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Member:“Psychologists have so much to learn from GPs. Only 8 days after the psychologists’ EGM for the governance changes, the GP’s general meeting had a different fate, a much better fate for their entire profession. The GPs voted against the proposed governance change proposed by the management of their professional association (RACGP). The GPs strongly voted “NO”!!! to the governance change. It wasn’t a vote without problems. During the…

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DON’T SEND US MONEY!!!

That’s not quite right, we do want your donations…but what we really need now is your time! Contact us: apsreform@gmail.com As the crucial APS Annual General Meeting draws closer, we are looking for more people to help out our volunteers link members names to their email addresses. Our tireless typers are tiring! “Why don’t you just ask the APS for a list of their members (our members!) email addresses,” I…

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Member asks what really needs reforming?

“I support RAPS because they wish to create a more balanced approach to Psychology in Australia.  The outcomes of the decision to institute a two tier Medicare system for psychology have been divisive within the profession and sadly strategically myopic for the entire landscape of psychology in this country.  I will not go into specific detail about those strategic outcomes here as they have been presented ad infinitum on…

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Understanding the frustrations of the ‘generalist’: Wrestling with stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination

Dr Clive Jones discusses the depth of negative prejudice against the ‘generalist’ group. Ultimately there is a very real and ongoing undermining of the perceptions around the ‘generalist’s’ clinical practice expertise based on nothing more than a stereotype that has led to negative prejudice and discrimination. The stereotype – i.e., a fixed, over generalized belief about a particular group or class of people.” (Cardwell, M. (1996). Dictionary of Psychology….

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Is psychology anything more than a job? 

If psychology is anything more to members than a means of earning income, then it demands a willingness to defend it – and that is a very important aspect of this entire RAPS campaign. The continuing entrenchment of this completely unwarranted financial and professional advantage for the minority ruling faction of clinical psychologists has had a profoundly negative  impact on the profession and on Australia’s mental health clients. We…

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Member reminds us of our obligations to our clients

Focus on Clients Australia clients are disadvantaged by the two- tier Medicare system.  While, understandably, much concern has been expressed about the damage of this system to generalist psychologists and to the profession as a whole, consideration needs to be given to the destructive impact of the two-tier system on our clients. Financial Impact on Clients Because non-clinical psychologists receive a lower rebate, they need to charge a top-up…

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Another invitation to our clinical colleagues …

We’d like to support, in the upcoming election, a clinical candidate sympathetic to RAPS. Would you be interested in standing for the position? Or would you prefer to suggest someone else among your colleagues? Please let us know. We have been contacted by a number of clinical psychologists who have said they were unhappy about the current 2-tiered situation, wanted to support RAPS but didn’t quite know how to…

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The clinical takeover continues …

RAPS has already reported on the clinical takeover of our the APS board which has a majority – 6 out of 11 – of clinical psychologists. We also reported yesterday how the DPRET Forum has a majority – 7 of 12  – clinical psychologists. Today we looked at the nine APS College leaders and found again that a majority – five of the nine – college leaders are also…

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DGPP – member tries to clarify the DGPP situation …

A member of the Division of General Practicing Psychologists has tried to clarify the DGPP situation for us but it is still unclear. Can others please follow this up with the APS as it is essential as many generalist as possible vote in this election? “Further to the previous DGPP post – last week I emailed the APS to ask about joining and this is the reply I got…

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Who is DPRET?

The Division of Psychological Research and Training (DPRET) is the division of academics. Under the new governance changes, they have been allocated a full position on the board yet they represent only 10% of the membership. Not surprisingly the majority of the Forum Committee members are clinical psychologists: of the 12 members,  seven (7) are clinical psychologists, two are academics with specialty in clinical neuroscience, one from the organisational…

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