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Nurse Prescribers

Letter from Nursing Council regarding Nurse Prescribers (PDF, 283KB)

Review of Medicines List for Registered Nurses (PDF, 99KB)

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CVD Risk Factor Resources

These shared decision-making tools have been developed by the Heart Foundation to facilitate conversation between two experts in the room: the health professional with medical expertise and experience, and the person who’s an expert in their own life and experience.

The two resources use images and ‘plain language’, where possible, to aid with health literacy and shift the focus from one risk factor in isolation to explaining a risk factor in the context of combined risk.

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Diabetes and Obesity Research Review

The New Zealand Diabetes Research Reviews by Associate Professor Jeremy Krebs each feature 10 key medical articles, with opinions by local NZ experts,  from global diabetes and obesity journals. The Reviews covers topics such as insulin & metformin use, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, type 1 diabetes, bariatric surgery, diabetic retinopathy, thiazolidinediones and sulphonylureas.

Associate Professor Krebs is an Endocrinologist with a particular interest in obesity and diabetes. He trained in Endocrinology at Wellington Hospital in New Zealand and then did his doctorate with the Medical Research Council - Human Nutrition Research unit in Cambridge England. His thesis was on the impact of dietary factors on obesity and insulin resistance. Associate Prof Krebs returned to New Zealand in 2002 to take up a consultant Endocrinology post at Wellington Hospital, where he is Clinical Leader of Endocrinology and Diabetes. He is an Associate Professor with the University of Otago, and Director of the Clinical Research Diploma at Victoria University.

Research Review publications are free to receive for all NZ health professionals.

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Diabetes at Work

Under the 1993 Human Rights Act it is illegal to discriminate against anyone with any form of disability. Some persons with diabetes do not consider diabetes to be a disability, but under the Act it is defined as such.

Most employers are sympathetic to the needs of those living with type 2 and type 1 diabetes and most employees know their responsibilities to keep safe at work. This leaflet produced by Diabetes Manawatu Inc., Unions Manawatu and the Palmerston North City Council, clearly outlines how this relationship should work and is a handy resource for both parties in the workplace.
Thanks to those involved in the publication of this document for allowing us to use it

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Diabetes in Aged Residential Care

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Diabetes Resource Manual

  • A valuable 'Go-To Reference' for nurses working with people with diabetes
  • Covers - what is diabetes across the lifespan, lifestyle recommendations, nutrition, monitoring, complications, footcare, wound healing, and travel
  • Well referenced and includes links to useful websites for more information
  • Download the order form or contact Gill Aspin at for more information and payment options
  • Bargain price $50 + $6.50 postage in NZ.

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Improving Glycaemic control in people with type 2 diabetes: Expanding the primary care toolbox

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Living Well With Diabetes - a plan for people at high risk of or living with diabetes

This dedicated national diabetes plan was developed to address one of New Zealand’s most serious health issues. The plan was designed with considerable input from people who have diabetes and from the health workforce who care for them.

This National Strategy was launched at Counties on Friday 16 October 2015 by the Minister of Health.

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More Heart and Diabetes Check Evaluation

Health targets are a set of national measures designed to improve the performance of health services. They focus on population health objectives and on reducing inequities.

The More heart and diabetes checks health target began in 2012 and includes a cardiovascular risk assessment (CVDRA) and a blood test for diabetes (HbA1c) delivered in primary care settings.

The goal was for 90 percent of people in specified age and ethnicity cohorts to have had their risk assessed in the past five years. A budget included national funding, and incentives and sanctions for district health boards (DHBs) and primary health organisations (PHOs) to achieve the target.

The evaluation used mixed methods for data collection and was framed around five evaluation questions.

  • How well was the health target implemented?
  • What difference did the health target make for health practices/service providers and for those whose risk was assessed?
  • What have been the economic implications of the health target and is it likely that the programme provides good value for money?
  • To what extent are any gains made through the health target likely to continue?
  • What should the Ministry of Health do to support CVD and diabetes risk assessment?

Read the evaluation findings for each of the questions is presented in this summary.

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New Zealand Ministry of Health - The Diabetes Update

This newsletter is published several times each year and includes diabetes-related updates from the Ministry, information on progress in implementing the Diabetes Plan Living Well with Diabetes and shares innovative stories from around New Zealand.

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Office of the Chief Nursing Officer - Sector Updates

The Office of the Chief Nursing Officer (OCNO) is a business unit in the Ministry of Health (MOH). Many MOH activities impact on our work as nurses caring for persons with diabetes and we encourage you to sign up to receive your very own OCNO Newsletters and keep up to date with news from the Ministry.

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Quality Standards for Diabetes Care in New Zealand

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Standing Order Guidelines

The Standing Order Guidelines have been updated to reflect the 2016 amendment to the Medicines (Standing Order) Regulations 2002. Nurse practitioners are added as issuers of standing orders and the requirements which govern access to standing orders in regulation 8(a)(v) are streamlined.

This document outlines the roles and responsibilities of health professionals issuing standing orders and those working under standing orders. It also includes a Standing Order Template Guide.

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Workforce Development Reports

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