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Public feedback open for the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health

Victorians are invited submit their thoughts on themes for the Royal Commission into Mental Health. You can submit your feedback via the official online portal, which can be found HERE. The f will be reviewed and collated, along with the outcomes of targeted stakeholder round tables, to form the Terms of Reference. The final Terms of Reference are expected within the first 100 days of this government’s term. RAPS…

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Members are cynical about the MBS Expert Committee

Below are some emails RAPS has received with regards to the MBS Expert Committee I’m very cynical about this. Why are there 2 clinicals on committee when they only represent only 20% of members. Why do this now when everyone leaving the APS? Very cynical. Why does the APS think they can fix this when they represent ONLY half of registered psychs? Why don’t they consult RAPS, AAPI and others…

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Email from an endorsed Ed & Dev Psychologis

Last week RAPS received the email below: Hello I am happy for you to use the information below on your blog or website.  At this stage I would prefer if my name was withheld.  I hope that it helps inform people of what is happening under our watch. I was recently asked by a client to be a witness for her 14 year old son in signing an Advance…

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RAPS is sceptical that the ‘APS MBS Expert Panel’ will be a sincere inquiry into members’ views

The APS yesterday suddenly found it necessary to convene an urgent ‘MBS Expert Panel’ to map a way forward for our profession. Pardon our cynicism but why now? Has this got anything to do with the announcement of the Australian Mental Health Alliance and the meeting we had with Health Minister?  We understand the Health Minister met with the APS yesterday. What did the Minister tell the APS? We…

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Training Supported by RAPS

RAPS supports diversity in psychology, including training. We will, as such we will inform you of such training opportunities as they become available. The following information is about two workshops that RAPS believes are valid, effective, and provide very useful additions to clinical practice for all psychologists working therapeutically. We are pleased to be able to support these workshops and urge all interested parties to read the information below…

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Meeting with the Health Minister

We have formed the Australian Mental Health Alliance – which consists of RAPS, the Australian Association of Psychologists inc (AAPi) and the Australian Psychologists Facebook Group. On Thursday 5th of December two of the RAPS team along with AAPi representatives travelled to Canberra to meet with the Health Minister. The Minister is well aware of the history of the internal conflict in Psychology in Australia. He is very sympathetic…

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Do members live in a climate of fear?

In their comments and posts, RAPS is constantly begged by members not to disclose their identity. What does this say about our Society? Isn’t this an abuse of trust when members are afraid to speak up? Surely psychologists, who are highly dedicated to their profession, should expect to be able to trust their society 100%. The years of ethics training orientates them to believing their own professional organisation would never…

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Some Interesting Statistics and Facts

Compromise Figure of a Single tier that will not change Government expenditure: – Total expenditure on 50+min sessions in 2018 from 1st January to 31st October is $436,953,460.60. – The total number of sessions for that time is 4,241,448. – If we divide the total cost for tier 1 & 2 by the number of sessions completed by tier 1 & 2 we come up with a Medicare Rebate…

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Our strength is in numbers. Every psychologist needs to act before change can happen.

Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the latest discussion about the actions of the new president to threaten members. It was heartening to hear everyone’s comments and the anger felt by all. Once again, the APS has underestimated the pain experienced by its members and the outrage felt towards a society whose job it was to protect and support us. We are no longer fooled…

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Incensed members write to RAPS

Since the President’s email RAPS has received numerous correspondence from irate members. Below is a post written by a concerned psychologist who has asked us to publish it anonymously due to the fear that the President’s email has incited in psychologists: All members will have recently got their first ever email from the new President. And what an email it was! No time wasted on thanking members for electing…

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