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A majority of Australian psychologists restricted from treating increasing numbers of Australian men in need.

Men and the Australian public may lose out due to the APS promoting inadequate mental health treatment pathways in Australia. A recent study released by Beyond Blue yesterday has found that the rate of male suicide may be worse than previously thought. The study, believed to be a world first, investigated data from ambulance call-outs. The number of Ambulance call outs for reasons related to mental health were triple…

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POLL: Counting the cost

Are you an active APS supporter?  If not, don’t let them count you as an active, or lapsed, member on 31 May which is their membership census date. Like Hotel California, it’s not straightforward to leave the APS!  You need to explicitly resign and specify a date (i.e., “immediately,” 28 May 2019, 29 May 2019, or 30 May 2019), or your membership will remain active until July, well beyond…

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Alarming reports

Friday, the 31st of May is APS census day. Large numbers of APS Members simply did not renew their membership prior to or in 2018. Many others are planning either to not renew or to resign their memberships before this Friday. Alarmingly, RAPS has had many reports that numerous psychologists are discovering that their membership remains active and, in some cases, indicated as fully paid when no such payment…

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When members walk…

APS will capture the size of their membership next Friday, 31 May. Anyone intending to resign will need to act now, or be counted as a supportive member. The only way APS can credibly claim that they are the leading association representing psychology in Australia, is through having more members than any other association. Last financial year, the APS Annual Report claimed a membership of 24,059.  Correspondence from the…

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APS census date is 31st May. Leave or be counted!

As you all know APS has been on a recruitment drive lately trying to attract new members and renewals before 31st May 2019. Why? Because that’s the date they will count the membership for their annual report, and they want it to be as large a number as possible. Membership is the only basis of legitimacy for the APS. If they lose enough members, they can’t purport to represent…

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What did the election teach us? Stand up and be counted!

The result of the Federal Election has been a surprise to many people. What it shows is that if people are adamant about their voice being heard then they need to stand up and be counted. Right now, the white paper is taking shape.  Please remember that the APS Board is still over-represented by psychologists who wish to see clinical endorsement as the pinnacle of the profession, as was the Mental…

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Good news! Australian Mental Health Party

If you’re based in Western Australia or Queensland this Federal election, you’re in luck!  You have the opportunity to consider candidates from the Australian Mental Health Party who are determined to see evidence based and effective mental health made a federal priority. According to their election material: “The Australian Mental Health Party is a new federal political party focused on people. We stand for better mental health and well-being,…

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APS Board advocates against its members

The APS Board cannot legally advocate for policies that disadvantage over 50% of their own members? The Corporations Act (2001) states that the Board has to do what’s best for the company and its members? Has the APS Board forgotten this? It is not the role of the APS Board to be a regulator of the psychology industry. That is AHPRA’s job. The APS is a member organisation and…

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