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Proposal To Modify Pharmac's Approach To Competitive Procurement

NZNO warmly invites your feedback on PHARMAC’s proposal to standardize the way they contract for pharmaceuticals. They aim to create a consistent approach between the community and DHB hospital markets and to improve on the methods that have been used for many years.

Further information is available here on the PHARMAC website.

Please note the short consultation period.

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by Tuesday 21 July 2020.

 

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Feedback is sought on the draft “New Zealand COPD Guidelines Quick Reference Guide”.

NZNO welcomes your feedback on a draft quick reference guide that aims to provide simple, practical, evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis, assessment and management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in clinical practice. 

The consultation document is below. It provides questions to guide your feedback.

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 27 July 2020.

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Proposal to List Medical Devices Supplied By Lohmann & Rauscher Ltd

NZNO warmly invites your feedback on PHARMAC’s proposal to list a range of medical devices supplied by Lohmann & Rauscher. The proposal is for eleven products in the following categories:

  • Rehabilitation Equipment, Patient Positioning Products and Supports (Cellona Shoe); and
  • Non-Dedicated & Consumable Infusion Devices (Curafix i.v., Curagard).

Further information, including the list of products can be seen here.

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 23 August 2020.

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Sex and Gender Identity Statistical Standards; Consultation

NZNO invites your feedback on proposed changes to the way sex and gender data are collected in New Zealand.

Stats NZ proposes changes that aim to be more inclusive, particularly of transgender and intersex people, by recording and presenting information on sex and gender that is accurate, respects individual human rights and better meets information needs.

The statistical standards are important because they provide guidance for people and organisations on how to collect and use sex and gender data.

Please find further consultation information here.

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 6 August 2020.

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Proposal to List New Rehabilitation Products

NZNO invites your feedback on PHARMAC’s proposal to list rehabilitation equipment, patient positioning products and supports supplied by At Therapy Limited and Morton & Perry Limited in Part III of Section H of the Pharmaceutical Schedule from 1 September 2020.

Under the proposal, the suppliers above would be listed under proposed national agreements for all DHB hospitals to purchase under. The proposal would result in listing 1,228 products in the Pharmaceutical Schedule. DHBs could continue to purchase other suppliers’ brands of Rehabilitation Products.

Please find further consultation information here

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by Wednesday 8 July 2020.

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National Contraception Guidelines

NZNO invites your feedback on the Ministry of Health’s national guidance on contraception. The Guidelines, and associated training, aim to :

  • increase access to effective contraception options for New Zealanders
  • support informed choice
  • increase uptake of long-acting reversible contraception, and
  • support health practitioners to have consistent, culturally safe and youth friendly conversations on sexual health and contraception.

The draft guidance is based on a range of existing guidelines, literature reviews, and the views of the National Contraception Guidelines Steering Group.

Please see plan below

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by Monday 13 July 2020.

 

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Draft Ethical Framework for Resource Allocation in Times of Scarcity

NZNO welcomes your feedback on this draft document which provides ethical values to guide actions during a pandemic. This Framework is part of the NEAC planned review of their 2007 document 'Getting Through Together: Ethical Values for a Pandemic'.

The Framework is a high-level guidance document that helps health workers and policy makers consider ethics when allocating resources for COVID-19. It also aims to help decision-makers to identify the ethical tensions and recommends the establishment of decision-making groups to work through the tensions and uphold transparency of decisions.

The framework includes Te Tiriti principles and equity as a core principle. It sets out four essential ethical principles and four Te Tiriti principles that medical staff, service planners and policy analysts should consider when responding to pandemics.  Equity as a concept recognises different people have different levels of advantage, therefore require different approaches and resources to get equitable health outcomes.

There is an optional question in this consultation that asks for your views on what ethical issues should be covered in the update.

Final draft NEAC framework:

https://consult.health.govt.nz/neac/resource-allocation-ethics/supporting_documents/NEAC%20Framework%20for%20Resource%20Allocation%20final%20draft.docx

Please send feedback to Leanne.rahman@nzno.org.nz by 3 July 2020.

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Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Ora Aotearoa - COVID-19 Psychosocial and Mental Wellbeing Recovery Plan

NZNO warmly welcomes your feedback on this plan which provides a national approach to supporting the mental and social wellbeing of New Zealanders in the COVID-19 recovery period. This plan provides a framework for collective actions to support whānau and communities to adapt and thrive in the next 12 to 18 months. It draws on the directions for mental wellbeing that were laid down in He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction. Your input will help build a collective picture of how the nursing workforce is contributing to COVID-19 recovery and will assist with shaping a further iteration of the plan, anticipated for September 2020. 

Please see the plan below.

Please consider the following questions:

  1. Do the vision, principles and focus areas in the plan resonate with you? 
  2. In what ways does your organisation see itself contributing to the focus areas in the plan?
  3. What do you think the critical factors to ensure success of this plan?
  4. What positive examples of actions to support mental and social wellbeing are you aware of?

Do you think there is anything missing from the plan?

Please send feedback to  PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 8 June 2020.

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NZNO welcomes your feedback on this draft of NZNOs election manifesto ‘Nursing Matters – even more in 2020’

NZNO welcomes your feedback on this draft of NZNOs election manifesto ‘Nursing Matters – even more in 2020’

In particular, we are interested in your views about the five themes the manifesto addresses – health workforce; health funding models; achieving health equity; health determinants and the health related referendums.  Also your feedback is sought on the expected actions of the new government that the document itemises and the implications for members of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please send feedback to sue.gasquoine@nzno.org.nz by Monday June 8th 2020.

 
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RACP Statement on Indigenous Child Health in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand

NZNO welcomes your feedback on this draft statement on indigenous child health in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. The statement has been developed by paediatricians with expertise in Māori, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander health.

Please note a recent media statement from the RACP highlights that the COVID-19 pandemic may exacerbate existing inequities in Aotearoa New Zealand without the right exit strategy, and that the campaign to #MakeHealthEquityTheNorm is more important now than ever. The RACP is calling for the exit strategy to keep health equity – particularly in housing, work and wellbeing – as the central guiding principle.

The draft statement for review can be viewed below.

Please send feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by 27 May 2020.

 

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Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill

NZNO warmly welcomes your feedback on this significant Bill, which extends regulatory coverage to all vaping and smokeless tobacco products. The Bill aims to strike a balance between protecting children and young people from the risks associated with vaping products, and enabling smokers to switch to less harmful alternatives. 

The Bill applies many of the existing restrictions for smoked tobacco products to vaping and smokeless tobacco products. In particular, the Bill prohibits:

  • the sale of vaping and smokeless tobacco products to persons under the age of 18; 
  • the advertising and sponsorship of vaping and smokeless tobacco products; and
  • ​the use of vaping and smokeless tobacco products in indoor workplaces, early childhood centres, and schools.

To ensure that less harmful products are available as a quitting tool, the Bill exempts vaping and smokeless tobacco products from some of the restrictions that otherwise apply to smoked tobacco products. E.g. all retailers can display vaping and smokeless tobacco products at the point of sale, but cigarettes and loose leaf tobacco must be kept out of the public’s sight.

Please find the Bill attached here: 
https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_94933/smokefree-environments-and-regulated-products-vaping

Please send feedback to Leanne.Manson@nzno.org.nz by 25 March 2020.

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Draft Disability Employment Action Plan

NZNO welcomes your feedback on a draft action plan specifically for disabled people and people with health conditions because they often face barriers to getting and staying in work.  In particular, we would like feedback on whether the action plan includes the right actions to improve outcomes for disabled people and people with health conditions. 

Drawing on previous consultation and evidence, the draft action plan proposes a set of actions to tackle the employment gap based around two overarching goals:

1. disabled people and people with health conditions have an equal opportunity to access good work and 

2. employers are good at attracting and retaining disabled people and people with health conditions.

Please see the action plan link.

Please send feedback to sue.gasquoine@nzno.org.nz by 14 February 2020.

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Options to reform the Burial and Cremation Act 1964 and related legislation

NZNO welcomes your feedback on a consultation that sets out a range of options for modernising the legislation relating to death, burial, cremation and funerals in New Zealand. This consultation will help inform the development of a modern, fit-for-purpose legislation for death, burial, cremation and funerals.

Please see the link for the Consultation document and survey.

Send feedback to Leanne.Manson@nzno.org.nz by 3 April 2020. 

 

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