Ngā mihi ki a koutou
Given the exceptional circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the team at dapaanz wanted to check you know where to access the latest information and are up-to-date with what is happening at dapaanz . If you are at your workplace it is a requirement of your workplace to take every precaution to keep you and your clients safe.
At level 2 you can see people face to face (telehealth is still the prefered option). You are required to put the following in place:
Screen people for sysmptoms of COVID-19 prior to meeting 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)
Use infection control measures (ie, hand washing, wiping down surfaces)
You can travel to see clients and attend training as long as screening is in place
You can undertake group work with clients so long as physical distancing is practised
You can expect your workplace to provide workplace guidelines and to support you to do all that is required at level 2
Advice for Allied Health Professionals (ie, addiction workers) - Ministry of Health
What you need to know about what is expected of you alert level 2 - Ministry of Health
Stay home - this does not apply to Essential Services
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 renewals - While dapaanz staff are working from home, your applications, renewals and upgrades will be seamless from your perspective.
Working online - If you are now 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 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 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 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.
Working online - If you haver 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
Guidance for Essential Workers and Essential Businesses (Employment NZ)
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
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
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
Funerals and tangihanga - Ministry of Health information on funerals and tangihanga
The Louvre in Paris is closed, but Virtual tours are open. Four tours are available now
The Vatican Museum also has virtual tours. This is a great time to see the Sistine Chapel!
Atlanta Zoo has a livestreaming Panda Cam
And the San Diego Zoo has an Elephant Cam, Tiger Cam, Penguin Cam and more!
Noho ora mai
Sue and the dapaanz team