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It’s Time To Raise Your Voice

Posted with permission from the Australian Psychologist facebook group. By James Caulfield “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell As some of you may have noticed Australian psychologists are in the midst of a revolutionary struggle. It is a struggle for the heart and soul of the psychology profession. At its core is the fight against an ideological belief system…

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Clinical faction controling the APS

Why has the clinical faction been able to control the APS for the past 20 years? How was it able to convince the government to create a new breed of higher paid psychologists? Back in 2006 there were only a handful of clinical psychologists. Where did they get the money to lobby government? Some believe they were heavily supported by the drug companies at the time, who were promoting…

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It’s Time For The Psychology Profession To Unite

Posted with permission from the Australian Psychologist facebook group. Sometimes in my darker moments I think I should have accepted that offer into a Master of Clinical Psychology. But more and more I have come to believe that my education and training has prepared me well for our present struggle and the fight for equality in our profession. I chose political electives in my undergraduate years and my psychology…

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The APS Survey Finally Opened and another Submission Template

The APS survey for members on Medicare funding is finally open. RAPS encourages all APS members to complete the survey here In addition, RAPS encourages all APS members to raise their voices by writing a submission of less than 2000 words to the APS MBS Expert Committee. Written submissions from members will be accept until February 1, 2019. Send to: mbsconsult@psychology.org.au We also suggest you send a copy of…

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Some of Emails received in the last few days

Dear College Chair, Thank you for your email. I share your summation in general. However, I disagree with the endorsement system particularly if you understand it’s origins. In my opinion the endorsement system does not fully appreciate nor integrate Psychologists with broad experience built up over decades of professional work & professional development. In other words Recognised Prior Learning (RPL). Therefore while I am an endorsed Psychologist I cannot…

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APS MBS Expert Committee Submission Template

RAPS is encourage every APS member to raise their voices by writing a submission of less than 2000 words to the to APS MBS Expert Committee . The APS MBS Expert Committee is calling for written submissions from members and will accept submissions until February 1, 2019. Submissions will be accepted only from those who hold Associate Member grade or higher. Please limit submissions to 2000 words. Include an…

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Another Shocking Revelation

The APS CEO told its members that the APS MBS Expert Committee will be led by an independent chair however, the APS and the Board has appointed Mr Michael Gorton AM but they failed to mention that he is the current head of AHPRA. AHPRA is supposed to regulate the profession – not define it. Mr Gorton is not independent at all. And why has the APS hiding his…

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The Sad facts of Psychology in Australia since 2006

Based on no evidence the board of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the peak professional body, presented a formal submission to the then Health, Minister Tony Abbott in 2006, recommending that only clinical psychologists receive Medicare rebate. It will come as no surprise that the Society’s executive had been dominated by members of the College of Clinical Psychology since 2001. The APS submission led to the now famous two-tier…

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