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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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A member discusses “the discriminatory divide in psychology”

Dear RAPS Team Thank you for all your efforts to date. Your emails are like breaths of fresh air and very much appreciated. I was appalled to learn of the treatment of Board Members Jill Wright and Felicity Allen by the APS President. Thank you Jill, Felicity and ReformAPS for your courage and interest in we psychologists who have been relegated to the lower echelons of psychology including the…

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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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