Make a difference; we invite members to express their professional viewpoint on an assortment of consultations which are then channelled into submissions that we send to the government and health organisations.

What are submissions?

Submissions are our response to consultations initiated by health bodies such as the Ministry of Health, PHARMAC and the ACC.

Health bodies are always looking to reform their services, funding, guidelines or criteria and these decisions can send shockwaves through the industry and the health of New Zealanders. Our submissions identify potential potholes, and highlight new ideas before changes are made.

We need you

Our members’ views and insights bolster our submissions with robust, evidence-based feedback and real-life stories from the face of general practice.

You can have your say on sector issues by responding to calls for feedback. We advertise consultations in ePulse, our weekly members’ newsletter, and to members of professional interest groups. 

To join professional interest groups, go to your My details page (login required). Look for the section titled 'My professional interests/skills.'

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Archived Submissions

The latest six submissions in each category are displayed below.

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Recent submissions


Medicines and prescribing

Recommendations following the 61st meeting of the Medicines Classification Committee (MCC)
Submission to the Ministry of Health
21 September 2018

Recommendations following the 59th meeting of the Medicines Classification Committee (MCC)
Submission to the Ministry of Health
14 August 2018

Proposal to fund glecaprevir and pibrentasvir (Maviret)
Submission to PHARMAC
9 August 2018

Recommendations from the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) Eleventh Report
Submission to Health Quality and Safety Commission 
26 April 2018

Proposal to remove funding restrictions for candesartan
Submission to the Ministry of Health 
23 April 2018

RNZCGP Comments on the agenda of the 60th meeting of the Medicines Classification Committee (MCC) 
Submission to the Ministry of Health 
23 March 2018

Health policy and legislation

Draft National Ethics Standards for Health and Disability Research
Submission to Ministry of Health
17 September 2018

Labelling of sugars on packaged foods and drinks
Submission to Food Regulation Secretariat
17 September 2018

Statement on safe practice in an environment of resource limitation
College Submission to the Medical Council of New Zealand
02 August 2018

Consultation on the Zero Carbon Bill
College Submission to the Ministry for the Environment
 19 July 2018

Submission on Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry 
College Submission to the Health Committee of Parliament
6 June 2018

Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill
College Submission to the Health Committee of Parliament
24 May 2018

Clinical

Draft family violence information sharing guidance
Submission to the Ministry of Justice
17 September 2018

Draft guidelines for Tuberculosis control in New Zealand 2018
Submission to the Ministry of Health
24 August 2018

Discussion document on the best time to start the Annual Influenza Immunisation Programme
Submission to the Ministry of Health
9 August 2018

SNOWMED CT Subset Development for National Patient Flow: general paediatrics and child development services
Submission to the Standards Working Group 
18 July 2018

Antimicrobial Stewardship: systems and processes for effective antimicrobial medicine use 
Submission to bpacNZ
23 February 2017

Updated Guidelines for Cervical Screening in New Zealand 
Submission to Ministry of Health 
17 October 2016

Safety and quality

Transparency of information related to medical/service interventions
Submission to Health Quality and Safety Commission
24 Aug 2015 (JMK288-15)

Child safety screening
Submission to the Ministry of Health
08 May 2015 (JMK164-15)

Proposals for quality assurance, reporting and monitoring requirements for accident and medical care
Submission to ACC
30 Apr 2015 (JMK155-15)

Regulations for Worker Safety Checks (Child safety screening proposal)
Submission to the Ministry of Health
29 Oct 2014 (HMB137-14)

Feedback on the National Screening Unit Quality Framework 2014
Submission to the Ministry of Health 
23 Jan 2015 (JMK11-15)

Medical Council

Consultation on sexual and professional boundaries
Submission to the MCNZ
11 October 2018

Consultation on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) 
Submission to PHARMAC
19 September 2017

Strengthening recertification for vocationally registered doctors
Submission to the MCNZ
20 March 2017

Caring for yourself and those close to you
Submission to the MCNZ
15 August 2016

Comments on proposed Amendment to MCNZ's Statement on advertising in relation to testimonials
Submission to the MCNZ 
26 April 2016

Statement on telehealth
Submission to the MCNZ
29 February 2016

Health Workforce
Funding

Primary care funding
Submission to the Minister of Health
6 July 2016

ACC payments
Submission to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
3 May 2016

Feedback on draft statement on third party funding arrangements 
Submission to the New Zealand Medical Association 
18 Feb 2015 (JMK64-15)

Research

New Zealand Health Research Strategy
Submission to the Ministry of Health
29 July 2016

Cross-sectoral ethics arrangements for health and disability research
Submission to the National Ethics Advisory Committee
5 Feb 2015 (JMK28-15)