AHPRA will only investigate complaints involving individuals, they farm the complaint out to whichever organisation they decide should accept responsibility for it. Please read this page. These bodies are really already overloaded with complaints. Oddly enough, although it’s very clear that the ACPA submission strongly violates AHPRA’s PsyBA Code of Ethics it appears as though they may not accept any responsibility for policing the code. These bodies are more concerned about complaints from patients/clients regarding health professionals.
At this stage, and until we have further information, we strongly recommend that any complaints are made about the individual author of the submission and not about ACPA. It is very likely that complaints about ACPA will be met with a ‘sorry we don’t investigate organisations’ response.
This may mean that the PsyBA Code of Ethics can only legally apply to individuals as organisations are a different form of legal entity and “cannot have feelings or opinions”. Any Corporations lawyers out there who can enlighten us?
Still, we can hardly afford to do nothing. We suggest you make the complaint to AHPRA about the individual and follow the process. We will all learn from this so we can design a more informed intervention next time.