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Board meeting dates 2018

Sunday 18 and Monday 19 March
Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May
Sunday 19 and Monday 20 August
Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November

Board meeting dates 2019

Friday 15th and Saturday 16th March 2019
Sunday 26th May and Monday 27th May 2019
Friday 16th August
Saturday 23rd November


Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand

The Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand (the Board) was established due to the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA). Please click here for more information on the HPCCA www.moh.govt.nz/hpca

The Chair of the Board is paid $90.00 per hour
The Board members are paid $80.00 per hour
These fees do not cover travel to meetings.

Role of the Board

The Board's role is to ensure the implementation of the HPCAA and fulfil the principal purpose as set out in Section 3 and the functions as set out in Section 118 of the HPCAA. The Board has made a commitment to ensure that issues of diversity and equality are valued, upheld and promoted, and underpin all aspects of the Board's work and therefore to being familiar with, and operating according to the:

*Principles of natural justice and administrative law
*Te Tiriti o Waitangi
*Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994 - Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights
*Health and Disability Services Act 1993
*Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997
*Privacy Act 1993 - Health Information Privacy Code 1994
*Human Rights Act 1993

The Board has been set up to protect the health and safely of members of the public by providing for mechanisms to ensure that health practitioners are competent and fit to practise their professions.

If you have concerns about the service you have received from a psychotherapist see our webpage about Making a Complaint

Board appointments

Ministry of Health www.moh.govt.nz/statutorybodies

Functions of the Board

The functions of the Board are to:

  1. Prescribe the qualifications required for scopes of practice within the profession, and, for that purpose, to accredit and monitor educational institutions and degrees, courses of studies, or programmes;
  2. Authorise the registration of health practitioners under this Act, and to maintain a register;
  3. Consider applications for annual practising certificates;
  4. Review and promote the competence of health practitioners;
  5. Recognise, accredit, and set programmes to ensure the ongoing competence of health practitioners;
  6. Consider the cases of health practitioners who may be unable to perform the functions required for the practice of the profession:
  7. Promote education and training in the profession;
  8. Promote public awareness of the responsibilities of the authority;
  9. Exercise and perform any other functions, powers, and duties that are conferred or imposed on it by or under this Act or any other enactment.


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