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As a leader in primary health care, the College is often approached by government and health organisations for its views on current standard, regulation, policy and legislation changes.

Your feedback, in any form, is essential in helping us develop our submissions to government bodies and health organisations.

Occasionally the College will not respond to consultations that are outside our area of expertise. However, even if the College is not responding on your behalf, we do encourage you to provide your feedback directly to the organisation.  
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Current College consultations

Medical Council of New Zealand’s proposal to strengthen recertification for vocationally registered doctors

The Medical Council of New Zealand is proposing to set new standards for recertification programmes for all vocationally registered doctors. You may have already received notification of this proposal directly from the Medical Council.

The College would like to coordinate a response to the Medical Council on the proposed requirements and is seeking member feedback.


In 2016, the Medical Council released its new ‘Vision and Principles for Recertification’.  Council is now consulting on its proposal for strengthened recertification requirements.

Proposed requirements for vocationally registered doctors

The Medical Council proposes that in order to achieve recertification, vocationally registered doctors will be required to: 

1. Participate in an accredited recertification programme based on the following: 
(a) Performance and outcome data.  At a minimum, using data from:
- Yearly audit of medical practice
- Multisource feedback (ie feedback from colleagues and patients using standard questionnaires)
- A review undertaken by peers external to the doctor’s usual practice setting.
(b) Identification of individual professional development needs.
(c) Career management planning (including withdrawal from clinical work for older doctors)

2. An individualised Professional Development Plan (PDP) targeted to identified professional development needs. Doctors will be expected to review their own PDP each year.

3. Completion of CPD activities to address the PDP.

To help inform the College’s submission on the proposal, we are seeking your feedback to a number of questions found in this survey.

Please complete the survey by Friday, 17 February 2017.

To provide further feedback, please send your comments to by Friday, 17 February 2017.

Read full consultation document.

PRIME Service Review 2016

The Ministry of Health has released a report, PRIME Service Review 2016: Steering Group Draft Report to the National Ambulance Sector Office.
The College is intending to coordinate a response to the Ministry of Health on the report and is seeking member feedback.
In 2016, the National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO) decided to proceed with a formal review of the PRIME (Primary Response in Medical Emergencies) service.  A steering group was established to oversee the review.
The key objectives of the review are:
•    Dynamic: the PRIME service will be developed so that it can evolve to ensure it is safe, effective and sustainable.
•    Balanced centrally and locally: the PRIME service is structured so that it allows local autonomy, but has appropriate central control as required.
•    Aligned to the themes in the New Zealand Health Strategy 2016: people-powered, closer to home, value and high performance, one team and smart system.
The project expects the following key outcomes and benefits:
•    PRIME continues to be relevant and adds value to rural ambulance services.
•    PRIME practitioners feel well supported in their role.
•    PRIME continues to meet its objectives in a sustainable manner.
•    PRIME funding arrangements are well understood, with improved utilisation of available resources.
Five working groups worked through the key issues identified by the steering group and submitted recommendations.  The recommendations form the basis for the findings in the report.
The report summarises provisional decisions on the PRIME service including: the governance of PRIME, a PRME administrator, greater integration of PRIME locally, monitoring effectiveness, PRIME response criteria, PRIME funding, responsibilities and support.
The Ministry anticipates sending the final Draft Review Report for consultation to key stakeholders in April 2017, and completing the review in the first half of 2017.
The Draft Report can be downloaded from the Ministry of Health PRIME website: 
Please send your comments on the document to by Monday 20 February 2017.

Framework for Pharmacists and Doctors Working together

The Pharmaceutical Society and the NZ Medical Association have developed a draft Integrated Health Care Framework for Pharmacists and Doctors. The Framework provides a structure for developing and implementing new innovations or models of care that are person-centred, integrated, and support collaborative practice between the two professions and the wider healthcare team.

The ‘principles of integrated pharmacists-doctor care’ are listed in the Framework as:

  • All care must be patient-centred: recognising the uniqueness of an individual’s disease, life commitments, leisure activities and personal illness experience due to culture, beliefs and previous experiences
  • Recognise the Influencers of both health care integration and the implementation of services
  • Acknowledge the different skill sets that each profession brings to the care of every patient (including other members of the multidisciplinary team)
  • Acknowledge the sustainability requirements of each profession
  • Doctors and pharmacists will work together in collaboratively developed models for shared patient care including prescribing
  • Doctors and pharmacists will work with innovative funding mechanisms that support the collaborative models of care

The College is seeking member feedback on this draft Framework by 21 February 2017. Please send comments to

PHARMAC consultations

PHARMAC regularly conducts consultations on their processes and funding decisions. See the list of PHARMAC consultations

The New Zealand government agency PHARMAC makes decisions about which vaccines, community and cancer medicines District Health Boards’ (DHBs) fund.