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FSANZ - Minimum Age Labelling of Foods for Infants

Proposal P274 – Minimum Age Labelling of Foods for Infants FSANZ is proposing to align the labelling requirements of the infant foods of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code with the current infant feeding guidelines in both countries. The issue is the label recommendation of the age at which babies should move to solid food from breast milk. Allergy risk is increased with solid foods introduced to infants before four months; the critical period of risk is 4 -7 months, but evidence is not conclusive according to the consultation paper link below consultation paper. Randomised trials are currently underway. http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/code/proposals/Documents/P274-Labelinfantfoods-ConsP.pdf

Proposed amendments to Standard 2.9.2 include

  • youngest minimum age declaration required on a label of an infant food is ‘around 6 months’ and for this wording to be displayed on first-stage weaning foods
  • the age (number) should always appear on the front of the food label.
  • A warning statement ‘not before 4 months of age’ is proposed to apply only to foods labelled as ‘around 6 months’ however, the placement of that statement need not be in association with the minimum age statement.

FSANZ notes that a statement indicating the consistency of the food continues to be required. Consequential amendments and a small number of corrections to the Standard are also proposed.

Feedback Due: Please send comments to Policy Analyst, Marilyn Head  marilynh@nzno.org.nz, 04 494 6372 by November 1, 2013

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Rongoā Tikanga standards

Standards NZ are seeking feedback on a draft Rongoā Tikanga Standard that describes guidelines for the provision of safe and quality rongoā services.  This discussion document encourages and supports consistency of quality rongoā care, and the ongoing development of the rongoā workforce.

It also provides information which:

• sets out the rights and mana of tūroro
• highlights management systems to assist rongoā providers
• supports a traditional integrated rongoā Māori service
• promotes health and safety
• proposes a framework to validate, verify and endorse the integrity of the rongoā service.

If you wish to comment on the standards, please forward your comments to Leanne Manson, Policy Advisor Maori.  Please see a copy of standards attached or you can download the  document  from the Standards New Zealand website  under developing standards.

Please send comments to Policy analyst Māori Leanne Manson leannem@nzno.org.nz  04 494 6389

by 12 August 2013.


 

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Mentorship/Āwhinatanga

NZNO Consultation Request - Mentorship/Āwhinatanga

Tēnā koe

NZNO is committed to supporting nurses in their professional development aspirations and believe mentorship is an appropriate approach to achieve this. The attached guideline offers information and guidance for nurses seeking a mentorship or āwhinatanga relationship.

Please forward your feedback by 29 July 2013 to jillc@nzno.org.nz

Enquiries to Jill Clendon, Nursing Policy Advisor/Researcher

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Employment Relations Amendment Bill

http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Legislation/Bills/f/b/0/00DBHOH_BILL12107_1-Employment-Relations-Amendment-Bill.htm

The Employment Relations Act 2000 is the core legislation covering conditions of work and the rights and obligations of employers and employees.  NZNO is seeking your feedback on this bill which aims to amend the Act in relation to collective bargaining, flexible working arrangements, good faith bargaining, rest break and meal break provisions, and the Employment Relations Authority.  The Bill also introduces an exemption from certain requirements of Part 6A of the Act (relating to continuity of employment) for small to medium enterprises.

A link to the Bills's Digest - a summary of the bill - and the regulatory impact statement, may be found on the right hands side of the page link above. NZNO employment lawyer Jock Lawrie has also provided a commentary on the bill and its significance to NZNO members here

Your feedback is important. You can comment on any aspect of the changes, and how they may directly affect you, the way you do your job, or wider issues such as the impact on workplace relations, New Zealand employment, health, nursing etc.

You may like to consider in particular the effect of proposed changes which would enable employers

  • to seek direction from the Authority that bargaining has concluded, at which point bargaining which point the employer may walk away from the bargaining
  • to opt out of Multi Employer Collective Agreements (like the DHB MECA) 

Please send comments to Policy analyst Marilyn Head  marilynh@nzno.org.nz, 04 494 6372 by July 5, 2013.

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PHARMAC Decision Criteria Review

PHARMAC is reviewing on the decision criteria it uses to make its pharmaceutical funding decisions. The criteria directly affect the pharmaceutical treatments that are available for public subsidy.

The decision criteria are currently:

  • The health needs of all eligible people;
  • The particular health needs of Māori and Pacific peoples;
  • The availability and suitability of existing medicines, therapeutic medical devices and related products and related things;
  • The clinical benefits and risks of pharmaceuticals;
  • The cost-effectiveness of meeting health needs by funding pharmaceuticals rather than using other publicly funded health & disability support services;
  • The budgetary impact (in terms of the pharmaceutical budget and the Government’s overall health budget) of any changes to the Schedule;
  • The direct cost to health service users;and
  • The Government’s priorities for health funding, as set out in any objectives notified by the Crown to PHARMAC, or in PHARMAC’s Funding Agreement, or elsewhere; and such other criteria as PHARMAC thinks fit.

PHARMAC  is also holding community forums throughout June and July.

http://www.pharmac.health.nz/about/operating-policies-and-procedures/decision-criteria-consultation 

Feedback Due: Marilyn Head, NZNO Policy Analyst marilynh@nzno.org.nz 04 494 6372 by 23 August 2013

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Feedback on Draft Breast Tumour Standards

The Ministry of Health is seeking feedback on draft breast tumour standards which are being developed as part of the Faster Cancer Treatment programme

What are tumour standards?
The tumour standard documents describe the components of care that a patient with the specific tumour type should receive. Draft tumour standards have been developed for the following tumour types.

The breast tumour standards:

  • are patient focused
  • are not clinical guidelines or treatment protocols
  • have some information that is similar across the tumour standard documents
  • are in draft form and final versions will be developed after feedback has been considered.

The document is available at:

http://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/pages/breast-tumour-standard-for-consultation.doc

The Ministry is only accepting electronic feedback.  Both NZNO and our  Cancer Nurses Section will be making a submission.

Feedback due: To Policy Analyst: leannem@nzno.org.nz or by ringing (04) 494 6389 by 4th of June 2013

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MOH - Draft Tumour Standards

FEEDBACK ON DRAFT TUMOUR STANDARDS

The Ministry of Health is seeking feedback on draft tumour standards which are being developed as part of the Faster Cancer Treatment programme

What are tumour standards?
The tumour standard documents describe the components of care that a patient with the specific tumour type should receive. Draft tumour standards have been developed for the following tumour types.

·        Bowel

·        Breast (available soon)

·        Gynaecological

·        Head and neck, including thyroid

·        Myeloma and lymphoma

·        Melanoma

·        Sarcoma

·        Upper gastro-intestinal


The tumour standards:

  • are patient focused
  • are not clinical guidelines or treatment protocols have some information that is similar across the tumour standard documents
  • are in draft form and final versions will be developed after feedback has been considered.

The documents are available  here.

The Ministry is only accepting electronic feedback.  Both NZNO and our  Cancer Nurses Section will be making a submission.

Feedback to Policy Analyst, leannem@nzno.org.nz or by ringing (04) 494 6389 by May 15

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NZMA Code of Ethics Consultation

The New Zealand Medical Association is reviewing their Code of Ethics which has been through a rigorous internal review process guided by the NZMA’s Ethics Committee. The NZMA are now seeking feedback on the revised draft Code.

Please note that changes to the Code of Ethics arising from the internal review are relatively minor, with most recommendations in the 2008 Code unchanged. To help your review, all changes arising from the update are highlighted in yellow in the draft and are also summarised below:

  • A new recommendation on when it is appropriate to access patient data has been added (#4)
  • Further emphasis has been given to the importance of data security (#6)
  • A new recommendation relating to remote consultation has been added (#23)
  • A new recommendation about personal conduct and professional responsibility has been added (#32)
  • A new recommendation about the use of social media has been added (#46)
  • A new heading ‘Doctors in a Just and Caring Society’ has been added, with several relevant recommendations shifted here from other headings. New recommendations pertaining to equity (#71) and advocacy (#72) have been added under this section.
  • The former heading ‘Medical Responsibilities in Prioritising Care’ has been deleted, with the relevant clauses moved elsewhere in the Code.

http://www.nzma.org.nz/publications/other-nzma-publications/code-of-ethics

Feedback Due: 28 March 2013 to Jill Clendon jillc@nzno.org.nz

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PHARMAC Proposal relating to the funding of certain pharmaceuticals in DHB hospitals and in the community

Proposal relating to the funding of certain pharmaceuticals in DHB hospitals and in the community -

PHARMAC is seeking feedback on a proposal relating to the establishment of a nationally-consistent list of pharmaceuticals to be funded within DHB hospitals. This list would be published in Part II of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 July 2013. As a related issue, it is also seeking feedback on changes to the funding of some pharmaceuticals in the community: de-listings and changes to subsidy criteria, as a flow-on effect of this proposal.

This consultation refers to the creation of the final six therapeutic groups within Section H:

  • Blood and Blood-Forming Organs (haematology, intravenous fluids, vitamins and minerals)
  • Extemporaneous Compounds (suspending agents, solvents and active ingredients in powder form)
  • Oncology Agents and Immunosuppressants (oncology, haematology, transplant medicine)
  • Special Foods (oral and enteral nutrition)
  • Vaccines
  • Various (antidotes, diagnostic agents, surgical preparations)

While these headings primarily relate to pharmaceuticals that are used for the purposes indicated above, this is not always the case.

Link to consultation document: http://www.pharmac.health.nz/ckeditor_assets/attachments/261/consultation-hospital-pharmaceuticals-2013-02.pdf

FEEDBACK DUE: 19 March 2013 to Policy Analyst: marilynh@nzno.org.nz

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Consultation on two proposals for Registered Nurse Prescribing

The Nursing Council of New Zealand is consulting on two proposals to extend registered nurse prescribing and has been invited to make these applications by the Minister of Health.  The two proposals focus on community nurse prescribing and specialist nurse prescribing.

Reasons for extending nurse prescribing include:

  • improving patient care without compromising patient safety;
  • making it easier for patients to obtain the medicines they need;
  • increasing patient choice in accessing medicines; and
  • making better use of the skills of health professionals.

The Council has developed these proposals after considering the best way nurse prescribing can contribute to the health of New Zealanders and

  • improve access for those groups who find it difficult to access services currently e.g. lower socioeconomic, children, youth, Māori, Pacific peoples. 
  • meet future health needs and the roles that nurses will be increasingly required to undertake to meet the health needs of New Zealanders with lifestyle and chronic diseases. 

To view/download the consultation document click the link below:

http://www.nursingcouncil.org.nz/download/314/cons-doc-2prop-rn-prscbe-feb13.pdf

FEEDBACK DUE: April 12, 2013 to Hilary Graham-Smith, hilaryg@nzno.org.nz

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Options for the future – NZNO’s annual general meeting, conference and regional conventions

January 2013

Introduction

The Board of Directors and NZNO staff have been working on a paper on options for the annual general meeting and conference for 2013 and beyond inclusive of reviewing the purpose of the conference day.  The rationale for this action along with the suggested options are contained within the attached consultation document.

Feedback deadline is 17th March 2013

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NZNO Education Policy draft

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 first draft of the NZNO education policy document was consulted on in May 2012, and the second in October 2012. NZNO would like to thank all those who have provided feedback on the document to date. This is the third and final draft of the education policy framework. A number of areas have been strengthened for the final draft based on the feedback received. In particular the following sections have been added to or amended and those providing feedback may wish to concentrate on these areas:

  • Purpose
  • Education context
  • Academic staff
  • Fewer curricula
  • Curricula content

The document is also available on the NZNO website and a discussion forum has been established to promote feedback and discussion.

The forum is available here, and we will be discussing the amended sections on the website over the next few weeks. We encourage you to use the forum and look forward to a lively and informative discussion developing.

Feedback is also welcome through the usual email route by 8 March 2013 to jillc@nzno.org.nz.

Enquiries to:

Jill Clendon
Nursing Policy Adviser/Researcher
Email: jillc@nzno.org.nz

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Medsafe and Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) discussion document - joint regulatory scheme for therapeutic products under ANZTPA

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and Medsafe are seeking comments and input from interested parties on a discussion paper setting out the high level features of a possible framework for regulation of therapeutic products within the ANZTPA-a joint scheme to regulate therapeutic products in Australia and New Zealand.  The draft discussion document focuses on the manufacture and approval of medicines, medical devices and blood & blood components biological.

Consultation document in PDF - 372kb

Consultation document in Word - 115kb

NZNO will be making a submission if you wish to provide feedback please send it to Leanne Manson Policy Advisor; leannem@nzno.org.nz

Feedback Due: 15 February 2013

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Draft smoke free position statement

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) has developed a smoke free position statement to provide a clear statement of NZNO’s commitment and to provide members with information on working in a Smokefree workplace or environment.

We welcome your feedback on this document, please forward your feedback or any queries to Leanne Manson, leannem@nzno.org.nz

Feedback Due: 28 February 2013.

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Expanded Practice for Anaesthetic Technicians

The Medical Sciences Council has developed a draft policy on Expanded Practice for Anaesthetic Technicians which is open for discussion and available here. The brief consultation document covers a definition, principles, pre-requisites, activities, standards for ATs to perform PICC line insertion and to work  PACU and an evaluation framework for deciding if an expanded practice activity is appropriate.

NZNO will be making a submission - Feedback should be sent to NZNO policy analyst Marilynh@nzno.org.nz

You may also wish to give feedback directly to MSCNZ  in the online questionnaire. Click here to take survey 

Feedback Due: Friday, 1st February 2013.

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