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.
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.
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.
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.
The closing date for feedback is 3 September 2018.
National Ethics Standards for Health and Disability ResearchThe 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