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. The challenge is to channel that anger into more effective action. Trying to change the APS from within is time consuming and drains energy away from more achievable objectives such as removing the 2 tier system. It’s like telling the gun lobby to stop shooting ducks.
Change within the APS will come from outside the APS. Treasurer Scott Morrison is looking for budget savings. So let’s give ScoMo a free kick.
Write and lobby your federal MP’s and Senators of all political stripe to scrap the unfair and unwarranted 2 tier system so that all psychologists are on the same rate. (BTW: It is illegal for anyone to try and stop you from doing this or effect any reprisal for doing so).
This is supported in the scientific literature showing that clinicals are no more effective than other psychologists. The Australian tax payer and successive governments have been duped. It’s only logical and common sense that the 2 tier system should be scrapped. This is an achievable objective.
On this basis, the prediction is that the 2 tier system will fall within the next year if not in the next few months. This will right many wrongs and will highlight the secrecy that underpins APS management and policy. So get writing! Get walking and/or get on the phone.