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June Newsletter
Mānawatia a Matariki

To all members I hope you have made the most of this important time to spend time with friends and whanau.
It is a time of reflection and planning and I have had Covid which has allowed time for exactly this.
Thinking of all our members and families who have passed in the last year.

Special Call to members
We need your help and engagement as a voluntary organisation it relies on interaction and input from members especially at the group level.
This is how we thrive and feel like we are part of the NZOHNA whanau. I have always felt our organisation is rather special in how we come together.  Several members have moved from being corporate members to professional members and we are hoping that this is through the realisation of the benefits of being part of a national professional group. We cannot urge you enough to become engaged in your groups as we all have something to contribute or to assist others.
Covid and several factors have meant members have not been connecting, meeting in person or virtually. Right now, we need real energy and input to take the amazing work the project teams have done and move forward.
This cannot be left to the few. If you are unsure how to connect with your local group, please contact me.

The Challenge for you all.
Is for all groups to meet in July discuss the remits and pick their representatives for the AGM in September. – This needs to be completed by 16th August
This is a collaborative and consultative process that we need to go through, no matter how long you have been a member of NZOHNA.
Questions to Kristen Gawn who is your National Secretary

Ngā mihi

Judy Currie
NZOHNA President




Sharing solutions for a stronger future

15-16 Sept

Hornby Club, Christchurch

Price: $470 incl Dinner & Dance

NZ Occupational Health Nurses Association (NZOHNA) and NZISM Canterbury Branch are expanding their successful CPD collaboration, offering a 2-day conference with both live and live-streamed options. 

There are panel discussions, workshops, breakout sessions specific to NZISM and NZOHNA and a raft of specialist speakers sharing insights into topics such as Skin Cancer; Bullying & Harassment; role of a Nurse Practitioner; Wellbeing Programmes; WorkSafe's Targeted Complex Interventions (TCIs); Respiratory Protection; and Local Exhaust Ventilation.

Key notes include:
  • Minister Wood
  • Phil Parkes, CEO WorkSafe NZ
  • Frank O'Connor, organisational psychologist
View the conference webpage.

Tickets include a 'Kiwiana' themed Dinner & Dance on the evening of Thur 15th Sept. Discounted Accommodation is also available.

There are also valuable 
Trade Stand opportunities so get in quick if your company would benefit from some targeted exposure.


How to register for Conference:

If you are registering one or two people, please following the instructions below.  If you are wishing to register more than two, please email with the list of OHNs you are wishing to register, and an invoice will be generated.
From Event listing – enter Quantity 1 into the Quantity field and then enter the Password – NZOHNA
You can also buy a partner ticket for the dinner and dance at the same time, just enter 1 in the Quantity field – this does not require a password.
Then select Book Now

The next page will show the ticket(s) selected
If you have a Coupon Code for a complimentary ticket, enter it into the Coupon Code field and then hit Apply Coupon – the code will disappear and the amount Total due will change to $0

 The code will disappear and the amount Total due will change to $0


  • New Name: We also are pleased to share with you that the NIS has been named as the Aotearoa Immunisation Register (AIR) and we will subsequently shift to referring to it as AIR, this name and logo represents is green and vibrancy of pounamu (greenstone). This logo moves away from the words ‘National’ which has some feeling of distrust with ‘National’ systems.
  • Decision around including MMR in June:  Last time we spoke we let you know that we were exploring the opportunity to include MMR in CIR in June 2022. This process included:
    • the rapid discovery that was shared with you last meeting,
    • a technical feasibility assessment (covering recording the event, reporting, GP notification, and linking back into the NIR specifically for children’s vaccinations),
    • sector feedback, and
    • an opportunity costs assessment (what we will not be doing while doing this work).
In weighing this decision we considered the short term value of the tactical solution into the CIR vs the opportunity costs of putting the resource and time into the work to develop and deliver the new front Immunisation Service Delivery (ISD) which will cover all vaccines to be developed and delivered in the July to September 2022.  The decisions has been made to stay on track to deliver the full long term AIR (formally NIS) that will deliver immense value to the sector and focus to ensure a new front end to capture all vaccinations will be delivered by September, the IMMSOT will be stood up enabling the longer-term API integrations and the consumer channels.

We will not progress with MMR into CIR at this stage due to some of the limitations related to reporting, link back to NIR and GP notifications, the scale of activity was not present at this time outside of General Practice.  However we have agreed if demand rapidly increase we can implement the ability to record vaccines but we will still have to delay and wait for the more strategic system to catch up for Reporting and a central data store.

If you have any questions or queries around this or wish to discuss this outcome in more detail please contact @NIS Engagement or contact
For NZOHNA Executive or Administrator email
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