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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The Board has recently made significant changes to how it handles complaints (and particularly those arising from Family Court work). The changes have been made on the basis of expert legal advice, and were adopted promptly in order to ensure that our processes are fair, lawful, and reasonable... more
The Board recently conducted the second round of consultation on the intended new vocational scope of practice for neuropsychology... more
The revised CCP Guide for Participants and two different (optional) templates for Log Books can now be downloaded... more
The Board have developed a poster to inform potential clients about their basic rights, the services psychologists offer, what can be expected of a psychologist... more
The Board continue to recruit members for our new Cultural Advice Reference Groups. Two groups have been formed, one specific to Māori and the other for all other major cultural groupings in New Zealand... more
A summary of the most recent (quarterly) meetings of PPAF and PWG can be downloaded... more
After three years of work and broad consultation, the Work Group has recently published the "International Declaration on Competences in Professional Psychology"... more
The Psychologists Board normally meets four 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 2016, click here.
The Board uses various means to consult with its stakeholders, with one of the most important being its quarterly meetings with representatives from the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists, the NZ Psychological Society, and University training programme Heads of Department. For the 2016 PPAF meeting schedule, click here.
One of the Board's key responsibilities is linking with stakeholders. Board representatives routinely present at the NZCCP and NZPsS conferences each year, and have begun meeting with Interns and psychologists in the regions. For a schedule of upcoming forums, click here.
The Board recently conducted a second round of consultation on the intended new vocational scope of practice for neuropsychology. The consultation document is available for download here. The online survey closed on July 29th. Our thanks to all who took the time to contribute their thoughts. The Board will consider the feedback received at their meeting later in August.
If you have any concerns or questions, please call us on 0800 471 4580 or email us.
Posted 01/06/16. Updated 17/08/16
No further consultations are currently planned for 2016
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