The Addiction Practitioners’ Association, Aotearoa-New Zealand is a society incorporated in 2003 to represent the professional interests of its members: the practitioners working in addiction treatment.

Anyone with an interest in addiction treatment can apply for membership. Membership confers the belonging to a professional organisation with a code of ethics and the opportunity to contribute to the development of the addiction treatment workforce.

In addition, experienced qualified practitioners can apply for registration of practitioner competency. This attests to their ability to work with addiction at an independent clinical case manager level. Current registered practitioners are listed on this site.

Dapaanz has a Code of Ethics to which all its members are accountable.

Dapaanz projects:

  1. To support and assist in the development of practitioners working in addiction.
  2. To support and assist in the development of practitioners working particularly with Maori and Pacific Peoples.
  3. To advocate for dapaanz members and for their clients.
  4. To support the development of practitioners to Registered Practitioner competence and beyond, should they choose.
  5. To develop a process for maintenance of professional standards and continuing professional development for registered practitioners.
  6. To manage the registration process for practitioners.
  7. To implement a process for managing complaints against its members on the grounds of competence or ethical standards.
  8. To host an annual conference and a biennial school for the whole sector.