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Review of the National Ethical Standards for Health and Disability Research and Quality Improvement

NZNO welcomes your feedback on the revised National Ethical Standards for Health and Disability Research and Quality Improvement.

The Standards were published by NEAC just over a year ago. If you have worked with the Standards during this time, it would be valuable to hear about your experience and any suggestions you may have for improvement.  

Further information is available here.

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

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Proposal to fully fund Mercilon 28 for oral contraception

NZNO welcomes your feedback on PHARMAC’s proposal to increase the subsidy to fully fund ethinyloestradiol 20 mcg with desogestrel 150 mcg tablets and 7 inert tablets (Brand name: Mercilon 28) for oral contraception.

There would be no change for individuals on other fully funded combined oral contraceptives.

Further details about the proposal are available here on the PHARMAC website.

Please note the short timeframe for feedback.

Please send feedback to Policy.Analysts@nzno.org.nz by 9 March 2021.

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Draft Guidance on Staying Mentally Healthy When Working From Home

Over the last year work-from-home has become common for many office workers.

NZNO welcomes your feedback on the attached draft guidance from WorkSafe. The guidance has been developed for workers who frequently do office-type work in their home, or an equivalent location, rather than at their business premises. It contains practical steps for managing the mental health risks that can arise from working for home.

Please send feedback to Policy.Analysts@nzno.org.nz by 15 March.

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Proposal for the Supply of Various Medicines

NZNO welcomes your feedback on changes proposed by PHARMAC in response to Apotex New Zealand withdrawing from the market. Everyone using the medicines included in the proposal would need to change brands to continue using a funded medicine. 

Further information about the medicines and the likely impact on patients and prescribers is available here on the PHARMAC website.

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 3 March 2021.

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Changes to Pharmac's Advisory Committee's

NZNO welcomes your feedback on PHARMAC’s proposal to change how committees advise them on medicines and consumer experiences. They aim to: 

  • enable consumers to share their perspectives and advice formally, through the committees
  • enhance the diversity of the committees
  • strengthen health equity knowledge within the committees.

The changes will be formalised in the committees’ terms of reference.

Further information is available in the attached consultation document.

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 12 March.

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Vaping regulations (under the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act 1990)

 

NZNO welcomes your feedback on draft regulations that aim to:

  • better support smokers to switch to regulated products that are less harmful than smoking
  • protect children, young people and non-smokers from the risks associated with vaping and smokeless tobacco products.   

The proposed regulations cover topics such as the display and sale of vaping products and the definition of an internal area.

Further information is available here on the Ministry of Health website.

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 8 March 2021.

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He Pou a Rangi | Climate Change Commission: 2021 Draft Advice for Consultation

NZNO welcomes your feedback on the Climate Change Commission’s first advisory report to Government.

The report includes advice on the first three emissions budgets and on policy direction for the Government’s first emissions reduction plan. Together, these lay out the course for reducing emissions in Aotearoa and set the direction of policy to achieve this. The report also provides advice on the eventual reductions needed in biogenic methane emissions, and on the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution.

Further information is available here on the Climate Change Commission’s website.  

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 5 March 2021.

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FUNDING OF FOOD THICKENERS – SEEKING INFORMATION

PHARMAC currently funds food thickeners for use in both the community (at home or residential settings) and in hospital. In the community, PHARMAC restricts funded access to food thickeners for those people who have motor neurone disease with a swallowing disorder.

PHARMAC is currently assessing its longer term role in the funding of food thickeners and wishes to learn more about the use of food thickeners in residential care.

You are welcome to contribute to NZNO’s advice to PHARMAC on this topic. More information is available here on the PHARMAC website.

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 5 March 2021.

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Formation of a Health, Community and Social Services Workforce Development Council

NZNO warmly invites your feedback on the Tertiary Education Commission’s proposal to formally establish a Health, Community and Social Services Workforce Development Council.

Feedback is sought on the WDC’s name, the industry coverage, and the governance arrangements.

Further information is available here on the TEC website.

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

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Standards New Zealand: DZ 8134:2020 - Health and disability services standard and sector solutions

NZNO warmly invites your feedback on a revised draft version of the standard for health and disability services. The document sets out the minimum requirements necessary to present fair and equitable health and disability services. It aims to improve the experience and outcomes of people and whanau, and reduce care variation. It reflects a shift to more person- and whānau-centred health and disability services.

Further information about the consultation is available on the Standards New Zealand website.

Nursing Policy Adviser/Researcher Sue Gasquoine will collate and submit NZNO feedback.

Please send your feedback to sue.gasquoine@nzno.org.nz by 5pm on 8th January 2021.

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Draft Guidelines on the Right to a Decent Home in Aotearoa

NZNO warmly invites your feedback on Aratohu tika tangata ki te whai whare rawaka i Aotearoa | Guidelines on the right to a decent home in Aotearoa.

The Guidelines address the unique context of Aotearoa and Te Tiriti O Waitangi, aiming to clarify what the right to a decent home means.

Implementation of the guidelines should result in better design and delivery of housing services, thereby supporting a healthier and more socially just Aotearoa for individuals, families, hapū, whānau and communities.

Further information about the consultation is available here on the Human Rights Commission website.

Senior Policy Analyst Lucia Bercinskas will collate all responses into an NZNO submission.

Please send your feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by midday 16 December 2020.

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Mental Health Commissioner’s Mental Health And Addiction Services Monitoring and Advocacy Framework

Short timeframe - NZNO encourages you to provide feedback on the Mental Health and Addiction Services Monitoring and Advocacy Framework. This framework will support the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission (MHWC)’s function to monitor mental health services and addiction services and will be used to advocate for improvements to those services. 

This is an important opportunity for NZNO to provide input into the fundamentals of the monitoring framework such as:

  • Why monitor services?
  • Monitor what?
  • How to monitor?

Further information about the consultation is available on the MHWC website.

Senior Policy Analyst Lucia Bercinskas will collate all responses into an NZNO submission.

Please send your feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by midday 4 December 2020.

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Feedback on HISO 10058.1:2020 Infection Surveillance Data Standard

NZNO welcomes your feedback on Ministry of Health’s draft Infections Surveillance Data Standard.

To support the ability to monitor the occurrence of infections or an outbreak by key organisms using an infection surveillance system, data needs to be captured consistently.

The draft Infection Surveillance Data Standard has been designed to identify the minimum information required to be captured for a patient’s health care encounter when a suspected or confirmed infection has been identified. This document covers infections identified in both the community and hospital setting.

Please find further information and the draft standard online here. If no feedback is received, NZNO will not make a submission.

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 6 November 2020.

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Endorsement of CNE Activity

The NZ College of Primary Health Care Nurses (NZNO) supports continued nursing education (CNE) providers to ensure our members have access to a library of quality courses, conferences, workshops and online activities that are relevant to primary health care nursing.  This in turn supports members to meet their continuing professional development (CPD) requirements as per Nursing Council NZ (NCNZ) of minimum of 60 hours over a 3-year period (NCNZ 2008).

The NZCPHCN has developed this policy to support applications for endorsement of CNE, which indicates the college has reviewed a CNE activity to ensure it meets the quality criteria of the college.

Further information can be seen here
/Portals/0/Files/Documents/Groups/Primary%20Healthcare%20Nurses/2020-08-19%20NZCPHCN%20Endorsment%20of%20Education%20Application%20Form.docx

Please review this policy and provide feedback using track changes Word document or via email text. Please indicate which page/section you are referring to. Individual or group submissions are welcome.

Thank you for your consideration of this proposed policy.

Please send feedback to nicola.thompson@nmdhb.govt.nz by Thursday 10 September 2020.

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Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill

NZNO warmly welcomes your feedback on this significant Bill, which extends regulatory coverage to all vaping and smokeless tobacco products. The Bill aims to strike a balance between protecting children and young people from the risks associated with vaping products, and enabling smokers to switch to less harmful alternatives. 

The Bill applies many of the existing restrictions for smoked tobacco products to vaping and smokeless tobacco products. In particular, the Bill prohibits:

  • the sale of vaping and smokeless tobacco products to persons under the age of 18; 
  • the advertising and sponsorship of vaping and smokeless tobacco products; and
  • ​the use of vaping and smokeless tobacco products in indoor workplaces, early childhood centres, and schools.

To ensure that less harmful products are available as a quitting tool, the Bill exempts vaping and smokeless tobacco products from some of the restrictions that otherwise apply to smoked tobacco products. E.g. all retailers can display vaping and smokeless tobacco products at the point of sale, but cigarettes and loose leaf tobacco must be kept out of the public’s sight.

Please find the Bill attached here: 
https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_94933/smokefree-environments-and-regulated-products-vaping

Please send feedback to Leanne.Manson@nzno.org.nz by 25 March 2020.

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