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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 http://www.productivity.govt.nz/inquiry-content/2032?stage=2  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: marilynh@nzno.org.nz 

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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Productivity Commission - More Effective Social Services

The Commission has been asked to look at ways to improve how government agencies commission 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 http://www.productivity.govt.nz/inquiry-content/2032?stage=2  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. 

Consultation closed 10 November 2014

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Australia and NZ College of Anaesthetists - Revised draft on their Position Statement (PS08) on the Assistant to the Anaesthetist.

ANZCA is inviting feedback on the above and has provided the following documents for review:

Consultation closed 10 November 2014

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MOH Vulnerable Childrens Act - Implementing the Child Action Plan

As part of the Child Action Plan implementing the above legislation, the Ministry of Health is seeking a quick response to guide the  development of:

1. Regulations for Worker Safety checks

2. Child Protection Policy Guidelines

1. Worker Safety Checks: Agencies will be required to conduct standardised worker safety checks. These will be introduced over several years. Five components have been proposed for the safety check to ensure that .any worker checked doesn’t pose an undue risk to children:

  • An identity check
  • Reference/good character checking
  • Police vetting
  • Interviewing
  • An assessment of risk the worker may pose to a child

Please comment on whether the proposed safety check is practical and proportional, whether it can be completed in a timely manner and whether additional safeguards could be included. In addition your feedback on the details about what action needs to be taken to meet each element of the new standard safety check is sought.

The consultation documents can be found attached below: 

  • About Safety Checking (PDF 380 KB)
  • Safety Checking Infographic (PDF 750KB)
  • Worker Safety Check Consultation Questions (PDF 750KB)

2. Child Protection Policy Guidelines The Act requires children's service agencies to have child protection policies in place "as soon as practicable". To assist them, the Ministry has developed a draft document  Safer Organisations, Safer children - cross agency Guidelines on Developing Children Protection Policies. General  feedback and feedback in relation to specific consultation questions would be appreciated.

The consultation documents can be found attached below: 

  • Draft Safer Organisations, Safer Children (PDF 660KB)
  • CPP Consultation Questions (PDF 35KB)
  • CPP - How the Act will work (PDF 225KB)

Consultation closed on 5 November 2014 for Worker Safety and 15 November 2014 for the Policy Guidelines

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NZS 8200 Rainbow-inclusive workplaces: A standard for gender and sexual diversity in employment

Standards New Zealand

NZS 8200 Rainbow-inclusive workplaces: A standard for gender and sexual diversity in employment

This draft Standard provides a means for organisations to measure their commitment to gender and sexual diversity in the workplace.

Please note the clause number if you want to recommend any specific changes. 

Consultation closed on 21 November 2014

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Health Claims - Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods & Electrolyte Drinks

Health Claims – Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods & Electrolyte Drinks

FSANZ is proposing a draft variation to the Code to permit formulated supplementary sports foods (FSSFs), Electrolyte drinks (EDs) and electrolyte drink bases to carry (self-substantiated) health claims as per standard 1.27 which permits health claims consistent with their purpose in this case, that they are useful before during or after sustained strenuous exercise.

The draft variation also proposes transferring the regulation of EDs from Standard 2.6.2 to Standard 2.9.4 which recognises the purpose of EDs as foods especially formulated for strenuous physical activity rather than as lifestyle products.   This means EDs will be required, through labelling and advertising to have information "to assist consumer understanding of the intended special purpose of the food" etc.

Nurses' experience and observations of the uptake of health drinks by various population groups  and health impact of these supplementary foods and drinks would be appreciated.  

Consultation closed on 29 September 2014

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NZNO Position Statement on Care Rationing, 2014

Care rationing has recently been appearing in workplaces. The purpose of this position statement is to make clear NZNO’s standpoint on the importance of achieving safe staffing levels and healthy working places in order to ensure delivery of safe and effective nursing care and prevent care rationing.

We are interested in your feedback on the position statement and invite you to forward your comments by Friday 26 September 2014 to jillc@nzno.org.nz.

Enquiries to:

Jll Clendon, Nursing Policy Adviser/Researcher

Email: jillc@nzno.org.nz

Phone: 03 5463941 or 0800283848

Consultation closed on 26 September 2014

 

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ANZICS Statement on Care and Decision-Making at the End of Life for the Critically Ill

Over the past few months, the ANZICS End-of-Life Care Working Group have been developing a comprehensive document that relates to Care and Decision-Making at the End of Life for the Critically Ill. Attached is the resulting consultation draft of the ANZICS Statement on Care and Decision-Making at the End of Life for the Critically Ill for your review.

To facilitate the review process we will be collecting any feedback that you may have via an electronic survey (link included below).

To access the survey please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XJWS6RK and use  anzics123  as the password.

If you have trouble accessing the survey please email jessyca.menzel@anzics.com.au

Consultation closed 31 August 2014

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Consultation on the qualifications prescribed by the Nursing Council of New Zealand for the Registered Nurse Scope of Practice under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

The Nursing Council of New Zealand (the Council) is consulting with interested individuals, nurses, representatives of nurses, nurse educators, and others in health and education sectors (stakeholders) on the prescribed qualifications for the registered nurse scope of practice.

The Council is considering an alternative pathway to registration as a registered nurse - a preregistration master’s degree in nursing. It has been identified that the programme would appeal to graduates from health and other disciplines seeking to become registered nurses. Under the current prescribed qualifications a preregistration master’s degree in nursing is not identified as a prescribed qualification for entry to the registered nurse scope of practice.

A preregistration master’s degree in nursing is offered in a number of countries including the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and Hong Kong. The Council is considering whether it is appropriate to introduce a similar pathway in New Zealand at this time.

Click to read/download: http://www.nursingcouncil.org.nz/News/Consultation-on-qualifications-for-Registered-Nurse-scope-of-practice

Consultation closed on 29 August 2014

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Personal Restraint Guidelines

With a wide variety of sector groups and clinicians asking for advice and guidance regarding restraint, Te Pou and the Ministry of Health consider this a priority document that will support the workforce and best practice direction, in inpatient settings.

Attached is Draft 2 of this important guideline for your consideration and comment. Draft 1 has been reviewed by a reference group made up of workforce representatives and we now release the second draft for wider sector comment.

To draft this guideline, Te Pou have reviewed the literature available on restraint practice and consulted widely with District Health Boards and their staff. A stocktake of current restraint training provided by DHB’s is close to completion and has also informed the guideline.

Consultation closed in June 2014

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Immigration NZ - Review of NZ Essential Skills in Demand Lists

2014 Review of  New Zealand’s Essential Skills in Demand Lists

http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/general/generalinformation/review.htm

Immigration New Zealand annually reviews the occupations listed in the Essential Skills in Demand Lists.  Currently four categories of nurses are on the long term skills shortage list which means they are automatically on the Short term skills shortage list and the Canterbury skills shortage list.  Occupations may be submitted for review either to remove or be added to the lists. shortages.review@mbie.govt.nz

Feedback Due: Please send comments to marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 10 May  2014.

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Australian and New Zealand Standards - Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organisations

DR 100397 Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organisations

The objective of this Standard is to ensure that Health service organisations clean, disinfect and sterilize reusable Medical Devices prior to and between patient uses correctly in order to produce RMDs that are able to be used safely without risk of transmission of infectious agents.

There are significant differences in the structure, content and terminology of this edition of the Standard and that of the previous 2003 edition

Feedback Due: Please send comments to Marilyn Head, Senior Policy Analyst: marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 14 June 2014.

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HQSC Always Review and Report

Always Review and Report consultation paper

See link: http://www.hqsc.govt.nz/news-and-events/news/1499/

The HQSC is seeking  the sector’s views on a possible amendment to the national reportable events policy to make it clear there is a subset of highly preventable events that should always be reported and reviewed as a serious adverse event, regardless of whether harm has occurred.

This consultation paper suggests the introduction of a subset of incidents called ‘Always Review and Report’ to be reviewed as serious adverse events so we can learn from them, and put in place processes to prevent them happening again

FEEDBACK DUE: Please send comments to Marilyn Head, Senior Policy Analyst: marilynh@nzno.org.nz by 23rd May 2014.

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PHARMAC - Access to high cost medicines for people with rare disorders

Access to high cost medicines for people with rare disorders:

http://www.pharmac.health.nz/news/media-2014-04-08-high-cost-medicines/

Pharmac is seeking feedback on its discussion paper on improving access to high cost medicines for people with rare disorders. It proposes having a separate, contestable fund (details not yet established) and outlines risks and potential benefits of using a competitive model to purchase medicines for this currently disadvantaged group.  

Feedback Due: ASAP - 2 May 2014 Please send comments to Marilyn Head, Senior Policy Analyst: marilynh@nzno.org.nz or 04 494 6372

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