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we exist to support our members

Our members are passionate about making a difference for individuals, whānau and communities. We are passionate about making a difference for our members. We are currently working to Strategic Intent 2020-2023.

promote and foster ethical, competent practice

We foster and maintain good and ethical practice in addiction treatment through promotion of our Tikanga Matatika - Code of Ethics , our Addiction Intervention Competency Framework, and our registration process

foster professional development

To ensure that practitioners remain current, continuing professional development (CPD) is a requirement for endorsed and registered practitioners. We monitor CPD through the endorsement, registration and renewal process.

We hold two major annual events to provide members with opportunities for professional development.

Cutting Edge, the national addictions conference held in September each year, provides an excellent opportunity for the sector to network and learn about innovative thinking and practice.

Regional workshops and learning opportunities are provided as required. Dapaanz also works closely with education and training providers and Matua Raki (the national addiction workforce development centre).

telling members inspiring stories

Our Bulletin comes out three times a year (February, June and November). We encourage members to use the Bulletin to tell their stories from a consumer or clinician perspective, to raise relevant issues and to publish relevant articles. 

manage practitioner endorsement and registration

Appropriately qualified practitioners can apply for registration. Practitioner registration is evidence of the practitioner’s competency to work as independent clinical case manager in addiction practice. We also endorse support workers, and provide an accreditation process for clinical supervisors.

advocate for the workforce and people affected by addiction

We use every opportunity to promote addiction treatment and advocate for change. We do this through submissions, using our influence with key people and organisations, and by raising issues in a range of settings. We also seek to raise the profile of the workforce through our publications and media opportunities.