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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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Delivering the Pharmacy Action Plan

NZNO seeks member feedback on this Plan and new funding model intended to give:

“communities equity of access to different types of pharmacist services, in different ways and places, which are tailored to individual need. This means that some services in future could be provided outside of the pharmacy. District Health Boards will focus on improving health outcomes for Māori and Pasifika, and four other groups, which are also set out in the Pharmacy Action Plan:

  • consumers with chronic conditions.
  • frail and elderly.
  • mental health consumers.
  • giving every child a healthy start.”

NZNO is interested in your feedback on the Plan and in particular your views on how this will affect the:

  • integration of pharmacists in community health care and
  • delivery of, and equal access, to  primary health care and nurse-led services.

A good overview of the plan is provided here:

Feedback to by 3 April 2018

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Education Amendment Bill

NZNO seeks member feedback on this bill regarding its impact on nursing education including:

  1. a requirement that the councils of tertiary institutions and councils of polytechnics have at least one elected permanent member of staff and at least one elected student  and
  2. its support of the introduction of free tertiary education through creating a  new offence of making a false representation in an application for free tertiary education.

This bill amends the Education Act 1989 and the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017.

Please find a link below to the bill:

Feedback to by 6 April 2018.

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Child Poverty Reduction Bill

NZNO welcomes your feedback on this Bill. Its intent is to help achieve a significant and sustained reduction in child poverty and to enhance the overall wellbeing of children.

The purpose of this bill is to:

  • encourage a focus on child poverty reduction,
  • facilitate political accountability against published targets,
  • require transparent reporting on child poverty levels, and
  • create a greater commitment by Government to address child well-being.

The bill and bills digest can be found here:

Feedback to by 28 March 2018.

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Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Amendment Bill 2018

NZNO seeks member feedback on the above bill which  aims to provide:

  • better visibility of decisions about practitioner practice
  • greater recognition of the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and co-operation
  • better workforce information.

We strongly recommend that you read the Bill’s Digest which summarises amendments to the HPCA Act affecting : 

  • Competence and fitness to practice (Part 3)
  • Complaints and discipline (Part 4)
  • Structure of authorities (Part 6)
  • Naming Policy (Part 7)

The Bill can be found here:


Feedback due to by 29 March 2018.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.  

FEEDBACK DUE 7 February 2018 to

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