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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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Please sign Open Letter for an Effective Health Warning Label

Tēnā koe,


We sincerely hope this finds you well.


This email invites you to sign an open letter (attached as pdf), as an organisation or as an individual. You can also visit this website to sign up.


On the 17th of July, ten Ministers (one from New Zealand and nine Australian) will cast their vote on the design of the pregnancy health warning label to be applied to all alcohol products sold in both of our countries.


Whilst we welcome the decision to mandate a health warning label on all alcohol products, it is important that the most effective label is chosen. In an earlier vote in March, a best practice label developed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) was voted down by a majority of the Ministers. We understand, and are grateful, that our Minister in New Zealand (Hon. Damien O’Connor) voted in favour of the best practice FSANZ label in March. The strong rationale for this effective label is underpinned in a comprehensive research report.


The label was sent back to FSANZ in March due to its potential to place an undue burden on the alcohol industry. In particular, the colour red for the signal words HEALTH WARNING was to be reassessed by FSANZ.


We believe that any weakening of the effective health warning label will undermine effective health literacy. Too many New Zealanders and Australians have already been harmed by a lack of effective labelling in both countries, and our obligations to Te Tiriti o Waitangi require that we effectively address inequities in health outcomes for Māori.


If you are willing to sign the open letter, please reply by email or sign up at this website. If you are signing as an organisation, please attach your logo if possible.


Feel free to also watch and circulate this video which encourages the Australian Ministers to vote ‘yes’ to the effective label. You may also share our Facebook post here and twitter post here.


Our Australian partners are ahead of us with hundreds (400+) of signatories to their open letter – we believe that with a strong trans-Tasman partnership we can get the effective label over the line! And protect generations for years to come.


Ngā mihi mahana,

Dr Nicki Jackson and Christine Rogan of Alcohol Healthwatch


Dr. Nicki Jackson

Executive Director

Alcohol Healthwatch

T: + 64 (9) 520 7035


A: Level 1, 27 Gillies Ave, Newmarket, Auckland

Postal A: Private Bag 99407, Newmarket, Auckland 1149

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Open letter alcohol health warning June 2020

ON TRACK Network Research Prioritisation Project - knowledge gap collection

Tēnā koutou katoa,


Anneka and I are part of the ONTRACK research team – please see the attached Flyer or notice below for more information.  We really need Māori participation and input on the priorities for future research.  Please consider forwarding this on to whānau and kaimahi, if not participating yourselves!  And don’t hesitate to contact us if you require more info. 


We look forward to a proper catch up in Level 1!  Until then

Noho ora mai

Matire and Anneka


We would like to ask for your support in distributing the attached invitations and advertising flyer to your local colleagues and women and whānau.

This invitation is to participate in an on-line questionnaire or video/telephone interview about knowledge gaps in maternal and perinatal health and healthcare. This work is part of the ON TRACK Network Research Prioritisation Project. One of the first steps of the Project is to identify knowledge gaps (a gap in our understanding that needs to be filled by new research) from as large and as wide a group of people with an interest in mothers and babies health. We are therefore seeking contributions from all healthcare professionals, women, partners, caregivers, whānau and other stakeholders with an interest in maternal and perinatal health.

We would be grateful if the attached email invitation to contribute via an on-line questionnaire or by video and telephone call interviews could be sent to colleagues and women and whānau at your ON TRACK site.

We have attached invitation email templates for each audience:

1. Healthcare professionals – please include all obstetricians, midwives, neonatologists/paediatricians, neonatal and paediatric nurses, and other allied healthcare workers in maternal and perinatal health that usually receive ON TRACK Network correspondence.

2. Women and whānau – please send onto any local consumer groups with relevance to maternal and perinatal health.

We would also be grateful for the display of the advertising flyer in maternity and newborn clinic waiting areas and whānau rooms. The Participant Information Sheets are attached for your reference.

Please feel free to contact us if you require further information: or  022 4311 988


Thank you very much for your support,

Ngā mihi nui,

Clara Mossinger RM MPH

Midwife and PhD student, Liggins Institute, University of Auckland.

Associate Professor Katie Groom

Associate Professor of Maternal and Perinatal Health and Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Liggins Institute, University of Auckland.

The University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee approved this study on the 23rd of April 2020 for three years. Reference Number 024469.


Invitation to Health Care Professionals

Invitation to Women & Whanau

National QuitStrong campaign will be live on 2 August

Tēnā koutou

Te Hiringa Hauora/Health Promotion Agency is pleased to let you know about the new national advertising campaign QuitStrong, which goes live on Sunday 2 August. The campaign has been developed by Te Hiringa Hauora, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Homecare Medical.

At the end of 2018 Te Hiringa Hauora commissioned a Māori research company to learn more about the smoking behaviours of Māori women. You can read the report here. They interviewed 83 women, and one of the key insights that emerged was that a barrier to quitting smoking was the individual’s own thoughts and perceptions about being able to do it. We wanted to challenge these beliefs, and enhance the feeling of being capable. A range of ideas were tested with Māori women, to select a concept that resonated for them.

Using a strengths-based approach, the campaign has a montage of videos of support from real people encouraging someone close to them to quit smoking, or congratulating them for starting their quit journey. From a sports team, to a partner, to work mates, to the kids, the campaign features a wide range of people from all walks of life.

The reality is, that while many people do try to quit unfortunately many attempts are not successful. So an important part of the campaign is promoting ways that are more likely to result in giving up the smokes for good.

For this campaign, the primary audience is wāhine Māori (including wāhine hapū), aged 18 to 34-years-old, living in high deprivation situations who are contemplating quitting smoking.

Key messages include:

·        You can quit smoking

·        For the best ways to give up the smokes for good go to

·        There are better ways to quit that are easier on you, and more likely to work long-term

·        With help and support you significantly increase your chances of quitting for good. This support includes using a free quit coach - at local Stop Smoking Services and Quitline

The website is live at and you can view the campaign assets here. Please note the campaign assets are under embargo until 8am, Sunday 2 August.


Once the campaign is live we would really appreciate it if you could share the information and assets across your organisation, community and professional networks.


ngā manaakitanga

Sue Slater



Sue Slater | Manager Tobacco Control Programme (acting)

Health Promotion Agency | Te Hiringa Hauora

Level 16 | 101 The Terrace | Wellington 6011

PO Box 2142 | Wellington 6140 | New Zealand

DDI 04 901 0955 M 021 459 958

Office 04 917 0060

Nga Maia Representative needed for the Abortion Services Sector Solutions Working Group

As you will be aware, Parliament passed a new legislative framework for abortion services in New Zealand on 24 March 2020. The revised law modernises the overarching legal framework for abortion services in New Zealand and transfers responsibility for abortion from the Ministry of Justice to the Ministry of Health.

We have sought nominations to attend a working group dedicated to creating Abortion Services Sector Solutions which allow the service-provision aspect of the current Interim Standards for Abortion Services in New Zealand. Importantly, the clinical aspects of the current Interim Standards for Abortion Services in New Zealand are out of scope for this working group. A separate workstream is in the process of being established for the development of separate clinical guidance.


In light of the new legislation, which provides for midwives provide abortion services, we do think it is essential to have a Māori midwives voice in the - Zoom - room on the day. I currently have a space reserved for a Ngā Maia representative, but would please request that you complete the attached nomination form for the preferred attendee and submit to me at your soonest convenience.

The dates are now confirmed for a Zoom hui on:

  • August 19 Wednesday (8:30 am-12:30 pm)

  • August 20 Thursday (8:30 am-12:30 pm)

  • August 21 Friday (8:30 am-12:30 pm)

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