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Executive Elections

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Executive elections 2015:  the two yearly cycle of the executive is due for completion in the third quarter of next year.  In the second quarter, a call for nominations will be made.  A postal vote will be held mid-year. Nomination is open to any member.  Meetings are quarterly, all day, and travel expenses are paid.   You get to influence professional development, sector advocacy, quality of client work through the ethics and boundaries procedures.  Want to know more?  Ask the staff at the office on (04) 499 30 83.

Complaints Report

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

In the last quarter, one complaint, two disciplinary actions and a referral to extra supervision, involving registered practitioners are currently with the Association.  A complaint by a member of the public was lodged about the availability of mental health services in Manukau court over Christmas.  Five enquiries about potential complaint action have been received.  Four enquiries about practitioner incompetence have been lodged.

Advanced Practitioner Development

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

There appear to be two strands in the thinking so far.  One need not exclude the other.  One might follow the other.

An advanced practitioner interest and support group

A desire to promote excellence.  It can encourage buy in from other groups and could bring in fresh blood which is always good for a group.

A collegial group of advanced practitioners that can provide each other with cross-profession support and development, that will provide advanced clinical leadership for the sector which some other professional groups are loathe to do or are too small to do on their own, and that can encourage the development of the next wave of clinical experts to identify with the sector.

Dapaanz should be about more than registered practitioners and support workers. It can offer something to nurses, doctors, psychologists and social workers who are dedicated to the addiction sector:

  • a crucial issue of the sector is that our leadership exists mainly of managers, and clinical leadership is lacking. We have small somewhat disconnected groups of people who should be in leadership roles such as FAChAM, DANA, a few clinical psychologists etc but they work independently and few of them are involved in sector wide leadership roles. Other sectors of health and mental health have a very strong clinical leadership which is powerful in advocating at ministry level, DHB level etc
  • be comprised of people at a certain level of qualification; perhaps postgraduate diploma in addiction, medical specialty, clinical psychology etc with experience in addiction and a commitment to it
  • would bring together various disparate groups such as addiction medicine, addiction interested psychiatrists, psychologists working in addiction, nurses and other health professionals with advanced qualifications
  • would provide support for each other in terms of clinical addiction leadership
  • would provide senior clinical leadership for addiction sector
  • could mentor or support younger advanced clinicians to bring young people through into the sector in leadership roles

An advanced practitioner registration

  • This would be an acknowledgement to those who have exemplary practice and qualifications and years of experience to back this up. It could be a practice based career pathway for registered practitioners and their HPCA equivalents who might want to go further. A senior practitioner group providing an opportunity to be recognised for developed competence, knowledge, and leadership in the field – depending on the criteria set. It would be a group that could support each other and promote addiction treatment work alongside other professional groups. Your thoughts please. Email

CPD Points – conferences and workshops

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

The Executive considered representations from members on the difficulties for some practitioners in earning enough points for their annual renewal.  After discussing a number of options it decided to separate out conferences from workshops, creating two categories and allow a maximum of 30 points for each.

This means that under the Activity Category of Formal Study:

Conferences and School of Addiction: 10 points per half day (max 30)

Short courses, workshops, seminars, on-line courses: 10 points per half day (max 30).  This means we can earn up to 60 points for these activities rather than the 40 currently.

Membership Data

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Membership data:  as at 15th December 2014

  Standard:                581

Provisional:             111

Registered:             518

Associate:                 87

Support Worker:        46

Student:                    34

Other:                         3

Total:                    1380


Accredited Clinical Supervisor:  301

Lifetime members:  3


Membership Survey

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

The Executive commissioned Paula Parsonage, Health & Safety Developments to manage a project to obtain feedback from dapaanz members regarding the performance of the association in relation to communication and services to members. The membership was surveyed in September 2014. A total of 602 members responded to the survey, a response rate of approximately 43%.

Findings indicate that there is strong support for the ways in which dapaanz currently communicates with members.  Dapaanz members appreciate the Bulletin, especially the Diary of a Registered Practitioner and there is a clear mandate to retain this form of communication in hard copy with the potential to provide an e-version as an option for those who prefer this. Members suggested more regional content, more practice related content and more member contributions would be appreciated. A number of respondents indicated that they would like more frequent communication by way of e-mail updates. This could be considered as an additional service which may also assist in reaching the small group of members who are not reading the Bulletin and therefore not accessing important information via that method.

Findings provide clear indication that dapaanz staff provide a personalised service that is accessible, responsive, helpful and highly valued by members. If possible this approach should be maintained as a priority.

Survey respondents found the dapaanz website functional; they can navigate the website, find the information they want and find that the information is clear.  Feedback suggests that the website could be modernised in both design and function, with interactive features, video clips of sector events, links and more resources to make it more attractive and expand functions.  A majority would prefer an option to register on-line and many would like to pay fees on line, although it was suggested that the latter may present problems for institutions.  Modernising the website and expanding the way it is used could assist in reaching more isolated members and also in engaging younger members of the workforce. It could also lighten some of the load on dapaanz staff.

Results strongly affirm dapaanz achievements and performance as a professional body. Members report that they are well informed about dapaanz activities and view dapaanz as promoting professional standards. There is appreciation for the role dapaanz plays in encouraging ongoing professional development and advocating for the profession. More than 75% of respondents view dapaanz as an important support for maintaining professional identity. Many express a sense of pride in belonging to the association. There is indication that a minority of members are concerned about CPD costs, difficulty accessing training opportunities and the time commitment required to complete CPD requirements. A further concern is the increasing emphasis on addiction as a specialist field i.e. requirements for addiction qualifications and dapaanz accredited supervisors.

A majority support suggestions that dapaanz provide more support to accredited supervisors and seminars for new members.

There was a range of views regarding the value of expanding dapaanz services to members. The strongest interest is in dapaanz providing local seminars. Support for other options such as regular local meetings, a local dapaanz branch, a peer-to-peer forum and on-line seminars is more 50:50. Any expansion of these services would need to be made in consideration of resources and in consideration of the scope of other organisations.

In line with the findings discussed above, the following outcomes were agreed by the Executive at its 9 December meeting.


  1. Maintain the personalised service orientation of dapaanz and if possible ensure staffing resources are adequate to support this as membership grows.
  2. Continue to provide the bulletin in hard copy and offer an e-version on line. Members can opt out of either the hard copy or the e-version. Facilitate more input from members and include regional perspectives and contributions.
  3. Modernise the website to make it more interactive, more useful to members and more appealing to younger members. Provide resources, video clips and links to a variety of other organisations and practice resources, consider developing a facility where members can update their own contact details and register on-line. Explore options for on-line payment of fees.
  4. Continue to provide advocacy for the workforce and continue activities and initiatives that uphold professional standards. Continue to educate members on the range of CPD options available. Develop examples and resources that to support members in completing CPD requirements.
  5. Provide introductory seminars for new members focussed on ensuring they are informed and engaged with dapaanz from the outset. Consider video and webinar options for this.

New Executive Director Sought

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

New Executive Director required

The Executive is looking for a new Executive Director to begin in August 2015.

Ideally, that person should have experience in the addiction sector. General enquiries about the position can be addressed to Ian MacEwan at dapaanz.  An Executive committee will receive expressions of interest in the position and conduct interviews in the New Year.

School of Addiction

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

The School will be held at the Kingsgate Hotel in Hamilton 26th -28th March 2015. The School runs over a Thursday to Saturday midday. John Savage (Ethics and Boundaries), Claire Aitken (Group Work) and Tipene Pickett (MI in working with Maori) are the tutors.  Registration opens 12th January and forms can be downloaded from the School of Addiction page on this site.  The School attracts 30 CPD points.


Dapaanz members:                                $339.00 + $50.85 gst = $389.85

Non-Dapaanz members:                         $395.20 + $59.28 gst = $454.48

Late fee for both (from 8 Feb 2013)        $420.00 + $63.00 gst = $483.00

The School will now be held annually and alternate between North and South Islands.  This year’s programme will be taken to the South Island in 2016.

Cutting Edge 2015

Monday, October 6th, 2014

To be held at the Rutherford Hotel in Nelson, 2-5 September, 2015. Confirmed keynote speakers include Dr Tracy Westerman  of the Nyamal people in the far North West of Western Australia and who is the founding Managing Director of Indigenous Psychological Services; Sharon Dawe is the mother of Parents Under Pressurewhich is currently being evaluated in the UK in a RCT and is about to be rolled out and evaluated in Taupo/Rotorua DHB regions here. She has conducted research relating to improving outcomes for children of parents on methadone maintenance; Stefan Gruenert, CEO, Odyssey Victoria and who has been a key player in Family Inclusive Practice in addiction services in Australia; Lotta Dann, mother, writer, journalist and livingsober blogger.

Registrations in May.  Call for abstracts in March.

Indemnity Insurance

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Dapaanz is now able to offer indemnity insurance to members through Crombie Lockwood Insurance Brokers.

Provisional Registration eligiblity change

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The applicant must hold an applied bachelor degree (or higher) in addiction studies, nursing, psychology, social work, medicine, counselling or closely similar; or Te Taketake diploma in applied addictions counselling; or a level 8 applied addictions qualification as endorsed and/or approved by dapaanz. The change is the last option which allows for an applied post-graduate qualification without having a relevant undergraduate degree. Applied in this context is defined as comprising a significant component of assessed clinical practice within the learning programme eg, equivalent to at least 120 hours practicum within the learning programme.

Renewal of Supervisor Accreditation

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
  • From February, the first of the accredited supervisors will be renewing their supervisor accreditation for the next three years.  There is no fee for renewal, other than renewal of your annual membership fee.  Your attention is drawn to the template: Practitioner Evaluation of Supervisor which replaces the requirement to provide written references from two supervisees.  This is in your renewal pack which can be found on the website under Application and Renewal Forms.  The hope is that the evaluations will prove more useful and be developmentally supportive.  The evaluations are between you and your supervisee and between you and your supervisor and do not need to be provided to the Association.

              When we notify you of your need to renew your accreditation, download and complete the renewal form (and the membership renewal form if it is due at the same time).

    From your anniversary of accreditation date in 2015 you will need to apply for renewal and:


    1. be a member of dapaanz;


    1. hold dapaanz Practitioner Registration OR hold membership in a profession subject to the provisions of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003) OR the Social Workers Registration Act (2003) OR hold full membership of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors OR the New Zealand Christian Counsellors’ Association -all for a minimum of 2 years;


    1. demonstrate competence in relation to the AoD and/or PG Practitioner competency requirements outlined in full in The Addiction Intervention Competency Framework (2011). Demonstrate ability to support addiction practitioners to integrate into their practice the knowledge and skills set out in the competencies. This will typically be demonstrated via a report from your supervisor at application and renewal and your supervisor’s having discussed with you your supervisee evaluations;


    1. have completed a minimum of 3 years of clinical practice in addictions in the 10 years immediately prior to application;


    1. have undertaken training in supervision from a dapaanz approved training provider (listed on the website under Accredited Supervisor);


    1. pay the annual membership renewal fee, unless you are a registered               practitioner in which case you pay that renewal fee.


    Contact the office with any enquiry. More details on the website and in your renewal reminder letters.

Strategic Plan

Friday, June 14th, 2013

The Executive has been working on a strategic and an action plan for the Association. At this stage it is putting out its draft vision, mission and strategic priorities for comment. The action plan will drop out of the strategic priorities. Please let us know what you think by emailing

Vision: Effectively representing a responsive, skilled and professional addictions workforce for healthier families and communities.

Mission: Strengthening a competent, culturally responsive, accountable, addictions workforce through standards, knowledge and registration

Strategic Priority 1: Dapaanz demonstrates its commitment to partnership between the parties to the Treaty of Waitangi. It is committed to the development of practitioners working particularly with Maori. It is also committed to those working with Pacific Peoples

Strategic Priority 2: Skills and knowledge of members is increased through Dapaanz hosted activities and events

Strategic Priority 3: Dapaanz members demonstrate ethical and competent practice

Strategic Priority 4: Dapaanz forms opinions and takes action on key public health and treatment issues

Strategic Priority 5: Dapaanz is perceived as valuable by the members. More members actively participate in Dapaanz work. The majority of the addictions workforce has Dapaanz registration or membership

Strategic Priority 6: Dapaanz is financially sustainable

Leave of absence

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Registered and endorsed practitioners are reminded that if they are prevented from working because of pregnancy, parental leave, personal or family illness, unemployment, overseas travel, too much excitement and they take leave from work they can apply for leave of absence for up to 12 months without losing their registration. They come off the register, must not work, pay a standard membership only and need not earn CEP points. Leave must be applied for in advance or as early as possible.