“I know ( because I was present at National Branch Chair meetings) that the APS leadership suggested, prior to Mr Abbott, that they push for clinical psychologists to be approved for Medicare rebates and their argument was that it would open the door for all other psychologists later.The foot in the door approach.
The membership (via the Branch Chairs) did not approve of that suggested policy approach. In my opinion, it is most likely the APS leadership then began to operate without transparency to push the agenda of clinical psychologists as ultimately the only psychologists left standing.
It was consistent with the then objective for the APS to raise the profile and incomes of psychologists. In my view they have attempted to do that by creating an elite group.
The ultimate agenda must be to have a reduced number of psychologists so that their incomes are high. In the same way psychiatrists can charge high rates because they are in demand and they are small in number or an elite.
John Ralston Saul discusses this kind of approach in his book Voltaire’s Bastards. That is, a society where specialisation is promoted and communication is devalued. Jargon is developed which obstructs communication. Rigorous training in the use of professional jargon is required. Ring any bells?
Psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist does an excellent job of explaining the half brained approach to education that technocrats prefer in his book The Master and his Emissary.
While it is important we stand up and call out the lack of evidence for the policy decisions which have led to the current situation, we should also understand this phenomena in a critical analytical manner. That is, we need to understand the real agenda.
It is not enough to call out injustice. Directors on the APS Board were charged with raising the professional profile and incomes of psychologists. They have done that.
There is a benefit in the goal they had of psychologists who are nor clinical becoming redundant sooner rather than later. The benefit is that psychologists will be almost the elite equivalent of psychiatrists.”