COVID-19

COVID-19

Ngā mihi ki a koutou

auckland region - alert level 3

  • Key points for addiction mahi at level 3
    • Virtual appointments should be provided wherever possible.
    • Face-to-face appointments may be provided for urgent cases, so long as appropriate measures ae taken to manage the public health risk.
    • One change since Level 3 previously is that it is not necessary to inform Regional Authorities as long as the practice is registered, displaying a QR code and clients are using the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Tracer app.
    • For all face-to-face appointments, a COVID-19 screening (risk assessment) should occur. This can be found on the Ministry’s website. If COVID-19 is not suspected, hand hygiene should be practised, and surgical masks worn. If COVID-19 is suspected, gowns and eye protection should be worn in addition to hand hygiene and surgical masks.

The Ministry of Health’s definition of “urgent care” for community allied health professionals has not changed, it remains as follows:

  • a condition which is life or limb threatening or
  • treatment required to maintain the basic necessities of life or
  • treatment that cannot be delayed or carried out remotely without risk of significant harm or permanent and/or significant disability

AND

  • which cannot be delivered by a service which is currently operating or by health professionals that are already in contact with the patient.

As of 20 August potential postal delays 

New Zealand Post have advised that a second team member working at their Auckland Operations Centre has returned a positive COVID-19 test.

The Ministry of Health have advised that they are able to continue operating with 2m physical distancing.

As a result of the additional safety procedures there will be some impact to their service levels over the next 48 hours:

  • Products delivered to Auckland addresses may be delayed by one day
  • Products that originate in Auckland and are delivered to addresses outside Auckland may experience a reduction in service standard (estimated to be approx. 10% lower delivery on time)
  • Products that do not originate from, or are not delivered to Auckland will not be impacted.

the rest of New Zealand - alert level 2

  • At Level 2, face-to-face appointments can occur so long as the following measures are in place:

    • Screen people for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to meeting with them ie, do they have a temperature, runny nose, sore throat, head cold, loss of sense of smell). Also you are required to screen them for contact with others who may have been exposed to the virus, have the virus or have any of the symptoms)
    • Practice physical distancing (1 metre)
    • Travel within and to neighbouring regions to provide care to patients and to receive training (no travel into the Auckland region).
    • Group work so long as physical distancing is in place.
    • Infection control measures (ie, hand washing, wiping down surfaces, PPE)
    • What you need to know about what is expected of you alert level 2 - Ministry of Health

Our service to you and relevant information

It has been a challenging time for our members and people affected by addiction.  We want to assure you that our core services have not been affected, or have been adapted for this time. For instance:

  • Applications and renewals - dapaanz staff are mainly working from home, however, your applications, renewals and upgrades will be seamless from your perspective.

  • Working online - If you are still working with clients online you can still use these practice hours towards your renewal.

  • Sign off - If you are worried about getting line manager or supervisor sign off you can either email the forms to your line manager or supervisor or they can downloading  them from the website and either scan and email to us, take a photo and send it or, if these options don't work,  they can email us outlining the information on the form and confirmation of their approval.

  • If you have any other dapaanz issues - You’ll be able to contact the team through all the normal channels.  

  • Cutting Edge - We made the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s Cutting Edge. However, we are now holding the online Addiction Practice 2020 (a series of 10 online lunchtime webinars beginning 18 August). 

  • 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.

  • 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 Te Hiringa Haurora (previously the Health Promotion Agency) about how you, the workforce, can be better supported.

  • Addiction Education Providers - We have pulled 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.

  • Other useful links

  • Working online - If you have moved to working with your clients online here is some useful information you may want to consider

  • NZ telehealth resource centre - includes webinars and useful information

  • Support for frontline health care professionals and care workers - Health Care New Zealand is providing a free counselling service for frontline health care professionals and care workers (including addiction workers) who are seeking mental health and wellbeing support during the COVID-19 response. Health care professionals and care workers can access this confidential service by calling 0800 820 080 to make an appointment with an experienced therapist.

  • Information and resources to help the addiction and mental health workforce - Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui 

  • Helping frontline workers with stress - Te Rau Ora

  • Addiction 101 webinar   MH101 webinar - online workshops

  • 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

  • Drinking patterns during COVI 19 - Neilson on behalf of Te Hiringa Hauora

  • Pulse survey of addiction services and people using drugs during level 4 - Drug Foundation

  • For current users and people in recovery - New Zealand Drug Foundation information  on safer use, withdrawal, maintaining recovery and supporting others

  • Tips for working with problem gamblers

  • Useful information and resouces from Drug Foundation

  • Getting Through Together -Mental Health Foundation wellbeing campaign

  • Preparedness and recovery as a privilege in the context of COVID-19 by Denise Blake. Denise Blake, Senior Lecturer in psychology at Massey University (and dapaanz board member), demonstrates that being ‘disaster-ready’ is a discourse for the privileged and a form of structural violence

  • Online peer support - Living Sober

  • NA Meetings List (online)

  • AA Meetings List (online)

  • Funerals and tangihanga - Ministry of Health information on funerals and tangihanga

  • Occupational Therapy COVID-12 wellbeing kit

  • Cannabis Legalisation and Control Referendum 

for the whānau in auckland - virtual tours


 

We hope you and your whānau are well, safe and supported

Noho ora mai

Sue and the dapaanz team