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 are proposing to amend our current fee schedule by revising, establishing, and/or discontinuing certain fees. We are also considering the possibility of collecting the annual Disciplinary Levy from all current registrants (not just APC holders)... more
The Board is currently conducting a consultation on a proposed new vocational scope of practice for neuropsychology... more
The Board recently sought comment from psychologists and other stakeholders on proposed changes to the Continuing Competence Programme (CCP). The proposals were outlined in a consultation paper that... more
The Board recently sought comment from all stakeholders on proposed changes to its Accreditation Standards and Procedures. The proposals were outlined in a consultation paper... more
The Psychologists Board recently adopted a set of core competencies for the Counselling Psychologist scope of practice. We are therefore now able to consider applications for registration in the scope from practitioners who do not hold the required academic qualifications, but who... more
A summary of the most recent (quarterly) meetings of PPAF and PWG can be downloaded... more
At the 5th International Congress on Licensure, Certification and Credentialing of Psychologists it was decided to continue the development of “a global agreement on identifying the benchmark competencies that define professional psychology”... more
The Board's office will close at noon on Thursday, December 24th 2015, and will re-open at 08:30 on Tuesday, January 5th 2016. If you need to contact us urgently during this time... 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 2015, 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 2015 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.
Parliament’s Regulations Review Committee recommends that authorities such as the Psychologists Board conduct a review of the fees and any levies it charges every few years. Although the Psychologists Board carries out a basic review every year, it has been some time since we carried out a more detailed review. We recently began that process by doing a thorough analysis of:
Based on this analysis, the Board are proposing to amend our current fee schedule by revising, establishing, and/or discontinuing certain fees. We are also considering the possibility of collecting the annual Disciplinary Levy from all current registrants (not just APC holders).
Before any final decisions are made the Board want to hear from its stakeholders – especially those practitioners and organisations directly impacted by any of the proposed changes – in regard to our proposals. A consultation document can be viewed or downloaded here.
Please note that the deadline for submissions is December 11th, 2015.
Our thanks in advance for your time and consideration.
The Board is seeking comment from psychologists and other stakeholders on a set of proposals to establish a vocational scope of practice for neuropsychology. The proposals are outlined in a consultation paper that can be downloaded here. Submissions can be made via a brief online survey, by mail, or by email (please put "Scope Consultation" in the subject line). The online survey can be accessed by clicking here.
Please note that the deadline for receipt of submissions is 15 January 2016.
If you have any concerns or questions, please call us on 0800 471 4580 or email us.
No further consultations are planned for 2015 Please check back early in 2016.
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