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Australian Association of Psychologists inc

Annual General Meeting

Notice of Meeting

The Anual General Meeting of the Association of Psychologists inc will be held on Tuesday 16th October 2018 at Meeting Room M9, Mezzanine Level, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Cnr Merivalr St & Glenelg St, South Brisbane, Qld, at 7:00PM EST (Qld time) 8:00PM EDST (Vic/ NSW/ Tas time) 7:30PM (Adelaide time) 4:00PM (Perth time) 6:30PM (Darwin time)

or

To attend the Meeting by Teleconference

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AGENDA

1. Welcome

2. Apologies

3. Establishment of the quorum for the AGM

4. Correspondence

5. Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting

6. Presentation of the Presidents Report

7. Presentation of the Treasurers Report and Financial Statements

8. Other business including Special Resolutions

9. Appointment of a Returning Officer

10. Election of the Committee/ Board

11. Appointment of the Public Officer

12. Appointment or endorsement of the Auditor

13. Any other business

 

2.

 

 


Newsletter 23rd September 2018 - Annual General Meeting 

Newsletter 24th June 2018

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS NOW DUE AND PAYABLE

 

Invoices for the Annual Subscription for the 2018/ 2019 years Membership of the Association were dispatched to all members by email on 21st June.

 

If you have not received your invoice please let us know by email to admin@aapoz.com

 

Membership categories are:-

 

Full Member: Subscription $250.00 per annum

Associate Member: Subscription $100 per annum

Student/ Provisional Member: Free of Charge

 

Associate Membership is for Psychologists working part time or retired practitioners who would like to maintain their membership of the Association.

AAPi Advocacy

 

The Association is currently actively involved advocating in favour of the removal of payments for psychology services that discriminate against Registered Psychologists.

 

A recent report by McKinsey & Company recomended to the NDIA a schedule of payments that proposed two levels of compensation; one for "treatment of psychological disability in a low risk environment" and the second for "treatment of complex psychological disability where a very skilled and experianced clinical professional is necessary".

 

The report states that Level 1 is "typically administered by a registered psychologist" and Level 2 is "typically administered by a clinical psychologist"

 

We are currently discusing this issue with McKinsey & Co, the NDIA and the Minister for Social Services proposing the removal of the dichotomy they advocate between Registered and Clinical Psychologists.

 

Furthermore suppliers of Allied Health services to the Defence Department are also issuing Schedules of Fees that discriminate against Registered Psychologists.

 

For example a current Schedule of Fees proposes for the delivery of "Trauma focused therapy - 90+ mins - in rooms" a fee of $164.83 for Registered Psychologists and $385.10 for Clinical Psychologists.

 

We believe it is totally inappropriate for a Clinical Psychologist to be paid 134% more than a Registered Psychologist for delivering exactly the same service.

 

We are advocating with the Minister for Defence, the Minister for Health and the Defence Department suppliers to remove this unnecessary and illogical differential in payment for which there is no evidence by which it can be supported.

 

In addition we continue discussions with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Centrelink, the Court system in most States, some Insurance Companies and other organisations that continue to discriminate against Registered Psychologists.

 

AAPi Executive Director,  Michael Pointer awarded the Order of Australia Medal.

 

Dear Members and Associates,

 

It is my great pleasure to announce that Michael has been awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours. 

 

This is a thoroughly deserved and appropriate award for one who has dedicated his life to community service.  Most of you will be aware that Michael is not a psychologist, and nine years ago when we deliberately employed him for that reason as our only paid staff member, he brought to the Association a wealth of corporate knowledge, of the type that gave us an objective and level-headed business mind.

 

But, before he gave us his dedicated service, Michael held high level international roles in Australia’s Beef and Cattle industry, and served as a legal and community consultation agent for Maurice Blackburn’s Class Action pursuant to the Victorian bushfires. 

  

Michael, enjoy your OAM honour, as we honour you today.

 

Paul J. Stevenson OAM

President

Australian Association of Psychologists Inc.


Newsletter 24th June 2018 

Newsletter 11th June 2018

DEMOCRACY IN DECLINE FOR AUSTRALIAN PSYCHOLOGISTS

THE DEVOLUTION OF DIVERSITY AND UNITY

 

Our members and readers who attended the recent PBA Forum on the 4+2 pathway retirement, have reported that their freedom of speech was denied. 

 

Like the “Webinar Whitewash”, the theme of this Forum was “Don’t confuse us with the facts, we’ve made our mind up”.  

   

Professor James Allan (2014, p.148) in his publication “Democracy in Decline: steps in the wrong direction” writes, “If the scope people have to speak their minds and say whatever they wish to say withers, then democratic decision-making is threatened”.

 

Why?

 

Professor Allan (2014,p.148) states on page 148, “Leave people almost always free to speak as they like and in the ensuing battle of ideas truth will – or in more pessimistic terms, truth is more likely to emerge than if people are silenced, or silence themselves”.

 

No clearer evidence of this principle can be observed from the treatment outcomes research comparing Generalist Psychologists to Clinical Psychologists. Scientific truth emerged even though its significance had been “killed by silence” in a very authoritarian manner and at the expense of the majority of psychologists in this country.

 

The psychologists who attended this PBA Forum reported that:-

(1) their rights to freedom of speech were trampled because

(2) they were not given sufficient voice and time to debate and reason their objection to having the 4+2 pathway retired.

    

The research on treatment outcomes demolishes the opinions that:-

(1) the Australian population will continue to be served by the most poorly trained psychologists in the Western World

(2) that the unaccredited pathway to registration (known as the 4+2  pathway) needs to be retired. You cannot detour around the research facts when they run contrary to these two opinions cherished and adored by The Clinical Psychology Movement

 

There has always been an argument by the Clinical Psychology Movement and the Psychology Board of Australia that psychologists need to be brought up to the World’s Best Practice Standards. The problem with this concept is that the democratic rights and voice of practicing psychologists in Australia have been diminished and along with it the forum to conduct rational reasoning and debate.

 

Consequently, the majority of Australian Psychologists have:-

(1) been relegated to a second division status

(2) since 2010 had an insidious restriction on their range of practice such as providing reports to DVA and Centrelink.

 

Therefore, the decision of the Executive Powers of Australian Psychology to raise it to a supranational level has been disastrous for most psychologists in this country.

 

Whilst International Psychology has an important role in contributing to the profession in this country and vice versa, it should not erode the practicing rights of current psychologists in Australia.

 

Using the argument of World Best Practice Standards to legitimize the mistreatment of most  psychologists in Australia and ignoring the outcomes research evidence, implies an “intolerant world view”.

 

If the majority of psychologists in this country do not fight for their rights, this “intolerant world view” will run the profession in Australia.           

In 2006, the concept sold to the Federal Department of Health and Ageing was that psychologists with clinical doctorates or masters deserved:-

(1) a higher Medicare rebate because they had a more "specialized body of effective knowledge" than

(2) non-clinical psychologists, in treating more severe complex mental disorders.

 

However, the remarkable absence of evidence from the outcomes research begs the question why does the Federal Government continue to have a mandated Two-Tier Medicare Rebate system?

 

Since this decision, the outcomes research mentioned above has disproven the assumption that a Clinical Psychologist who has so-called specialized knowledge, requiring many years of professional training, achieves better treatment outcomes on average than a Generalist Psychologist.

 

The research also confirms that even when the Federal Government was convinced about “a specialized body of effective knowledge” being more superior to treating patients than Generalist Psychologists, the scientific research slays it.

 

Psychology in general is “a specialized body of effective knowledge” and its sub-disciplines overlap each other and give us diversity in the profession as well as effective treatment for the Australian Public. The current regulation of Psychology in Australia driven by the Clinical Psychology Movement is disuniting the profession, forcing well experienced psychologists to lose their businesses through restriction of practice and thus creating a future workplace shortage.

 

Who will suffer?

 

The Australian Public


Newsletter 11th June 

Newsletter 20th May 2018

Misinformation about Psychological Service Specialisations

by

Gregory Goodluck MAPS (DGPP), MAASW, MAAPi, BA Hon (Psych), BSW, Grad Cert Journalism

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

I am a mental health worker and specialise in Psychology and Social Work.

 

Lately a minority group of psychologists called the Australian Clinical Psychologists Association (ACPA) has been spreading misinformation about the practice of the profession of Psychology in Australia, in order to promote themselves at the expense of others.

 

For your information, the fullest specialist registration possible as a Psychologist is to be a Registered Psychologist. There are a number of areas of interest that can be ‘endorsed’ by the Psychology Board of Australia, but they are not specialisations nor do they indicate any superiority on the part of the ‘endorsed’ psychologist.

 

Under the legislation it is illegal for a psychologist to hold themselves out to be a specialist in any area other than Psychology. Many of those with endorsements as ‘Clinical Psychologists’ do not in-fact have a masters degree in clinical psychology, nor does a masters degree indicate superiority to psychologists who have gained registration via alternative 6 year pathways of training including 4 years uni and 2 years intensive evidence based internship.

 

Please do not believe the untruths spread by ACPA to justify their higher fees and their related growing monopoly on psychological service provision.

 

Please do not stop referring your clients and participants to well-credentialed and highly-experienced mental health workers, psychologists, just because they are not a member of the Clinical club. All psychologists are qualified to do mental health work under medicare.

 

I am a Mental Health Clinician with Psychology and Social work qualifications and experience. Darwin Born and raised who trained in Adelaide at Flinders University, SA Mental Health Services.

I am a fully qualified and registered Psychologist and Social worker with ample Professional Mental Health Clinical experience.

 

My name is Gregory Goodluck and I am a General Practicing Psychologist (GPP) and a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s Division of General Practicing Psychologists (APS DGPP), and the Australian Association of Psychologists inc (AAPi)

 

I have solid qualifications and experience in Mental Health as a Clinical Case Manager, Court Diversion and other Criminal-Justice experience, Family Dispute Resolution, Employee Assistance Programs, Workers Compensation, Psychological Injury, Mental Health Counselling, Psychological Strategies, Therapies, for a range of Mental Health disorders.

 

I have several threads to my bow including industrial, organisational, relationship, family and legal and forensic experience. I treat Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Anger, Psychoses, Personality & Adjustment Disorders & Trauma, Phobias,  etc.  Family therapy and Mediation are also offered.

 

I have the highest possible standard of Psychology registration under Australian Law which is general registration and I am amply qualified to legally and ethically assess, report on and treat clients and patients whom you may refer to me, with the highest standard of care.

 

The highest, legal, specialist title for a Psychologist is full General Registration as a Psychologist with AHPRA.

 

I have been fully registered since 2009 (PSY0000971056) after 2 years of full time paid Psychology practicum, incorporating, intensive competency based, post-graduate supervision as a provisional Psychology registrant and, prior to that, many years working as a Clinical Case manager in Mental Health services with an Honours degree in Psychology and a degree in Social Work both from Flinders University in SA.

 

My full Psychology Registration was awarded in 2009 with AHPRA registration after long, deep and far-reaching training and preparation to become a well-rounded, holistic, scientist-practitioner, mental health professional. I have been a member of the Australian Psychological Society for 10 years.

 

Don’t be fooled into thinking a Masters degree in clinical psychology makes a psychologist superior to all other psychologists, because it doesn’t.

 

Experience counts for a lot. Please see my introductory letter attached.

 

Sincere Regards,

 

Gregory Goodluck MAPS (DGPP), MAASW, MAAPi.

Consulting Psychologist, Social Worker, Counsellor, Therapist

Registered Psychologist, Accredited Social Worker 

BA Hon (Psych), BSW, Grad Cert Journalism


Newsletter 20th May 2018 

Newsletter 6th May 2018

PHN Advisory Panel on Mental Health Forum Two

Conference Date: 6 April 2018

Venue: PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport – Tullamarine

On Friday 6 April 2018 two representatives of AAPi had the great pleasure of representing the Association at the PHN (Primary Health Network) Panel on Mental Health Forum Two held at PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport. Working both separately and together, they participated in a number of forums and focus groups, providing insight and feedback on behalf of our AAPi psychologist members and their thousands of clients across the nation.

 

The Primary Health Network Advisory Panel on Mental Health has consulted widely to facilitate the ‘Mental Health Reform and System Transformation – A 5-Year Horizon for PHNs’.

 

The PHNs are strategically positioned to drive better health outcomes for mental health consumers in the primary care sector over the next five years.

 

PHNs, whose predominant responsibility relates to mild to moderate mental illness, are a key focus for the Australian Government overall mental health reforms which cross the spectrum from prevention, early interventions, and treatment and recovery services.

 

While it is acknowledged that PHNs are but one component of a complex, national mental health and social care system in Australia (managing just 10% of the Government’s budget for mental health), PHNs can nevertheless influence reform across the entire mental health sector.

 

The development of a strategic direction for PHNs has entailed the discussion of mental health reform across four domains:

1.     Regional and Local Planning

2.     Commissioning

3.     Person Centered Care, and

4.     Safe and Quality Care

 

While documents provided at the Forum provided detailed information about the process, procedures and outcomes of this grand plan for mental health services as delivered via PHNs, it is, in our view, of particular relevance and illumination for the direction (both past and present) of the Psychology profession in Australia to note critical principles of consultation identified by those responsible for developing the PHN strategic plans for mental health service and delivery.

 

Engaging, Listening and Acting

 

‘PHNs need to engage with and listen to stakeholders. Effective mechanisms for community, care and clinician participation are essential to achieving genuine engagement. This occurs when identified stakeholders are respected, acknowledged, listened to, valued and have been provided with appropriate opportunities to inform mental health programs and services. Open and transparent communication is necessary in establishing a regional vision that aligns strategic priorities and a shared understanding.’

 

In a relationship between clinician and consumer, the professional expertise remains central, but is used to support self-management. Effective links between mental and physical health assumes partnerships at all levels: physical health assessments routinely undertaken for mental health consumers, people with chronic illness routinely provided with mental health care. Such level of partnership and accountability assumes a robust primary health care system developed in engagement with stakeholders - an integrated approach together with a high level of expertise and community engagement at every level.

 

The Panel itemised just a few of the concerns as expressed by mental health consumers that have been acknowledged and taken into consideration including the following few assertions:

(i)             ‘My expectations of mental health services are accessibility, responsiveness and integrated treatment’

(ii)           ‘We need to address multiple needs at once and not silo solutions from different parts of the system’

(iii)         ‘The ability of the system to support the social needs of consumers will influence the success of stepped care’

(iv)          ‘I want integrated treatment that can deal with their complex and changing needs’

(v)           ‘Reducing discrimination within our community and across mental health service providers is essential’

(vi)          ‘Consumers and Carers should be included in every element of the PHN commissioning process – Don’t do anything without us’

 

AAPi was greatly impressed and buoyed by what we heard, read and were exposed to at this recent Mental Health Forum. We thank the organisers for their invitation to attend, and we hope that our contributions on behalf of AAPi will serve to assist future progress in the area of community mental health.

 

Postscript:

 

Throughout the PHNs Forum agenda and delivery at PARKROYAL on 6 April 2018, we noted constant reference by key personnel to a genuine process of co-design, consultation, partnership and utilisation of data and evidence. What a contrast this approach illustrated to that to which the majority of psychologists in Australia have been subjected to over the past decade!

 

The practical, moral and ethical focus demonstrated by the PHNs Advisory Panel on Mental Health drew into stark contrast the impractical, brutal and primitive manner of governance of our psychology profession of late, where the majority of clinicians have NOT been properly consulted, respected, or acknowledged. We ourselves have not been listened to, valued or provided with opportunities to inform developments within our own profession that impact significantly upon all aspects of psychological practice in Australia, and particularly as related to the efficient functioning of PHNs in terms of mental health management.

 

The irrational, wasteful and destructive 2-tier system for psychology practice in Australia is perhaps the worst legacy of such lack of consultation with clinicians.

 

We noted indications throughout the Forum that constructive initiatives such as the PHNs Advisory Panel on Mental Healthare raising broader awareness of this false dichotomy within psychology. Hopefully, this level of dysfunction within psychology practice in Australia will soon be addressed as a matter of necessity, and another nail will enter the coffin of the 2-tier debacle.

 

The powers that be within our own psychology profession - including board members of the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS) can, we believe, well learn from recent initiatives presented by the progressive PHNs Advisory Panel.

 

Noting that principles of progress towards community partnership and continuing quality improvement should always be based upon transparence, co-design and shared accountability, AAPi aims to adhere to such principles.

 

Our rapidly increasing membership is a powerful indication that more and more Australian psychologists who believe in fairness and equity for their clients, are choosing to work to ensure the same for themselves:

 

Physician Heal Thyself’

 

WENDY NORTHEY

BA, Grad Dip App Psych (Organisational), MCrim - Melb (Forensic Psychology), FAAP


Newsletter 6th May 2018