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Current Projects

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

 With the completion of the Supervision Guidelines, new projects being undertaken by the Association include: Long-term planning for Cutting Edge, School of Addiction and the Association’s role in workforce development; communication and service delivery improvements to members;  advanced practitioner level of registration.

New Executive Director Sought

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

New Executive Director required


The Executive Director has advised the Executive that he will not seek to renew his contract with the Association from August 2015. After 13 years with the Association he will concentrate on his roles as an addiction practitioner and supervisor.  So 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.

Membership Data

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Membership data: as at 30 September 2014

Standard:               614

Provisional:             101

Registered AOD:     503

Registered PG:          5

Associate:               93

Support Worker:      44

Student:                  34

Other:                        1

Total:                    1395

Accredited Clinical Supervisor: 287

Lifetime members: 3

Cutting Edge

Monday, October 6th, 2014

With a record number of registrations (420) a very successful annual treatment conference has been held in Dunedin from 17-20 September.  Sponsored by the Health Promotion Agency and the Ministry of Health with support from the Health and Disability Commission, Moana House, Odyssey House and NSAD, dapaanz hosted the 19th Cutting Edge.  Keynote presentations will be found on  Planning is already beginning on the 20th, to be held in Nelson, 2-5 September, 2015.

School of Addiction

Monday, October 6th, 2014

The biennial School will be held 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.  More information will be in the December Bulletin.

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.


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.