Menu

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…

Read More

Letter from 2 APS Directors

RAPS received a copy of this email sent by Felicity Allen and Jill Wright to APS Branches and Colleges following statements made at the National APS Branch and State Chairs meeting in Melbourne last week. MESSAGE FROM JILL WRIGHT AND FELICITY ALLEN, BOARD DIRECTORS Dear Colleagues, We have learned that, at the recent meeting of the State Chairs and APS Branches, the APS President Anthony Cichello publicly identified myself and…

Read More

APS Members can use this letter to request minutes of last board meeting!

Attn: Barry Whitmore and the APS Board of directors Email: b.whitmore@psychology.org.au To the Company Secretary of the APS Board, Mr Barry Whitmore, As an APS member I am writing to request the minutes of the APS Board Meeting dated February 11th. It is my understanding that an additional 2 clinical and one academic members were given positions  on the Board (and as such have a right to vote). As an…

Read More

THE 2 TIER SYSTEM WILL FALL THIS YEAR….BUT NOT WITHOUT ACTION

Dear RAPS, (Please feel free to publish this post.) THE TWO -TIER SYSTEM WILL FALL THIS YEAR….BUT NOT WITHOUT ACTION It’s certainly no surprise that the clinicals have stacked of the APS Board. The clinicals will use everything at their disposal to preserve the 2 tier Medicare rebate and their power through their minority holding in the APS. It’s yet another outrage perpetrated against the majority of APS members….

Read More

Clinical Takeover of the Board

The Clinical faction has finally gained full control of the APS board! They have co-opted another three directors  – two clinical and one academic who seems to be a clinical neuropsychologist – to the board last Saturday giving them a majority of 6/11 votes. How could this brazen takeover have occurred? Who voted for whom this time?  Did the Executive Director swing the vote, or did our President use his casting vote…

Read More

A Single Medicare Rebate for all Australians

  Now is time to throw out the 2-tier system and bring in a Single Rebate for psychological services. It is time to inform government about the lack of evidence to justify the cost of subsidising the high cost of clinical psychology services. The time is right for the APS to promote a single rebate because without this Better Access for Mental Health is unlikely to survive. The unprecedented…

Read More

RAPS Second meeting on Saturday

Thanks to everyone who attended the RAPS meeting on Saturday in Geelong. We were pleasantly surprised that 25 people made the long trek to Geelong on their day off. Some had even came from interstate and many others who couldn’t attend asked to be kept informed. One psychologist from WA wrote: “I am definitely with you in spirit. It is imperative that you succeed in your quest.” There was…

Read More

A threat … and a promise

Over the past couple of weeks, the APS leadership has made a number of threats and delivered ultimatums aimed at closing down RAPS and ending discussion of the concerns we have expressed about matters vital to the interests of members. These have included legal threats, warnings of complaints to the Ethics Committee, demands for resignations etc. There has been no reasoned response to our concerns. We have been advised…

Read More

An Exchange of Views

I was speaking last night with a friend who is a clinical psychologist and who has been opposed to the two-tier system since the day it was announced. We often meet over meals with other colleagues, most of them non-clinical and discuss our work. My friend repeated last night what she has said many times before: ‘There is obviously no difference between us. We do the same work, and…

Read More

Disappointed Member replies to the President

Dr Kathryn Gow appreciates fully all the good work that the APS has done in the past 10 years. However, in the Reply to the President, she also expresses her concerns below: Dear Anthony, I have not seen those emails, but——- I am based in QLD and I think that maybe there are thousands of non-clinical psychologists in Australia who are very disenfranchised over the first step in differentiating Medicare rebates…

Read More