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Staff in recovery who relapse

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

When staff who are in recovery experience relapse this can be challenging not only for them, but for their colleagues and managers as well.  Dr Peter Adams and Dr Helen Warren have written a paper setting out ways of addressing these issues and supporting those involved.  Titled: Responding to the risks associated with the relapse of recovering staff members within addiction services it was published in Substance Use & Misuse, 45:951-967.  We do have the authors’ permission to provide copies of this paper.  Requests to the dapaanz office.

Strategic Plan 2015

Monday, March 9th, 2015



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



Each activity of the association will meet its obligation as set out in the strategic priority

Dapaanz will be responsive to different needs of Maori, of Pacific, and of other cultures consistent with the objectives of the association

Dapaanz will ensure Maori representation on the Executive as set out in the Constitution

Dapaanz will work with other agencies to promote the development of practitioners working particularly with Maori and Pacific Peoples

Dapaanz will seek annual feedback from both Maori Caucus and Drua on:

  • Representation on the Executive
  • Cutting Edge
  • Competencies and Code of Ethics
  • Strategic Priorities

Dapaanz will prepare an issues and trends document for Maori Caucus and Drua to consider and comment upon



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



Provide advice and information that is valued by its members

Cutting Edge continues to earn its place as the principal addiction treatment conference

The School of Addiction is appreciated as a useful training event to practitioners in current treatment issues

Training continues to be provided in issues central to dapaanz registration


Strategic Priority 3:    Dapaanz members demonstrate ethical and competent practice



Maintain relationships with training providers in order to promote DAPAANZ competencies

Manage complaints against members

Provide and promote the Code of Ethics and Competency Framework

Provide a competent and effective Membership, Registration and Accreditation Service


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



Represent and promote DAPAANZ policies and practices on appropriate committees

Develop opinions on policy, treatment and other AOD issues and advocate for these opinions to the sector, government, media and other appropriate bodies

Provide leadership and feedback to practitioners on ethical 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



Network, present to, visit and support practitioners and services

Maintain the office, email and telephone services so that members can make contact at all times

Prepare, report to and record Executive meetings and facilitate the Executive to carry out its functions

Provide member benefits

Provide member communications (bulletin, website, publications)

Ensure quality improvement based upon member communications with the Association


Strategic Priority 6:  Dapaanz is financially sustainable




Support and secure the Association’s sustainability and growth through forward-oriented financial planning, budgeting and sound financial administration

Implement all revenue generating as well as expenditure carrying activities to the benefit of its members and their professional practice

Ensure all funds, financial records and transactions are managed in compliance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements and ethical standards of practice verified by the oversight of the dapaanz executive and finance committee and the maintenance of effective, transparent accounting systems, regular reporting and external auditing


Cutting Edge 2015

Monday, March 9th, 2015

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: Henare O”Keefe practitioner and inspired worker with families.

Registrations in May.

Invitation for Abstracts


2-5 September 2015

The Rutherford Hotel



It’s All About Whanau



Cutting Edge is the national addiction treatment conference, covering alcohol, other drugs, problem gambling and smoking cessation.  The 2015 conference will be the 20th and for as many years with the sponsorship of the Alcohol Advisory Council/Health Promotion Agency and support from the Ministry of Health.  Hosted by dapaanz (Addiction Practitioners’ Association), this year the conference will be held at the Rutherford Hotel, Nelson.


With around 400 participants, it will follow the previous formats of the pre-conference meetings including for Maori, for Pacific, and the opportunity to visit local agencies (2nd September), the conference (3rd and 4th September) and workshops led by keynote presenters and others (5th September).



Seeking expressions of interest


Practitioners, researchers, policy makers are invited to submit an abstract that addresses the conference theme It’s All About Whanau.  The theme picks up on the importance of family in the experience of addiction, in its healing and how to intervene with the unwell family.  Family can be taken in its widest meaning and allows for an emphasis to be placed upon those who are most interested in the wellness of the presenting client.


Abstracts may be submitted for 3-4 hour workshops, 20 minute oral presentations or for a poster presentation (2mx1m).


The 2015 dapaanz award for best presentation on a matter of treatment will be awarded to a poster entry.



Submitting Abstracts


We invite you to submit an abstract which will become the basis of selection for inclusion in the programme:

  • Abstracts to be a maximum of 250 words.
  • A short professional biography of less than 100 words is also required.
  • Abstracts must be received by 5pm Monday 25 May 2015.Submit your abstracts online on the Cutting Edge website, under the Call for Abstracts tab. Abstracts must be loaded by 5pm Monday 25 May 2014.The conference programme selection committee reserves the right to select the abstracts that best develop the conference theme Co-existing Problems within the time and space available.  All abstracts accepted for inclusion in the Cutting Edge programme will be published in some form before the conference, if you do not wish to have your abstract printed, please advise us at time of submitting your abstract.   All presenters will also be asked to provide their Printed Version for publication.  All presenters will be notified whether their abstract has been accepted or declined from Monday 8 June 2015. All presenters will be required to pay the relevant registration fee to attend Cutting Edge and to meet their own travel and/or accommodation costs.  Call for abstracts open                                                           NowNotification of outcome of abstracts                                       from Monday 1 June Registrations open                                                                 June 2015Late registration applies                                                        1 August
  • Cutting Edge                                                                          2 – 5 September 2015
  • Early bird registrations close                                                 31 July
  • Printed version if different from original abstracts                 Monday 15 June
  • Call for abstracts close                                                          5pm Monday 25 May
  • Presenter Registration Fees
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification
  • Abstracts

Membership data

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Membership data: as at 16th February, 2015

Standard:                592

Provisional:             113

Registered AOD:     497

Registered PG:           5

Associate:                 78

Support Worker:        49

Student:                    36

Other:                         2

Total:                    1372


Accredited Clinical Supervisor:  309

Lifetime members:  3


Practice Standards Committee

Monday, March 9th, 2015

In its February 2015 report to the Executive there were currently six active complaints against practitioners involving:

  • The death of a client
  • Ethical breach re confidentiality
  • Two over document-keeping competence
  • Non-payment of laboratory fees
  • Failure to provide treatment.

There are a further two potential complaints and three issues were resolved before they became complaints.  Altogether, in the last quarter, 15 separate matters involving practice by individual practitioners were raised with the Association.  As complaints are resolved, any guidance for ethical practice will   be published in the Bulletin.

Executive Elections 2015

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Nomination papers are accompanying the March Bulletin for the election of the 2015-7 Executive.  They need to be returned by 27th March.  Postal voting papers will go out in April with voting closing in mid-May. Want to know more?  Ask the staff at the office on (04) 499 30 83.

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.

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.

Indemnity Insurance

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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

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.