All practising psychologists should have renewed their Annual Practising Certificates for the 2013/2014 APC year before April 1st. A renewal reminder was posted in February to all 2012/2013 APC holders at their last known address. If you have not yet renewed please do so immediately, and note that practising without a current APC is unlawful. The renewal process can be completed quickly and simply on this website. A late renewal fee will apply.
Posted on 05/04/13.
Thanks to the generosity of some of last year's audited psychologists, the Board has placed six exemplarsof satisfactory CCP records on our website. They can be downloaded from either the CCP page or the Resources page. We hope that practitioners will find them useful, but won't feel that they have to replicate them exactly to pass an audit. As you will see in these exemplars, the key is to simply and succinctly document completion of all six steps of the CCP (see the CCP brochure as well).
Posted on 22/11/12.
The Ministry of Health are currently conducting the second review of the HPCA Act. Information about the review can be downloaded here. The first round of consultation was completed last year, and the Board's submission can be downloaded here. A second round of consultation will be kicked off with a new discussion paper at the end of March 2013. Eight weeks will then be allowed for submissions. This review differs from the review initiated in 2008 in that it will consider the philosophy, assumptions, and principles underpinning the Act. The Board encourages all stakeholders to monitor and contribute to this process, as it has the potential to fundamentally alter the current approach to regulation of the profession.
Posted on 02/09/12. Last updated 05/03/13.
The Board is attempting to develop an accurate record of Board Members since 1982. We have prepared a DRAFT record (click here to download) and would greatly appreciate any assistance folk can offer to fill in the gaps and/or correct any mistakes. Please take a few moments to review the draft and to email us with any suggested changes.
Posted on 29/11/12.
A summary of the latest (quarterly) meeting of the Psychology Profession Advisory Forum (PPAF) can be downloaded here. For those unfamiliar with PPAF, the relevant Terms of Reference can also be downloaded here.
Posted on 07/03/13.
As advised in its newsletters in 2011 and 2012, the Psychologists Board has been working with the other 15 Regulatory Authorities (RAs) to explore and progress a model for a shared secretariat. The RAs continue to progress the matter and recently appointed a new Steering Group to define a path forward (including terms of reference for a Detailed Business Case (DBC)). While all RAs have indicated agreement that a shared secretariat could provide savings and other benefits, there is no current consensus on what particular arrangements best suit all. One group of 10 RAs has prepared an Indicative Business Case around how a working model might be developed, while a second group of 6 RAs (including the Psychologists Board) commissioned an independent study by KPMG to consider an alternate model. The 16 RAs continue to work towards developing a model that would acceptable to all. In the meantime, Health Workforce New Zealand have recently backtracked on the understanding that they would fund and develop a single Health Workforce database, so this work will now have to be revisited by the RAs as part of the DBC.
The Board will consult with its key stakeholders (including practitioners) when the DBC is finalised.
For more information please contact the Board Chairperson (Ann Connell) or Chief Executive (Steve Osborne).
Posted on 04/04/12. Updated 05/03/13.
The Māori Allied Health Professionals Association (Ngā Pou Mana) has launched their new website (www.ngapoumana.co.nz) and published their first e-panui. They are also accepting registrations for their upcoming Hui a Tau (25 & 26 May, Wellington).
Posted on 05/04/13.