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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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Is the APS following in the APA’s footsteps?

RAPS wonders to what extent the APA and APS are in contact with each other and following the same script. We noted that an APA official was in the audience at the last APS General Meeting in which many of us had voiced our disquiet with the APS. At the end of the meeting, he stood up and spoke loudly to reassure the APS that they shouldn’t worry too…

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Should Ros Knight resign from the Expert Panel?

Should Ros Knight resign from the Expert Committee? Since RAPS exposure of the damaging emails (link to emails) from Ros Knight to Clinical College members, questions have been raised about her eligibility to sit on the APS MBS Expert Committee. We call on Ros Knight to resign her position immediately. Ros’s biased views, expressed in her emails, are enough to disqualify her from being able to fairly represent all…

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