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New Zealand College of Midwives Journal

The latest paper of Journal 54 of the New Zealand College of Midwives Journal.


The paper is titled:

Recognising and responding to acutely deteriorating women in New Zealand maternity wards: A literature and environmental scan


We have also attached a research paper reflection tool designed by the Journal editorial board for midwives to use with New Zealand College of Midwives Journal papers.


Links to the paper and the reflection tool will also be available on the College website at:


We hope you enjoy reading this paper and please remember that you can search the New Zealand Midwifery Research Database for a comprehensive index of midwifery research undertaken in New Zealand:

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RANZCOG/ABA/NZBA infographic: breastfeeding women and COVID-19 vaccination


Advice for breastfeeding mothers about the current COVID-19 vaccine and whether it is safe for themselves and their babies has been unveiled.


The advice, in the form of an infographic, was today launched by ABA, NZBA and RANZCOG.  For the full press release go to our website:

PMMRC webinar recording is now online

Kia ora koutou,


Thank you again to all of those who attended the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) webinar Doing things differently in February. The recording along with captions and an accessible transcript is available on the Health Quality & Safety Commission website here. Please feel free to share with anyone who might be interested.


For those of you who have viewed the webinar, we would really appreciate if you took some time to complete this survey. It should only take about two minutes to complete and will be extremely helpful for any future webinars that the PMMRC hold.


If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to get in touch anytime.


Kia rā pai tēnei mōu


Jo Sorasio (she/her)

Senior Specialist Advisor

Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee

Health Quality & Safety Commission

Mobile: 027 436 2225



Discussion document seeking feedback on national guidelines for newborn pulse oximetry screening

Tēnā koutou


We are seeking your feedback on the development of national guidelines for newborn pulse oximetry screening. The discussion document can be viewed at:


Pulse oximetry is a simple and non-invasive screening tool that has been shown to enable the early diagnosis of critical congenital heart disease in newborn babies.


Please share this with your colleagues and/or members as appropriate.


We look forward to your feedback.


Ngā mihi



Jane and Stephanie



Dr Jane O’Hallahan, Clinical Director, National Screening Unit, Ministry of Health

Stephanie Chapman, Acting Group Manager, National Screening Unit, Ministry of Health

National Cervical Screening Programme update

On behalf of Nicki Martin, Manager of the National Cervical Screening Programme:

Tēnā koutou katoa,

On 9 May 2021 the Government announced that Budget 2021 will include an investment of $53 million to enable the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) to introduce human papillomavirus (HPV) screening, with the option of self-testing, from July 2023 and to deliver the new population health-based ICT system required to support this change. Attached is a National Cervical Screening Programme update, please feel free to share with your teams.


HPV testing is a more effective, equitable and cost-effective screening method for cervical cancer than the current cytology-based method. Moving to HPV testing will bring the NCSP in line with international best practice.


The option to self-swab also presents an opportunity for cervical screening to be delivered in conjunction with other healthcare visits and will provide more flexibility for healthcare providers to take a community delivery approach.


As the next step towards implementation, the Ministry will undertake public consultation on the inclusion of the self-testing component in NCSP guidelines and referral pathways. This will build on the findings of the HPV consultation (without self-testing) undertaken in 2016.


The implementation date of July 2023 allows time to consult on the clinical guidelines for self-testing; design, build and test the new population health-based ICT solution required to safely support the changes; and deliver the appropriate training to providers and healthcare professionals to ensure high quality, clinically safe services are delivered during and after the transition.


We wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of the National Cervical Screening Programme and for your ongoing support as we transition through this new exciting phase.

Ngā mihi,

Nicki Martin

National Cervical Screening Programme
National Screening UNIT
Population Health and Prevention
Ministry of Health

2121 NCSP May Update 2

Consultation: Statement on Conducting medical assessments for third parties

Tēnā koutou

We are reviewing our statement on Conducting medical assessments for third parties and would value your feedback.

This statement discusses a number of factors doctors should consider when a third party asks them to assess a patient.

Our draft statement strengthens the patient-centred approach and places more emphasis on the importance of clear communication.

You can access further information about the consultation here and other related information at these links:


Your input is important to us. We invite you to send us your feedback by 7 June 2021. Submissions should be emailed to using this form.


We look forward to receiving your comments.


Ngā mihi nui

Joan Simeon
Chief Executive
Medical Council of New Zealand

Project survey for Nga Manukura o Apopo

Kia Ora Koutou,

I am emailing on behalf of our Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō project group: Emma Webb (Physio), Cory Matulino (Physio), Jacqueline Busby (Nurse), and myself - Renaye Judd (Midwife).

Our project is to scope out the feasibility of an online directory, or network for Māori health professionals. The aim of such a network is to have a stronger more unified Māori health work force across all professions.

As part of the scoping stage, we are gathering data via survey and I am hoping you could send this out to our Māori midwifery colleagues in Nga Maia. 

Below is the link so you can review the appropriateness of the survey.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. 

Also, if you could please respond to this email and let me know it has been received, that would be much appreciated. 

Nga mihi nui
Renaye - Maori midwife (MidCentral DHB)

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