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Breast Reconstruction – National Guidelines for Best Practice

NZNO welcomes your feedback on the Ministry of Health’s Breast Reconstruction - National Guidelines for Best Practice. The guidelines have been approved by Breast Reconstruction Expert Advisory Group. They are now available for wider consultation prior to publication, with the purpose of identifying inaccuracies or significant errors.

 

For further information and to source the guidelines please access the Ministry of Health consultation page here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 28 July 2021.

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Incitement of Hatred and Discrimination in Aotearoa New Zealand

NZNO welcomes your feedback on Government proposals to make Aotearoa New Zealand safer for everyone, by strengthening the provisions that protect groups from speech that incites hatred,  and by improving protections against discrimination.

 

The aims of the proposals are to:

·         increase the number of groups of people that are protected by the incitement provisions, such as religious groups and rainbow communities,

·         make it clearer what behaviour the law prohibits and increase the consequences for breaking the law,

·         improve the protections for groups against wider discrimination.

 

For further information please refer to the attached discussion document or access the Ministry of Justice consultation page here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 28 July 2021.

 

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Adoption in Aotearoa New Zealand

A government review of adoption laws aims to:

·         create a new system that provides strong safeguards for protecting the rights, best interests, and welfare of children,

·         upholds our international human rights obligations, and

·         ensures children are at the heart of adoption laws.

 

NZNO welcomes your ideas on this Ministry of Justice-led consultation. The review includes the practice of whāngai and Pacific customary adoptions.

 

How do you think adoption laws need to change to meet the values and needs of Aotearoa New Zealand, now and into the future?

 

You can click here for further information about the consultation, or refer to the attached discussion document.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 20 August 2021.

 

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Supply of Primidone and Gabapentin

NZNO invites your feedback on PHARMAC’s proposal to change the funded brands of primidone tablets and gabapentin. Everyone using primidone tablets and gabapentin capsules would need to change brands to continue using a funded medicine.

Primidone is a medication used to treat epilepsy.

There would be no change to dispensing or access restrictions that currently apply to these medicines.

The change is coming about because Apotex is leaving the New Zealand market.

More information is available here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 2 July 2021.

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Proposal that the HART Order should explicitly state that the use of cryopreserved testicular tissue is an established procedure

NZNO invites your feedback on a proposal to amend the HART Order to explicitly state that the extraction and use of sperm from thawed cryopreserved testicular tissue is an established procedure.

More information is available here, including a consultation document which describes the proposal and rationale for amending the Order and outlines the key considerations involved.  

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 20 July 2021.

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Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development.

NZNO invites your feedback on a government discussion document that sets out a policy on housing and urban development. There are six focus areas:

·        Ensure that more affordable houses are being built.

·        Provide homes that meet people’s needs. 

·        Support resilient, sustainable, inclusive and prosperous communities.

·        Invest in Māori-driven housing and urban solutions.

·        Prevent and reduce homelessness. 

·        Re-establish housing’s primary role as a home rather than a financial asset.

More information is available here.

Having your say can be easy as writing a few lines in an email. Your response will be incorporated into NZNO’s submission.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 20 July 2021.

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National Strategy and Action Plans to eliminate family violence and sexual violence

NZNO warmly invites your thoughts on the government’s National Strategy and Action Plans to eliminate family violence and sexual violence.

The themes of the strategy and action plans are:

·         Recognising te ao Māori

·         Bringing government responses together

·         Recognising tangata whenua leadership and community-led approaches

·         Strengthening workforces to prevent and respond to family violence and sexual violence

·         Increasing the focus on prevention

·         Developing ways for government to create changes 

·         Enabling continuous learning and improvement

More information is available here.

Your views are important. Having a say can be quick and easy - a couple of lines in an email to the Policy team is fine. Your contribution will be used to inform the NZNO submission.

Please note the short time frame for response. Ngā mihi.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 5pm Sunday 27 June.

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Quality Statements to Guide Melanoma Diagnosis and Care in New Zealand

NZNO welcomes your feedback on draft quality statements for melanoma diagnosis and treatment in New Zealand.

The draft quality statements have been developed by the National Melanoma Working Group (NMWG), with support from the Melanoma Network of New Zealand (MelNet) and Te Aho o Te Kahu, the Cancer Control Agency.

The statements describe what quality care for melanoma should look like in New Zealand.

The draft statements for consultation are below.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 6 July 2021.

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PHARMAC Review

NZNO encourages you to have a say on how PHARMAC can best serve the needs of the communities of Aotearoa.   

The Ministry of Health is conducting this review. They are interested in our thoughts on:

·         PHARMAC’s funding functions and processes

·         Barriers to accessing medicines and devices

·         Improvements that could be made, including how to achieve more equitable outcomes.

You can read more here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 6 July 2021.

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Plant Variety Rights Bill

NZNO welcomes your feedback on this bill which would replace the Plant Variety Rights Act 1987. The bill proposes to modernise the regime and implement the Crown's obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi in relation to the plant variety rights regime and New Zealand's obligations under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.   

You can read more here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 18 June 2021.

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Drug and Substance Checking legislation

NZNO welcomes your feedback on a bill which aims to minimise drug and substance harm by allowing drug and substance checking services to operate legally in New Zealand.

You can read more here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 11 June 2021.

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Education and Training Amendment Bill

NZNO welcomes your feedback on proposed amendments to the Education and Training Act (2020). These include:

·         clarifying safety checking processes for children’s workers and school employees

·         extending the ban on charging trainees a compulsory student services fee by 1 year

·         emphasising that only persons holding a teaching position are able to use physical restraint

·         amending certain other provisions in regard to rules around intervention by the Secretary for Education and regulation-making powers around licensing of service providers.

You can read more here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 17 June 2021.

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Newborn Pulse Oximetry Screening

NZNO welcomes your feedback on draft Ministry of Health guidelines for newborn pulse oximetry screening.  Some District Health Boards have implemented the screening and others are yet to introduce it.

The document describes the purpose and benefits of newborn pulse oximetry screening and outlines the key considerations in developing national guidelines.  The Ministry of Health is interested in feedback on the draft recommendations and the proposed screening algorithm.

The discussion document can be found below, for your consideration.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 21 May 2021.

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Education (Pastoral Care of Domestic Tertiary Students) Code of Practice

NZNO welcomes your feedback on:

·         a proposed code for the wellbeing and safety of all tertiary and international learners,

·         a new dispute resolution scheme for domestic tertiary learners, and

·         proposed legislative changes to clarify and streamline providers’ responsibilities to learners.

You can read more here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 12 May 2021.

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Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Amendment Bill

The Health Committee is calling for public submissions on the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Amendment Bill.

The bill seeks to improve the protection of individual rights and the safety of patients and the public. It also aims to enable the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 to be applied more effectively. The bill would amend the Act by: ​removing indefinite treatment orders allowing a family member or caregiver of a patient to be present by audio or video link when the notice relating to the assessment is explained authorising the legal custodian of a special patient to agree that a government agency transport the patient to appear before a court or the New Zealand Parole Board.

You can read more here.

Please note the short timeframe.

Please send feedback to belinda.tuari-toma@nzno.org.nz by 10 May.

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