Important message from the President

To all APS Members,

I have become aware of two Melbourne-penned emails that some members may have received recently asserting that non-clinical members’ interests are not being represented on the Board of Directors. The emails make a number of inaccurate and misleading statements about the Board and its members, and appears to be based on a complete misunderstanding of the APS Constitution and the role of directors under the Corporations Act.

I would not ordinarily see fit to comment on scurrilous or ill-informed emails. However as this matter goes to the integrity of our Board, I wish to assure you that these accusations are completely untrue.

The APS Constitution and the Corporations Act are very clear that directors are to act in the interest of the Society as a whole. Directors do not represent any particular section or group, whether clinical or non-clinical psychologists, and any suggestion in the emails that directors should represent a group who elects them as distinct from fulfilling their duties to the Society as a whole, ignores the legal obligations of directors. This principle has long underpinned Commonwealth Corporations Law, the governance of the Society and the integrity of the Board, and given our broad range of stakeholders, it is important that it remain so.

There is also an implication in the email that changes to Medicare items could be blocked by certain directors. This also is not accurate. The Board continues to discuss possible strategies for optimising Medicare benefits for more members. We will be providing members with more information on Medicare so that all members have the same knowledge and understanding of the APS position on Medicare.

Thank you for your time in letting me reach out to you in this way. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or further concerns.

With best wishes,

Anthony Cichello

APS President