Based on the survey results sent by a RAPS supporter, there was not a strong division among the members of the Counselling College.
I have copied and pasted their stats results below for your information. So judge for yourself.
APS College of Counselling Psychologists survey results on the current Medicare Two‐Tier System.
- 94.53% of members do not agree with the current two‐tier Medicare system.
- 94.82% of members believe that all endorsed psychologists who work with mental health should be on tier one. (Not just Clinical Psychologists)
- 70.49% of members believed that all registered psychologists should be on a single tier.
- 98.25% of members believe their skills and training equate to the Medicare requirements of practicing “Psychological Therapy”. (Currently this is only offered on the top‐tier).
Summary of disenfranchisement:
- Most members do not believe the APS Board has advocated for Counselling Psychologists to be on the top‐tier (80.78%).
- 75.47% would consider leaving the APS if the current two‐tier system remained the same.
Your words were heard!
- Many members wrote in the comments section of the unjustified, unfair, and discriminatory effect the two‐tier system has had on them and their clients.
- Many members were also concerned with the divisiveness the current two‐tier system has created amongst psychologists.
- Many members believe their skills, education, and knowledge in helping people with mental health issues is comparable to Clinical Psychologists in regards to assessment, formulation, diagnosis and psychological therapy.
- Many members have been concerned with the perception that the two‐tier system has created amongst psychologists, other health professionals, students, and consumers and they believe that the 2 tier system has fostered a false belief
that Clinical Psychologists are more qualified to deal with mental health issues.
- Members reported that this false belief has negatively impacted their referrals, employability and income.
- A number of members also commented on the bias of the APS Board towards Clinical Psychologists.