Why has the clinical faction been able to control the APS for the past 20 years? How was it able to convince the government to create a new breed of higher paid psychologists? Back in 2006 there were only a handful of clinical psychologists. Where did they get the money to lobby government?
Some believe they were heavily supported by the drug companies at the time, who were promoting a combination of counselling plus medication, when many psychologists were against medication.
Even today, clinical psychologists are only 20% of the membership of the APS, but their representation vastly outweighs their numbers.
Fifteen years later the clinical faction controls the board; clinical psychologists are the only ones graduating from Masters or Doctoral courses; they are still getting paid 40% more than all other endorsed psychologists.; the public believes they are the best psychologists due to the promotion by the medical industry.
Why have the majority of APS members stood by and let this happen?
Why did they stand by when the 4 non-clinical directors they had elected to the board were kicked out by the clinical faction at the 2017 AGM? Did they not realise that the AGM was deliberately held in Brisbane to deter attendance? Although the Reform APS spill motion was designed to spill all the board’s directors and create a fresh board, they did not predict that the clinical faction would stack the AGM in Brisbane with their own supporters. We heard rumors that they even paid their people to go to the AGM.
What happened to the support from the non-clinical members? This had been a rare opportunity to create real change. But it was defeated by the deep pockets of the clinical faction and their access to superior legal advice. The APS’ solicitors advise only the clinical faction. They are not impartial sources of advice. The clinicals are also able to mobilise their members quickly, efficiently and unquestioningly.
Many of those four directors were deeply disillusioned by the lack of support from the members who had elected them.
Some reasons we’ve heard members say: “I’m not a political person”; I don’t like conflict”. If you choose to ignore the political pressures that control your profession, you are choosing to be a sitting duck. Taking the ‘don’t like conflict’ excuse sounds very noble, but it basically means you will be walked over by less noble people. It is important to stand up for what you believe in, conflict or not.
Today there is another opportunity for change. Another opportunity for non-clinical APS members to influence their own futures. Write a submission today. The deadline if this Thursday.
Don’t miss this opportunity!
It’s time to speak up!
Don’t let the opportunity go by again
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