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The New Zealand Psychologists Board is the regulatory authority appointed under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 in respect of the profession of psychology. The principal purpose of the Act is to protect the health and safety of members of the public by providing for mechanisms to ensure that health practitioners are competent and fit to practise their profession. 

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IMPORTANT INFOMRATION - COVID 19 Update - 24 March 2020

Provision of telepsychology or remote psychology services: Many of you will already be working with colleagues to discuss alternative ways of working.  If you have not already considered this, please consider now about how you might be able to provide psychology services to your clients during the lock-down period and beyond if required.  Options include videoconferencing  services, other audio/visual contact, and telephone calls.  These methods may not be appropriate or viable in some circumstances. 

If you are within an acute or essential service meeting with clients in person, please review the Ministry of Health’s advice on minimising the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in your workplace.

Telepsychology resources: The Australian Psychological Society has a useful link on its website: Principles for choosing videoconferencing technology.  The underlying principles in the Board’s 2012 The Practice of Telepsychologyalso remain relevant. The NZ Telehealth Forum & Resource Centre has excellent guidance including on security and technical matters.

COVID 19 resources:The New Zealand Psychological Society and New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists have both compiled COVID-19 Resources.

Also please add the following two lines to the Client confidentiality, privacy and contact tracing section (immediately at the end of the final para)

       If the public health authority requests you to provide information about the patients that you have recently had contact with, you must comply with that request and disclose the patient information.

The Ministry of Health and Office of the Privacy Commissioner also provide information and resources on contact tracing.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - COVID 19 Updates

Secretariat availability: You will already be well-aware that COVID-19 a fast-evolving situation.  The Board is preparing for the possibility of increased requirements for social isolation and/or a lockdown, and the secretariat is establishing systems to ensure that staff will be able to work remotely, and/or at different times in the office.  Inevitably, working fully remotely will likely create delays in some services provided by the secretariat, and we will be prioritising matters that present a risk to public health and safety.  We will however be doing as much as possible avoid delays where possible.  

APC renewals: If you have not already applied for your practising certificate, please do so without delay.  All applications for renewal must be made by 31 March 2020; however, we strongly recommend that you ensure that your application is completed sooner rather than later.  All psychologists who submit complete applications (including the fee) by 31 March 2020 will be “deemed to hold” a practising certificate until you receive one.  This provision does not apply for applications received on or after 1 April 2020, and anybody who applies for a practising certificate after 31 March must not practise until a new practising certificate has been issued.

Applications for registration: All applicants for registration should be aware that the Board will not be processing any applications from overseas-trained applicants received after 20 March 2020, until further notice.  All applications already received will continue to be processed as usual; however there may be delays.

Client confidentiality, privacy and contact tracing: Several psychologists have asked about how to manage client confidentiality and  privacy in the event that the psychologist is diagnosed with COVID-19 and contact tracing needs to be undertaken by Public Health officials, and what their responsibilities are to their clients. The Board has obtained legal advice on this question.  That advice is that a psychologist who has tested positive for Covid19 can disclose client or patient information to the appropriate public health body for the purpose of contact tracing or other public health measures:

If you are affected, in the first instance, the appropriate public health authority that you should contact will be Healthline (Ministry of Health) or your local DHB’s public health unit.  The health authority will tell you what patient information you will need to disclose, but you must not disclose any information beyond what is requested. This information is likely to be limited to the patient’s name and contact details, and when (e.g. date/time) and for how long you were in contact with the patient. It is important that you:

(1) do not disclose patient information to any person or body other than the appropriate public health body; and

(2) do not disclose more information than is necessary to enable the health authority to take appropriate steps.

After you have contacted the public health authority, you also have an obligation, where possible, to contact the patients that you have provided information about to the authority. The potential exposure to Covid19 is something that is relevant to your obligations of open disclosure and the therapeutic relationship with the patient.  By contacting the patient you will help to reduce any alarm or distress that the patient may feel if that are ‘cold-called’ by the public health authorities without any forewarning. 

 

Consultation on Draft Fitness to Practise Policy

The Board is consulting on a draft Fitness to Practise Policy which sets out how it will manage notifications about psychologists who may have a health condition affecting their practice.  Click here to read a copy of the draft Policy. 

We would appreciate your time in completing the survey on the draft Policy.  You can do so by clicking the link below.                                                                            https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DRAFT-Fitness-to-Practise-policy

Consultation closes 12pm, Wednesday 15th April 2020

Consultation on Draft Naming Policy 

The Board is consulting on its draft Naming Policy, which is a new requirement under the recent amendments to the Act. 

Click here to read the DRAFT Naming Policy.                                                           Click here to read the consultation document.                                                       Provide feedback via SurveyMonkey                       https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NZPBnamingpolicy

Updated fees as of 19th February 2020

Following recent consultation, the Board has finalised its fees review. This includes new practising certificate fees which will apply to all applications for practising certificates received after 19 February 2020, including renewals for the APC year 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. A complete list of fees effective from 19 February 2020 can be found here

Seeking a Psychology Advisor

We are seeking a Psychology Advisor, to join the Board’s Wellington-based secretariat team. This role would suit an experienced psychologist looking for an opportunity to use their skills and knowledge in a different way, and play a key role in shaping the direction of the profession in Aotearoa. If you are interested in a permanent role (full time or substantial part-time FTE preferred) or would like more information please contact the Registrar, Frances Hamilton on 04 381 9047 or email [email protected]. The job description is available here.

December 2019 Newsletter

The December 2019 Newsletter is now available here.

18/10/19 - Current & Upcoming Board vacancies

The Ministry is advertising for a current psychologist Board member role and two psychologist Board member roles to be appointed in mid-2020.

If you are interested in applying please refer to the following link for further information and application details.https://careers.health.govt.nz/jobs/MOH-1427775

12/09/19 - Best Practice Guideline - Working with sex, sexuality and gender diverse clients

As announced at the NZ Psychological Society conference in Rotorua, 30th  August, the “Guideline document for working with sex, sexuality and gender diverse clients” is now finalised and published. The Board thanks the volunteer reference group for their help in developing the guidelines.

21/12/18 - Grandparenting applications for the Neuropsychologist scope of practice- date extended to 31 March 2021

The Board has extended the final date for applications for the Neuropsychologist scope of practice to 31 March 2021. Application forms can be downloaded here. More information about the application process can be viewed here.

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Board meeting schedule for 2020

The Psychologists Board meets six times a year in Wellington, and also conducts some business by email and teleconference to keep costs down and to progress more urgent matters. For a schedule of the Board's meetings in 2020, click here.

Psychology Profession Advisory Forum (PPAF) schedule for 2020

The Board uses various means to consult with its stakeholders, with one of the most important being its meetings with representatives from the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists, the NZ Psychological Society, and University training programme Heads of Department. For the 2020 PPAF meeting schedule, click here.

Current Consultations

Consultation on Draft Fitness to Practise Policy

The Board is consulting on a draft Fitness to Practise Policy which sets out how it will manage notifications about psychologists who may have a health condition affecting their practice.  Click here to read a copy of the draft Policy. 

We would appreciate your time in completing the survey on the draft Policy.  You can do so by clicking the link below.                                                                            https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DRAFT-Fitness-to-Practise-policy

Consultation closes 12pm, Wednesday 15th April 2020

Consultation on Draft Naming Policy 

The Board is consulting on its draft Naming Policy, which is a new requirement under the recent amendments to the Act. 

Click here to read the DRAFT Naming Policy.

Click here to read the consultation document.

Provide feedback via SurveyMonkey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NZPBnamingpolicy

 

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