Cutting edge

Cutting Edge provides an excellent opportunity for addiction practitioners, academics, policy makers, government agencies, social services and the broader addiction sector to network, gain fresh inspiration, and learn more about innovative thinking and practice in addiction intervention. It is hosted by dapaanz in partnership with the New Zealand Ministry of Health and Health Promotion Agency.

Cutting Edge 2016 - Celebrating Transformation was held 7-10 September at the Energy Events Centre Rotorua.

Celebrating Transformation focused on transformative practice for individuals and families, organisations and communities.

There was an excellent line-up of speakers including Professor David Best from the UK, Kim Ledger (patron of Scriptwise Australia and the late Health Ledger’s father), Dr Denise Blake, Dr Vili Nosa, Ian MacEwan and Mike King.

congratulations to cutting edge 2016 award winners

dapaanz newcomer award

Kevin Hollingsworth, Te Utuhina Manaakitanga AOD Services and Kirsty McLeod, Moana House

dapaanz best abstract award

Rachel Scaife Service Manager, Phoenix Centre Emerge Aotearoa  and Brody Runga Consumer Advisor, Odyssey House Auckland (Recovery College: Peer Led Education towards 360 degree transformation)

dapaanz best poster award (peoples choice)

Tom Whare & Daile Peni-LeVaillant, Te Utuhina Manaakitanga AOD Services (Celebrating Transformation via the Vessel of Waka Ora (Impaired Driving Programme)

matua raki new emerging researcher award

Vicky Totua, Karen Fraser and Karen Henke - CADS Auckland (Sensory modulation: Invaluable skill based tool, or misuse of addiction resources?)

matua raki workforce innovation award

Problem Gambling Foundation

Runner up - Lifewise Trust


regional workshops

We are committed to supporting members to grow and develop through continuing professional development (CPD), and want to make training opportunities accessible.   If you can get 15 people together we can provide one-day workshops on ethics, trauma/PTSD or co-exiting problems or other topics if you have a specific need in your area.  The cost for a one-day skills-based workshop is $220 for members and $280 for non-members.  Please contact if you would like to book a workshop or talk about options.


School of Addiction

The School of Addiction is a bi-annual two day of skills-based professional development opportunity hosted by dapaanz for those working in the addiction treatment sector.  Attendees choose two different one-day workshops and earn 30 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. The next School of Addiction will be held March 2018.

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