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REFORM AUSTRALIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY (RAPS)

The Philosophy of RAPS is to unify Psychologists and the profession of Psychology in Australia. The aim is not “divide and rule” but to bring Psychologists together and find the best path forward for the profession.  Generalist Psychologists i.e. those who do not belong to the Clinical College, have very little opportunity to express their views via their professional body, the peak body of Psychologists in Australia, The Australian…

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A Friendly Warning about voting Rights!

One RAPSter has sent us this message: Please remind your fellow RAPSters to hold on to their voting rights.  It was a while ago when I looked at the number of psychologists who gave their proxy votes to the President – it was a daunting sight, as about 4 pages listed people giving their votes to the President. This effectively meant that the President ran a voting session knowing…

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A Spill is the only Hope Now

The constitution of the current APS board no longer represents the will of the majority of members in the APS and should be dismissed. We know the Clinical College supports the two-tier system and that 10% of its members have threatened to leave the APS if the board doesn’t support the two-tier system. Where does that leave the rest of us? The Clinical College now has full control of the board…

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RAPS poll surges above 850!

Dear RAPsters, The RAPS poll has surged again and has reached more than 850 votes today. The NO votes have dropped to 10% and those saying YES to leaving the APS if nothing improves has increased to 77%! With APS membership fees at $595 per person, 800 members fees represents more than half a million dollars ($505,750). This would be a significant amount for the APS to lose in annual income…

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My experience being a ‘Registered Psychologist’

I was quite upset recently hearing  that one of my colleagues (a clinical psych) from my work place mentioned  that, clients need to be aware that Clinical Psychologists have more experience than Generalists and that the receptionists should let clients know about this when they book their appointments. Not to mention lack of ethics. This has upset me a lot.  I tried to address this situation at work.  He was…

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RAPS Poll reaches 700!

Dear RAPsters, The RAPS poll has reached 700 votes in 9 days – this is exactly how many the Clinical College survey received! It’s much better than we expected 9 days ago. We now have a hope of reaching our 10% goal of 1,200 votes in the next 2.5 weeks before the next APS board meeting. We will be sending a report to that Board meeting with our results so please…

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Should we move to spill the APS Board?

RAPS has been advised that the only democratic solution to the APS board situation is make a call to Spill the Board. Spilling the board means removing all the board directors at once and calling a new election to elect a brand new board. The action to Spill only needs 100 members to sign a petition, and give notice to the APS. A spill resolution must then be put to…

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Transition to the One Tier System from RAPS supporter

This is how the campaign stacks up so far. The two-tier system is highly unlikely to survive the coming budget. In the unlikely event that it does, it won’t survive the 2018 budget and certainly not this government. This might explain why Professor Littlefield is suddenly and busily “negotiating”with colleges. This current government are looking for budget cuts anywhere they can find them. Letters have gone out to politicians and ministers…

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Poll hits 600 – only 100 to go to match the Clinical Survey!

Dear RAPS supporters, The RAPS poll has amazingly reached 600 votes. We’re really on track for equaling the 700 votes in the  Clinical College survey. Only 100 to go! But the Clinical College number represented 10% of their members, so we would need more to really match them. According to Judy Marty the generalists make up over half of the APS members with a total of 12,000 members.  At 10% we would need…

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Can the RAPS poll reach 1000 by next Board meeting?

Dear RAPS supporters, The RAPS poll has nearly reached 520 votes in the just 5 days. It’s amazing and we thank you all. The Clinical College reached 700 votes in their survey, so we have only another 181 to pass their score! The next APS board meeting is coming up on April 8th & 9th and we will be reporting the results of the RAPS poll to the board. It would be great if…

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