Ngā mihi ki a koutou
Given the exceptional circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the team at dapaanz wanted to check you know where to access information on how to keep yourself safe and informed and are up-to-date with what is happening at dapaanz . Addiction Services spporting high risk, or vulnerable people are Essential Services. You may therefore be working from home or at your workplace. If you are at your workplace it is a requirement of your workplace to take every precaution to keep you safe.
Stay home - where you stay from 25 March YOU MUST stay until further notice from Government (this does not apply to Essential Services). You are only allowed physical contact with those who live in your house. this does apply)
Police are taking a zero tolerance approach to people breaching the lock down
Educational and public facilities are all closed (several educational facilities moving to online learning platforms)
Businesses closed except for essential services (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics)
Travel severely limited (only essential travel e.g. to buy food, or pick up a prescription)
Major reprioritisation of healthcare services (requirement to ring rather than go into your medical centre)
For really helpful information, we recommend checking out the Ministry of Health link: COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The Washington Post simulator is also really helpful in understanding the benefits of social distancing.
It is a challenging time for our members and people affected by addiction. We want to assure you that our core services will not be affected, or will be adapted for this time. For instance:
Applications and reneals - While we are working from home, your applications, renewals and upgrades will be seamless from your perspective. You’ll be able to contact the team through the normal channels. New Zealand is experiencing issues with overloaded phone lines so if you can email. We will reply.
Cutting Edge - We have made the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s Cutting Edge. However, we are exploring some online options for Cutting Edge and for dapaanz workshops. We will update you as information comes to hand and if you are already enrolled in a workshop we will be in touch soon. These online options will provide non-contact opportunity to connect and earn CPD points.
CPD - If you are concerned about meeting your CPD requirements please consider activities such as a Reflective Practice Journal, setting up an online Journal Club or Annotated Journal Articles. There is also free online training on Matua Raki and the Werry Centre websites.
Addiction Standard - There will be a delay in the Addiction Standard given only publishing essential materials is currently allowed (expect it May - though that could be pushed out).
Advocacy - We will advocate for how the current situation will impact on you and the people you are working with. Please let us know the things you are facing so we can raise these issues. Before lock down we met with Minister Clark and spoke about growing the addiction workforce and the barriers to that. We also regularly meet with Ministry of Health and Health Promotion Agency about how you, the workforce, can be better supported.
Addiction Education Providers - We are pulling together (online) the Addiction Education Providers to ascertain how we can support the transition of courses into online options so people in training will not be disadvantaged and training institutes will be supported through this time.
Complaints - The Complaints processes will be the same process as always. Please check here if you need further information on making a Complaint.
Indemnity insurance - If you have indemnity insurance with AON (our preferred provider) we can confirm that business activities extends to include working with their clients via all media channels i.e. phone, text, email, skype, face time, zoom etc (these channels of communication, like with actual meetings/sessions etc, still only relates to work within New Zealand). If you have idenmnity with another provider please check you are covered for these channels of communication.
Take care - Most importantly, take care of yourself and your family and email or phone us if you are experiencing difficulties.
ACC - If you do ACC work, they have moved to extend Telehealth options for treatment services, including initial consultations for General Practice and some allied health providers. This means you should be able to undertake ACC work via phone/skype. Here is a really useful link to provider information.
Court reports - If you do Court work check out this letter.
Online peer support - Living Sober community
For current users and people in recovery - New Zealand Drug Foundation information on safer use, withdrawal, maintaining recovery and supporting others.
Funerals and tangihanga - Ministry of Health information on funerals and tangihanga.
We hope you and your whānau are well, safe and supported.
Noho ora mai
Sue and the dapaanz team