The Society regularly makes submissions on important professional and social justice issues. Click on the links below to read NZPsS submissions.
NZPsS Institute of Educational and Developmental Psychology submission for the Review of Tomorrow’s Schools
The NZPsS has endorsed Renuka Wali’s submission to the Independent Panel examining the 2014 Family Justice Reforms
Consultation on an update for the New Zealand Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline on sexuality education. (March 2018)
Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Health (January 2018)
Submissions in 2017
Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Education 2017 (December 2017)
Letter to the Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Privacy Commission regarding the Sharing of Client Information (28 February 2017)
Submissions in 2016
Submission to the Human Rights Commission on Seclusion and restraint in mental health and educational facilities (8 December 2016)
Letter to the Right Honourable John Key regarding Armed Violence (26 October 2016)
Submission on the Health of Older People Strategy Consultation (12 August 2016)
Submission to the Labour, Green and Māori Party Homelessness Inquiry (11 August 2016)
Submission to Hon Jonathon Coleman regarding the extension of voluntary bonding scheme to psychologists (27 May 2016)
Submissions in 2015
Submission to the Parliamentary Education and Science Committee for The Inquiry Into the Identification and Support for Students with the Significant Challenges of Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and Autism Spectrum Disorders in Primary and Secondary Schools (September 2015)
Submission on the Review of Family Violence Law (September 2015)
Submission to the Ministry of Education for the Special Educational Needs Review (June 2015)
Comment on the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists- Draft Clinical Practice Guideline for Mood Disorders
Comment on the Supplementary paper-New Zealand Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline. (March)
Comment on the National Ethics Advisory Committee discussion document on cross-sectoral ethics arrangements for health and disability research. (March)
Comment on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) Fifth Periodic Report by the New Zealand Government. (March)
Comment on the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Deliberate Self-harm. (March)
Comment on the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Draft Clinical Practice Guideline for Schizophrenia and Related Disorders. (February)
Submissions in 2014
Submission on Tax rebates for professional development activities (2 May 2014)
Submission to the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (28 April 2014)
Submission on Post Graduate Student Allowances: The cutting of student allowances and the impact on psychological services (22 January 2014)
Submissions in 2013
Submission to the Parliamentary Social Services Committee on the Funding of Specialist Sexual Violence Social Services (9 October 2013)
Part I: Specialist Services for Survivors and their Support People
Part 2: Treating and Supporting Young Offenders
Submission to the Ministry of Education regarding the teaching of psychology in NZ high schools (2 August 2013)
Submission to the Ministry of Education on NCEA Special Assessment Conditions (12 July 2013)
Submission on the Family Court Proceedings Bill (7 March 2013)
Submissions in 2012
Submission to Steven Joyce regarding Student Allowances (3 December 2012)
Submission to the Ministry of Health on the Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan 2012-2017 (8 November 2012)
Submission on Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill (31 October 2012)
Submission in Response to the Ministry of Health Review of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (26 October 2012)
Submission on the (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill (18 October 2012)
Submission on Child Poverty (24 September 2012)
Submission on Post Graduate Allowances (21 May 2012)
Submission on Youth Initiatives (11 May 2012)
Submission on the Family Court Review (29 February 2012)
Submission on the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children (27 February 2012)
Submissions in 2011
HWNZ Mental Health & Addiction Services and Capability (13 December 2011)
NZPsS Feedback on the Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan (MHABDP) (30 August 2011)
Submission to Hon Tony Ryall regarding the Extension of the Voluntary Bonding Scheme to Psychologists (26 July 2011)
Submission to Professor Des Gorman regarding the Workforce Service Reviews (14 June 2011)
Submission on the discussion paper Workforce Requirements for New Models of Service Delivery Proposed Changes to the General Practice Education Programme (9 June 2011)
Submission on the Health Workforce New Zealand Investment Plan Prioritisation Criteria (9 June 2011)
Submission to Health Workforce NZ regarding the proposal for modifying all health-related regulatory authorities (21 April 2011)
Submission on Alternative Re-trial and Trial Processes for Child Witnesses in New Zealand’s Criminal Justice System 21 February 2011
Submission to the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Alcohol Reform Bill (17 February 2011)
Submissions in 2010
Submission to the Ministry of Health on the Draft Self Regulation Programme (November 2010)
Submission to the New Zealand Guidelines Group Autism Spectrum Disorders Diagnostic Instrument Review (August 2010), a submission by the NZ Psychological Society and the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists
Submission to the Independent Clinical Pathway Review on the new clinical pathway for sensitive claims (June 2010)
Discussion Paper Psychologist Workforce Development Issues Trainee intern placements (May 2010)
Submission Parliamentary Inquiry into the Identification, Rehabilitation and Care and Protection of Child Offenders (March 2010)
Towards optimal primary mental health care in the new primary health care environment (February 2010), a submission to the Ministry of Health
Submissions in 2009
Briefing for the Minister of Education(May 2009), a briefing paper.
Briefing for the Minister of Health and the Associate Minister of Health(April 2009), a briefing paper.
Qualifications for Counselling Children through the Family Court (27 February 2009), a submission to the Ministry of Justice on behalf of the NZPsS.
Response from the NZPsS (18 February 2009) to the ‘Proposed Recommendations of the Review of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act’
Submissions in 2008
Letter to Sue Bradford (September 2008) with Submission to Justice and Select Committee on the Crimes (Abolition of Force as Justification for Child Discipline) Amendment Bill.
Submission on ACC Proposal (August 2008) to move treatment provider and registered health professional definitions into regulations; and to amend existing definitions and add new definitions; and to amend the Accident Insurance (‘Counsellor’) Regulations 1999.
Submission on Sec 59 to Justice and Select Committee on the Crimes (Abolition of Force as a Justification for Child Discipline) Amendment Bill
Letter in support of Child Discipline Act 2007 (July 2008)
Submission to Accident Compensation Corporation on the ACC Counsellor Category Provider (June 2008)
Submission on the review of the scopes of practice for psychologists (May 2008) in response to the Psychologists Board’s scopes of practice consultation paper
Submissions in 2007
Submission on the review of the operation of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCAA) 2003 (December 2007) to the Ministry of Health by the Executive Committee of the New Zealand Psychology on behalf of the Society.
Submission on continuing competence for psychologists (October 2007) in response to the Psychologists Board’s proposal (For more information on the HPCA Act see the Ministry of Health website).
Submission on Psychologists’ access to ethics committees for reviews of proposed research (2007) to the Health Minister, the Honourable Pete Hodgson on behalf of the Society.
Submission on the form of regulation of Psychotherapy under the HPCA Act 2003. To the Ministry of Health on the behalf of the Society.