NPNZ Special Interest Groups 

pdf NPNZ SIG RIG December 2023 (0.34MB)

 Minister of ACC Letter - February 2021

pdf Minister of ACC Letter 2021 (0.07MB)

  2020 NPNZ Professional Development Grant

Application form below:

pdf 2020 NPNZ Professional Development Grant (0.84MB)


NPNZ Survey

 NPNZ Survey 2018 (3.51MB)

pptx 2020 NPNZ Longitudinal Study.pptx (4.77MB)
pdf 2022 Nurse Practitioners New Zealand Summary.pdf (1.16MB)


Country Profiles Regarding the Status of Advance Nursing Practice in a Few Identified Countries

The ICN NP/APN practice subgroup have been working on country profiles regarding the status of advance nursing practice in a few identified countries.  We submitted these to ICN including the NZ APN profile. The “Status of Advanced Practice Nursing in New Zealand” document has now been uploaded to the ICN AANP website, together with numerous other countries

NZ :

Death & Cremation Certs for NPs  

Death & Cremation Doc Cover  
pdf Death & Cremation Certificates for NPs (2.71MB)

Pharmac Notification of Change
Pharmaceutical Schedule Rules from 1 June 2018 - Notification of Changes

Key points in the notification are:

  • We’ve made the Pharmaceutical Schedule Rules easier to find, use and apply, by tidying up and bringing together the rules for Community Pharmaceuticals and Hospital Pharmaceuticals.
  • We haven’t changed the intent or meaning of the rules.
  • From 1 June 2018 Section A of the Pharmaceutical Schedule will be the General Rules for the entire Pharmaceutical Schedule, including Section H and will be published on the PHARMAC website.
  • There will be no General Rules in the PDF and book versions of the Pharmaceutical Schedules after August 2018.

Sector Update from the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer - May 2018

pdf OCNO Sector Update May 2018 (0.23MB)

Nurse Practitioners in New Zealand

Published in 2002 by the Ministry of Health

National Survey of Nurse Practitioners (2015)

Coordinated by the South Island Workforce Development Hub.

This information will help to inform consistent Nurse Practitioner pathways and support the Nurse Practitioner role to continue to develop in this country

pdf NZNP survey 2015 (1.04MB)

pdf Summary of NPNZ 2012 & 2014 survey (0.21MB)

pdf Comparison 2012 to 2014 (2.60MB) 

Decision on nurse practitioner scope of practice and further consultation 2015

Following extensive consultation the Nursing Council has confirmed it will make changes to the nurse practitioner scope of practice and education programmes that prepare nurse practitioners to meet future health needs of New Zealanders. These changes will not come into effect until the Council has completed a further consultation on new education programme standards and competencies for nurse practitioner

The scope of practice has been broadened and the requirement to restrict nurse practitioners to a specific area of practice has been removed. This model has been safely implemented in Australia. Nurse practitioners as advanced clinicians will be expected to self-regulate and practice within their area of competence and experience. Nurse practitioners in New Zealand have demonstrated safe advanced practice since they were first regulated in 2001.

The Council believes that these changes will allow greater flexibility and utility for nurse practitioners to meet future health needs of New Zealanders, including rural and other underserved and diverse and aging populations. The revised scope of practice also makes the role and contribution of nurse practitioners clearer to employers and the public, and differentiates the nurse practitioner from advanced registered nurse roles.

The Council has also decided to refocus the education programmes to prepare nurse practitioners. These programmes will have more specific programme outcomes and include 300 hours of protected clinical learning time. These changes will lead to greater consistency and breadth in nurse practitioner preparation and improve readiness for registration on completion of the programme.

Mobility Parking Permits

pdf Mobility Parking Permit (0.18MB)  

Metoprolol Alert For Feedback

 pdf Metoprolol alert (0.18MB)

Best Practice Advocacy Centre New Zealand

You may already know about (or receive) the Best Practice Journal and the ‘Best tests’ publications that bpacnz prepares; and all our material is available to view for free online at This is where I was hoping to contact you, as secretary for NPNZ.

 Part of my role is to actively facilitate an increase in our online materials by health professionals in New Zealand. Our online ‘Mybpac’ accounts are free, and allow users to personalise the content they see, store favourite articles and complete CME quizzes and audits. In addition, some Nurse Practitioners are able to access personalised reports on dispensed pharmaceuticals and laboratory tests performed. Articles on the website include the latest prescribing information, and articles on best practice which I hope would prove useful to Nurse Practitioners, Practice Nurses and Nursing Students.

 We currently have over 300 nurses signed up with Mybpac accounts, although we are hoping to increase this number over time. I note the College of Nurses website contains links of interest at, and similarly there is an NP Resources link at I’m wondering whether NPNZ would be interested in listing bpacnz as a resource on the site?

 If you have any other feedback, or if there is any other NPNZ forum you feel that bpacnz resources could be used in, then please let me know.

 Kind Regards

 Jared Graham

Project Manager

Best Practice Advocacy Centre New Zealand

Horowhenua Rules Supreme in MDHB 2013 Health Awards

 Bisphosphonate Monitoring

 pdf Bisphosphonate monitoring (0.01MB)

Special Authority Update

November 2011pdf Special authority update Nov 11.pdf (0.01MB)


pdf Hospital medicines list 2013 (1.49MB)

pdf Ministry of Health Changes to regulations July 2011... (0.27MB)
pdf Medicines Amendment Regulations 2011 (2.22MB) 

pdf Misuse of Drugs Amendments Regulations 2005 (0.12MB)

pdf Medicines(Designated Prescriber: Nurse Practitioners) Regulations 2005.. (0.27MB) 

NPs and Do Not Resuscitate Orders

November 2011pdf NPs and DNR orders Nov 11.pdf (0.04MB)

College of Radiologist's Letter

March 2009pdf College of Radiologists letter.pdf (0.08MB)

Areas of Interest