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What the Green Paper means for General Psychologists

The APS Green paper has raised many concerns for members, especially General Psychologists, who make up 50% of the APS membership and almost 70% of Australia’s psychology work force. As such, it represents a betrayal by the organisation which has been largely funded by general psychologists to represent their interests. The paper states that approximately 30,000 Australian General Psychologists after six years of rigorous training will only be able…

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APS Green paper – clear as mud 2

Vote on APS Green Paper Poll here Anyone expecting a rigorous Green Paper from the APS’ hand picked expert committee will be bitterly disappointed. They are proposing to roll out mental health services to millions more Australians at unknown cost, yet give no evidence that this intervention might help them. Instead of citing Pirkis et al. (2011), which clearly demonstrates that mental health treatment is effective, they squib the…

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APS Green Paper is as clear as MUD

APS Members are being expected to comment on the complex 44-page APS Green paper that was only after 7 pm last night! This over-supply of information is obfuscating and confusing. The Executive Summary is a laborious conceptual and historical overview that includes no practical operational detail. What it will mean for working psychologists is difficult to see and how it will operate no one can understand. RAPS members are…

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APS Green Paper [Poll]

The APS has released the Green Paper outlining their vision of psychology under Medicare ahead of confirming their final submission to the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce (MBS-RT). Please let us know your thoughts by completing the poll below.

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The APS is no longer the Society we once loved

Today there are 30,000 general psychologists in Australia, and only 10,000 clinical psychologists and 4,000 other endorsed psychologists. The APS is no longer the Society we once loved and knew. It has taken our money and used it against us. Without the influx of the 4+2’s in the 90’s, the APS would still be a small organisation. Its time to pull out! Let’s leave the APS to the clinicals…

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APS Restricts Member Feedback on Green Paper!

Twenty-four thousand APS Members will have only 3 hours to give their feedback on the crucial Green Paper by the APS MBS Expert Panel to be released on Monday. The Green Paper, developed as a solution to the highly contentious two-tiered Medicare rebate system, is likely to impact the future of thousands of psychologists. RAPS is very suspicious of this latest announcement. The APS claims to have 24,000 members,…

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Examples of Discrimination

• Since 2006 the Federal Government has been encouraged to view my expertise in clinical practice to be more than $40 per treatment session less in value than some of my clinical psychologist colleagues. On a full time client load I am considered by our Federal Government to be around $1200.00 per week of less value. On an annual basis (46 week working year) I earn more than $50,000…

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So Easy But So Far Away

How can the discriminatory divide in psychology be solved? Achieving unity should not be a hard task. There is no empirical evidence supporting the divide. Just treat everyone fairly. Simple and easy, you would think. Put everyone on the same tier and the problem is solved. The question is why the APS and the clinical faction are so resistant to this, even when the government has indicated in discussions…

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Second Evaluation of the Pirkis et al., 2011 Study

Following constant criticism by clinical psychologists of the Pirkis, et al. (2011) Evaluation of the Better Access initiative which found no differences in treatment outcomes between clinically endorsed and generalist psychologists, Reform APS requested a second evaluation of the study from Dr Felicity Allen, who has a strong history of working in the research sector and is a former board member of the APS.  Dr Allen was a senior…

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Do General Psychologists need their own Voice!

If the APS Green Paper comes out on March 25th supporting the submission for a 3-tier Medicare system, General Psychologists may as well pull out of the APS. What good will it have done us to have the APS speak for us? This system will relegate General Psychologists to an even lower tier, below clinical and other endorsed psychologists. Think how things might have been different if we had…

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