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RAPS is watching closely

Reform APS has established itself as political movement representing a very large group of dissatisfied members. Last year that anger and resentment boiled over in an attempt to spill the entire board of the Society. That resentment made the board wake up and take notice of these members after ten years of believing they would continue to toe the line quietly. The board was in turmoil throughout the year as they struggled to…

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From the new RAPS team

In the wake of the recent 2017 AGM and the June EGM, we have needed to regroup and review RAPS initiatives of past months, the things that seemed to work and those that were less successful. We don’t believe in repeating those things from which we received low return on effort. And so we have been designing and developing a new system – an overall multi-faceted strategy that is…

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Post-AGM reflections on the new APS Board

Dear RAPS supporters, We know many of your are hurting and want to strike out at the APS and leave, but we urge you to stay for the time being. Although the spill, which was conceived with the best intentions – to give members an opportunity to choose a more representative board – has not had the outcome we intended, it does show that the high level of frustration of…

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Comments from members: Stay or leave?

Member: “I read with alarm to move by some to leave the APS: 1. Another group will not have the long term visibility and credibility the APS has acquired over the years. 2. The clinicals would love all the generalists to leave. They would then concentrate all the long term visibility and credibility we have all contributed in the APS to further their own position and actively work to make…

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POST 10 by Concerned Psychologists

PSYCHOLOGISTS ARE UNDERPAID – FEE LEVELS NOT JUST A MEDICARE TIERS PROBLEM The APS Recommended Fee Schedule shows fees well above $200 per chargeable hour. (See APS website for latest schedule.) Our quick survey of workers’ compensation schemes’ fee schedules for psychologists around Australia (thanks Dr Google) indicates fee levels above $180 per hour – significant in that workers’ compensation authorities are not noted for their generosity in this…

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Should we stay or leave?

Member: I support Dr Jones’ notion of staying within the APS because the APS has been able (via our support unfortunately) to apparently gain some status/recognition by government departments and media; and that a splinter group would reinforce the clinical strong-hold and leave us unrepresented. I cannot believe that the spill eventuated the way it did; however, this eventuation would suggest evidence that an attempt to form a separate…

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Break down on the number of votes at the 2017 APS AGM By Clive Jones PhD MAPS

Twenty Four percent of members who were eligible to vote did vote. This equates to around 19.6% of the total number of members (including voting and non-voting members). Because of the difficulty I had in differentiating between voting members and non-voting members across the subgroups I will stick to percentages that relates to the total membership (i.e., both voting and non-voting members). The information below is derived from: (1)…

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Do we want to stay in the APS or leave

A post-AGM spontaneous debate has arisen in emails and comments about whether we should stay in the APS or leave it and start a new process. We’d like to publish views expressing both positions, encourage more discussion on these matters, and then organise a poll to see what RAPS supporters are thinking. Here is the first instalment, in favour of staying and reforming, by Dr Clive Jones: ‘I personally…

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Reflecting after the Spill

Look, I know we were all upset by what happened. At the same time, let’s remember a few things.  We have our health.  We have good educations and professions. We have loved ones. So what did we do? We became concerned about the direction of our profession and we did our absolute utmost to be involved and to improve it. I think we can, and we should, hold our…

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History of the Spill

Many members are confused about the spill and how we ended up with this disastrous result of losing all the non-clinical directors on the APS Board. Here is what happened. When the request for the spill was signed by 100 members in April, RAPS expected it to take place soon after. At that time, RAPS believed the only fair and reasonable thing to do was to spill all the directors and let members vote…

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