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Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development.

NZNO invites your feedback on a government discussion document that sets out a policy on housing and urban development. There are six focus areas:

·        Ensure that more affordable houses are being built.

·        Provide homes that meet people’s needs. 

·        Support resilient, sustainable, inclusive and prosperous communities.

·        Invest in Māori-driven housing and urban solutions.

·        Prevent and reduce homelessness. 

·        Re-establish housing’s primary role as a home rather than a financial asset.

More information is available here.

Having your say can be easy as writing a few lines in an email. Your response will be incorporated into NZNO’s submission.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 20 July 2021.

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National Strategy and Action Plans to eliminate family violence and sexual violence

NZNO warmly invites your thoughts on the government’s National Strategy and Action Plans to eliminate family violence and sexual violence.

The themes of the strategy and action plans are:

·         Recognising te ao Māori

·         Bringing government responses together

·         Recognising tangata whenua leadership and community-led approaches

·         Strengthening workforces to prevent and respond to family violence and sexual violence

·         Increasing the focus on prevention

·         Developing ways for government to create changes 

·         Enabling continuous learning and improvement

More information is available here.

Your views are important. Having a say can be quick and easy - a couple of lines in an email to the Policy team is fine. Your contribution will be used to inform the NZNO submission.

Please note the short time frame for response. Ngā mihi.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 5pm Sunday 27 June.

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Quality Statements to Guide Melanoma Diagnosis and Care in New Zealand

NZNO welcomes your feedback on draft quality statements for melanoma diagnosis and treatment in New Zealand.

The draft quality statements have been developed by the National Melanoma Working Group (NMWG), with support from the Melanoma Network of New Zealand (MelNet) and Te Aho o Te Kahu, the Cancer Control Agency.

The statements describe what quality care for melanoma should look like in New Zealand.

The draft statements for consultation are below.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 6 July 2021.

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PHARMAC Review

NZNO encourages you to have a say on how PHARMAC can best serve the needs of the communities of Aotearoa.   

The Ministry of Health is conducting this review. They are interested in our thoughts on:

·         PHARMAC’s funding functions and processes

·         Barriers to accessing medicines and devices

·         Improvements that could be made, including how to achieve more equitable outcomes.

You can read more here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 6 July 2021.

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Plant Variety Rights Bill

NZNO welcomes your feedback on this bill which would replace the Plant Variety Rights Act 1987. The bill proposes to modernise the regime and implement the Crown's obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi in relation to the plant variety rights regime and New Zealand's obligations under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.   

You can read more here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 18 June 2021.

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Drug and Substance Checking legislation

NZNO welcomes your feedback on a bill which aims to minimise drug and substance harm by allowing drug and substance checking services to operate legally in New Zealand.

You can read more here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 11 June 2021.

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Education and Training Amendment Bill

NZNO welcomes your feedback on proposed amendments to the Education and Training Act (2020). These include:

·         clarifying safety checking processes for children’s workers and school employees

·         extending the ban on charging trainees a compulsory student services fee by 1 year

·         emphasising that only persons holding a teaching position are able to use physical restraint

·         amending certain other provisions in regard to rules around intervention by the Secretary for Education and regulation-making powers around licensing of service providers.

You can read more here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 17 June 2021.

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Sunscreen (Product Safety Standard) Bill

NZNO welcomes your feedback on a bill that aims to introduce mandatory regulation of safety standards for sunscreen products.

Because sunscreen is currently classified as a cosmetic in New Zealand, manufacturers are not required to regularly test the products, and the sunscreen standard is voluntary. This is despite New Zealand having one of the highest rates of skin cancer and melanoma.

The Bill proposes requiring the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to recommend the making of regulations under the Fair Trading Act 1986. 

You can read the bill here.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 17 May.

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Formation of a Health, Community and Social Services Workforce Development Council

NZNO warmly invites your feedback on the Tertiary Education Commission’s proposal to formally establish a Health, Community and Social Services Workforce Development Council.

Feedback is sought on the WDC’s name, the industry coverage, and the governance arrangements.

Further information is available here on the TEC website.

Please send feedback to policyanalysts@nzno.org.nz by 28 January 2021.

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Standards New Zealand: DZ 8134:2020 - Health and disability services standard and sector solutions

NZNO warmly invites your feedback on a revised draft version of the standard for health and disability services. The document sets out the minimum requirements necessary to present fair and equitable health and disability services. It aims to improve the experience and outcomes of people and whanau, and reduce care variation. It reflects a shift to more person- and whānau-centred health and disability services.

Further information about the consultation is available on the Standards New Zealand website.

Nursing Policy Adviser/Researcher Sue Gasquoine will collate and submit NZNO feedback.

Please send your feedback to sue.gasquoine@nzno.org.nz by 5pm on 8th January 2021.

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Draft Guidelines on the Right to a Decent Home in Aotearoa

NZNO warmly invites your feedback on Aratohu tika tangata ki te whai whare rawaka i Aotearoa | Guidelines on the right to a decent home in Aotearoa.

The Guidelines address the unique context of Aotearoa and Te Tiriti O Waitangi, aiming to clarify what the right to a decent home means.

Implementation of the guidelines should result in better design and delivery of housing services, thereby supporting a healthier and more socially just Aotearoa for individuals, families, hapū, whānau and communities.

Further information about the consultation is available here on the Human Rights Commission website.

Senior Policy Analyst Lucia Bercinskas will collate all responses into an NZNO submission.

Please send your feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by midday 16 December 2020.

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Mental Health Commissioner’s Mental Health And Addiction Services Monitoring and Advocacy Framework

Short timeframe - NZNO encourages you to provide feedback on the Mental Health and Addiction Services Monitoring and Advocacy Framework. This framework will support the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission (MHWC)’s function to monitor mental health services and addiction services and will be used to advocate for improvements to those services. 

This is an important opportunity for NZNO to provide input into the fundamentals of the monitoring framework such as:

  • Why monitor services?
  • Monitor what?
  • How to monitor?

Further information about the consultation is available on the MHWC website.

Senior Policy Analyst Lucia Bercinskas will collate all responses into an NZNO submission.

Please send your feedback to PolicyAnalysts@nzno.org.nz by midday 4 December 2020.

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Feedback on HISO 10058.1:2020 Infection Surveillance Data Standard

NZNO welcomes your feedback on Ministry of Health’s draft Infections Surveillance Data Standard.

To support the ability to monitor the occurrence of infections or an outbreak by key organisms using an infection surveillance system, data needs to be captured consistently.

The draft Infection Surveillance Data Standard has been designed to identify the minimum information required to be captured for a patient’s health care encounter when a suspected or confirmed infection has been identified. This document covers infections identified in both the community and hospital setting.

Please find further information and the draft standard online here. If no feedback is received, NZNO will not make a submission.

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

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Endorsement of CNE Activity

The NZ College of Primary Health Care Nurses (NZNO) supports continued nursing education (CNE) providers to ensure our members have access to a library of quality courses, conferences, workshops and online activities that are relevant to primary health care nursing.  This in turn supports members to meet their continuing professional development (CPD) requirements as per Nursing Council NZ (NCNZ) of minimum of 60 hours over a 3-year period (NCNZ 2008).

The NZCPHCN has developed this policy to support applications for endorsement of CNE, which indicates the college has reviewed a CNE activity to ensure it meets the quality criteria of the college.

Further information can be seen here
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Please review this policy and provide feedback using track changes Word document or via email text. Please indicate which page/section you are referring to. Individual or group submissions are welcome.

Thank you for your consideration of this proposed policy.

Please send feedback to nicola.thompson@nmdhb.govt.nz by Thursday 10 September 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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