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Membership data

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

As at 25th February:

Standard: 564
Provisional: 34
Registered AOD: 556
Registered PG: 6
Associate: 119
Support Worker: 41
Student: 42
Other: 1
Total: 1363

Indemnity Insurance

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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

Membership Survey

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

This year, dapaanz will conduct a membership survey to concentrate upon:
• assessing communication between the Association and the membership.
• recommending how this might be improved
• advising on improved methods of communication with, especially, younger members.

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.

Cutting Edge 2014

Monday, December 16th, 2013



The 19th national gathering of the treatment sector returns to Dunedin from 17-20 September.  The theme is Co-Existing Problems.  Speaker confirmed so far:  Dr Peter Rice, Dr Fiona Rossen, Dr John McMenamin, Dr Gavin Cape, Shane Bradbrook, Ben Birks Ang.  The Health Promotion Agency is confirmed as a major sponsor.  The website is up now: .  Registration fees are held to last year’s rates.  The overall format should look familiar with meetings, hui, fono and site visits on the Wednesday, lots of talking with slides on Thursday and Friday, skills-based workshops on the Saturday morning.




Monday, June 17th, 2013
  • New criteria begins 1 July
  • The intended changes to the supervision criteria was an initiative led by a membership working party with very wide representation concerned about how many supervisors were not supervising using the Addiction Competencies Framework and were really unaccountable to the Association approving registration and renewal of that registration. Registration is based upon the Addiction Competencies Framework and upon supervisors’ opinion that the practitioner was continuing to demonstrate competence in those competencies. The role of supervisors is going to become increasingly important in both registration and renewal. Therefore, the Association needed to take a more interested role in the supervisors. By inviting supervisors to become accredited, which includes membership of dapaanz, brings them under the Code of Ethics, and the Addiction Competencies Framework. The Association is looking at an option to move its primary relationship from practitioners to supervisors which it would then support through such as regional support hubs.
  • The Association wants supervisors to be trained in supervision. This is not mandatory until 2015. The last thing we want is to lose good supervisors and a close watch will be kept on this possibility.
  • All supervisors to be accredited by dapaanz – simple application form, effectively grand-parenting scheme until end of 2014
  • Supervisors face one-off application fee, annual membership renewal, three year supervisor accreditation renewal
  • All renewals of registration will need sign-off from accredited supervisors
  • If your supervisor is not accredited, your renewal of registration will fail
  • Full details on website under Registration Criteria and also under Accredited Clinical Supervisor; enquiries to Supervision Criteria Team on (04) 499 30 83
  • The Association is also planning the development of supervision guidelines to reflect changing practices. This would be done in team with Matua Raki and Te Pou and members who are interested in contributing to this work. It is likely to start from the work done by Kina Trust on supervision which is the standard text

Registration Criteria

Friday, June 14th, 2013

• New registration process begins 1 July
• Does not affect current Registered Practitioners or endorsed Associate Practitioners or endorsed Support Workers
• Does affect all new applications for registration received after 30 June
• New applications for endorsement as Associate Practitioner discontinued
• After 6 months post-qualification experience in addiction treatment, apply for provisional registration
• Minimum 12 months, maximum 3 years, addiction specific 7/7+ addiction qualification then apply for full registration
• Full details on website under Registration Criteria; enquiries to (04) 499 30 83

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.