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Stop the Clinical Faction – Spill the Board

RAPS has been asked why we want to Spill the board. For some, it has come out of the blue and is a bit of a shock. A Board spill resolution is appropriate for a situation where shareholders (or members) get so fed up that they take a position that the existing directors of a company should be replaced by a new set of directors. The National Australia Bank bank did just this in 2011 in…

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Examples of Discrimination

Since 2006 the Federal Government has been encouraged to view my expertise in clinical practice to be more than $40 per treatment session less in value than some of my APS colleagues. On a full time client load I am considered by our Federal Government to be around $1200.00 per week of less value. On  an annual basis (46 week working year) I earn more than $50,000 per year…

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Believing in change and taking steps towards change – in respecting all psychologists!

Professional psychologists are all required “to abide by principles of professional conduct, responsibilities and confidentiality. These are set and monitored by the APS in its Code of Ethics. The Code was developed to safeguard the welfare of consumers of psychological services and the integrity of the profession.” In the past 10 years, the public has become very confused by language which sets apart clinical psychologist from ‘generalists’ or ‘non-clinicals’…

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RAPSters comment on APS Survey

Here’s some of the comments on the APS survey that RAPSters  have have emailed us or posted. (It’s better to post them yourselves in the ‘comments’ box below the post – names are not included). Here they are: “Yeah good advice. I was completely aware of the limitations and attempts to bias, so yes boxes must be written in. The initial question to rank order variables was a joke!…

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Questionable questions from the APS by RAPS supporter

“I recently received the APS “survey” supposedly addressing member opinions on the two-tier rebate system. “Supposedly”! On beginning the survey I realised I couldn’t even get past Question i, Screen (see below)  i of the items offered as a response to the question as to which factors the government ought consider in deciding on rebates (note the assumption there would need to be a “decision” rather than all registered…

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Beware! APS Survey is clever and deceptive.

RAPS supporters should be wary of the APS survey distributed recently by the APS. It is cunning and clever and beautifully constructed but clearly deceptive. It’s not a sincere inquiry into members’ views of the two-tier system. Instead, it’s a masterpiece of tendentious wording, that seeks subtly to compromise respondents, forcing them to accept a particular point of view that is almost certainly contrary to their own. Please note the following:…

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APS Medicare Survey…Seriously???

The non-clinical members have been outraged by the Two-Tier system since its inception. I’m not going to repeat the arguments here. As it stands, there are now three groups taking action to have this inequity torn down and a Change.org petition. There’s also the RAPS poll that has grown in responses by at least 100 per day since it was released. I’m given to believe that GetUp! are in…

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Fortune favours the brave!

As one RAPSter wrote so well: If you want parity for all psychologists then it is important to stand up and fight for it. It will not be something that is merely given to those who stand by compliantly hoping that the powers that be will act benevolently. Fortune favours the brave! If you want change then act. History has taught us that.

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REFORM AUSTRALIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY (RAPS)

The Philosophy of RAPS is to unify Psychologists and the profession of Psychology in Australia. The aim is not “divide and rule” but to bring Psychologists together and find the best path forward for the profession.  Generalist Psychologists i.e. those who do not belong to the Clinical College, have very little opportunity to express their views via their professional body, the peak body of Psychologists in Australia, The Australian…

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A Friendly Warning about voting Rights!

One RAPSter has sent us this message: Please remind your fellow RAPSters to hold on to their voting rights.  It was a while ago when I looked at the number of psychologists who gave their proxy votes to the President – it was a daunting sight, as about 4 pages listed people giving their votes to the President. This effectively meant that the President ran a voting session knowing…

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