Why does Ros expect General Psychologists to support the green paper?

What a nerve Ros Knight has to call on General Psychologists to unite and support the green paper when there is nothing in it for them.

They have not forgotten the damage caused to them by the 2006 2-tier submission and the way the clinical board tried to conceal it for years? This 3-tier/step submission is no better. It’s just another trump-ed up Tier-system in the guise of “stepped care”.

The original stepped care approach proposed in 2013 was inter-professional, i.e. from GPs, to psychiatrists, to psychologists, to social workers, to mental health coaches, etc. But now suddenly we have 3 steps with in one-step? How do we know 3 steps is really what the government is asking for?

We have not forgotten Ros’ bias against generalists and her denigrating and insulting public comments about us. Now wants our support?

Does she really expect 11,000 DGPP members to willingly agree to being demoted to an even lower tiers /steps- and lower professional standing – forever?

Here is what Ros wants us to support her on:

• To never be able to work with severe clients again?
• To work forever on a lower rebate?
• To receive less and less GP referrals?
• To never be able to use evidence based psychological therapies?
• To never be able to provide equal rebates as endorsed psychologists to moderate clients?
• To be stuck forever on the lower two tiers/steps?
• To never be able to improve our situation?

And what is she offering us in return?

• More reputational loss
• More loss of referrals from GPs
• More costly training (40 hr certificate)
• More costly assessments of our prior training
• More restrictions on the therapies we can use (“evidence based interventions”)
• More costly supervised practice
• General psychologists may get an extra 10 sessions for moderate clients (at lower rebates)

General psychologists may get an extra 10 sessions for moderate clients but it may come at the cost of their own practice!

We call on the APS Board to think again. We need more than that!

We remind the APS board that without the general psychologists, the APS will no longer be the premier organisation in Australia and the government will stop listening to them!

If Ros wants the support of General Psychologists, this is the least she must provide:

1. The same rebate for all psychologists working on the moderate step
2. General psychologists with 7 years experience to be automatically able to work on the moderate step
3. General psychologists to be able to provide evidence based psychological therapies via reasonable extra training or with recognition prior learning or experience
4. General psychologists to be able to step up to work with severe clients via reasonable extra training or with recognition prior learning or experience

This is how it would look:

Level Psychologist Rebates
1 Mild (10) All Same rebate
2 Moderate (20) Psychologist (RPL/Exp)
Psychologist Plus (Certificate)
RRR Psychologist Plus
One rebate for all psychologists working at this level
3 Severe (40) AoPE
RRR Psychologist Plus
Psychologist Plus RPL/Exp/Train)
70% more than Mild

* Psychologist (RPL-Exp) = Psychologists with 7 years recognised experience and learning

Its time for this Society to start supporting its General Psychologists who have been working with clients on all steps for decades.

Restrictions on this group are discriminatory and unfair to both the clients and the psychologists treating them.

If nothing changes, general psychologists will have to walk!

Note: APS Membership renewals are due on May 31st. You have several options:
• You can also defer your membership
• You can go onto monthly payments
• You can leave
• You can join the Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi)

Please let us know your thoughts by completing the Green Paper poll Here.