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Letter from Don Burnard to APS

13 March 2017 Ms Alexandra Bignell Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and Board of Directors The Australian Psychological Society Limited Level 11, 257 Collins Street Melbourne Vic 3000   Dear Alex, I wish to repeat my request for the Minutes of two board meetings – October 2016 and January 2017. I received your e-mail, dated 23 February 2017, reminding me of the updates etc. I already have that…

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RAPS Poll is now heading for 400!

Dear RAPsters, The RAPS poll has climbed to over 380 votes so far today and should reach 400 overnight. The Yes votes have edged up slightly to 77%, with the Unsures the same at 13%, and the No’s slightly lower at 10%. The number of respondents voting ‘yes or are unsure’ about leaving the APS if nothing improves for Generalists, is now at 90%. Only 10% are saying  a definite…

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Poll reaches 300

Dear RAPsters, The RAPS poll is climbing steadily and has now attracted over 300 votes. The number of respondents voting ‘yes or are unsure’ about leaving the APS if nothing improves for Generalists, is a staggering 89%. Only 11% are saying  a definite No. Some people have asked if people can make more than one vote, but our technician assures us each person can only vote once. The goal…

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RAPS poll surges

Since we posted the RAPS poll only yesterday evening, 75% of respondents have indicated that they would leave the APS if the failure of the board to represent the interests of generalist psychologists continues. Since last night 156 people have responded and we expect many more members will express a similar opinion in the next few days. Answer Votes Percent Yes, I don’t feel represented by the APS 116 75%   Not…

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Take Our Poll!

RAPS is conducting a POLL on the dire situation facing Generalists members whose interests are not being sufficiently represented in the APS. Our Poll asks: “Would you consider leaving the APS if the board does not begin representing the interests of generalist psychologists?who have no way of getting onto the top tier of the Medicare system. endorsement no way of upgrading to endorsement?” Fill in the POLL here and ask all your friends…

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Will the APS really listen to members?

The Executive Director has assured us in APS Matters that in the next few weeks APS members will have a chance to have their say on the two-tier system and Better Access. RAPS wants to know why this hasn’t happened during the 10 years since Better Access started? Why hasn’t the APS board asked for members’ views before? What has been the official APS position on the two-tier system up to now? What proposals,…

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Why would this job need a Clinical Psychologist?

Senior Clinical Psychologist Welcome to St John of God Health Care St John of God Health Care is a leading health care provider, with private and public hospitals, home nursing and Social Outreach services throughout Australia. With over 118 years’ experience in health care, we have an excellent reputation as a caring, nurturing and supportive employer. Learning is highly valued and there are many opportunities for professional development.  The…

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Should we have a General Practice College?

Hi Kate et al., I must say, my reaction after returning home last night, and finding this InPsych story, was exactly the same as yours. My jaw dropped to the floor – reading it on my doorstep, whilst still wearing my work clothes. Admittedly, it is the first time in as long as I can remember, that I actually sat down and read the entire opening pages, if not…

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Reply from an EX-DGPP leader

We welcome former DGPP Forum member for WA, Judy Marty’s, supportive comments and her courage to speak up. However, RAPS cannot withdraw criticisms of the track record of DGPP. We have not criticised individual DGPP members – only the efficacy of this APS member group to deliver any effective results in the past 5 years. We would be only too pleased to learn about the “number of achievements” Judy mentions. Would someone please tell us what they…

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We are Not the only Ones in Crisis!

Let’s ask Lucy Johnson to the next APS Conference? UK clinical psychologist Lucy Johnstone is one of the authors of a post on Mad in America that highlights the opening statement of Mental Health Europe, that “Western psychiatry is in crisis.” As the authors – including psychiatrist Suman Fernando – point out, the statement goes on to deplore “the simplistic and imposed application of… reductionist science” which can “encroach on basic…

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