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Submissions made by NZNO

In accordance with its Strategic Plan, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) actively works towards improved health outcomes for all peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand. One of the ways we do this is by making submissions on health- and social policy-related issues.

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Health (Infectious and Notifiable Diseases) (HIND) Regulations 1966

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Ministry of Health on proposed new regulations for infectious and notifiable diseases needed to implement the Health Protection Amendment Bill.
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Living well with diabetes: A draft plan for health services for people with diabetes 2015 - 2020

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Ministry of Health on living well with diabetes: A draft plan for health services for people with diabetes 2015 - 2020.

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PHARMAC Proposal for community and hospital listing of respiratory devices

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to PHARMAC on its proposal for community and hospital listing of respiratory devices.

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Support for Children in Hardship Bill

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Social Services Committee on the Support for Children in Hardshop Bill giving effect to the four year "child hardship package" announced in the 2015 budget.

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Food Standards Code Nutrition labelling

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to Food Standards Australia and New Zealand on the Proposal P1037 Amendments associated with Nutrition Content & Health Claims opposing exemptions from claim requirements in the food Standards code for trademarked elements of the Health Star rating system. 

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Accident Compensation (Financial Responsibility and Transparency) Amendment Bill

The New Zealand Nurses organisation made a submission to the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee on the Accident Compensation (Financial
Responsibility and Transparency) Amendment Bill.

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More Effective Social Services Draft Report

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Productivity Commission on the Draft Report on their Issues Paper: More Effective Social Services

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HISO 10050.2:2015 Maternity Care Summary Standard

The New Zealand Nurses organisation made a submission to the Health Infromation Standards organisation on the standard for interoperability between the new national Maternity Clincial Information System, (MCIS) and community based information systems. 

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Children's Workforce Core Competencies

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Childrens Action Plan Directorate, Ministry of Health on the Children’s Workforce: Core Competencies discussion document.

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Ministry of Health Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade Tobacco

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Ministry of Health on the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade Tobacco.

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Careerforce New Zealand Certificate (level 4) and Diploma (level5)

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to Careerfroce on the development of the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4) (Community) and the New Zealand Diploma in Health and Wellbeing (level 5)

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Voluntary Bonding Scheme

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to health workfroce new Zealand on the Voluntary Bonding Scheme for Nurses and Midwives for 2016.

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Setting New Zealand's Post 2020 Climate Change Target

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Ministry for the Environment on Setting New Zealand's post 2020 climate change target.

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Verification of Death

The New Zealand Nurses organisation made a submission  on the draft death guideline for verification of death

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Disabled Children: Voluntary Out-of-Home Care

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Ministry of Social Development on the Disabled Children: Voluntary out-of-home Care discussion document.

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Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Ministry of  Business, Innovation and Employment on the Exposure Draft of the Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management ) Regulations.

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Principles and Guidance for the Last Days of Life

The New Zealand Nurses organisation made a submission to the Palliative Care Council of New Zealand, on Principles and Guidance for the last days of life: Te Ara Whakapiri - the path of closeness and unity. NZNO strongly supports the intent of the proposed guidelines and acknowledges the advocacy of the wider palliative sector networks to ensure end of life pathway concerns are raised and addressed.

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Worker Safety Checks: Vulnerable Children's Act Regulations

The New Zealand Nurses organisation made a further submission to the Ministry of Health, on the Vulnerable Children’s (Requirements for Safety Checks) Regulations 2015 and Advice for Interpreting and Applying the Regulations. In general NZNO supports identity checks, and to some extent police vetting of the children's workforce, but has reservations about the three yearly police checks, the transparency of reference checking, and the individual interviewing and risk assessment components.

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Smokefree Nurses Aotearoa Primary Health Care Strategy

The New Zealand Nurses organisation made a submission to Smokefree Nurses Aotearoa New Zealand, on the Smokefree Nurses Aotearoa Primary Health Care Strategy. Overall, NZNO strongly supports the intent of the strategy, and the vision for nurses to support the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal.

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PHARMAC's proposed approach to market share procurement for hospital medical devices

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to PHARMAC on its proposed approach to market share procurement for hospital medical devices.

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Review of the Essential Skills in Demand

The New Zealand Nurses organisation made a submission to the Shortages Review Team, Immigration New Zealand, Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, on the annual Review of the Essential Skills in Demand . NZNO recommended that all nursing categories be removed from New Zealand's skills shortages lists.

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Worker Safety Checks: Vulnerable Children's Act Regulations

The New Zealand Nurses organisation made a submission to the Ministry of Health on the Vulnerable Children (Requirements for Safety Checks) Regulations 2015 and Advice for Interpreting and Applying the Regulations

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Lifting Productivity and Performance in New Zealand's Prisons

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Department of Corrections on their consultation document "Lifting Productivity and Performance in New Zealand's Prisons".  NZNO opposes the sudden proposal to reduce prison health staffing and disestablish Regional Health Managers as both are contrary to the  positive moves to improve prisoner health following the recommendations in the Ombudsmans 2012 report: Investigation of the Department of Corrections in relation to the provision, access and availability of prisoner health services.

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Enabling Women's Potential - the economic, social and ethical imperative for New Zealand

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the National Council of Women of New Zealand on Enabling Women's Potential.

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Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and Korea

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committeee on Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea. NZNO expressed its concern about Investor State Dispute Settlement provisions, which enable private investors  to challenge government  regualation, may deter government action  in the best interests of the health of New Zealanders.

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Wellington City Council - Draft long term plan

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Wellington City Council on the draft long term plan 2015/2025

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Inquiry into the 2014 General Election

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Justice and Electoral Committee on the Inquiry into the 2014 general election.

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Coroners Amendment Bill

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Justice and Electoral Committee on the Coroners Amendment Bill

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Asthma Foundation: National Respiratory Strategy

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Asthma Foundation on their  National Respiratory Strategy Survey.

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Prostate Cancer Management and Referral Guidance and Prostate Cancer Active Surveillance Guidance

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Ministry of Health on their consultation on:

  • Prostate Cancer Management and Referral Guidance
  • Prostate Cancer Active Surveillance Guidance
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United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Draft 5th New Zealand Periodic Report:

Th New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Ministry of Social Development on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Draft 5th Periodic Report by the New Zealand government

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HISO 10052 Ambulance Care Summary Draft Standards

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Ministry of Health on the HISO 10052 Ambulance Care Summary Draft Standards: CDA templates  and data set specifications.

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Scope of practice and qualifications for the Nurse Practitioner

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Nursing Council of New Zealand on the scope of practice and qualifications prescribed by the Nursing Council of New Zealand for the Nurse Practitioner.

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Cross-sectoral ethics arrangements for health and disabilty research

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the National Ethics Advisory Committee on cross-sectoral ethics arrangements for health and disability research.

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Authority to sign Work Capacity Medical Certificates

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Ministry of Social Development on their consultation on the range of health practitioners who should be enabled to sign work capacity certificates: Jobseeker support for Work and Income New Zealand. NZNO supported the proposal to extend authority to registered nurses.

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Ministry of Health - Care closer to home

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Ministry of Health on the care closer to home.

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Health (Protection) Amendment Bill

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Health Committee on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill introducing changes to improve the management infectious diseases, and a ban on commerical use of UV tanning devices for people under 18 years of age.

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Police (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Law and Order Committee on the Police (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill, introduced in anticipation of increased demand for Police vetting services  to meet new regulations implementing the Vulnerable Children's Act. NZNO does not support the Bill and questions the cost effectiveness of proposed screening regulations for regulated health practitioners.

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Commerce Commission - Infant Nutrition, Restrictive Trade Practice

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Commerce Commission supporting the Infant Nutrition Council's application to allow restrictive trade practice in the marketing of breastmilk submstitues (formula) to infants under six months.

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PHARMAC - Reinstating monthly dispensing of various pharmaceuticals

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to PHARMAC on the proposal to reinstate monthly dispensing of various pharmaceuticals

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ACC cost of treatment payments for children under 13

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment on a proposal to increase the rates paid in Accident Compensation (liability to pay or contribute to cost of treatment) regulations 2003 to help support free GPs visits for children under 13.

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More Effective Social Services

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Productivity Commission on its Issues paper on More Effective social Services

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Children's Action Plan - Information sharing

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Children's Action Plan Directorate on the discussion poaper Better Information Sharing for the Children's Action Plan, Better Results for our Vulnerable Children and the draft Approved Information Sharing Agreement (AISA)

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Workplace Exposure Standards and Biological Exposure Indices

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to WorkSafe New Zealand  on the draft Workplace Exposure Standards and Biological Exposure Indices, a technical document defining exposure levels for airborne contaminants in workplaces.

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Child Protection Policy Guidelines

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Ministry of Health on their Consultation on Child Protection Policy Guidelines: Safer Organsiations, Safer Children

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Rainbow-Inclusive Workplaces: A standard for gender and sexual diversity in workplaces

The New Zealand Nurses Organsiation made a submisson to Standards New Zealand on the document: Rainbow-Inclusive Workplaces: A Standard for gender and sexual diverstiy in workplaces

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Children At Risk

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Chidlren's Action Plan directorate in response to a Treasury request for ideas to improve services for children at risk.

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ANZCA Draft Statement on the Assistant for the Anaesthetist PS08

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists on the Draft Statement on the Assistant for the Anaesthetist PS08

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HBL MetroFood Services Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitemata Business Case

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation made a submission to Health Benefits Limited on the  Metro Food Services Auckland, Counties Manukau, and Waitemata DHBs Business Case consultation.

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