Psychologists’ Division of APEX
The Psychologists’ Division of APEX represents psychologists working in District Health Boards as well as educational psychologists working for the Ministry of Education.
In District Health Boards our members work in a diversity of settings including:
- Community and outpatient mental health.
- Inpatient and forensic mental health units.
- Physical health (i.e. oncology, spinal, diabetes).
- Child and adolescent mental health.
- Rural mental health services.
- Addiction services.
- Older persons health.
- Intellectual disabilities.
Within the Ministry of Education, psychologists work within schools to identify and treat the various behavioural, learning and developmental difficulties children may have.
APEX provides expert representation and assistance to psychologists who have employment problems related to their conditions of work or professional issues. Get in touch with your delegate for employment issues in the first instance.
Evidence-based Secondary Treatment to Reduce Suicide in NZ – September 2019
Evidence indicates that more specialist, secondary, evidence-based psychological treatments are required to reduce the number of suicides in New Zealand. Read the report here.
All members working for District Health Boards are on our Multi-Employer Collective Agreement. The MECA allows us to bargain directly with the employer specifically around the issues that matter to our profession. The last round of bargaining secured over $1 million worth of Continuing Professional Development funds each year for our members.
A Voice for the Profession
Psychologists face a number of opportunities and challenges including growing demand for their services and increased recognition of the importance of talking therapies in both physical health and educational settings. However, resourcing of the profession is failing to keep up with demand for psychological services.
Ministerial Advice on Barriers to Psychologists Training
A 2018 Ministerial briefing paper from the Office of the Director of Mental Health to the Minister of Health, Dr David Clark sets out the key barriers in the pathways for psychology and in particular clinical psychology training.
Signed Terms of Reference: MoE Working Group
Psychological Society Communications with Government
Lakes DHB Psychology Report
The Mental Health and Addictions Services of the Lakes District Health Board commissioned a review to consider ways of improving the organisation, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of the delivery of psychological services by psychologists and other staff members at Lakes DHB.
Retaining the Psychology Workforce
From the information provided by 634 psychologists in November 2017, the Psychology Workforce Group have published a preliminary analysis of the reasons psychologists are leaving their positions and strategies for retention, particularly for the health workforce.
Merit Progression Application
Psychology MECA Implementation: Process and Progress:
As far as we are aware, all the District Health Boards have now made payments to our members. However, if you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with us.
Psychologists - Delegates:
|Oloff Arnold||Whakatane||Bay Of Plenty|
|Annmaree Kingi (Interim President)||Christchurch||Canterbury|
|Linda Setshedi||Counties Manukau||Counties Manukau|
|Jeanique Willemse||Nelson||Nelson / Marlborough|
|Julia Chrisp||Hutt (Hutt Valley)||Capital & Coast and Hutt|
|Amber Barry (Interim Secretary)||Palmerston North||Midcentral|
|Nicole Skipper||Mt Eden||Ministry of Education|
|Janneke Van Rooijen||Napier||Ministry of Education|
|Clare Barczak||Mt Eden||Ministry of Education|
|James Morgan||Porirua||Ministry of Education|
|Stacey Stuart||Hamilton||Ministry of Education|
|Heather Smyth||Whangarei||Ministry of Education|
|Missy Wolfman||Marinoto North||Waitemata|
|Shelley O’Sullivan||Taranaki||Ministry of Education|
|Raewyn Barry||Hastings||Hawke's Bay|
|Wendy Tyghe||Gisborne (Tairawhiti)||Tairawhiti|
|Andrea Greenwood||Middlemore||Counties Manukau|
|Bridget Young||Capital and Coast||Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services|
|Fran James||New Plymouth||Taranaki|
|Jeffrey Olrick||Rural South||Waikato|
|Kayla Mackie||Waikato||Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services|
|Hannes Venter||Papakura||Counties Manukau|
|Oliver Kitto||Manukau||Counties Manukau|
|Allison Hewitt||Kenepuru||Capital & Coast|
|Kirsty Wilson||Kenepuru||Capital & Coast|
Download Collective Agreements
- » Ministry of Education and APEX – Field Staff Collective Agreement
- » Psychologists’ MECA – 01/03/2019 to 01/03/2021
- » Psychologists' Newsletter - December 2019
- » Psychologists' Newsletter - May 2020
- » Psychologists' Newsletter - March 2020
- » Psychologists Newsletter - October 2019
- » Psychologists Newsletter - August 2019
- » Psychologists Newsletter - June 2019
- » Psychologists Newsletter - April 2019
- » Psychologists Newsletter - Feburary 2019
- » Psychologists Newsletter - December 2018
- » Psychologists Newsletter - October 2018
- » Psychologists Newsletter - August 2018
- » Psychologists Newsletter - June 2018
- » Psychologists Newsletter - March 2018
- » Psychologists Newsletter - February 2018
- » Psychologists Newsletter - November 2017
- » Psychologists Newsletter - September 2017
- » Psychologists Newsletter - July 2017
- » Psychologists Newsletter - April 2017
- » Psychologists Newsletter - February 2017
- » Psychologists Newsletter - January 2017
- » Psychologists Newsletter - December 2016
- » Psychologists Newsletter - October 2016
- » Psychologists Newsletter - September 2016
- » Psychologists Newsletter - August 2016