Category: News & Publications

The list of vitamins, minerals, and related products that Dietitians can prescribe has been updated on the 23rd of August 2022 and

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Australia and New Zealand Allied Health Summit 2022: 2-day virtual event on the 25-26 August 2022 to discuss and explore the value and utility of allied health

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18 Here-turi-kōkā 2022 / 18 August 2022 Pānui

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10 Here-turi-kōkā 2022 / 10 August 2022 Pānui

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Ministry of Health’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Knowledge Bulletin: Issue 43 – 9 August 2022

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Ministry of Health’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Knowledge Bulletin: Issue 42 – 21 July 2022

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15 Hōngongoi 2022 / 15 July 2022 Pānui

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COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE

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The Government is amending the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 so that the workers who must be vaccinated against COVID-19 are those who face a higher risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 in the workplace than in the wider community.

This means Government vaccine mandates for some health and disability sector workers are being removed.

From 11:59 pm on 7 July, workers who are not public-facing in certain healthcare environments and/or do not provide healthcare services directly to patients, will no longer be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Who is still mandated?

Health practitioners dealing with patients in person, such as doctors, nurses and dentists will continue to be covered by the Vaccinations Order. The Order will also continue to cover workers in medical centres/GP practices and pharmacies (such as receptionists or assistants) whose role involves being within two metres or less of a health practitioner or a member of the public for a period of 15 minutes or more.

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Workers who are employed or engaged by certified providers – which includes hospitals, rest homes, or residential disability care facilities – and who, as part of their ordinary duties, come within two metres or less of a health practitioner or a person to whom health care services are provided for a period of 15 minutes or more will continue to be covered by the Vaccinations Order.

Who is not mandated?

Workers who are not public facing in certain healthcare environments and/or do not provide healthcare services directly to patients, will no longer be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  This includes back-office staff who, for example, do the accounts for a GP and groups like the police and firefighters who may be first responders in the course of their duties but providing health services is incidental to their core work.

Please share the following key messages with your networks/members/staff.

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National Immunisation Programme 

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Key messages 

Top-line messages

  • The Government is changing the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 as it relates to health and disability sector workers.
  • The Government is limiting the workers who must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to those who face a higher risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 in the workplace than in the wider community.

Supporting messages – who is not mandated

  • From 11:59 pm 7 July, workers who are not public facing in certain healthcare environments and/or do not provide healthcare services directly to patients, will no longer be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  This includes back-office staff who, for example, do the accounts for a GP and groups like the police and firefighters who may be first responders in the course of their duties but providing health services is incidental to their core work.
  • Vaccination against COVID-19 continues to be highly recommended for all health and disability sector workers – including those in the aged care sector.

Supporting messages – who is still mandated

  • Workers in medical centres/GP practices and pharmacies (such as receptionists, assistants) and whose role involves being within two metres or less of a health practitioner or a member of the public for a period of 15 minutes or more will be covered by the Vaccinations Order. 
  • Health practitioners providing health services to patients in person including doctors, nurses and dentists will continue to be covered by the Vaccinations Order.
  • Workers who are employed or engaged by certified providers – which includes hospitals, rest homes, or residential disability care facilities – and who, as part of their ordinary duties, come within two metres or less of a health practitioner or a person to whom health care services are provided for a period of 15 minutes or more will continue to be covered by the Vaccinations Order.

Supporting key messages – why

  • These decisions have been made because requiring vaccination is no longer considered a proportionate response to the risk now posed by COVID-19. This is a result of high vaccination rates, the changing nature and perception of risk, and a significant portion of the population now having contracted and recovered from COVID-19.
  • When reviewing whether health and disability sector workers should still be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Ministry of Health considered workers across the sector based on the different workplaces and the ongoing level of risk in those environments.
  • The Ministry of Health considers there is still a high risk for workers who work directly with people who may have COVID-19 or people who are at high risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 and for those who work directly in aged care or with vulnerable and/or disabled people.
  • The risk level in different workplaces has been considered using these criteria:
  • the nature of the work and the work setting, in terms of the risk of exposure to COVID-19 compared to being in the broader community
  • the nature of the work and the work setting and the interaction with people who are at greater risk of severe disease should they contract COVID-19.

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10 Pipiri 2022 / 10 June Pānui 2022

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13 Haratua 2022 / 13 May 2022 Pānui

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