend priority actions to improve outcomes and equity. Your feedback is sought under the following headings:

How well does the document reflect the key issues affecting respiratory health in New Zealand? What if any improvements would you suggest and why?

How well does the document identify priority actions to improve the incidence, impact and equity of respiratory health in New Zealand?

What if any improvements would you suggest and why?

How useful is the document as a tool (eg to guide and inform planning, advocacy, resourcing, collaboration)?

Feedback on individual sections:

Section/page number:

Do you agree with the issues presented in this section and  with the broad priority actions recommended in this section?? If not, what is missing or needs to be different and why?

Feedback Due: Please send comments to marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 7 August 2015

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IRD - Student loans - Relief from repayment obligations

IRD is consulting on the Draft standard practice statement ED0176: Student loans - relief from repayment obligations
The draft statement sets out the Commissioner’s practice for providing relief under the Student Loan Scheme Act 2011.It covers the circumstances under which a student may apply for student loan repayment relief and the processes of applying for:

  • relief from late payment interest;
  • relief from a repayment obligation (whether the amount is not yet due or is an amount for the current tax year);
  • relief from a penalty; and/or
  • how to enter into an instalment arrangement for an amount that is unpaid or an amount not yet due.

You may comment on any aspect of the draft practice standards – whether they are clearly understood, fair – for example, are there other circumstances where relief from student debt should to be considered, how accessible the  information is etc.  

The document can be found on the IRD consultation page http://www.ird.govt.nz/public-consultation/public-consultation-index.html (Scroll down to Draft standard practice statement ED0176: Student loans - relief from repayment obligations)

Feedback Due: Please send comments to marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 10 September 2015.

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NZNO Legislative and Regulatory Policy Framework

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 including legislation and regulation.

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 2014, NZNO consulted on and published its education and models of care policy frameworks. This next phase of the work involves developing two further policy frameworks: legislation and regulation; and employment. You will find the initial draft policy framework on legislation and regulation attached below.

Our intention is to consult widely and we are starting by consulting with NZNO member groups. Once this is complete we will send the document out more widely to other nursing and health professional groups and the wider public.

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

Content

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

Action points

  • Do you support these?
  • Do you have any recommendations for further or amended action points?

Please feel free to write directly in the framework document itself using track changes. Alternatively you can print it, write in pen, then scan and email or post if this is easier. Please forward to other NZNO members as appropriate. All comments and feedback are warmly welcomed no matter how small or large.

Please forward your feedback on the policy by Friday 4 September 2015 to jillc@nzno.org.nz or post to PO Box 1195, Nelson 7040

If you have enquiries please contact Jill Clendon, Nursing Policy Adviser/Researcher on 03 546 3941 or 0800 28 38 48.

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NZNO Standing Orders Guideline

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 Standing Orders Guideline has been developed in consultation with the Nursing Council of New Zealand and the Office of the Chief Nurse at the Ministry of Health. The guideline is designed to provide clarity around some of the common terminology used with standing orders, outline the implications for nursing practice and provide guidance on the practicalities of standing order usage.

All comments and feedback are warmly welcomed no matter how small or large and please forward to your members as appropriate.

Please note this document is in draft format and should not be used in practice until a final version is published.

Please forward your feedback on the guideline by 26 August 2015 to jillc@nzno.org.nz.

Enquiries to Jill Clendon, Nursing Policy Adviser/Researcher, call 03 5463941 or 0800 283848.

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Update of policy for “Advice re Nurses Becoming Quit Card Providers”

The Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) and New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) welcome feedback for the review of their policy document "Advice re Nurses Becoming Quit Card Providers". Policies are reviewed every 5 years to ensure they help readers access the latest relevant research and products, and are aligned witih any changes to nurses' practice.

While the scope of practice for nurses to provide Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) has not changed, there have been changes to the availability of NRT to assist people to quit smoking. Not all NRT products are free to Quit Card holders. While patches, gum and lozenges continue to be available free of charge to those with Quit Cards, NRT inhalers and mouth spray can be bought in supermarkets or pharmacies at a cost to the user.

As the largest health workforce, nurses who are registered as Quit Card providers are key in helping people that smoke gain access to fully subsidised NRT. We welcome feedback from nurses to help us ensure that all information in "Advice re Nurses Becoming Quit Card Providers" is up to date, and relevant for assisting nurses to help people quit.

Please provide feedback to Daisy Ganjia at daisyg@nzno.org.nz by Monday 27 July 2015.

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