Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on this Bill which seeks to amend the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 to prohibit smoking in vehicles, including employers in work vehicles, carrying anyone under the age of 18. The purpose of the Bill is to protect children from the harm associated with second hand smoke.

Please see the Bill attached here:

Please send feedback to by 1 August 2019 

Posted in: Consultations

New Zealand Health Survey – refresh of the adult and child surveys

NZNO seeks your feedback on the content in the New Zealand Health Survey (NZHS). The Ministry of Health wishes to update the content so it better meets users' needs.

We are interested in your views on:

  • what is important to you about the current surveys  and
  • what you would like to see included in the future.

You may wish to provide feedback to us or directly to the Ministry of Health on the Adult NZHS via questionnaires (please click here ) and the Child NZHS (please click here). 

Please send feedback to by 17 July, 2019.

Posted in: Consultations

Proposal to list urology products supplied by CR Kennedy (NZ) Limited

PHARMAC is seeking feedback on a proposal to list a range of urology products in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 August 2019. The proposal concerns urology products used in hospital and community settings, from short to long-term use. Urology products include urethral, suprapubic and sheath catheters, bags and accessories for the management of urinary drainage.

PHARMAC is working with a range of suppliers to seek provisional agreements and this proposal is the latest to arise from that process.  PHARMAC expects to consult on further proposed agreements in the urology, ostomy and continence categories over the coming months.

Those likely to be interested:

DHB Staff

  • clinical staff in a range of inpatient, outpatient and community settings where urology products are used
  • procurement and supply chain personnel
  • users of urology, ostomy and continence products provided by DHBs

Consultation closes at 4pm on Friday, 5 July 2019 and feedback can be emailed directly to

Note the short timeframe.

Posted in: Consultations

Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlements Amendment Bill

NZNO invites your feedback on this Bill which aims to address historical inequalities and ensure support workers receive fair pay. The Bill seeks to do this by clearly defining the role of support workers, clarifying that mental health and addiction support workers are included.

The bill would give effect to elements of the following settlement agreements:

  • the Ministry of Social Development and Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki (Care and Support Workers Pay Equity) Settlement Agreement and
  • the Mental Health and Addiction Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement Agreement 2018

New pay rates would be related to the qualification held by support workers. Employers would receive government funding to facilitate new pay rates and back payment of previously underpaid employees.

Please send feedback to by 18 July 2019

Posted in: Consultations

Cultural competence, partnership & health equity: MCNZ review

The Medical Council is reviewing the existing statements on Cultural Competence and Best practices when providing care to Māori patients and their whanau (last reviewed in 2006). Both documents have been revised to reflect current guidance and to provide greater clarity on the required standards of cultural competence and provision of culturally-safe care.

The draft revised documents the council would like feedback on are:

  • Statement on cultural competence and the provision of culturally-safe care and
  • Achieving best health outcomes for Māori: a resource.

Please feedback directly to the Medical Council via an online survey at by 10 July 2019.

Posted in: Consultations

Consultation on the application fee for nurses from overseas countries (except Australia) applying for registration in NZ

NZNO is seeking feedback on the proposal from the Nursing Council of New Zealand to ‘outsource’ the verification of documents such as qualifications to CGFNS International at a cost to the applicant of US$300 (approx. NZ$450). The NCNZ fee will drop to NZ$485 (from NZ$650).

Australian nurses are excluded from the process because of the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act (1997)

Get more information on the Consultation on the application fee for nurses from overseas countries except Australia applying for registration in New Zealand.

Please send feedback to by 28 June 2019. 

Posted in: Consultations

Kaianga Ora – Homes and communities bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on the Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities Bill which establishes Kāinga Ora–Homes and Communities as a Crown entity. The aim of this proposed entity is to address challenges to urban areas from strong population growth, changing preferences, and an aging population. If established, Kāinga Ora –Homes and Communities will have 2 key roles—being a public housing landlord, and leading and co-ordinating urban development projects.

Please send feedback to by 4 July 2019.

Posted in: Consultations

Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on the above Bill which aims to amend the existing Climate Change Response Act 2002 and establish a framework which New Zealand can use to develop clear, stable climate change policies in accord with the Paris Agreement.

The bill would set greenhouse gas reduction targets into law and require that future governments continue these efforts into the future. It also seeks to:

  • set up the Climate Change Commission, an independent body that will advise and support the government to reach the targets;
  • create a requirement that the government sets emission budgets every five years that will act as ‘stepping stones’ towards the ultimate goal of zero greenhouse gases by 2050; and
  • create a requirement that the government understands the risk of climate change (for example, rising sea levels) and produces plans to address these

Please see the draft report

Please send feedback to by 9 July 2019.

Posted in: Consultations

New Zealand’s Seventh Periodic Report under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment – Draft Report

NZNO is seeking your views on New Zealand’s compliance with the above United Nations Convention.  New Zealand will report to the UN Committee Against Torture in 2019 on measures taken domestically to implement the Convention.

The Convention covers a broad range of topics, including issues related to the nursing workforce, for example solitary confinement and seclusion in mental health facilities, refugee and asylum seeker health. We welcome your feedback on whether New Zealand is taking effective measures to prevent torture and ill-treatment, and adequately addressing all occurrences where it might occur.

Please see the link of the draft report

Please send feedback to by 10 June, 2019.

Posted in: Consultations

Enhanced Drug Impaired Driver Testing – Discussion Document

NZNO is seeking feedback on options to improve the drug-driver testing process including:

  • the methods that could be used to screen and test for drugs;
  • the circumstances in which a driver should be tested;
  • what drugs should be tested for and
  • how an offence for drug driving should be dealt with by police.

A new framework for drug-impaired driving should be considered in the context of the Government's overall objective of addressing the health needs of individuals who harm themselves by using drugs. 

Please review this discussion below

Please send feedback to by 21 June, 2019.

Posted in: Consultations

Proposal to widen access to pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine

NZNO seeks member feedback on PHARMAC’s proposal to widen access to funded pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine for all pregnant women at any time during their pregnancy, as well as for parents of infants admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Specialist Care Baby Unit for more than 3 days.

Please note the short turnaround date.

Please send feedback to by Thursday 30 May, 2019.

Posted in: Consultations

Draft revised statement on information, choice of treatment and informed consent

The Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) has released a draft revised statement existing statement on information, choice of treatment and informed consent and is seeking your feedback. 

The draft retains most of what is in the existing statement but with changes to improve readability; to ensure a patient centred approach and to allow for greater involvement of family, whanau and caregivers.

Please see the draft revised statement here:

Please send feedback to by 4 June 2019.

Posted in: Consultations

Proposal for changes to funded vaccines in the National Immunisation Schedule

NZNO seeks your feedback on proposed changes to the funding of vaccines in the National Immunisation Schedule. Through provisional agreements with a number of suppliers this would result in several vaccine brand, eligibility and dose changes.

We welcome feedback on the entire proposal or specific vaccines.

Please see the consultation request attached, (which details the vaccines, dose changes and suppliers concerned).

Please send feedback to by May 30, 2019

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Posted in: Consultations

Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on this Bill which would amend the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act and strengthen requirements that consumer credit is lent responsibly to protect vulnerable borrowers.

The Bill is the result of a review that identified ongoing issues in the credit market and significant harm to vulnerable consumers from problem debt. The intent of the Bill is to address issues including excessive cost of some consumer credit agreements; continued irresponsible lending and other non-compliance, including by mobile traders; unreasonable fees; and irresponsible debt collection practices.

Please send feedback to by 7 June 2019

Posted in: Consultations

WorkSafe’s Draft Guidelines for Employers; Violence in the Healthcare Industry

WorkSafe are consulting on a draft guideline for persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) in the healthcare industry informing them of their duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) including an explanation of how the risk of violence in healthcare workplaces fits into the health and safety legislation and a ‘PLAN-DO-CHECK-ACT’ approach to worker safety in contexts where violence needs to be anticipated.

Please send feedback to by Wednesday 5th June, 2019.

Posted in: Consultations


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