Dapaanz members are passionate about making a difference for individuals, whānau and communities; dapaanz is passionate about making a difference for our members. The Cutting Edge awards dinner is a great opportunity to acknowledge and honour excellence and innovation in addiction treatment practice and research. Awards were presented by dapaanz and Matua Raḵi.
Please see winners listed below
Dapaanz is committed to fostering excellence in addiction practice so that people affected by addiction can achieve recovery and a fulfilled life.
There are outstanding New Zealanders who contribute to the recovery of those affected by addiction in multiple ways. Research, science, and policy when translated into clinical practice make a considerable contribution to the service-user experience. Also, health and allied health professionals and people in the community, who walk alongside the person on their recovery journey, contributing to the best possible outcomes.
The ‘Dapaanz Excellent Contribution to Addiction Practice Award’ has been awarded to a person who has made a significant contribution to improving outcomes for people affected by addiction.
Congratulations: Shikha Mahajan - Arohata Drug Treatment Unit, Wellington
Dapaanz is committed to fostering excellence in addiction practice so that people affected by addiction are supported to recover in the way that works best for them. There are many people with lived experience who are working to improve outcomes for New Zealanders affected by addiction. The ‘dapaanz Excellence in Peer Support Award’ has been awarded to a person (not an organization), working in a peer support or consumer role who has made a significant contribution to improving outcomes for people effected by addiction.
Congratulations: Dave Burnside, Odyssey House Auckland - Drug Court
Newcomers to the sector often bring fresh insight and energy, yet are rarely acknowledged for their contributions. The dapaanz Newcomer award trophy acknowledges excellence for those new to addiction practice. Any dapaanz member who has been in the addiction sector for two years or less can be nominated.
The criteria for nominees to meet to be eligible for the award are:
- Demonstrates Leadership
- Demonstrates Innovation
- Contributes in a positive way to the Team/Work
Congratulations: Laura Hay, Oasis Centre for Problem Gambling Christchurch
The six abstracts that score the highest in: educational value; relevance to theme; quality of content; and application to practice will be reviewed by the Abstract Selection
Panel against the following criteria.
- New or innovative thinking
- Likely to enhance practice
- Person / family focused
- Culturally inclusive
The Best Abstract Award Trophy will go to the abstract writer(s) based on these two sets of criteria.
The nominees are:
Doing the Hard Yards: Addiction Counselling and Family Violence Interventions in Wairoa - Andrew Raven & Sidney Ropitini, Hawkes Bay DHB
Does peer support group work for Chinese recovering from gambling addiction? - Wenli Zhang, Asian Family Services
OST and Disaster Management - Dr Denise Blake, Massey University
The Peoples Project - Disrupting the System: Creating Solutions - Vicki Aitken & Julie Nelson, Waikato DHB
Northland DHB and NZ Police Te Ara Oranga Methamphetamine Demand Reduction Pilot - Jewel Reti & Jenny Freedman, Northland DHB
Psychology and Social Work: Providing an interprofessional response to addiction - Anna Nelson, Matua Raki & Paul Schreuder, WelTec
Congratulations: Dr Denise Blake, Massey University Wellington
Dapaanz makes an annual award for the best poster contribution to clinical practice. This year the conference attendees get to vote for the best poster.
Congratulations to Kevin Hollingsworth, Te Utuhina Manaakitanga
In encouraging the emerging addiction research workforce and recognising the value of evidence into practice, Matua Raḵi is pleased to support the New and Emerging Researcher Award. This cash award will be presented for an oral or poster presentation at Cutting Edge carried out by an individual or group who have undertaken a research initiative.
This award seeks to showcase innovations in work practices that contribute to improving workplace wellbeing and staff engagement. This initiative focuses national attention on addiction treatment organisations and services engaged in best workforce practices. Matua Raḵi’s desire is to promote better jobs for our workforce resulting in better services and outcomes for tāngata whai ora.
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Highly commended - Lifewise Trust ki Te Arawa
Runner Up - Department of Corrections
Supreme Winner - Wesley Community Action