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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:

Other Useful Links
PMMRC report

Kia ora koutou,


Please find attached links to the PMMRC report just released.  You will also find on the website a link to the PMMRC webinar which is happening next week, registrations for this are still open. 


Please circulate this report far and wide.


Report docs:

News item:


If you have any questions please feel free to email.


Ngā mihi nui





Jo Sorasio (she/her)

Senior Specialist Advisor

Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee

Health Quality & Safety Commission

Mobile: 027 436 2225

MCNZ update: End of recertification waiver; Guidance on ending a doctor-patient relationship


4 February 2021

Tēnā koutou katoa

MCNZ update: End of recertification waiver; Guidance on ending a doctor-patient relationship


In March 2020, as part of our overall regulatory response to COVID-19, Council temporarily waived recertification requirements. Our decision recognised that the COVID-19 response was creating challenges for doctors to continue with their CPD activities. 


The recertification waiver ends on 28 February 2021. Therefore, from 1 March 2021, all doctors registered and practising in a general or vocational scope of practice will need to be enrolled and participating in a relevant recertification programme and resume meeting requirements.


We understand that many of you have continued with your recertification programmes throughout our COVID-19 response period, and that many CPD activities have resumed. We also recognise the significant work undertaken by the colleges, who are now offering different formats and virtual development opportunities. 


Training and recertification programme providers are best placed to determine the specific activities that you need to complete to meet your programme requirements. We recognise that each scope and programme will have been affected in different ways by the pandemic and we do not expect you to have to ‘catch up’ any activities that may have been missed during the waiver period. 


If you have any questions about the specific requirements of your recertification programme, please contact your provider directly. If you have any questions about which programmes you are required to participate in, please email us at including your full name and registration number. We will be happy to assist. 

Updated guidance on ending a doctor-patient relationship now available


Council has updated its guidance for doctors on ending a doctor-patient relationship. The Statement on ending a doctor-patient relationship emphasises that careful consideration needs to be given to the impact that ending the relationship may have on the patient’s future care, their wellbeing and their whānau. Read more about the statement, published today.

We would like to recognise the commitment of the medical profession over the past year and pay special thanks to you all.

Ngā mihi nui,


Joan Simeon
Chief Executive

2021 Voluntary Bonding Scheme

2020 has been a year full of challenges and obstacles. The health sector has been tested thoroughly, but it is encouraging to come out the other side with a positive outlook and an eye on the opportunities that await in the new year.

One of those opportunities, we are pleased to say, will be the 2021 Voluntary Bonding Scheme.
For those unaware, the Voluntary Bonding Scheme (the Scheme) is a practical initiative run by the Ministry of Health to encourage newly qualified health professionals to work in the communities and specialties that need them most, and to retain essential health professionals in New Zealand.

Implemented in 2009, the Scheme aims to increase representation of Mâori and Pasifika within the health workforce and is targeted to new graduates in eligible professions (and General Practice medical trainees) who are starting their career, with the aim of incentivising them to work in eligible hard-to-staff communities or specialties.

The Ministry of Health is pleased to announce several new eligible professions, communities and specialties for the 2021 intake of the Scheme, including:

  • A new graduate Radiation Therapists who will work in the public sector

  • A new graduate Medical Physicists who will work in the public sector

  • The addition of Dunedin as an eligible community for new graduate DHB-employed midwives

  • The addition of Dunedin, Queenstown Lakes District and Whanganui DHB as eligible communities for new graduate LMC midwives.

The full list of eligible professions, specialties and communities for 2021, along with other key information on the Scheme, can be found here.

Additionally, information on intake for each of the eligible professions is available at the following links:
Oral Health
General Practice Trainees
Allied Health

The 2021 intake online Registration of Interest (ROI) is anticipated to open early in 2021. This ROI, along with Additional registration information, will appear here in due course.

Wai 2700 Mana Wāhine Inquiry

The first of the Tūāpapa hearings have taken place in Kerikeri 3-5th February.


There will be four other hearings this year.  Dates below:

Ngaruawahia - 24 - 26th February

3rd Hearing Week - Location and July - exact date and location yet to be decided but most likely Auckland or Northland

4th Hearing Week - BOP - November - exact date to be confirmed

5th Hearing Week - Lower NI - exact date to be confirmed


These hearings are the foundational hearings, setting the scene as such before hearings proper begin next year.  The Presiding Officer has requested those giving evidence do so in the area that they are based/live.  The hearing for you would therefore be near the end of the year.   I will keep you updated on confirmation of dates and location. 


You are most welcome to give evidence.  I have attached the Arataki guidelines.  These are the topics being covered in this years' hearings. 

Arataki Guidelines, Wai 2700

Appendix B - Tuapapa Hearing Plan

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


Dear colleague,

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:  

  1. Whether the Resource Allocation Framework:  
      a. captures the ethical tensions in resource allocation in times of scarcity  

         b. helps decision-makers understand the ethical implications of making decisions  

         c. helps decision-makers consider equity when responding to COVID-19.  

3.   The Te Tiriti Principles and their application to resource allocation decisions.  

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

5.   What ethical issues or areas of work should be covered in a substantial review of NEAC’s 2007 document ‘Getting Through Together: Ethical Values for a Pandemic’.

Thank you


We would like to thank you for your feedback and perspectives on the draft Resource Allocation Framework. Your 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, whanau and individuals.


You can view the final version, along with a high-level summary of submissions and raw submissions we received with permission to share on NEAC’s website at:   

NEAC understands that resource allocation affects everyone in society, and would appreciate if you can forward this email to anyone 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’ (Getting Through Together). 

Getting Through Together considers the ethical issues which may arise during any pandemic. NEAC is starting a substantial review of Getting Through Together, which will build on the work done to develop the Resource Allocation Framework.  


NEAC recognise that the Resource Allocation Framework only addresses a small part of pandemic ethics and, is currently focused on COVID-19. It is anticipated that a section on resource allocation will become part of the updated Getting Through Together guidelines. We also received feedback in the resource allocation consultation that was not directly relevant to the Resource Allocation Framework, but will be useful for the update of Getting Through Together.  

NEAC believe that Getting Through Together needs to be updated for two reasons. The first is to consider ethical issues not covered by the 2007 document, including the use of digital technologies, specific guidance on public health interventions, the impact on routine standards of care, and consideration of equity. The second relates to the structure of the document. The target audience of a pandemic ethics document includes decision-makers, Government and the public. Accordingly, the document should be clear and easy to navigate across a number of interested groups.


A similar public consultation process is planned for the update of Getting Through Together later in 2021 and we hope that you will continue to work alongside NEAC in sharing your views on ethical issues related to pandemic ethics to inform NEACs future work.  

We welcome any feedback on the Resource Allocation Framework at .


Warm wishes,


NEAC Secretariat

Ministry of Health.

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