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The Society made a Submission to the Environment Select Committee - on the Fast Track Approvals Bill, April 2024

Media release 2nd April 2024: Psychologists call for funding rule changes to be reversed

The Society made a  Submission to the New Zealand Psychologists Board Re: Consultation on Proposed Framework for Scopes of Practice, February 2024

Media release September 2023Opinion Piece/Commentary for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

MEDIA RELEASE: 23/08/2023- Urgent Call for Funding to Address the Severe Shortage of Psychologists in Aotearoa
Aotearoa is facing a critical shortage of culturally competent, qualified psychologists, which has placed pressure on the public, and current providers. Estimates in the last 6 years suggest that at least 1000 more psychologists are needed to keep up with current need, which continues to rise1. In response to this pressing issue, leading Aotearoa-based psychological organisations in the field, including The NZ Psychological Society, NZ College of Clinical Psychologists and NZ Psychologists Board, are urging political parties to put increased funding to train more psychologists in their election promises for the new election term. Read more

Media ReleasePsychologists condemn anti-trans hate speech and urge the Government to put hate speech laws back on the agenda
24 March 2023

Statement regarding ‘Children, Adolescents and Gender Negative Impacts of Transgender Ideology’ conference
The New Zealand Psychological Society is concerned about the advertised conference, ‘Children, Adolescents and Gender Negative Impacts of Transgender Ideology’, being offered by the ‘Child and Adolescents Therapists Association of Aotearoa New Zealand’ (CATA) in August. Read more

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Historical Abuse and Neglect in State and Religious Care

The significant and long term impact of abuse and neglect on the psychological wellbeing of young people, and importantly on the neurodevelopment of growing brains is well recognised, for example through research into Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) -
In Aotearoa, the true extent and trauma resulting from these experiences in state and religious care has been highlighted in the recently released Royal Commission interim report -
The NZ Psychological Society acknowledges the impact on those who through no fault of their own have experienced abuse and neglect, in its many forms, at the hands of those entrusted to care for them. Kia Kaha.


From The Office of the California Surgeon General

Roadmap for Resilience: The California Surgeon General's Report on Adverse Childhood Experiences, Toxic Stress, and Health
The report provides clear and equitable response solutions, models, and best practices to be replicated or tailored to serve community needs. The comprehensive report brings together global experts across sectors, specialties, regions, and disciplines to drive science-based approaches to primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies for ACEs and toxic stress.

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