Consultation

Towards New Data and Statistics Legislation: Public Discussion Document

Member feedback is sought on a proposed update to the Statistics Act 1975. The new legislation aims to find the right balance between delivering increased value to New Zealanders through data availability and research, while ensuring data such as health information is shared and used in a way that keeps people safe and is acceptable to society.

This consultation seeks input on:

  • what data to collect and how to collect it
  • when data should be made open or only available to approved users
  • the confidentiality settings for data
  • whether data should be integrated with other data
  • who can access data.

The discussion document can be found at: https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/landingi-editor-uploads/7E8Cj329/New_Data_and_Stats_Leg_Doc_WEB_2.pdf

Individuals may also make submissions directly at the following link: https://poll.stats1975.nz/?utm_campaign=still-da-bomb&utm_source=landing-page-top-menu&utm_medium=fb

Please send feedback to jinny.willis@nzno.org.nz by 7th November 2018

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Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy

Member feedback is sought developing a child and youth wellbeing strategy, a requirement of the Child Poverty Reduction legislation.

An overview, including relevant Cabinet papers, can be found here (https://dpmc.govt.nz/our-programmes/child-and-youth-wellbeing-strategy/policy-development ).

You can read NZNO’s submission on the Child Poverty Reduction bill and you may find submissions on the UN Periodic Review of Children’s Rights in New Zealand and on Strengthening  Oversight of Oranga Tamariki useful. You may want to consider how nursing contributes to child and youth wellbeing (examples are useful) and what enhances or impedes that contribution.

Please note that there is also an opportunity to feed directly into the accompanying survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tellthepm

Please send feedback to marilyn.head@nzno.org.nz by 21st November 2018

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Equal Pay Amendment Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on the proposed amendment to the Equal Pay Act which aims to improve the process for pursuing equal pay claims in Aotearoa New Zealand.  It aims to address sex-based discrimination in remuneration and employment terms and conditions across female-dominated industries, such as nursing.

The Bill will allow workers to make a pay equity claim within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework.

Additionally, the Bill will:

  • remove previously proposed hurdles that made it very difficult for women to take equal pay cases (making court action a last resort) and 
  • allow for a collaborative process whereby employers, workers and unions will negotiate in good faith, with access to mediation and resolution services if they are unable to agree. 

Please find the bill attached below:

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_80319/equal-pay-amendment-bill

Please send feedback to marilyn.head@nzno.org.nz by 21 November 2018.

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Position Statement: Bullying

A position statement on bullying that clearly states the unacceptability of bullying behavior in the work context of nurses has been requested.  This would be in addition to the other resources that NZNO provides on recognizing, addressing and preventing bullying in workplaces.

The draft attached has had input from NZNO staff members and was drafted using research about nurses and colleagues in other health professions who are at elevated risk of experiencing bullying at work.

Please send feedback to sue.gasquoine@nzno.org.nz by 5th November 2018

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National Guidance on Follow up and a Supportive Care of lung cancer patients after curative intent therapy

Your feedback is sought on the second draft (Consultation V2) of the ‘National Guidance on Follow up and a Supportive Care of lung cancer patients after curative intent therapy’ – Provisional  developed by the National Lung Cancer Working Group (NLCWG) and sub work group. 

The guidance document is available below.

Please send feedback either directly or using the feedback form below to marilyn.head@nzno.org.nz by 14 October 2018

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Rewrite of family justice reforms

The 2014 changes were meant to help people resolve parenting disputes without having to go to court, but have in fact led to the opposite as there’s been a huge increase in the number of urgent ‘without notice’ applications which have to be put before a Family Court judge. This may have affected you personally or in your role as nurses.

Feedback will inform the Independent Panel’s understanding of how the system is working for children, parents, guardians, family and whānau.

Please find the draft guidance at the links below in English and Te Reo Māori:

https://consultations.justice.govt.nz/policy/rewriting-family-justice-reforms/user_uploads/have-your-say-on-the-family-justice-system-english.pdf

https://consultations.justice.govt.nz/policy/rewriting-family-justice-reforms/user_uploads/whakaputahia-o-whakaaro-maori.pdf

Please send feedback to leanne.manson@nzno.org.nz by 2 November 2018.

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Reform of the State Sector Act 1988

Members are invited to contribute their views and knowledge as nurses on the reform of the State Sector Act, a process that aims to ensure New Zealand has a public service that reflects the people it serves.

NZNO welcomes your feedback on how the legislative changes may enable delivery of better services and outcomes, for example, how the public service meets its Treaty obligations and supports Māori, workforce development in the public sector etc.

Please find a brief overview of the proposed changes to the act here: https://www.havemysay.govt.nz/state-sector-act-1988-review-short-form/creating-a-modern-public-service-for-a-modern-new-zealand/

Please send feedback to leanne.manson@nzno.org.nz by 8 October 2018.

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Embedding Wellbeing in the Public Finance Act 1989

Members are invited to contribute their views and knowledge as nurses on a proposed amendment to the Public Finance Act to include “wellbeing” in its broadest sense at the heart of policies and fiscal decisions.

NZNO welcomes your feedback on the following specific questions from Treasury:

  • Whether you agree with the proposal to require the Government to set out how its wellbeing objectives, along with its fiscal objectives, will guide its Budget decisions? Why or why not?
  • What do you think are the main impacts of implementing this proposal?
  • What else does the Government need to consider when making the proposed changes, eg, to retain sufficient flexibility for future Governments to adapt their approach to wellbeing in response to changing circumstances or new information?
  • Whether you agree with the proposal to require the Treasury to report on wellbeing indicators, alongside macroeconomic and fiscal indicators? Why or why not? 
  • Which of the options do you think best meets the objective to create consistent, meaningful and enduring reporting on wellbeing indicators? Why? 
  • What do you think are the main impacts of implementing this proposal?

Please find the consultation request attached below: https://treasury.govt.nz/publications/consultation/embedding-wellbeing-public-finance-act-1989

Please send feedback to leanne.manson@nzno.org.nz by 5 October 2018.

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Trade for All – Health Information

Digital technologies which enable health information to be stored, assessed and transmitted between countries is central to global trade. NZNO seeks your feedback on the digital exchange of health information eg for assessment, treatment, storage, research etc that is currently taking place and what processes are in place to assure the quality of advice and to protect that information. (Ie what  exchanges are happening now, and any potential exchanges).

This will inform NZNO’s response to the government’s Trade for All Agenda, a chance to consider trade policy in general. NZNO has advocated for trade policy and agreements that protect public health, human and indigenous rights, and enhance equity within and between countries. https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/trade/nz-trade-policy/trade-for-all-agenda/

Please send feedback to marilyn.head@nzno.org.nz by 7 October 2018.

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NZ Health Research Strategy 2017-2027

Member feedback is sought  on:

  • the overall framework for health research
  •  suggestions for specific health research priorities; and

Each of the five draft strategic investment areas outlined in the Health Research Council’s consultation document.

You can participate through an online survey open until 12 October, and/or provide direct feedback to Marilyn.Head@nzno.org.nz  by 7 October 2018.

Please note key priorities for NZNO research have recently included nursing workforce, Māori health, assisted dying, medicinal cannabis, and vaping. Also see recent research publications: https://www.nzno.org.nz/resources/research

Please send feedback to marilyn.head@nzno.org.nz by 7 October 2018.

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Trade for All – Health Information between Countries

Digital technologies which enable health information to be stored, assessed and transmitted between countries is central to global trade. NZNO seeks your feedback on the digital exchange of health information eg for assessment, treatment, storage, research etc that is currently taking place and what processes are in place to assure the quality of advice and to protect that information. (Ie what  exchanges are happening now, and any potential exchanges).

This will inform NZNO’s response to the government’s Trade for All Agenda, a chance to consider trade policy in general. NZNO has advocated for trade policy and agreements that protect public health, human and indigenous rights, and enhance equity within and between countries. https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/trade/nz-trade-policy/trade-for-all-agenda/ 

Please send feedback to marilyn.head@nzno.org.nz by 7 October 2018.

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Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm for 2019/20 to 2021/22

The government is reviewing the Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm for 2019/20 to 2021/22 in response to the increasing number of people affected by gambling harm, no improvement in harm reduction over the past seven years and persistent health inequities for the most affected at-risk population groups. It is proposing an outcomes framework, promoting safer gambling environments and host responsibilities, targeted research on harm reduction and prevention,  introducing residential care and peer support and piloting new service models within the current budget. It asks, but makes not proposals about “incentivising” operators to move machines as needs assessment shows that approximately 50 percent of all electronic gaming machines or ‘pokies’ are in the most socioeconomically deprived areas of the country.

Please send feedback to marilyn.head@nzno.org.nz by September 18, 2018.

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Draft Family Violence Information Sharing Guidance

NZNO seeks your feedback on draft guidance on managing and sharing information in the family violence sector. Feedback will inform the rules and guidelines when the Family Whanau Violence Legislation passes and comes into force.

Please find the draft guidance attached here:

https://consultations.justice.govt.nz/policy/information-sharing-guidance-fv-sector/user_uploads/draft-guidance-fv-information-sharing.pdf

Please send feedback to marilyn.head@nzno.org.nz by 29 August 2018.

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Draft National Ethical Standards for Health and Disability Research: Consultation document

NZNO seeks member feedback on the Draft National Ethical Standards for Health and Disability Research: Consultation document

In particular feedback is sought on:

  • whether the Standards are fit for purpose: are the contents of the Standards helpful, clear, relevant and workable?
  • whether the Standards covers all relevant ethical issues: are there matters missing which are on topics where ethical guidance should be provided? Are there any conflicts with other standards, laws or current pieces of work that should be considered?
  • general feedback: should any paragraphs be amended? Are there terms that are confusing or could be better defined?

To take part in the consultation, please complete the online consultation at https://consult.health.govt.nz/neac/national-ethics-standards  (Citizen Space) by 20 September 2018.

Alternatively, please provide feedback to support the NZNO submission.

Please send feedback to jinny.willis@nzno.org.nz by 13 September 2018.

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Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand – Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa

NZNO seeks your feedback on the development of wellbeing indicators to track NZ’s progress. The indicators aim to:

  • go beyond economic measures such as GDP, to include wellbeing and sustainable development;
  • build on international best practice;
  • include cultural and Te Ao Māori perspectives;
  • enable government, councils, businesses, communities and individuals to make choices around wellbeing and sustainability and
  • align with the Treasury’s Living Standards framework.

Please see link below:

https://www.stats.govt.nz/consultations/indicators-aotearoa-new-zealand-nga-tutohu-aotearoa-consultation

Please send feedback to leanne.manson@nzno.org.nz by Monday 21st September  2018.

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