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An Exchange of Views

I was speaking last night with a friend who is a clinical psychologist and who has been opposed to the two-tier system since the day it was announced. We often meet over meals with other colleagues, most of them non-clinical and discuss our work. My friend repeated last night what she has said many times before: ‘There is obviously no difference between us. We do the same work, and…

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Disappointed Member replies to the President

Dr Kathryn Gow appreciates fully all the good work that the APS has done in the past 10 years. However, in the Reply to the President, she also expresses her concerns below: Dear Anthony, I have not seen those emails, but——- I am based in QLD and I think that maybe there are thousands of non-clinical psychologists in Australia who are very disenfranchised over the first step in differentiating Medicare rebates…

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Is the APS Constitution out dated?

Dear Sophie I applaud your work to reform the APS. I have been thinking about this subject and formulated my ideas as written below. Anthony Cichello, APS President, has stated that “The APS Constitution and the Corporations Act are very clear that directors are to act in the interest of the Society as a whole. Directors do not represent any particular section or group, whether clinical or non-clinical psychologists,…

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Why do we want a Special Resolution?

RAPS has been asked why we are promoting the Special Resolution to change the APS board so we thought we better explain. When we realised the APS Vice-President was once again a clinical psychologist, we asked one of the members of the board, Jill Wright how this had happened? We wanted to know why hadn’t one of the four non-clinical board members been elected as Vice President this time?…

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Facing the truth

We have been accused of being divisive and failing to unite members. We’re told we’re upsetting members and “making them anxious”. Isn’t that what fire alarms are for? The building is joyously ablaze. Should we ignore the smoke and flames or break the glass and push the button?

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Message from ACPCPP

Dear Colleagues in RAPS As President of Australian College of Psychologists in Clinical Private Practice, founded in 1982, I constantly receive complaints from members of our College and other psychologists.  (We are not an APS College although a majority have been APS members). The most common complaint has been by psychologists who are both registered and experienced practitioners.  When psychologists advise a client to discuss with their GP a…

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Support non clinical psychologists. Stop the clinical faction!

You are invited to attend the second public meeting of the Reform APS group, that supports change to the current inequalities amongst psychologists. Date: Saturday, 11th February Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Place: Vines Road Community Centre, 37-61 Vines Road, Hamlyn Heights.  (Community Centre entry is on the north west corner of building.) Your voice is crucial.  We are at a historical moment where change is still possible….

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Leadership at last … from the BPS

While successive APS boards have cast our society into the current crisis by promoting – or at least failing to curb – the interests and ambitions of a minority over those of the vast majority of members, the President of the British Psychological Society – a Clinical Psychologist – has shown us just what is missing from the conduct of our affairs … intelligent reflection on the moral and…

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Counselling College Survey

Along with a lot of other psychologists across Australia, RAPS has received a survey of attitudes to the two-tier Medibank rebate system issued by the APS Counselling College. It’s a good response to the Clinical College survey last year that showed of the 700 respondents there was a strong belief that the Two Tier system was in the best interest of clients (89% support) and crucial to industry (84%…

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RAPS response to the President

Why should any member of the board fear the consequences of speaking to members of the society? Provided they act in good faith and do not intentionally mislead members, they are doing no more than their duty to the people they represent. I’m sure members would love to hear from all the members of this board, and not just them, but all the members of the boards entrusted with…

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