A voice for women's health

Have Your Say...

The Auckland Women's Health Council believes that consumer participation on all decision-making processes for health care services is essential, and one of our four priorities is that women participate in all decision-making processes for health care services.

One of the best ways you can participate in decision-making processes for health care services is to engage in the consultation process on a wide variety of issues as those opportunities arise. For many years the Auckland Women's Health Council has made submissions on a wide range of issues when discussion documents and consultation has been sought by many different government agencies and ministries, and NGOs. Some of our submissions can be found on our submissions page, including recent submissions on:

  • Abortion Law Reform: Submission from the Auckland Women’s Health Council to the Law Commission – May 2018
  • Health (National Cervical Screening Programme) Amendment Bill – May 2018
  • Health and disability research involving adult participants who are unable to provide informed consent – April 2017
  • AWHC Submission on the Health Research Strategy – July 2016

We will try to keep you up to date with opportunities to have your say on a variety of issues. See below for information about and links to current public consultations. If you know of any relevant health and disability related public consultations that are currently open, please let us know so we can add them to this page.

Current Public Consultations


Proposed amendments to the NHI system and Standard

The proposed changes have been developed by the Ministry of Health together with specialist interested parties in some cases. The public comment process is being carried out by Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO). Comment can be made on any or all of the 16 topics.

An overview and links to the consultation summary and online survey can be found online here:    
The current version of the NHI Standard (HISO 10046:2017 - the Consumer Health Identity Standard) can be found here:
Submissions close on Wednesday 22 August 2018.

Posthumous Reproduction

A review of the current Guidelines for the Storage, Use, and Disposal of Sperm from a Deceased Man to take into account gametes and embryos.

Posthumous reproduction involves the use of a person’s sperm or eggs, after their death. In some cases, it also involves the retrieval of these gametes very shortly after death or at a time when death is imminent. While scientific advances have made this form of reproduction possible, there are many complex ethical and legal issues that have not yet been resolved. For example, the existing Guidelines, written in 2000 apply only to the posthumous use of sperm that was retrieved prior to the man’s death.

ACART (Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology) is undertaking a public consultation about whether and in what circumstances posthumous reproduction is acceptable. This consultation also raises important ethical questions about the retrieval and use of gametes from a person who is no longer able to consent. It also raise issues about who should be able to authorise the retrieval and use of gametes, and how any regulatory mechanism might operate. 

An overview and links to relevant documents, and the feedback form can be found online here.

The closing date for feedback is 3 September 2018.

National Ethics Standards for Health and Disability Research
The National Ethics Advisory Committee (NEAC) is an independent advisor to the Minister of Health, and in 2015 they committed to review the 2012 Ethical Guidelines for Intervention Studies and Ethical Guidelines for Observational Studies: Observational Research, Audits and Related Activities.

The Draft National Ethics Standards for Health and Disability Research sets out the established ethical standards that apply to all health and disability research in New Zealand.

The draft standards are mostly targeted at individual researchers but are also useful to ethics committees, research sponsors and for training and educating researchers. NEAC has reviewed the draft standards and now seeks the views and feedback of the public.

An overview and links to relevant documents, and the feedback form can be found online here.

The closing date for submissions is 5 pm, 20 September 2018
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