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Award Winners – Cutting Edge 2022

By |September 15th, 2022|Categories: Cutting Edge 2022, Sector news|Tags: |

Cutting Edge | Te toka tū moana was held in Ōtautahi | Christchurch on 1-3 September 2022. Each year at Cutting Edge, we recognise members of the addiction workforce, nominated by their peers, for the contribution they make to their sector, to their organisations and to support tāngata whai ora. Congratulations to our 2022 awards winners! 2022 Cutting Edge awards 2022 Best Abstract Shirleen Prasad, Kelly Feng, Dr [...]

Cutting Edge 2022

By |September 15th, 2022|Categories: Cutting Edge 2022, Sector news|Tags: |

Cutting Edge | Te toka tū moana was held in Ōtautahi | Christchurch on 1-3 September 2022. More than 700 people working in the addiction or allied sectors joined us at this year's Cutting Edge conference - our first since 2019. Many thanks to our conference partners Te Whatu Ora and NZ Drug Foundation, to our conference organisers Composition, all our exhibitors, our MC Julian Wilcox,  invited speakers, and [...]

dapaanz forms and other documents

By |June 30th, 2022|Categories: Dapaanz forms & docs, Workforce Resources|Tags: |

All the dapaanz forms and documents in one place - to support our members to stay on top of membership requirements. You may have noticed several dapaanz forms and other reference documents across our site. These can be found on relevant pages as we mention them. We also list them here -- in one place -- because we know there's nothing worse than not remembering where you saw something [...]

Aotearoa Addiction Treatment Timeline

By |April 15th, 2022|Categories: Addiction Treatment Timeline|

From our past use of fines, imprisonment, and prohibition to force change, to an approach of treating addiction as a health issue, this timeline (developed in 2019 for dapaanz's Cutting Edge conference in Auckland) tracks some of the events and legislation that have changed how Aotearoa New Zealand supports people living with addiction challenges.

He Ara Āwhina: Developing a framework for monitoring our mental health and wellbeing system

By |April 14th, 2022|Categories: Sector news, Wellbeing|

During March and April 2022, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission sought feedback on He Ara Āwhina (Pathways to Support), a framework that describes what an ideal mental health and addiction system looks like. He Ara Āwhina sets out how the Commission will monitor and advocate for improvements to the mental health and addiction system, and services. The framework comprises a Te Ao Māori perspective and a Shared Perspective. [...]

Vaccination Programme Failing Those with Mental Health and Addiction Issues

By |February 25th, 2022|Categories: COVID-19, Research, Tāngata Whaiora, Vaccination|

According to the University of Otago, researchers have found that New Zealand’s COVID-19 vaccine roll-out is failing to reach those with mental health and addiction issues. By 14 February this year, only 80% of people receiving mental health treatment and 78% of those receiving AOD treatment had received two vaccinations, compared to 95% of the eligible population. Read more…

Dapaanz Submission in Support of Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill

By |December 9th, 2021|Categories: Dapaanz submissions, Dapaanz updates, Legislation|

Aotearoa New Zealand’s public health system has been found to be fragmented, inequitable and inconsistent. The Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill lays the foundation for the transformation of our health system to address these issues. In December 2021, dapaanz made a submission in support of the Bill. Our submission recommended several amendments around strengthening the guarantee of independence of the Māori Health Authority, and changes to the section related to [...]

Information and Resources to Help the AOD Workforce During COVID-19

By |September 1st, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, Telehealth, Wellbeing, Workforce Resources|

Workforce development centre Te Pou has developed a Covid-19 portal for the AOD workforce. The portal is a collection of resources designed to support the AOD workforce as we operate in an increasingly complex, COVID-19 world. Resources available include: Providing support by phone or video call A trauma-informed approach in challenging times Working well from home Supervision by phone or video Explore these resources on Te Pou’s website. [...]

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