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An object lesson in scientific rigour: Read the article (not just the title).

Clinical Psychologists have been citing a study by Stein and Lambert (1995), apparently in support of the validity of two tier remuneration, in their recent comments on the RAPS website. Other readers had concerns about the study, so, of course, we took a close look. That’s when things got a bit awkward. Let’s unpack all this slowly and calmly.  It appears that these mighty ‘evidence-based practitioners’ of the APS…

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Its time to go onto a monthly payment or defer your APS membership!

We have now learnt that the white paper will not come out until June – after May 31st when your APS membership fee is due for renewal. Clever isn’t it?  They expect us to pay our fees before we know the outcome of the green paper’s proposal for a 3-tier (or is it a 4-tier?) system. Although they have conducted member consultations about the proposals, they have not yet…

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APS admits competitive advantage of clinical psychologists

In 2012, the APS expressed significant concerns to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that clinical psychologists were being placed at a competitive advantage by Private Health Insurers who were denying their clients’ claims for services provided by non-clinical AoPE and other generally registered psychologists. The APS in their submission, prepared by Mr. David Stokes, Mr. Bo Li, and Dr. Leah Collins of the National Office, wrote that:…

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Stepped Care does not mean Three-Tiers!

RAPS is concerned that the Green paper appears to be garnering the support of non-clinical AoPEs for a model that may continue to discriminate against them as much against non-AoPE psychologists. This is a clear attempt to attract the support of endorsed psychologists, shore up numbers and create even greater division within the profession. However, the APS has not been clear about which AoPEs have the competencies to work…

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Why does Ros expect General Psychologists to support the green paper?

What a nerve Ros Knight has to call on General Psychologists to unite and support the green paper when there is nothing in it for them. They have not forgotten the damage caused to them by the 2006 2-tier submission and the way the clinical board tried to conceal it for years? This 3-tier/step submission is no better. It’s just another trump-ed up Tier-system in the guise of “stepped…

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A timeline of ‘The Troubles’ in psychology

Green Paper feedback RAPS has received a number of emails from people who are unable to find the survey link. You will find the link in an email sent by the APS on 25th March. The email address used was MBSconsult@psychology.org.au The survey link is at the bottom of the email. If you have not received this email then please contact MBSconsult@psychology.org.au ASAP as submissions close on Monday 8th….

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Warning: APS Survey bias

A cautionary note for APS members – response bias can be exploited to elicit desired outcomes. The process of obtaining valid survey data is complex, and the methodology is notoriously susceptible to response bias.  Response bias broadly describes the fact that people can respond to survey questions in ways that don’t represent their true feelings, beliefs, or behaviour. Several types of response bias have been identified in survey design….

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Action plan – we need you

We know you how much you care about your professional future, and the future of your colleagues. That’s why we’re calling on you to set aside just 30 minutes, each day, over the next week. Thirty minutes each day will allow you to address at least two of the tasks below by Friday! We believe that with your help, there may be a chance to turn things around. What…

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