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Food Standards Australia and New Zealand

The Food Standards Australia (FSANZ) is calling for submissions to assist consideration of the draft food regulatory measures and  is proposing to provide exemptions from claim requirements in the Food Standards Code for trademarked elements of the Health Star Rating system.

Please find a link to the  consultation paper, and information about  the Health Star Rating system essentially duplicate what’s required in a nutrition information panel.

Feedback Due: Please send comments to by 1 July 2015

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Careerforce is seeking feedback on two proposed qualifications:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Community Support) (Level 4) with strands in Community Facilitation, Community Living, Community Wellbeing, Diversional Therapy, Mental Health and Addiction Support, Primary Care Assistance, Peer Support, Rehabilitation Support, and Social Services
  • New Zealand Diploma in Health and Wellbeing (Level 5) with strands in Child Protection, Consumer Advocacy, Coordination/Navigation, Disability Practice, Mental Health Support, and Social Services

Information on the proposed qualifications can be found here:

Feedback Due: Please send comments to by 8 June 2015.

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Productivity Commission: More effective social services

The Productivity Commission has been undertaking an inquiry focusing on ways to improve productivity and generate better outcomes for New Zealanders from the Government’s investment in public services such as social housing, employment services, and programmes to reduce crime. 

The Commission has been asked to examine traditional and emerging innovative approaches to social services in particular, drawing on both international and domestic experience, and assess their effectiveness. Examples of new approaches in governance, commissioning and delivery in New Zealand include the Social Sector Trials and Whānau Ora.

A draft report has been completed and NZNO will be making a submission on this. Full information including a video and the draft report can be found here:

We are interested in receiving your comments on the draft report in order to inform NZNO’s submission.

Feedback Due: Please send any comments to by 17 June 2015.

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PHARMAC - Proposal for various pharmaceuticals including new listing and amendments to funding restrictions

PHARMAC is proposing to amend access to a range of products to better meet needs. These products include Aripiprazole, Benzbromarone, Febuxostat, DTP vaccine, Somatropin, Tacrolimus, Valaciclovir, Nicotine oral spray.

Please note these changes and get back to Marilyn if you have any comments or send these directly to PHARMAC – details below.

Feedback Due: Please send comments to  by 3 June 2015 or send directly to PHARMAC at and cc Marilyn.

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MBIE Safety Standards for Children's Clothing

The safety standards for children’s nightwear and some daywear items are being upgraded, including new requirements for online sales.

The new standards, published for consultation this week, will be extended to include garments such as boxer shorts of a loose fitting style, infant sleep bags with sleeves and arm openings, and wearable towels and blankets which incorporate a sleeve or an arm opening.

The Ministry notes that where products are offered for online sale, clear fire hazard information must be provided as part of the image and product description.

Feedback Due: Please send comments directly to Submissions close on 12 June. Contact: 04 901 1499

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Health Information Standards Organisations (HISO)


RE Health Information Standards Organisations

HISO has requested feedback on a number of standards related to health information.

We are invited to comment and make proposals on the text of these standards before they are published. All are technical standards for interoperability between computer systems.

HISO 10013:2015 HL7 Standards Endorsement - an update to the original statement of endorsement for HL7 standards published in 2005, now to recognise HL7 Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR) as an emerging standard for connected health web services. Feedback due 1 June.

HISO 10008.1:2015 Pathology and Radiology Messaging Implementation Guide
HISO 10008.2:2015 Pathology and Radiology Messaging Standard - an update to the HL7 based standard for sending and receiving lab test orders and results. Feedback due 8 June.

HISO 10011.4:2015 eDischarge Messaging Standard - an update to the existing messaging standard for sending a discharge summary in human readable and computable formats to community based providers. Feedback due 15 June.

HISO 10050.2:2015 Maternity Care Summary Standard - a standard for interoperability between the new national Maternity Clinical Information System (MCIS) and community based information systems. Feedback due 22 June.

While these are very technical standards, they can make a significant difference to the way nurses, nurse practitioners and midwives practice. For example the coding found in the eDischarge messaging refers to GP not health practitioner. This can be problematic for NPs who have made referrals to secondary services but are then precluded from receiving feedback from the service because they are not a ‘GP’.

We look forward to your feedback on any other areas of concern.

Please send comments to

Please note the due dates above


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Children’s Workforce - Core competencies discussion document, May 2015.

Core Competency Framework for the children’s workforce

The Children’s Action Plan sets out a programme of action to change the way we work to protect vulnerable children by putting them at the centre of everything we do. The key objective is to keep vulnerable children safe before they come to harm so they can thrive, achieve and belong.

The government has done significant work on many areas outlined in the Children’s Action Plan and are now seeking our feedback on a proposed core competency framework for all those who work with children.

The proposal is to develop a set of shared core competencies for everyone in the children’s workforce. These competencies will be in addition to those competencies required for registration or enrolment with a regulatory body.

It is envisaged that the framework will include tiers of competence so as to reflect the different levels of skills and knowledge required of all the workers who make up the children’s workforce estimated to be at least 370,000 people (paid and unpaid). The government is seeking feedback on this and other areas for development.

The feedback document is relatively straight forward to complete and should only take a few minutes of your time. We would appreciate as many people as possible completing it and returning it to Marilyn Head at the email below by 12 June so that we can collate everyone’s responses and provide a cohesive response from NZNO.

Please send comments to by 12 June, 2015


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Voluntary Bonding Scheme 2016 Terms and Conditions Stakeholder Consultation

Each year Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) reviews the Terms and Conditions of the Voluntary Bonding Scheme to ensure it is aligned with current and forecasted hard-to-staff geographic areas and specialties.  

Their review for the 2016 intake (i.e. health professionals who will graduate in 2015) is now underway and they are seeking comment on the hard-to-staff communities and specialties and general comments on the current Terms and Conditions for each profession under the Scheme.  

HWNZ intends to publish the 2016 Terms and Conditions this year to align more closely with timeframes for DHB recruitment and the selection of preferred positions through the Advanced Choice of Employment process.

Feedback provided will inform recommendations made to the Minister of Health for final decision on the 2016 Terms and Conditions.

Please find below the feedback forms in regard to nurses and midwives that may help you to form your submission. Further forms on doctors, dentists, and other health professionals are available on request.  Comments should include consideration of high vacancy rates, high use of casual staff, use of locums, overseas trained staff and projected workforce demand.  

Further information can be found at:

We encourage you to submit on these documents. In particular, do you think the rural locations and specialties advised are appropriate and is there further information we should be telling the Ministry?

Feedback Due: Please send comments to by Friday 5 June 2015

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Verifying Death - Draft Guideline for Consultation

The Ministry of Health is consulting on a proposal that the Chief Coroner make a rule change to allow nurses and nurse practitioners, midwives in some cases, and ambulance staff from the role of emergency technician and above, to verify death. The reasons for the change are to make the most of the breadth of the scopes of practice of the health workforce and to reduce unnecessary delays and stress to families. A small working group was established and has developed two documents to support implementation, when the rule change is confirmed.

  1. A Practitioner Guideline - the aim of the guideline is to provide information to primarily practitioners, but also employers and managers. The document sets out the relevant legislation and describes roles and responsibilities as well as the clinical assessment required to verify death.
  2. A documentation form - for use by practitioners to record the assessment and the time and place they assessed the deceased.

The areas of nursing that this is likely to useful include aged care, palliative care, PRIME (rural) nurses and ED.

The Ministry wants feedback on whether:

  • the document is readily understood
  • the document includes all the information needed - if not what else would be helpful
  • the document will help in professional development, organisational policy development and to guide practice
  • any additions or deletions needed

Feedback Due: Please send comments to by 26 May 2015

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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.

NZNO supports the provision of supervision for nurses and has published information on this topic for a number of years. This latest update has been developed in collaboration with Te Rūnanga and provides the latest information available on supervision processes.

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

Please forward your feedback on the policy by 12 June 2015 to or post to PO Box 1195, Nelson 7040

Enquiries to:
Jill Clendon
Nursing Policy Advisor/Researcher
Ph 03 5463941

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Update of the New Zealand Health Strategy 2000

The Minister of Health has asked for an update of the NZ Health Strategy 2000. The update is taking place alongside two other health system reviews: Funding and capability and capacity review.

Despite the short timeframe, NZNO is well placed to provide an evidenced-based rationale and strategic advice on the pivotal role of the nursing and nursing support workforce in achieving the aims of the strategy, which has a strong primary health care focus. (i.e. promoting health, reducing disease and disability, and ensuring equitable access to collaborative and integrated health and disability services.)

Our 2020 and Beyond: Vision for Nursing Statement provides a unified, systematic approach to developing the sustainable, flexible health workforce needed to meet current and future health demands. Nursing Matters outlines NZNO’s priorities for health and the key actions for nursing, health equity, and fair employment. Universal access to health care, workforce capacity and funding mechanisms are reflected as priority issues. We warmly and urgently invite further feedback to inform NZNO’s input into the workshops and consultation processes of developing the update.

See also: 2020 and beyond: a vision for nursing: Background Executive Summary

Feedback Due: Please send comments to by 10 May 2015

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New Zealand and the protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products

New Zealand has been a party to an international treaty that aims to prevent harms from tobacco use, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO): the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) since 2005.

The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, (is part of this Treaty), aims to provide a global response to the illicit trade in tobacco products. The Government is undertaking consultation to inform decision-making as to whether it should agree to become a party to it.

This consultation document puts forward two options:

  • Option 1: New Zealand does not become a party to the Protocol and continues with its current approach to preventing illicit trade in tobacco products.
  • Option 2: New Zealand becomes a party to the Protocol and makes the necessary changes to meet the mandatory requirements of the Protocol.

New Zealand’s existing laws already comply with many of the obligations in the Protocol. However, if New Zealand became a party to the Protocol, some legislative reforms would probably be needed, along with new systems, processes and initiatives to support them. This consultation paper explores these implications:

Feedback Due: Please send any comments to by 5 June 2015

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Proposal to market share procurement for hospital medical devices

PHARMAC is seeking feedback on the above approach to procurement of medical devices. It proposes that wound care would be the first category to be considered for market share procurement, because they “have substantially completed national contracting activity in this area and have enough information about the market and clinical advice to run a market share approach”. PHARMAC acknowledges the importance of seeking clinical advice.

Documents  are available here:

Feedback Due: Please send comments to by 28 April 2015

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Draft Principles and Guidance for the Last Days of Life - Te Ara Whakapiri - The Path of Closeness and Unity

This document has been completed by the Palliative Care Council (PCC) and  represents the recommended approach to caring, across all sectors and settings for New Zealanders who have life-limiting illness and are in their last days of life.

The guidance was developed as a result of the phasing out of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) for the Dying Patient in the United Kingdom. A key recommendation is that teams caring for a person in their last days of life should develop an individual care plan which addresses physical, social, cultural and spiritual issues. The document provides tools and resources to guide the care of people in their last days of life.

The PCC is particularly interested to hear how this guidance fits with current tools and how clinically applicable it is across a range of settings.

The full guidance document is below for your review and comment.

Feedback Due: Please send comments to by 28 April 2015.


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