Contribute to Our Voice

These are the policy consultations that we’re asking members to share their thoughts and experiences about. By adding lived experiences to our policy consultations, we demonstrate the mana of the profession.

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GP feedback needed to inform a College submission on the Therapeutic Products Bill

Therapeutic Products Bill

Feedback required by 31 January

The Therapeutic Products Bill is intended to replace the Medicines Act 1981 and the Dietary Supplements Regulations 1985 to provide for the comprehensive, risk-proportionate regulation of therapeutic products, such as medicines, medical devices, natural health products, and active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Currently, the Medicines Act 1981 is the primary legislation for enabling access to safe medicines and medical devices. That Act does not provide coverage of many products used in modern health care delivery.

Natural health products are currently regulated by the Dietary Supplements Regulations 1985 under the Food Act 2014. This regulatory arrangement does not provide an appropriate level of assurance that products imported and supplied in New Zealand are safe or made to the appropriate quality standards. It also does not adequately regulate health benefit claims made about natural health products.

New Zealand’s exporters also suffer from the lack of a modern and flexible regime.

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Please send your feedback to rnzcgp@rnzcgp.org.nz with Policy Therapeutic Products Bill in the subject line by 31 January 2023.

Contribute to the College submission on the proposed Women’s Health Strategy

Ministry of Health

Feedback required by 27 February

The Women’s Health Strategy sits under the Pae Ora (Health Futures) Act.To draft the Strategy, the Ministry of Health | Manatū Hauora seeks your vision for women’s health and wellbeing:

  • what contributes to women’s health and wellbeing
  • women’s health and wellbeing needs
  • patterns and trends in the health and wellbeing of women
  • the health system’s performance for women
  • priorities for system change
  • supporting the health workforce to meet the health and wellbeing needs of women.

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Please send feedback to rnzcgp@rnzcgp.org.nz  with Policy Women’s Health Strategy in the subject line by 27 February 2023.

Tell us your professional interests

Members can tell us about their professional interests and skills and we’ll get in touch when we’re working on topics of interest to you. That might include a short Zoom discussion or ask you when we need clinical guidance on a topic. Members can register or update their professional interests/skills on their member dashboard under ‘my details’.