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The APS Survey Finally Opened and another Submission Template

The APS survey for members on Medicare funding is finally open. RAPS encourages all APS members to complete the survey here In addition, RAPS encourages all APS members to raise their voices by writing a submission of less than 2000 words to the APS MBS Expert Committee. Written submissions from members will be accept until February 1, 2019. Send to: mbsconsult@psychology.org.au We also suggest you send a copy of…

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Some of Emails received in the last few days

Dear College Chair, Thank you for your email. I share your summation in general. However, I disagree with the endorsement system particularly if you understand it’s origins. In my opinion the endorsement system does not fully appreciate nor integrate Psychologists with broad experience built up over decades of professional work & professional development. In other words Recognised Prior Learning (RPL). Therefore while I am an endorsed Psychologist I cannot…

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APS MBS Expert Committee Submission Template

RAPS is encourage every APS member to raise their voices by writing a submission of less than 2000 words to the to APS MBS Expert Committee . The APS MBS Expert Committee is calling for written submissions from members and will accept submissions until February 1, 2019. Submissions will be accepted only from those who hold Associate Member grade or higher. Please limit submissions to 2000 words. Include an…

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Another Shocking Revelation

The APS CEO told its members that the APS MBS Expert Committee will be led by an independent chair however, the APS and the Board has appointed Mr Michael Gorton AM but they failed to mention that he is the current head of AHPRA. AHPRA is supposed to regulate the profession – not define it. Mr Gorton is not independent at all. And why has the APS hiding his…

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The Sad facts of Psychology in Australia since 2006

Based on no evidence the board of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the peak professional body, presented a formal submission to the then Health, Minister Tony Abbott in 2006, recommending that only clinical psychologists receive Medicare rebate. It will come as no surprise that the Society’s executive had been dominated by members of the College of Clinical Psychology since 2001. The APS submission led to the now famous two-tier…

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APS Member Elated by the Sydney Morning Herald Article

I am very happy that this embarrassing situation has been made so public now. The arguments put forward by the APS in favour of Clinical College members is insulting and candidly devaluing to the value of the work that I do. At least one third of my to one half of my caseload are financially disadvantaged clients who have “complex” and “severe” mental health issues. I see these cases…

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A RAPS supportor has asked that we publish his letter with regards to APS MBS Expert Committee

APS MBS Expert Committee – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Representative Dear Louise, Thank you for your invitation to apply for the above representative position. I refer to the copy of a very convincing and salient post on the RAPS website and, accordingly, I respectfully decline your invitation. In the light of this post the APS has lost much, if not all, credibility. At best, I would be wasting…

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The Fierce Debate in Psychology that RAPS Has Been Involved in for over Two Years has Hit the Media!

The Fierce Debate that RAPS Has Been Involved in for over Two Years has again Hit the Media! 9 January 2019 The Sydney Morning Herald has published an article titled: “Medicare review of psychologists derailed by professional stoush”. You can access the SMH article here. RAPS urges all psychologists to be more active. If you agree with the RAPS’ concerns this is the time to be active and have…

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Who is RAPS?

We have been asked a few times now to disclose the names of our RAPS members. One of the things that concerns the members of RAPS is the sad history of threats and reprisals against members who have opposed the direction taken by the APS. These range from threats of legal action to ethics charges and retaliation of various kinds. Not surprisingly some of our members prefer not to be publicly…

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