Check out our Bulletin Board notices of new resources, reviews, consultations, changes and awards etc
New NP scope now in effect
A new broader and more flexible nurse practitioner (NP) scope of practice came into effect on 6 April. The new scope means future NPs will no longer be restricted to a specific area of practice and are trusted to practise with their areas of competence and experience. More information here
Feedback sought on suicide prevention strategy
Public submissions are sought on the Ministry of Health’s new suicide prevention strategy, which aims to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors to reduce suicidal behaviour. Consultation closes on 12 June. The draft strategy can be viewed here.
Free eLearning dementia course for primary health
A free online course targeted at supporting practice nurses and GPs in building confidence in assessing and managing mild dementia has been released. The eLearning Dementia Education Resource for GPs and Practice Nurses was developed through a collaboration between dementia specialists and is available through the Goodfellow Unit here.
Clinicians’ Challenge entries sought
Nurses and other clinicians with innovative ideas for using IT to improve health care now or in the future are invited to enter the annual Clinicians’ Challenge. The joint initiative between the Ministry of Health and Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ) has been run since 2013. Entries close on 16 June. More details here.
Mental Health and Addiction Workforce Action Plan
A record 167,840 people accessed specialist mental health and addiction services in 2015–16. In late February the Ministry released the Mental Health and Addiction Workforce Plan 2017–2021 that sets four priority areas to meeting that growing need, including having a workforce that is the “right size and skill mix”. Download this here.
New ‘last days of life’ toolkit released
A new toolkit of checklist, flowcharts and patient resources has been released alongside the second edition of the Ministry of Health’s Te Ara Whakapiri: Principles and guidance for the last days of life. They can be downloaded here.
Adult Palliative Care Action Plan
Better coordinated services, improved quality and an increased emphasis on primary palliative care are amongst the five priority areas of the Adult Palliative Care Action Plan drawn up following the Review of Adult Palliative Care Services The review identified that currently palliative care practices are variable across the country and there is not equal access to high-quality and responsive care when and where people need it. The plan is available here.
Asthma and COPD eLearning and master class
The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation launched in April a new Asthma and COPD Fundamentals Course consisting of an online eLearning series and a classroom-based master class. More information here.