Concerned Psychologists Write to HODSPA

A group of concerned psychologists has written to the Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology Association (HODSPA) regarding the two-tiered Medicare rebate issue and its impact on the availability of psychology postgraduate programs.

HODSPA’s purpose is to represent the discipline of psychology in universities in Australia and includes;

• providing advice and leadership in secondary and higher education and research
in the discipline of psychology;
• promoting the development of the discipline’s education, practice, and
knowledge generation;
• promoting quality standards in education, research, research training, and
knowledge transfer;
• providing leadership in the development of policy in psychology work,
workforce, and practice; and
• providing leadership in accreditation for professional practice.

As HODSPA’s scope of practice includes ‘providing leadership in the development of policy in psychology work, workforce, and practice’ it is a key stakeholder within the psychology profession that can work to change the two-tiered Medicare rebate system.

You can download the concerned psychologists letter -> Here

If you would like to write to HODSPA about your concerns with the two-tiered system, its impact to the psychology profession, and how it has personally affected you, please use the contact details listed below. For more information visit their website at

HODSPA Contacts

Executive Officer:
Professor Nigel W. Bond, FASSA
Emeritus Professor
University of Western Sydney
NSW 2751

Professor Stephen P. Kent
Head of School of Psychology and Public Health
La Trobe University
VIC 3083
Tel: +61 3 9479 2798

Deputy Chair:
Professor Renata Meuter
Head of School of Psychology and Counselling
Queensland University of Technology
Kelvin Grove QLD 4059
Tel: +61 7 3138 4641
Fax: +61 7 3138 0500

Professor Julie Ann Pooley
Associate Dean within the School of Arts and Humanities
Edith Cowan University
Joondalup WA 6027
Tel: +61 8 6304 5591
Fax: +61 8 6304 5834

Associate Professor Karena J. Burke
Head of Department of Psychology & Public Health
CQ University Australia
Rockhampton North QLD 4702
Tel: +61 7 4923 2147