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Who does the APS represent?

A member of our RAPS Team today received an email from Frances Mirabelli, CEO of the APS, confirming that their 3-tier submission to the Medicare review has not been withdrawn. This may come as a surprise to many who may have thought otherwise. Last week, the AAPi received a letter from the Deputy Secretary, Health Financing Group, of the Department of Health stating that the current APS MBS Expert…

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Can the APS hold onto their members (Poll)?

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 Since the 3-tier APS submission to the Medicare review – which we understand has still not been withdrawn!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 These members are saying that the APS no longer represents their best interests so why pay them a hefty fee annually to do this?…

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Schism

The Honourable John ****** ******************************** ******************************** ******************************** ******************************** ******************************** 27 January 2019 The Chair APS Committee of Review Dear Mr Gorton I have become aware, through media reports and other sources, of the unfortunate and undesirable schism which seems to have developed within the professional psychological community. If I understand matters correctly, including the Minister’s reasons for deferring the Mental Health Benefits Schedule review, I believe we are seeing…

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Critical Information

For your information, RAPS has received an email whose relevance should be self evident as we approach the deadline for APS members’ written submissions this Thursday the 14 February 2019. Some details irrelevant to the main message have been deleted for privacy reasons.   Email: From: Ros Knight Sent: Wednesday, 27 September 2017 5:28 PM Subject: Invititation to a list serve and Elections and AGM details Hi All, (************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************)…

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It’s time to speak up!

Members of the APS College of Counselling Psychologists (CCOUNP) recently received two emails from their National Chair. In her emails, Dr Davis-McCabe indicated that the CCOUNP National Executive was supportive of differentiation based on area of practice endorsement (AoPE) under Better Access and the proposed stepped care model. Dr Davis-McCabe is the recently announced CCOUNP representative on the APS MBS Expert Committee. If this does not reflect your views…

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The APS MBS Expert Committee

Most APS members were shocked today by the disclosure of the members on the so-called independent APS MBS Expert Committee today. The composition of the 20-member Committee is not independent and is once again grossly biased towards one group of endorsed members, particularly the clinical members. There are 6 clinical endorsed members on the Committee compared to 4 general members, despite General members outnumbering the clinicals twice over. If…

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It’s Time To Raise Your Voice

Posted with permission from the Australian Psychologist facebook group.       By James Caulfield “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell As some of you may have noticed Australian psychologists are in the midst of a revolutionary struggle. It is a struggle for the heart and soul of the psychology profession. At its core is the fight against an…

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Clinical faction controling the APS

Why has the clinical faction been able to control the APS for the past 20 years? How was it able to convince the government to create a new breed of higher paid psychologists? Back in 2006 there were only a handful of clinical psychologists. Where did they get the money to lobby government? Some believe they were heavily supported by the drug companies at the time, who were promoting…

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It’s Time For The Psychology Profession To Unite

Posted with permission from the Australian Psychologist facebook group. Sometimes in my darker moments I think I should have accepted that offer into a Master of Clinical Psychology. But more and more I have come to believe that my education and training has prepared me well for our present struggle and the fight for equality in our profession. I chose political electives in my undergraduate years and my psychology…

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