Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the latest discussion about the actions of the new president to threaten members. It was heartening to hear everyone’s comments and the anger felt by all. Once again, the APS has underestimated the pain experienced by its members and the outrage felt towards a society whose job it was to protect and support us. We are no longer fooled by specious words like collaboration and unification or urgings to keep the discussion behind closed doors, all tactics used by the APS to subdue us into submission. Most notably, we have still not heard them offer concrete views on how equality might be achieved. However, there is much more to do if we are to succeed in our objective to achieve equality and recognition for all psychologists. We know from our members that there are still many psychologists out there who are not aware of RAPS, or the Australian Psychologists Group or AAPi for that matter. The APS has relied on the non-action of its members for years as it stealthily empowered the clinical factions. It is still relying on the majority of its members to do nothing, say nothing but continue to obediently pay the membership fees whilst continuing to be undermined and denigrated – traumatic bonding?.
Bringing equity to psychology needs to be a collective effort. It cannot rely on the efforts of a small number of groups. It is critical that every psychologist take responsibility for changing this situation. Every individual needs to act, to stand up and speak out about this situation. We may not have much control over the APS agenda but we can exercise choice about our response. Speak to your colleagues, encourage them to act, join AAPi, RAPS and the Australian Psychologists Group. Our real strength is in numbers. Non-clinicals still make up a sizeable majority of psychologists. If we all act together as a united and collective group, we can change things. But it is important not to wait or assume that others will do it for us. One person alone might not be able to make a difference but if we all act together we can achieve anything and everything.