“I have spent many thousands of dollars on a Masters degree. I hold a full college membership. I also hold a further postgraduate qualification in a related field, ie 8 years of relevant training, more than many clinically endorsed psychologists. I am a tier 2 psychologist. Why? Because I took the wrong masters.
I respect my colleagues who took a Clinical Masters, but I do not view them as superior to myself. I also respect my colleagues who took the 4+2 route. From what I have seen this is not easy. They have had to demonstrate their proficiency to the board just as we have. We had our competence mostly assessed by a university. They had theirs mostly assessed by AHPRA. So? We have all been assessed as competent.
I am watching employment opportunities dry up. Most private practice positions ask for clinical endorsement, for obvious reasons. Most public health positions also ask for clinical endorsement. When you read job ads many will advertise for a mental health worker, with mental health nurse, social worker, occupational therapist, or clinical psychologist being considered relevant. What about the rest of us? Can we not even be considered?
I have a specialty area, but a clinical psychologist will get paid more for a consult even in my specialty area. How is this fair? How is this better for the client?
On top of all of this Better Access was only intended for people with mild to moderate problems. These presentations should not require a specialist. If a higher rebate is to be paid at all it should be reserved only for complex clients who require specialist treatment. When was the last time you saw an ENT for the flu?
The current 2 tier system has to go. It does not make sense.”