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APS Members Paying Loyalty Tax

It seems the APS is trying to lure former members who have left the APS, for ignoring the interests of non-clinical members, to re-join. Many finally left the APS due to the White Paper serving the interests of a limited number of psychologists. The APS has ignored the majority of its members’ outcry over the ongoing two-tier issue, and how it limits access to psychology services in Australia. The…

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COLLABORATIVE CARE IN MENTAL HEALTH

COMPETITIVE  PROFESSIONAL  ANGST  MUST  COME  TO  AN  END  TO MAKE  ROOM  FOR  COLLABORATIVE  CARE  IN  MENTAL  HEALTH While the mental health sector across the country is calling for a collaborative approach to mental health care, some professional factions continue to cause division. To be clear, partisan angst across the mental health sector is not evidence of best practice. It is evidence of something else that many are at a…

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Disastrous Results For the Psychology Profession in Australia

This past weekend has been another nail coffin in the profession of psychology in Australia if the APS has anything to do with it. The new president elect is Tamara Cavenett – a recent past national chair of the college of clinical psychology of the APS and the 12th clinical psychologist in a row as president/president elect of the APS since 1997. This means that for 22 years clinical…

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Latest Update On The Medicare Taskforce Mental Health Reference Group Report – email sent on 11th September 2019

The MBS Review has delivered an update (September 2019) on the progress of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce. We have provided the full update below, but particularly wish to draw our readers’ attention to the status of the Taskforce’s response to the draft reports from the Mental Health and Allied Health Reference groups. Written correspondence on the work of the MHRG may be sent via email MBSReviews@health.gov.au attention…

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Review of the Medicare Taskforce Mental Health Reference Group (MHRG) Report

“…what I am absolutely committing to is if the Medicare Taskforce, the finest body of professionals in the country, makes these recommendations, we will implement those recommendations.” (Hon Greg Hunt, 2nd May 2019) On 2nd May 2019 at the National Press Club Debate, the Hon Greg Hunt communicated his unequivocal commitment to implementing the recommendations of the Medicare Taskforce Review on Mental Health. Below is a dot point summary…

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Email from the Hon Greg Hunt

We have been told numerous times by APS representatives that the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, does not want psychologists to contact him. After the most recent such public statement in a regional meeting, one of our psychologist peers took action and followed this up directly with Greg Hunt. Ironically, this was around the same time that other psychologist peers had met with Greg Hunt and his…

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Fact or fiction? Post-truth policy writ large

In their recent policy document, The Future of Psychology in Australia, the Australian Psychological Society (APS), cited National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and other clinical guidelines as evidence for their recommendations. The cornerstone of the APS policy document was the recommendation that psychologists without an Area of Practice Endorsement (AOPE) should not be permitted to work with individuals diagnosed with eating disorders, psychotic disorders, conduct disorder,…

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Show your objection to the APS policy of differentiation

2006 Medicare rebates for psychology will be great for the profession. All Australians will be able to access psychology treatment from qualified and registered psychologists. Sounded great at the start. Thirteen years ago, in 2006. An initiative that would enable psychologists to offer treatment subsidised by Medicare. Which it did. With problems. With changes and permanent damage to the psychology profession. Better Access led to services delivered by clinical…

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Why You Should Not Renew

Hello colleagues. If you’re anything like me, you tend to leave paying for things until the last moment any way. In the case of renewing your APS membership you may also be feeling grave doubts and conflict. Listen to your inner voice. Isn’t that what we tell clients? If you have not renewed, then please don’t renew. The APS is now a dysfunctional society serving the needs of a…

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APS White Paper

Australian psychologists must understand some very important points about the APS White Paper, especially in relation to the extra sessions that are proposed. They come at considerable long term cost. Essentially, what we will end up with is a two-tiered system but with much more division between generalist psychologists and endorsed psychologists than the existing system. It is also very unclear whether the inclusion of endorsements will make much…

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