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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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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