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What will happen to all Generalists?

Why is the DGPP not supporting RAPS more? Surely we are wanting the same reforms. Are the Division of General Psychologists (DGPP) Committee members being seduced into believing the promises of bridging programs? Do they fantasise that they will become members of the Clinical College? Not likely when the Clinical College has publicly described them as “the worst-educated in the Western world”. So far the bridging courses are another one of those vague promises that keeps the members…

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What will happen to me? The anguish of a Generalist Member after viewing the APS promotional video.

Dear RAPS, I am deeply offended by the description of the work I do as described in the APS Believe in Change video promotion! All it does is use the space to make reference to the fact that there are nine expert areas endorsed by AHPRA.  How is the APS promoting the “clincial” and “counselling” work I do?  All psychologists are “trained” in clinical and counselling therapeutic frameworks!! It doesnt say…

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The Critical Research showing why Two-Tier System is not justified!

Is Australian Psychology in Crisis? Medicare Better Access – Two Tiers/One Outcome. Compiled by: Dr Clive Jones Dipt, DipCouns, DipLC, BEd, MEd, GradDipPsych, PhD(psych), MAPS, MCCOUNP, MCSEP. INTRODUCTION Since the introduction of Medicare Better Access to Mental Health Care in November of 2006 a misconception has become embedded within Australia’s National Mental Health Care System that incorrectly infers clinical psychologists hold a greater level of expertise and quality of…

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References for Clive Jones

Reference for the original government commissioned work published in 2011: Pirkis, J., Ftanou, M., Williamson, M., Machlin, A., Spittal, M. J., Bassilios, B., & Harris, M. (2011). Australia’s better access initiative: An evaluation. Australia & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45(9), 726-739. Reference of the email discussion with Mark Anderson – the post hoc analysis completed by Mark Anderson was not published in a journal Anderson, M (2016, Dec) Professor…

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Disenfranchised Counselling Psychologists

From a RAPS contributor: “When was the last time you saw an advertisement asking for a Counselling Psychologist? Its been a very long time since I’ve seen one. I see jobs for counsellors, but on inquiring, found that the organisation was not looking to pay for a 6-year trained Psychologist. Have you noticed how the vast majority of jobs are only looking for Clinical Psychologists?  Have you noticed that Counselling…

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Another Leak from the Clinical College!

RAPS has gratefully received this leak from a concerned supporter sent to members by the Chair of the APS Clinical College, Ros Knight. Ros and at least 10% of her members (those who filled out the Clinical College survey late last year) actually seem to believe that the Two Tier Medicare funding has fostered  “recognition of the diversity of the psychology profession”. Surely they must have heard that the precious diversity that flourishes in every other Western…

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Is this really a chance for non-clinical members to be heard?

Reform APS is happy to celebrate the acknowledgement published in APS Matters this week, of what Executive Director Lyn Littlefield describes as “the unintended consequences and hurt felt by many of our members as a result of the two-tier structure established by the Government”. To our knowledge, after a decade of inaction, it’s the first indication that the APS has any inkling at all that there were unintended consequences…

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Letter from 2 APS Directors

RAPS received a copy of this email sent by Felicity Allen and Jill Wright to APS Branches and Colleges following statements made at the National APS Branch and State Chairs meeting in Melbourne last week. MESSAGE FROM JILL WRIGHT AND FELICITY ALLEN, BOARD DIRECTORS Dear Colleagues, We have learned that, at the recent meeting of the State Chairs and APS Branches, the APS President Anthony Cichello publicly identified myself and…

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APS Members can use this letter to request minutes of last board meeting!

Attn: Barry Whitmore and the APS Board of directors Email: b.whitmore@psychology.org.au To the Company Secretary of the APS Board, Mr Barry Whitmore, As an APS member I am writing to request the minutes of the APS Board Meeting dated February 11th. It is my understanding that an additional 2 clinical and one academic members were given positions  on the Board (and as such have a right to vote). As an…

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THE 2 TIER SYSTEM WILL FALL THIS YEAR….BUT NOT WITHOUT ACTION

Dear RAPS, (Please feel free to publish this post.) THE TWO -TIER SYSTEM WILL FALL THIS YEAR….BUT NOT WITHOUT ACTION It’s certainly no surprise that the clinicals have stacked of the APS Board. The clinicals will use everything at their disposal to preserve the 2 tier Medicare rebate and their power through their minority holding in the APS. It’s yet another outrage perpetrated against the majority of APS members….

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