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.

Expert Representation

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.

Collective Bargaining

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.

APEX Psychology Claims – Bargaining 2019
APEX Submission to Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction

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.

Briefing Paper 1
Briefing Paper 2

Signed Terms of Reference: MoE Working Group

Signed ToR for the Ministry of Education working group

Psychological Society Communications with Government

Read the NZ Psychological Society’s briefing to the incoming Minister of Education, and their letter to Chris Hipkins regarding the shortage of educational psychologists.

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.

Psychologist Workforce Report

Merit Progression Application

Download the template

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:

Name Location Employer
Clare Calvert Auckland Auckland
Maria Sampson Auckland Auckland
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
Siaan Rodger Whangarei Northland
Simon Waigth Whangerei Northland
Chris Murray Waitemata Waitemata
Emma Edwards Waitemata Waitemata
Missy Wolfman Marinoto North Waitemata
Shelley O’Sullivan Taranaki Ministry of Education
Raewyn Barry Hastings Hawke's Bay
Bronny Trewin Burwood Canterbury
Wendy Tyghe Gisborne (Tairawhiti) Tairawhiti
Andrea Greenwood Middlemore Counties Manukau
Chloe Matheson Christchurch Canterbury
Leslie Badenoch Whanganui Whanganui
Mike Parkes Southland Southern
Bridget Young Capital and Coast Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Fran James New Plymouth Taranaki
Jeffrey Olrick Rural South Waikato
Miriam Wood Waikato 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

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