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Another Casualty of the Two-Tier System

Proposed closure of the Counselling Psychology programme at Curtin University in WA. RAPS urges all psychologists regardless of area of training or interest to write to Curtin University and advocate against the closure of this excellent Counselling Psychology programme.

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APS 2018 Elections

Here are three candidates for the APS 2018 elections who can help. We need all non-clinical psychologists to become involved in the 2018 APS elections. Attaining a representative board is vital for your future.

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Counselling College Submission to MBS Review

The Counselling College of the Australian Psychological Society has made a submission to the current Medical Benefits Schedule Review of the relevant Mental Health Items advocating for the existing two-tier system and with Counselling College members on the top tier.

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Centrelink Absurdity

The history behind a petition to Malcolm Turnbull for one Medicare rebate for all psychologists is revealed in it’s unmitigated absurdity. Have you encountered this situation or similar? We are aware of senior generalists psychologists who supervise new clinical graduates in their own practices but have to ask those new graduates to write reports for Centrelink as Centrelink will not accept the reports from the supervisors.

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APS Board Communication With Members

A request to the APS Board for true copies of all submissions the APS has made to the current MBS Review Taskforce and the Reference Group for Mental Health Items. Also a communication to the APS Board for more information and transparency about Board meetings.

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DGPP Candidate

Two candidates have been secured for positions in the APS September 2018 elections. However, RAPS is urgently looking for a candidate for the DGPP General Director position. Please urgently contact RAPS if you wish to nominate, nominations close on Monday 30th July.

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Mental Health Reference Group Members

The MBS Review Mental Health Reference Group membership details have been published on the Department of Health web site. The large majority of psychologists are not represented on the committee. The author of the controversial Australian Clinical Psychology Associations MBS Review submission is on the committee.

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APS – Free Student Membership

Free student membership is currently being offered by the Australian Psychological Society, a RAPS supporter is concerned about this development. The APS replies to a RAPS supporter’s email about guidelines for diagnosis of Autism under the NDIS.

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Judy Hyde: More than 50% of Clinical Psychologists are Unqualified in Clinical Psychology!

Judy Hyde’s submission to the Federal Department of Industry states that many clinical psychologists don’t have qualifications in clinical psychology. The ACPA September 2017 submission to the MBS Review Task-force makes the usual denigrating claims about all psychologists without clinical endorsement that we have come to expect from the ACPA. The Australian Psychological Society maintains their silence about the claims made by the ACPA.

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MBS Review Submissions Closing Soon

The Mental Health Services Reference Group is in the final stages of establishment and will have their first meeting in the coming month. Submissions about the mental health Medicare items for psychologists need to be sent ASAP to ensure they are considered by the reference group.

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