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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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Politicians: Please stop this madness

The APS will be remembered in the (limited) future of Australian psychology as divisive who ignores a majority of psychologists and neglects the impact of its actions on the Australian public.   The action of the APS in writing the green paper and in implementing the recommendations that Knight alludes to, is fraught with danger to the Australian public.  Many registered, qualified and brilliant psychologists will not be able…

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Opportunity for change: Feedback now!

Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Reviews Taskforce is seeking your feedback on the draft reports from Primary Care Reference Groups. RAPS urges all stakeholders to provide Comment on the Mental Health Reference Group report by 17th May. Note the Mental Health Reference Group is one of five reference groups under the Primary Care Reference Groups consultation process. While it contains the bulk of the MBS recommendations around psychological services, there…

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