Members make more comments

Member: “Not a month goes by without hearing from a provisional or newly registered psychologist, bemoaning the lack of alternatives to investing many more years and interminable struggles pursuing the Clinical pathway. After immediate relief gaining registration many feel lacking in applied and theoretical skills, bulk at remaining a “generalist” as a “career option”, and more often than not profoundly question the course components and/or in-person embodiments toward becoming a Clinical.”


We the non clinicals and even more so the non endorsed are being squeezed out of private “clinical” practice.”

Member:  “My understanding of the Corporations Act is that the APS is conducting the election in an unlawful manner that is not compliant with the Act. If the GR gets through, that too will be non-compliant with the Corporations Act and the subject of legal action if the will and the money is there. I’ll return to this topic after the vote. In terms of membership renewal, I’ll need a very, very good reason to renew.”

Member: “As most of you know….Its currently hard to survive in private practice as an independent practitioner self-funding all lease and professional charges, which ive maintained successfully until now, as a non endorsed in clinical private practice…. and
I do have positive relationships with a few clinical psychologist so my grievance lies with the APS clinical advocacy faction….”

Member:” If the APS succeed with the vote it will contain all of the credibility of a TV personality winning a Logie award. It will not reflect the view of the majority. It will reflect a triumph for the APS publicity machine, and will be a hollow victory for the profession of psychology.

It is disheartening that the APS won’t apply the principals of professional proprietary to this election that they enshrine in our code of ethics.”

Member:”Unfortunately, the APS is a complete scam, as they are revealing every day. It has long been an organisation serving only one interest- the ‘clinicals’. If the ‘No’ push doesn’t succeed, I hope you have seen enough to jump ship – it will be a lost cause. There are other professional bodies to belong to, eg. AAPi.”

Member:”The division of GPP leaders were handpicked by the board and doesn’t represent the GPP members and has been wined and dined by the directors with promises of power and influence. They are pawns in a tokenistic game.”

Member:”The landscape since Medicare has now become populated by “clinical” psychologists, previously often from academia or government departments where they had paid time off to complete their Masters of Clinical Psychology, where life did not get in the way. As compared to the rest of us who had to do it hard for many years before Medicare even became a reality and without government departments to subsidise our “extra” study – we had to rely on our own research and common sense.”

2 thoughts on “Members make more comments

  1. Hmm … the tone of member’s comments have changed quite a bit … Are your members facing reality and realizing 38 psychologists not good enough to accepted into a clinical program and too lazy to do a one year bridging program don’t reflect the wishes of the majority of psychologists?

    1. Lets take a look at our options to do a clinical psychology bridging course in Australia.

      ACT: None
      NSW: None
      NT: None
      QLD: One – offered 2 years part time internally, open to those who have an endorsement in another specialty.
      SA: None
      TAS: None
      VIC: None
      WA: One, offered on campus part-time or full-time and only open to those who have an endorsement in clinical neuro-psychology.

      Therefore, if someone already has an endorsement in clinical neuropsychology and can commute to the campus at St Lucia QLD or Crawley WA they may take a bridging course. For other endorsed psychologists the only available option is if they can commute to St Lucia QLD. For 4+2 psychologists there is no bridging option.

      This information is from the APAC website and the websites of the two universities that actually offer the bridging programs.

      It is only 11 years since the introduction of the Medicare rebates. Psychologists who completed their 4th year of training before this chose their pathways without the knowledge that they were choosing a pathway of higher or lower value. Some psychology students may still pursue a career in a specialty that interests them, despite the knowledge that the other 8 specialities are not as financially valuable. Some trainee psychologists probably still admire the hands on training of the 4+2 or 5+1 pathways.

      Please don’t assume that because non-clinical psychologists did not obtain the clinical psychology endorsement that we are lazy and not good enough.

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