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We have opened the door …

Reform APS has started a movement that is not going to stop. We have done this with very few resources and with only a small team of people. We do not have deep pockets like the APS or access to the 22,400 members’email addresses. In fact this week we had to pay the APS over $1,000 for just the names and addresses of members. They would not provide more….

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Comments keep coming …

Member: “Yes, there are several real issues here. There is the issue of the Medicare rebate disparity. There is the issue of discrimination for employed roles and contracts. There is the issue of limiting the services that many psychologists are able to offer under Medicare. There is the issue of reports not being accepted by Centrelink and other entities. The aforementioned issues are all entwined, and seem to have…

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There are no options for 4+2’s

Please don’t assume that because non-clinical psychologists did not obtain the clinical psychology endorsement that we are lazy and not good enough. Lets take a look at our options to do a clinical psychology bridging course in Australia. ACT: None NSW: None NT: None QLD: One – offered 2 years part time internally, open to those who have an endorsement in another specialty. SA: None TAS: None VIC: None…

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APS survey misfires

APS members deserve a far more professional and sincere investigation into their views on the two-tier system  than the APS Medicare survey attempt earlier this year.  Members were invited to complete the Medicare Survey to inform APS policy – we believe – in preparation for the their submission to the MBS Taskforce, due to meet in November. The survey sought member input on a range of Medicare issues including…

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Comments from members

Member: I think that Psychologists do not realise the power they have as a group. Is a mass exodus required to be heard? The APS is a very financial company, and has been basically a monopoly until the last few years. Psychologist fees have funded the APS downfall and continue to do so.Are Psychologists like battered wives, fearful of change,  going back to the abuser believing it will get better???…

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Asst Professor not impressed with bridging programs

You raise some vital questions that need very clear answers from the APS executive. I’ve been asked to offer a reply. All I can do is share my own thoughts and opinion on what you raise. In terms of your question of whether a bridging program is ‘true’, my personal understanding is that it is only now being raised by the APS executive director as something to advocate for…

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A chilling warning for the APS

We really hope the APS board is reading the Financial Review (subscription required) with its coverage of the debacle that has consumed the CPA accounts’ organisation as a result of the failings of its directors and management. As the AFR points out in today’s edition, the CPAs are in trouble from having a ”convoluted, unrepresentative mechanism for board appointments”. The APS governance changes, which the board pushed through despite…

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Comment removed

After a good deal of agonising, we have decided to remove a comment which made allegations that a generalist psychologist’s office was invaded and her daughter subjected to verbal assault. The allegations suggested the incidents were a form of retaliation against the commenter’s support of generalist psychologists. We are not in favour of censorship, but we are equally concerned about the potential impact of false or unwarranted claims. While…

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An opportunity for members to change the APS board

Many members don’t really understand the spill and why we want to do it. Normally it takes years to change the composition of a board particularly when one group have dominated it for years. By calling for a spill – or the removal – of all the directors on the board, we have created an opportunity for members to change the board in one fell swoop. This can happen…

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Comments from our members

George Wills FAPS: “I’m concerned with the impersonal nature of the first comment (Generalist scum not welcome). It’s hard for me to believe that such attacks could be made by educated people, so I want it not to be true. I’d like to know who wrote about the office attack and the verbal one on his or her daughter.” Member: “The fact underpinning everything RAPS is fighting for is…

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