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PHC Senior Nurses Toolkit – PHC Senior Nurse job descriptions

The PHC National Delegates Committee and NZNO are looking at ways to provide enhanced support to Senior Nurses in the PHC Sector. The standardisation of job descriptions and titles used across the Sector will encourage this and resources will be developed in the form of a Senior Nurses Toolkit as per agreement with the PHC National Delegates Committee and PHC Sector Group.

This consultation is only on the job descriptions that will be part of the wider resource toolkit.

Please note that the role descriptors are aligned to the DHB senior nurse titles within the DHB MECA.

Please find the draft job descriptions below.

Please send comments to by 5pm 20 March 2015

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MOH - Request for Feedback on Prostate Cancer

The Ministry of Health would like feedback on the draft guidance documents below.

These documents have been developed by the Prostate Cancer Working Group, and its primary care and specialist sub-groups, as part of the Ministry’s Prostate Cancer Awareness and Quality Improvement Programme (more information about the programme and the Prostate Cancer Working Group can be found on the Ministry’s website).

Feedback Due: Please send comments to by 15 February 2015

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Code of Ethics and A Process to Manage Challenging Professional and ethical issues

DATE DUE: Feedback to Jill Clendon Nursing Policy Adviser/Researcher by Thursday March 5th

The NZNO ‘Code of Ethics’ and ‘A Process to Manage Challenging Professional and Ethical Issues’ documents were last updated in 2010. We are seeking any general comments on whether people are happy with the current documents or if substantial change is required.

If people are generally happy with the current documents, we will revalidate these for a further two years and undertake a substantial review in 2017.

Please forward any comments you may have by Thursday, March 5th 2015 to

Enquiries to:
Jill Clendon
Nursing Policy Advisor/Researcher

Phone: 03 5463941 or 0800283848

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MSD - Authority to sign Work Capacity Medical Certificates (WCMCs)

As part of the Ministry of Development’s Health and Disability Long Term Work Programme, it is reviewing the type of health practitioners who should sign work WCMCs which inform Work and Income’s decisions.  There are mixed views about who should have the authority to sign, but MSD proposes that authority should be restricted to regulated health practitioners with appropriate skills and qualifications and is seeking input as to whether this should be extended beyond the current range of nurse practitioners, midwives, doctors and dentists.

Feedback due: Please send comments to Senior Policy Analyst, Marilyn Head, by 16 February 2015

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NEAC - Cross sectoral ethics arrangements for health and disability research

NEAC is seeking feedback on the current health and disability research ethics arrangements, including the responsibility for ethical health and disability research and the standards, processes and structures that support this responsibility. The discussion document link outlines issues across six areas:

  • The complex research ethics landscape
  • Māori and health research
  • Alternative ethical review structures
  • Peer review for scientific validity
  • Audit and audit-related activity
  • Innovative practice.

Some of these issues relate to the 2012 changes to the Health and Disability Ethics Committees, but this work is not intended as a review of those changes. Feedback will, however, also inform NEAC’s 2015 review of its Ethical Guidelines for Observational Studies and Ethical Guidelines for Intervention Studies.

The discussion document and submission questions can be accessed from the NEAC’s website here:

Feedback due: Please send comments to Leanne Mason, Policy Adviser - Māori, by 20 February 2015.

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Nursing Council of NZ - Consultation on proposal to increase fees for Internationally Qualified and Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement Nurse applications

The Council has recently undertaken a review of the processing costs relating to applications received from Internationally Qualified Nurses (IQNs) and those received from applicants under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement (TTMR) to ensure that the Council is accurately covering related costs.

The review was initiated to establish actual costs of services and to provide the Council with information on which to support the long term financial viability of the Council.

The Council wants to be sure that the costs for the registration of IQN and TTMR applications are assumed by the applicant and that cross subsidisation through the use of the already registered nurses APC fee does not occur and are proposing to increase fees by $165 for IQN and $45 for TTMR applications.

We look forward to receiving your comments.

Feedback Due: Please forward your comments to Jill Clendon at by 13 February 2015 NZNO will collate these and submit to Nursing Council.

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PHARMAC - Proposal to reinstate monthly dispensing on various pharmaceuticals

PHARMAC is proposing to remove 'stat' dispensing (i.e. three months all-at-once dispensing) on several pharmaceuticals used to treat common conditions eg hydrocortisone cream, prednisone oral liquid, Beta Creams, Dermol, Epilim etc. as they believe the costs outweigh savings from reduced dispensing fees. NZNO is concerned about the impact on vulnerable consumers, including children.

Feedback Due: Please send comments to Senior Policy Analyst: by 23 January 2015

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Law and Order Committee - Policing (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill

This bill proposes amendments to the Policing Act 2008 to enable cost recovery for certain Police services where there is a degree of private benefit to the users of the service.

The bill will enable the police to charge for the police vetting services which will be part of the child safety check regulations being implemented as part of the Vulnerable Children’s Act. 3 yearly police vetting will be required for people working with children including nurses, midwives, health care worker who work with children. NZNO, along with other health sector groups,  has expressed concern about the effectiveness and cost of resourcing such checks for regulated health practitioners, who are subject to more rigorous safety checks under the health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. 

Feedback Due: Please send comments to  by  27 January 2015 

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Health Committee - Health (Protection) Amendment Bill

Health (Protection) Amendment Bill

This bill proposes amendments to the Health Act 1956 to improve the tracing of people who may have an infectious disease, or may have been exposed to one; increase the range of infectious diseases that are notifiable, and provide incremental options for the management of individuals with significant infectious diseases. The bill also proposes introducing a ban on the provision of commercial artificial UV tanning services to people under 18 years of age and seeks to make a number of administrative changes to streamline legislation including the inclusion of tuberculosis as a notifiable infectious disease under the Act and the consequent repeal of the Tuberculosis Act 1948.

Feedback Due: Please send comments to  by  30 January 2015

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Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Proposal to increase the rates paid in the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Regulations 2003 to help suppor

The consultation will run from 17 December 2014 to 27 January 2015. The consultation document, and information on how to make a submission, is available at .

The proposal is to provide an additional contribution under the regulations to encourage GPs to provide free visits to children under 13 years. The new under 13s contribution will replace the current contribution provided for GP visits by children under six.

The proposed additional contribution is an extra $22 excl. GST ($25.30 incl. GST) on top of the standard adult rate. The contribution change will be applied to consultation rates for:  

  • GP only visits
  • Combined GP/nurse visits.

For every GP only visit by a child under 13 ACC would be contributing $52.85 excl. GST ($60.78 incl. GST) and for every GP/nurse visit by a child under 13 ACC would be contributing $55.73 excl. GST ($64.09 incl. GST).

ACC pays for every visit by a child under 13 years. ACC will make the same contribution towards GP costs regardless of the number of visits by the child.

We look forward to receiving your submissions by 5.00 pm on Tuesday 27 January 2015.

Feedback Due: Please send comments to  by  22 January 2015.

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Consultation on the Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice and Qualifications

The Nursing Council is undertaking a review of the nurse practitioner scope of practice and prescribed qualifications.  The consultation is focused on the future requirements for the nurse practitioner scope of practice and qualifications.  It discusses the positioning of nurse practitioner in relation to projected health need and service delivery changes and the potential implications of the introduction of further registered nurse prescribing.

The Council is proposing changes to the nurse practitioner scope of practice to ensure it:

  • remains safe, flexible and appropriate to meet health needs;
  • adequately describes the health services the nurse practitioner provides; and
  • sufficiently differentiates the nurse practitioner from advanced registered nurse roles.

The Council also wishes to consult on the educational preparation for nurse practitioners to explore:

  • any changes it should make as a result of the proposed changes to the scope of practice including specifying programme outcomes,
  • the impact of the proposed introduction of the postgraduate diploma in registered nurse prescribing for patients with long-term and common conditions, and
  • whether it should specify clinical learning time within the education programme and if so, how much?

Feedback Due: 13 February 2015 Please forward your comments to Jill Clendon at NZNO will collate these comments and submit to the Nursing Council. 

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Children's Action Plan Directorate and MSD - Approved information sharing agreement

In a further consultation paper on implementing the Vulnerable Childrens Act, Children Actions Plan Directorate is now seeking views on the issues around the sharing of information. Proposals are expected to go to Cabinet early in the new year.

Consultation questions are on on page 15.

The paper notes that 'health information is a special case' - you may like to consider what health information about vulnerable children could or should be shared, potential risks/difficulties, and what additional responsibilities this may place on nurses. You may also want to consider what information from other agencies would be useful to be shared on health record - vulnerable children often have multiple health issues.

Feedback due: ASAP Please send comments to

Consultation closed 12 December 2014

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Infant Nutrition Council - Advertising of Infant Formula

The body representing most of the infant formula industry has asked the Commerce Commission to approve its voluntary code which restricts the advertising of infant formula. Although it is illegal to be anti-competitive, the Infant Nutrition Council, which represents the vast majority of manufacturers, marketers and importers of infant formula, says in its application that it believes it has an obligation not to advertise infant formula as the Ministry of Health recommends that breast milk is best for babies. 

Feedback due: Please send comments to by 31 January 2015

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Productivity Commission - More Effective Social Services

The Commission has been asked to look at ways to improve how government agenciescommission and purchase social services. This will include how agencies identify the needs of people who use the services, how they choose organisations to provide the services, and how the contracts between agencies and organisations work.

The  Issues Paper  outlines the Commission's approach which primarily focuses on alternative modes of service delivery from sole government provision of service including partnerships with for- profit providers, social investment, private public partnerships etc. It asks a number of wide ranging questions to help frame this early stage of the inquiry. This is an important opportunity for members to state the principles on which social services, including health, should be delivered, to provide feedback on how services are operating in your area, and to offer suggestions for service delivery to improve  health outcomes.

Feedback Due: Please send feedback on any aspect of the issues paper  to Marilyn Head, Senior Policy Advisor: 

Consultation closed 5 December 2014

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Workplace Exposure Standards and Biological Exposure Indices Guidance document

The Workplace Exposure Standards (WES) are intended to be used as guidelines for people qualified in occupational health practice in workplace.

This is a technical document focused on airborne monitoring for assessing health risk. Covers  hazardous substances and mitigating health and safety risks even for those  HS  not covered by WES. Also covers workloads and extended shifts.

Consultation closed on 21 November 2014

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