POLL is at the end of this post.
Since the 3-tier APS submission to the Medicare review – which we understand has still not been withdrawn! – RAPS hears regularly from members that they will not be renewing their membership on May 31st this year.
These members are saying that the APS no longer represents their best interests so why pay them a hefty fee annually to do this?
RAPS is keen to hear from more members about this issue and has set up a POLL to hear your feedback. Please share your thoughts on this important matter in the poll at the end of this post.
In the past 2 years, thousands of members have left the APS to join the Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi), whose membership fees are half the cost. AAPi claims not a day goes past without a new member signing up to their Association. Furthermore they claim their numbers have escalated dramatically over this period and they now have more than 7,000 members.
We also understand that the majority of newly registered psychologists each year have not been joining the APS. Many of these are clinical psychologists, who we assume they are joining the Australian Clinical Psychologists Association (ACPA), whose membership fees are a third of the cost of APS fees.
(So far we have not been able to ascertain their membership numbers but we hope to soon).
The large number of newly registered 5+1 psychologists are simply not interested in joining the APS. They prefer to be part of the 2,500 strong Australian Psychologists Facebook group, who are very angry with the APS. This group, RAPS and the AAPi were all represented in the Medicare Review Working Group last month.
With ACPA, AAPI and the Facebook group steadily increasing their numbers, the APS is losing members at all ends of the spectrum. If this continues, they will not be able to hold the middle ground. Membership renewals at the end of May, will be very telling for the APS. If Francis has any sense, she’ll start looking at the career ads.
What a sorry story for a psychological society that was once the happy home of all psychologists!