Member: “The spending of APS Members contributions on their own salaries and superannuation is disgraceful considering that they only represent a small proportion of the Membership!!!!”
Member: “Another option in terms of supporting the spill and gate keeping the APS is renewal by monthly installments. So rather than pay the whole fee up front and stocking the APS coffers for service of the clinicals, drip feed them confident in the knowledge that they can be quickly choked off in terms of funds if they continue on the way.”
Member: “I hope the reform group get up. But equally I hope they have a plan. Any doubt about the need for reform and spill in my mind has been What I see as Lyn Littlefields political behaviour and her use of the staff and APS resources to push one view. She should be neutral.
The issues of equitable treatment and representation is a headline issue. In addition I am certain the APS Institute has got off on the wrong foot – at the beginning not a professional resource and support but rather treating us all like first year undergrads. There is some positive tinkering going on now, but more changes needed, in my view.
I hope you get the numbers and I will send a vote for the spill motion asap before the end of the week. Many thanks, cheers and best wishes.”
Member:” I have attended two of your earlier meetings and was very perplexed with that I heard. I have been an APS member for 25 years and have become progressively disenchanted and angry with the lack of information and non-representation of ALL sectors of the Society. I am a Counselling Psychologist and know that I, and the thousands of our kind, have been disenfranchised by the small number of Clinical Psychologists and by the way the current CEO conducts the organisation.”
Member:”I will just add that those of us “generalists” – (not a term I have ever used about myself) who have battled in the area of Private Practice when Medicare was not available and who did pro bono work for those clients that truly could not afford our fees our now having to justify our skills.
The landscape since Medicare has now become populated by “clinical” psychologists, previously often from academia or government departments where they had paid time off to complete their Masters of Clinical Psychology, where life did not get in the way. As compared to the rest of us who had to do it hard for many years before Medicare even became a reality and without government departments to subsidise our “extra” study – we had to rely on our own research and common sense.”
Member: “What a fantastic response to the APS – John Henry you just said what 75% of psychologists are feeling!!
I agree with all you have said. I will just add that those of us “generalists” – (not a term I have ever used about myself) who have battled in the area of Private Practice when Medicare was not available and who did pro bono work for those clients that truly could not afford our fees our now having to justify our skills.”
Member: “I live you John Henry (whoever you are?!) for what youu wrote here. A man after my own heart. I live in a lesser teaming sore called Darwin and have experienced much of what you wrote about. My only option for Clinical endorsement is to sit in a class room of ‘children’ to learn what I already do in my own successful private practice.”