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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

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 by Monday 27 July 2015.

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PHARMAC Labelling Preferences

Pharmac is seeking feedback on pharmaceutical labelling preferences. This is intended to reduce the risk of medication errors and improve patient safety; align with best practice and ensure consistency.

This is our opportunity to provide feedback on the ways in which labelling of medicines can be improved to help prevent errors. Nurses are the primary administrators of many medicines and are frequently most at risk due to poor labelling or similar labels.

I would be keen to hear of any examples of where labelling confusion, similar labelling or other labelling issues have contributed to errors or near errors. All replies will be treated in confidence.

Any other comments, suggestions or feedback is also very welcome.

Feedback Due: Please send comments to by 24 July 2015

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Update of the 2002 New Zealand Health of Older People Strategy

The Ministry of Health is undertaking a review of the above strategy to inform the direction for future services to meet the health and disability support needs of older people, and the development of services in the medium term. The Ministry invites ideas and suggestions for the development of the draft Health of Older People Strategy. 

Feedback Due: Please send comments to by 10 September 2015

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Worksafe - Safe use of Gluteraldehyde in the Health Sector

WorkSafe’s Guidance and Standards team is reviewing the health and safety guidance documents that have been produced by WorkSafe and its predecessors. They are seeking feedback on the  guidance document The safe occupational use of glutaraldehyde in the health industries, specifically

  • Is this guidance used in the workplaces of your member?

  • If it is used:

    • how often is the guidance referred to (e.g. often, sometimes, rarely)?

    • does the guidance still ?

The document can be found here:

Feedback Due: Please send comments to by 19 June 2015

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Living Well with Diabetes: A [draft] plan for health services for people with diabetes 2015-2020

The Ministry of Health have developed a draft plan for health services for people with diabetes and are seeking our feedback. The draft plan outlines the most important actions needed over the next five years to:

  • achieve the best possible health outcomes for people with diabetes, and
  • support the reorientation of the health system so that it is better able to address the rising prevalence of type 2 diabetes in a sustainable way.

The focus of the plan is on the response of the health system to people with identified pre-diabetes or diabetes. Wider system changes for tackling obesity, which is closely associated with type 2 diabetes, fall outside the scope of the plan.

NZNO has been invited to comment on the draft plan and we invite you to contribute to this submission. A feedback form is below along with the draft plan. Please consider your role and the role of nurses in the plan when reviewing it.

Feedback Due: Please send your comments and feedback to Jill Clendon  by July 3rd 2015

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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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