Members comments keep coming

Member: “Thank you for your bravery (Concerned Psychologists) in writing this. Those who have had the audacity to speak out about the APS can testify that those in APS senior leadership have absolutely no qualms about persecuting members who speak out. They rate power and control of the profession above ethical behaviour and transparency. We are in desperate need of a spill.”

Clinical Member: “This information was useful in my decision-making to vote for a spill. I, too, fear reprisals and have remained quiet. Thank-you to RAPS and the authors for publishing this insight.”

 Member: “I have registered my two proxies online today. It should be possible to vote on the spill electronically. Why has the APS not made it possible to vote on motions 14-22 online? I am not asking APS that question directly, because in my experience I would not get an answer to my questions from the APS. Does anyone have an answer?

Member: ” I phoned up to ask why I couldn’t vote on the spill electronically and was told (by someone who was very nice) that I couldn’t do that because it was all being organised by a company. I asked why they couldn’t organise an electronic vote if they were a professional company and there didn’t seem to be an answer to that one.This is really silly. Everyone going to Brisbane is going to have to attend with a huge sheaf of proxy forms in hand and sit there ticking and flicking throughout the meeting! WHY can’t the vote on the spill be electronic?”

Member: “I would suggest that if the APS is to continue to hold itself out to be a peak industry organisation (and speak on behalf of all psychologists with gov’t), then its suggested policy changes need to cover all psychologists, not just APS members.”

Member: “When the war is over got to get away,
Pack my bags to no place, and no time, no pay….

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  1. As a clinical psychologist, I have many registered psychologists colleagues for whom I have the greatest respect, and readily refer to. I agree with Michael Carr-Gregg’s position:

    “I will work with the Board to unite the Society by progressing a Psychology Board of an Australia-approved scheme to enable all appropriately qualified APS members to be admitted to Tier One and to provide low cost easily accessible, web based, bridging courses to enable a general upskilling of the profession. I would pledge to work with the Board to create a process to ensure recognition of prior learning (RPL) in related practice experience and professional development training be included in the development of those bridging courses.”

    However, this suggests that newly registered psychologists who move immediately into private practice would not be eligible for Tier One, and I agree with this.

    Is this RAPS position, in which case there will continue to be two tiers in some form, or do you want newly registered psychologists to be in the same level as experienced? All the arguments I hear from registered psychologists to be admitted to Tier 1 is distress that their years of training and experience aren’t being recognised, so allowing immediate access for all registered psychologists to Tier 1 suggests that your years of experience and training haven’t added to your skills to any significant degree.

    If you believe newly registered psychologists need more training and experience to get a higher rebate, how do you see this working?

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