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Engagement on the New Zealand Pathology Observation Code Set (NZPOCS)

The New Zealand Pathology Observation Code Sets (NZPOCS) standard comprises code sets for ordering and reporting laboratory tests in the New Zealand health and disability sector. Please note the updated code sets and the opportunity to provide feedback and engagement on further development of the Code Sets.

Please see the link below:

Send feedback to by 8 June 2018.

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Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry

NZNO seeks your feedback on/input into the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry.

  • The purpose of the inquiry is to identify ways to improve New Zealand’s current approach to mental health and addiction problems, and what needs to change in both the mental health sector and broader community.
  • The inquiry aims to identify a clear direction to address particular concerns that exist including:
  • inequity of access
  • poor community confidence in the mental health system and
  • the need for better outcomes, particularly for Māori and other groups with disproportionally poorer outcomes.  

This is a useful source/starting  point :

and includes the  terms of reference

Send feedback to by 29 May 2018.

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Health and Safety at Work Strategy

This draft strategy sets out 10 year plan for improving health and safety at work. It clarifies the need to address the causes of occupational disease and psychosocial risks like stress, fatigue and violence at work, and identifies four key areas for improving  health and safety at work systems, and two key goals – making the biggest impact and improving capability. 

NZNO seeks member feedback on current H & S processes - what works and what doesn’t, what gaps and opportunities are there with regard to H & S at work.. NZNO has consistently advocated the need to strengthen the inspectorate, improve Ministry leadership and responsiveness; introduce a national surveillance system, and increase OH capability in the health workforce.

Access the strategy and background document which gives more information here:

Send feedback to by 1 June 2018.

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Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on this Bill which aims to reinstate the promotion of social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of communities to the statutory role of local government, and restore  territorial authorities’ ability to collect development contributions for community facilities, such as libraries, sports grounds and swimming pools resulting from developments. Please consider how these changes to local government could make a difference to health outcomes and to local planning for eg, population growth, an ageing society, rising rates of obesity, social inequalities and climate change.

Please find the bill here:

Send feedback to by 18 May 2018.

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Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Renewal of Licences) Amendment Bill

This bill enables local alcohol policy (LAPS) to be fully considered in any decision on the renewal of an existing licence. It gives the community more say over the density and location of alcohol outlets and allows conditions, for example, trading hours, particular licences and one-way door restrictions, to be imposed, but it will have limited effect because it doesn’t apply to new licenses and most LAPs are very weak. NZNO seeks your feedback on the impact of alcohol on health, health services and communities, examples of where LAPs have been effective, or where there have been barriers to advice of local communities and health practitioners, and recommendations for alcohol regulation. NZNO is a member of alcohol action and supports its recommendations.

Further information can be found from the Alcohol Healthwatch website

Please find the bill here:

Send feedback to by 21 April 2018

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Privacy Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on this bill which reforms the Privacy Act 1993. The intent of the Bill is to promote people's confidence that their personal information is secure and will be treated properly, given changes to the way this is used with the rise of the Internet and the digital economy. The Bill implements recommendations made in the Law Commission's 2011 review of the Act including reforms that give the Privacy Commissioner a stronger role and help address privacy risks earlier. The key changes are:

  • mandatory reporting of privacy breaches to the Privacy Commissioner and to affected individuals;
  • the Commissioner will be able to issue compliance notices;
  • strengthening cross-border data flow protections;
  • new criminal offences: it will be an offence to mislead an agency in a way that affects someone else’s information and to knowingly destroy documents containing personal information where a request has been made for it;
  • Commissioner making binding decisions on access to information requests; and
  • strengthening the Privacy Commissioner’s information gathering power.

Please find the Bill here:

Send feedback to by 17 May 2018.

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Coroners Access to Body of Dead Person (Amendment) Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on this Bill which amends the Coroners Act 2006 (the Act) to “require” coroners when determining whether a person should be allowed to remain with the tūpāpaku to also consider tikanga Māori and the expectations of other cultures. This Bill strengthens the issues raised during the Māori Affairs Select Committee inquiry into whānau access to and management of Tūpāpaku, which Te Rūnanga have submitted on.

Currently, the Act allows coroners to have the discretion to take cultural considerations into account, but they are not mandatorily required to.  

We welcome your feedback on the proposed amendment which enshrines the importance of recognising and supporting all cultural beliefs in Aotearoa New Zealand, to the extent possible.

Send feedback to by 18 May 2018.

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Abortion Law Reform

The Law Commission is reviewing the current abortion law to see how it could be made consistent with treating abortion as a health issue. NZNO is seeking feedback from members and nurses working in women’s health services on the current process and delivery of abortion services, and the impact on women’s health.

For an explanation of the current law and the process for receiving abortion services please see:

Please send feedback to by 11 May 2018

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Evaluation of the Nurse Practitioner Education Programme

The NZNO seeks your feedback on an independent Evaluation of a Nurse Practitioner Programme, as attached here:

In particular, we are seeking feedback on an aspects of the training, the nurse practitioner role and career development.

For more information please see the link:

Send feedback to by 20 April 2017.

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Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on this Bill which includes changes to employment law which may impact on your working situation. Triangular employment is where an employer, for example a DHB, contracts the services of their employee to a secondary employer, for example a nursing agency.

There are two parts to the Bill.

  1. The first part ensures collective coverage, if you have more than one employer. This is provided you are a member of a union and that union has a Collective Agreement with your secondary employer. Should you be bound by a Collective Agreement with your primary employer you would not be covered by the secondary employer’s collective.
  2. The second part focuses on your rights to allege personal grievances if you have more than one employer. Nurses employed by one “primary employer” but working for another “secondary employer” as well, will still have a right to allege a personal grievance. So if you have an employment issue with your secondary employer, while you are outsourced to that employer, this Bill will enable both your primary and secondary employer to be jointly named as respondents to a personal grievance.

Please find the bill attached here:

Send feedback to by 4 May 2018.

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Psychoactive Substances (Increasing Penalty for Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on this bill which would increase the penalty for selling or supplying psychoactive substances that are not approved products.

The intent of the bill is to increase the penalty associated with the supply of non-approved products in line with the penalties for the supply of Class C drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.

The bill can be found here:

Send feedback to by 27 April 2018.

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Health (National Cervical Screening Programme) Amendment Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on proposed legislation for the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) relating to disclosure of information from the NCSP register.

The key change is to more clearly identify health providers able to have access to information from the Register. Currently, smear takers in primary care need to wait for clinical information to be faxed to them.  In particular, these amendments will allow smear takers to have direct (look-up) access to the Register, and for this access to be incorporated into the future re-design of the Register.

The people provided with direct access to the Register would remain subject to the Privacy Act 1993, the Health Information Privacy Code 1994, health professional regulatory constraints and relevant employment and contract law. 

Please note we have some concerns about the role of the Kaitiaki group and welcome any feedback you may have about access to Māori women's data.

Please find the bill attached below:

Send feedback to 26 April 2018.

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Draft Medication Guidelines: Home and Community Support Services

NZNO seeks your feedback on the Draft Medication Guidelines for Home and Community Support Services prepared by the Ministry of Health (on behalf of the Home and Community Support Services Working Group).

The aim is to provide medication guidelines specific to the Home and Community Support Services sector that will ensure best possible outcomes for clients and staff.


The draft guidelines are available at the link  below:

Send feedback to by 20 April 2018.

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Future of Tax: Submissions Background Paper

NZNO seeks your input on ways to improve the current tax system to inform future developments in tax and ensure tax works for the  wellbeing of New Zealanders.  It is an opportunity to have input on how tax could work for public health concerns such as income inequality, living standards and healthy behaviours (for example through removing GST from essential items or the use of alcohol, tobacco and sugar tax). It also a chance to have input on any other ways in which you are affected by the current tax system.

Please see the background paper attached below:

Please note NZNO and NZMA  are co-hosting Alcohol HealthWatch’s public forums on three submission opportunities for alcohol related policy:

  • Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Renewal of Licences) Amendment Bill – improving local community control to reduce the number of alcohol outlets in our communities
  • Tax Working Group Review increasing the tax of alcohol is aligned with a social justice
  • Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry -strong alcohol policies can improve mental health

 We recommend these forums in Wellington, Thursday 5th April  Auckland 9th April, and Christchurch, 11th April to your attention. To register email Suzanne:

Send feedback to by 20 April 2018

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Guidelines for nurses on the administration of medicines, 2018

Please send feedback to by April 9th 2018

Following the first round of consultation late in 2017, and feedback from Dr Jill Wilkinson these guidelines (see the table of changes below) warrant another brief consultation. Please consider these changes as you read the document.

Summary table of changes:
Length of document:
At 50+ pages long the document was becoming unwieldly and repetitive.

Removal of material that was not directly associated with nurses administering medicines (including reference to Nurse Practitioners and designated prescribers for whom a specific guideline will be developed).

Reference to midwives responsibilities in administering medicines has also been removed as this is clearly described by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand.

Detail of standing orders and transcribing have also been removed but links created to the existing NZNO publications that address these practices.

New additions:
Nurse-initiated medicines (6.8)
Automated medication dispensing devices now in common use (6.13)
Oxygen and other medical gases (7.3)

Glossary (8)
References (9)
list of relevant legislation and regulation (9.1)

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