Employment Relations Amendment Bill

This Bill aims to restore key minimum standards and protections for employees, and to implement a suite of changes to promote and strengthen collective bargaining and union rights in the workplace.

NZNO welcomes your feedback on this bill. Please find a link to a description of the bill attached below:

Feedback due to by Tuesday 20 March 2018.

Posted in: Consultations

Reclassification of influenza vaccine – RN supply

Following an objection raised by the Royal New Zealand of College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP), the Medicines Classification Committee is reconsidering its recommendation to amend the current classification for influenza vaccine to include registered nurses. (See Item 5.1.1 MCC Agenda

NZNO seeks member feedback on the proposed amendment of the influenza vaccine classification statement to include RNs.

Feedback to by Monday 19th March 2018.

Posted in: Consultations

Proposed changes to the Pharmaceutical Schedule Rules

NZNO is seeking feedback on proposed changes to the Pharmaceutical Schedule Rules, making them easier to find, use and apply, including: 

  • tidying and consolidating the existing hospital and community schedules, and 
  • developing practical resources to assist interpretation of key rules.

PHARMAC does not intend to change the meaning of any rules or review any restrictions.

Details of the proposed new rules can be found here:

Feedback due to by 19 March 2018. 

Posted in: Consultations

Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill

This Bill seeks to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 to:

  • introduce an exception and a statutory defence for  terminally ill people to possess and use illicit cannabis and to possess a cannabis utensil;
  • provide a regulation-making power to enable the setting of standards that products manufactured, imported and supplied under licence must meet; and
  • amend Schedule 2 of the Act so that cannabidiol (CBD) and CBD products are no longer classed as controlled drugs.(See WHO statement)

Note that the Bill is intended as an interim, compassionate measure until affordable quality products are available under a proposed medicinal cannabis scheme.

Member feedback is sought on both the narrowly focused bill, and what should be considered in developing the wider medicinal cannabis scheme. NZNO’s position statement on cannabis

Please find links below to the bill and to NZNO’s Position Statement on Medical Marijuana (cannabis).

Please send feedback to by March 21, 2018.

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Births, deaths, marriages, and relationships registration bill

This Bill gives effect to 2016 recommendations and responds to three discrete issues raised in the Law Commission’s review of burial and cremation law. The Bill covers reporting and privacy requirements for births, adoptions, name changes, sexual assignment and reassignment, marriages, civil unions, and deaths, including digital and online access. It seeks a balance between efficient public services and third party access.  NZNO is seeking member feedback on any issues with nurses’ access to BDM registrations, eg tracing children, gender reassignment etc. and the impact on health.

Read the bill here: Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill

Feedback due: to by Friday 23 February 2018.

Posted in: Consultations

Examination policy and guidelines for registration of overseas anaesthetic technicians

NZNO seeks your feedback on the Medical Sciences Council’s proposed development of an online examination as a pathway to registration for overseas-trained practitioners. You may also wish to participate in the online survey.

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Feedback due to by 23 February 23 2018.

Posted in: Consultations

End of Life Choice Bill

NZNO seeks your feedback on  the End of Life Choice Bill.   The purpose of the Bill is to give people with a terminal illness or a grievous and irremediable medical condition the option of requesting assisted dying. The motivation for this Bill is compassion. It allows people who so choose, and are eligible under this Bill, to end their lives in peace and dignity, surrounded by loved ones.

The bill:

  • defines who is eligible for assisted dying
  • details the provisions to ensure that this a free choice
  • outlines the steps to ensure a person is mentally capable of understanding the nature and consequences of assisted dying.  


7 February 2018 to

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How to change the legal classification of a medicine in New Zealand - Guidance document

This guidance document is aimed at pharmaceutical companies, health professional organisations, Medsafe, the Ministry of Health or individuals who are considering applying to change the legal classification of a medicine in New Zealand. The purpose of this guidance document is to provide general advice on the process for changing the legal classification of a medicine in New Zealand to help ensure the process is easy to understand and transparent.

The document can be found here:

This is the second consultation currently underway with Medsafe - the first is on observers at Ministerial Advisory Committees. Both are due by 15 January.

Feedback due to by 12 January 2018.

Posted in: Consultations

NZNO Strategy for Nursing - Advancing the health of the nation (Hei oranga motuhake mo ngā whānau, hapū, iwi)

What is the NZNO strategy for nursing about?

NZNO does not currently have a comprehensive nursing strategy but one is needed. This new strategy will provide a vehicle for the following:

  • A framework that signals our direction and to promote nursing
  • Provides unity of purpose
  • A clear document for decision-makers and other stakeholders
  • Public expression of nursing endeavour and intention.

We invite you to be a part of shaping this important document. NZNO members can respond to the confidential draft which is currently undergoing consultation.

Send feedback to by 19 January 2018.

This important strategy has been written to inform, inspire and influence – we welcome your involvement as it will become a flagship document going forward.

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Nationwide review of the operation of mental health rosters

Legal Aid Services (LAS) have embarked upon a review of the way that mental health legal aid cases are assigned to providers nationwide. Your comment is invited on the changes proposed to the way mental health cases are assigned and how the rosters are managed, as outlined in the below consultation paper:

Feedback due to by 19 January 2018.

Posted in: Consultations

National Health Workforce Strategy

In response to strong demand, HWNZ is developing a national strategy, which is intended to be “a comprehensive ‘living’ document, co-designed with all parts of the sector, incorporating priorities and actions that will be updated and reviewed annually."

Your feedback on health workforce concerns (eg skills and policy gaps, funding & other barriers, changing roles, sustainability, recruitment and retention, safety, cultural diversity, population changes etc.) and ideas for developing our workforce to 2030 and beyond is sought.

NZNO encourages members and member groups to take this opportunity to contribute to this long overdue strategy, both directly to HWNZ and to NZNO to inform our input and engagement in stakeholder workshops likely to start in February 2018.

Please note there is no consultation document; the strategy has yet to be developed.

Posted in: Consultations


NZNO seeks your feedback on MEDSAFE’s consultation on the process for observers at Ministerial Advisory Committees. ie whether the:

  • Medicines Classification Committee should not change, whether observers representing applicants are no longer allowed to attend or whether the observers are widened;
  • Medicines Assessment Advisory Committee should not change or whether observers representing the sponsor are no longer allowed to attend;
  • Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee should not change, whether there should be no observers other than from the Ministry or whether sponsors should be allowed to attend for section 36 issues to provide a presentation and answer questions; and
  • Medicine Review Committee should not change or whether applicants for a review are allowed to present their case to the Committee.

Read here: Ministerial Advisory Committees (opens in new window)

MEDSAFE  is also updating its guidance document: How to change the legal classification for Medicines in NZ  (opens in new window)

Feedback due: to by 20 December 2017.

Posted in: Consultations

Anaesthetic Technician (AT) Scope of Practice Review Consultation

Read here: A Review of the Anaesthetic Technician Scope of Practice

The Medical Sciences Council (MSC) is undertaking a public consultation on a proposal to redefine the parameters of the Anaesthetic Technician (AT) scope of practice. The Council proposes to widen the AT scope of practice from a two year diploma course to a three year degree for Perioperative Practitioners. Note that the AT scope fits within the RN scope of practice, and that this potentially duplicates the RN role of Surgical First Assistant.  The consultation documents include:

You may also be interested in NZNO’s former responses to the Council on the regulation of ATs:

Feedback due: to by 8 December 2017.

Posted in: Consultations


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