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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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FYI: Release of NEAC's publication "Ethics and Equity: Resource Allocation and COVID-19"


Tēnā koutou Colleagues,

Last year the National Ethics Advisory Committee (NEAC) publicly consulted on an ethical framework for resource allocation (the Resource Allocation Framework).  

NEAC sought feedback on 


  • Whether the draft Resource Allocation Framework captured the ethical tensions in resource allocation in times of scarcity,  helped decision-makers understand the ethical implications of making decisions and helped decision-makers consider equity when responding to COVID-19.

  •  Te Tiriti Principles and their application to resource allocation decisions .

  • Any further comments and suggested changes for NEAC to consider for the final draft.


After reviewing and incorporating feedback, the final copy has been completed.


We would like to thank those who contributed feedback and perspectives and advise that the framework is now available on the Ministry of Health website.  The responses were thoughtfully articulated and detailed, with a wide range of views and valuable insights into the circumstances that informed the different views and experiences of clinicians, decision makers, health consumers and whānau.


You can view the final version, along with a summary of submissions we received with permission to share on the NEAC website at:  


NEAC understands that resource allocation affects everyone in society, and would appreciate if you can forward this email to anyone else you think might be interested in the publication.  

Upcoming NEAC work 


NEAC is the author of the 2007 document “Getting Through Together: Ethical Values for a Pandemic” which considers the ethical issues faced during any pandemic.

NEAC is currently starting a substantial review of Getting Through Together, building on the work done to develop the Resource Allocation Framework.  


There are two reasons for the update. The first is to consider ethical issues not covered by the 2007 document. These will include the use of digital technologies and guidance on public health interventions essential in the elimination strategy to deal with COVID-19.  The impact of COVID-19 on routine standards of care, and consideration of equity will be dealt with more fully. T


The second stimulus for the update relates to the structure of the document. The target audience of a pandemic ethics document is broad. It  includes decision-makers making and implementing policy, as well as members of the community. The aim is to create clear and easy-to-navigate guidance able to be used across a number of interested groups. 


We welcome any feedback on the Resource Allocation Framework at


Also any experiences of utilising Getting Through Together during 2020, that might be relevant to a re-write of this document.


Ngā manaakitanga.


NEAC Secretariat on behalf of NEAC

Ministry of Health.


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:

Survey: Ministry of Health Maternity Referral Guidelines

My name is Catherine and I work for Allen + Clarke. I am working with Anna Gribble on the work we doing for the Ministry of Health to lead the review and update of the Guidelines for Consultation with Obstetric and Related Medical Services (Referral Guidelines).


Allen + Clarke is currently consulting with the health sector to obtain feedback on the Referral Guidelines and to identify any aspects of the Referral Guidelines that require updating. As part of this consultation, we are sending a survey out to relevant organisations and professional bodies for feedback. We would very much like to include Nga Maia Māori Midwives Aotearoa in this consultation, and invite you and your members to participate in the survey. Please could we ask you to disseminate this email to your members. Participation in the survey is voluntary, but we value your contribution to the review.


Here is a link to the survey:


The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and we welcome all feedback by Sunday 9 May 2021.


If you have any questions, we would be happy to help. Please contact me or our Project Manager, Anna Gribble.            021 271 3748                027 564 6388


Who are we?

Allen + Clarke is a public policy and consultancy firm based in Wellington. You can find more information about us here:

Thank you for your assistance.


Ngā mihi


Catherine Lofthouse

Senior Consultant

Ph. +64 21 271 3748

PO Box 10730, Wellington 6143

Level 2, The Woolstore, 262 Thorndon Quay,

Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Infant Feeding Data 2020

Please find attached the Infant Feeding Data at Discharge for 2020.  This document is also on our website, as well as the infographic and table series.  We have introduced a series of tables, which provide more detail.


I am currently working on Māori, Pasifika and CALD data at the DHB level and will circulate once it is available.


Thank-you once again for your efforts to enter the data on the on-line tool.  It is greatly appreciated.


Ngā mihi | Kind regards

Wendy Scanlon 

Office Administrator

New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance

Baby Friendly Aoteatora

National Infant Feeding Data at Discharge, 2020

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