RAPS has gratefully received this leak from a concerned supporter sent to members by the Chair of the APS Clinical College, Ros Knight. Ros and at least 10% of her members (those who filled out the Clinical College survey late last year) actually seem to believe that the Two Tier Medicare funding has fostered “recognition of the diversity of the psychology profession”.
Surely they must have heard that the precious diversity that flourishes in every other Western country – US, UK and Europe – will soon be lost to the Australian psychology profession as students scramble to join the higher paying clinical courses?
Can Ros please explain just how any diversity in the psychology profession can survive if there are no other psychology courses available to students – other than those promoting a biomedical CBT approach?
APAC – the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council – has a lot to answer for. This peak accreditation body made up of the APS, AHPRA and the HODSPA (Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology Association) – might have shown more leadership in this area and protected our profession.
Nowhere else in the western world is the government financially rewarding one group of psychologists more than others. Why is this happening here?
Ros’other news about specialist registration is actually even more concerning because a clinical specialist item number will secure their place forever in Medicare – and end all hope for the other Colleges (unless, of course, they become a subsidiary of the clinical psychology).
If anyone is willing to help with the research on the specialist registration, please contact us here!
Rest of the Clinical College email …
2. Internal Governance Conflict in the APS
My thanks to members who have forwarded emails in current circulation from members of the APS dissatisfied with the current Medicare funding system. The emails are clear that they would prefer that all psychologists should be paid the same amount. Their solution in the first instance seems to be to alter the constitution or members of the APS Board, which will then allow them to change the APS position on Medicare to their preferred option. The College committee is monitoring the situation and will respond if helpful.We affirm our commitment, as voiced through the survey of our members, to Two Tier Medicare funding as a recognition of the diversity of the profession. We hope that the conflict can be resolved so that a united voice is presented for our profession going forward. The pending Governance Review changes may provide an opportunity to resolve some of the concerns.We will keep you posted….
3. Changes to APAC
We expect to be informed in the next couple of months as to the outcome of the PsyBA deliberations over the new proposed model.
4. Specialist Registration
This issue is with the PsyBA currently. Members are welcome to send further documentation in support of specialist title to the PsyBA direct, or via the committee if they wish.
I hope 2017 is looking like a productive, interesting and enjoyable year ahead.