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.
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.
Signed Terms of Reference: MoE Working Group
You can access the signed ToR for the Ministry of Education working group here >