We develop submissions in response to policy and legislative consultations on a wide range of issues affecting the specialty and the wider health sector.

Key advocacy issues in 2021

  • New Zealand’s Health and Disability System Review, described as “a once in a generation opportunity for systemic reform,” which recommends greater centralization and coordination of our health system. This is crucial if we are to avoid the disorganization and uncoordinated distribution of PPE which occurred during the height of COVID. A major focus of the report is to reduce health inequity among Maori, Pacific and rural populations. We are awaiting the Government’s response to the recommendations and will be responding.
  • Climate Change Commission Report – we support lowering NZ’s carbon footprint so that we can meet our obligations of the Paris Climate Accord and will advocate on how the health sector is integral in lowering emissions to reach the Government’s zero carbon neutral goals (we are concerned that the report does not have a strong focus on health, wellbeing and equity). We are liaising with our Environmental and Sustainability Network to help inform our submission.
  • PHARMAC medical devices procurement, which is also focused on fairer access and equity. We have strongly conveyed that anaesthetists must be represented across multiple committees which are being formed to advise on medical devices, to reflect the breadth of our specialty’s involvement throughout the health sector. PHARMAC have presented to the NZSA Executive and been receptive to this advice. Operational detail of this project is due to be released in March or April this year.
  • PHARMAC consultation on their advisory committees which they aim to make more consumer focused, and able to deliver more equitable outcomes for medicines. All these issues will be discussed when we meet with the Health Minister later in the year. We will also consult with members to ask what issues they would like us to raise.
  • Assistants to the Anaesthetists - we are part of a stakeholder group that is focused on bridging AA shortages and ensuring a smooth transition to AUT's degree program from the current diploma. 


NZSA Submissions


Climate Change Commission - Climate Change Commission report - 28 March 2021

PHARMAC - Consultation on advisory committees - 19 March 2021

PM, Ministers of Health and Climate Change - Health sector contribution to Government's carbon neutral goals - 19 January 2021