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A step-by-step guide supports new Complaints Policy

By |April 23rd, 2024|Categories: Dapaanz updates|

The new dapaanz Complaints Policy (2023) was published in December 2023 and guidance about concerns and complaints has been updated on this website. To support complainants and members understand and navigate the process, dapaanz has produced a ten-step flow diagram. The diagram (right) provides details about the entire process including criteria, evidence and documentation requirements, decisions and reports, as well as expected timelines for different stages of [...]

A closer look: The addiction workforce in Aotearoa New Zealand

By |April 22nd, 2024|Categories: Dapaanz updates, Reports, Research, Sector news|

In 2023, dapaanz commissioned a review of the addiction workforce in Aotearoa to better understand its size and scope, as well as to gain insights into working conditions, factors contributing to poor retention, and opportunities to develop and grow the workforce. Drawing on multiple datasets, both published and unpublished, the review (finalised in November 2023) drew from a range of sources, and included a series of workshops and discussions [...]

Celebrating our 2023 Award Winners at Cutting Edge

By |December 7th, 2023|Categories: Cutting Edge 2023, Sector news|Tags: |

Cutting Edge | Te toka tū moana was held in Kirikiriroa | Hamilton on 22-23 November 2023. Once again we took the opportunity to 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 and a big shout out to the 2023 awards winners! 2023 Cutting Edge awards [...]

2023 brings ongoing registration and annual practicing certificates

By |December 21st, 2022|Categories: Dapaanz updates|

From 1 January 2023, dapaanz will offer renewal of registration to all existing fully registered practitioners, whether they are currently practicing or not. This will allow non-practicing practitioners to remain registered, irrespective of where their career takes them. Practitioners who are actively engaging in addiction practice with tāngata whai ora will also need an Annual Practicing Certificate (APC)  and to fulfil current annual practice, supervision and CPD requirements. [...]

A snapshot of our membership in 2022

By |December 14th, 2022|Categories: Dapaanz updates, Sector news, Workforce Resources|

This year we are celebrating 20 years since dapaanz called for members at Cutting Edge 2002. We are super proud of how far we have come in those 20 years, of the breadth and diversity of our membership and the services they offer around the country. For this year's Cutting Edge, we prepared some snapshots of our membership to share with attendees. We share these below. [...]

Thank you and farewell to our 2019-2022 Board

By |December 10th, 2022|Categories: Dapaanz updates|

The dapaanz Board serving the period 2019 to 2022 was officially farewelled at our AGM on Thursday 8 December. We would like to thank them for their commitment to our members in stewarding the organisation through a challenging three years. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou (L to R): Debby Sutton (Board member 2015-2022), Maik Kilioni, Dr Denise Blake, Selina Elkington (2008-2022), Suzy Morrison (2017-2022), [...]

annual reports

By |December 7th, 2022|Categories: Dapaanz updates|Tags: |

The 2023 Performance Report (including audited financial statements) and Statement of Service Performance was approved by the dapaanz Board and ratified at the Annual General Meeting on 19 December 2023. Recent annual reports and AGM minutes can be downloaded below. 2023 Annual Report Dapaanz 2023 Certified Financial Statement, Performance Report and Statement of Service Performance 2023 Annual General Meeting 21st Annual General Meeting, [...]

a Q&A with Ashley Koning

By |October 19th, 2022|Categories: Sector news|Tags: |

We took a moment to catch up with Ashley Koning, recently retired programme lead and principal advisor for addiction at Te Pou, shortly before he said his formal farewells to the addiction sector in early September 2022. This interview is for members' only. You may need to enter your password again to access. dapaanz: We know it’s not all about us Ashley, but given [...]

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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