Rehabilitation Psychology

Welcome to the Interest Group in Rehabilitation Psychology

The Rehabilitation Psychology Interest Group (RPIG) is focused on bringing together psychologists with an interest in the study or working with individuals with an injury or illness, which may be chronic, traumatic and/or congenital, and their family, friend, and support networks, in achieving optimal physical, cognitive, psychological and interpersonal functioning, and, to participate in their social roles within their contexts. Psychologists in various rehabilitation settings are typically working as a part of a team comprised of different disciplines. Psychologists contribute to collaboratively setting and achieving rehabilitation goals aimed at changing behaviour, using evidence-based practice. Click on About Us for more information. 


Member Updates

RPIG one-day workshop a success 

In our aim of delivering quality professional development activities, RPIG held its first one-day workshop on the 18 October 2013. The theme of the workshop was Translating rehabilitation injury research and evidence into knowledge applicable to effective practice for rehabilitation psychologists and counselors. We were grateful that the workshop was also partly funded by a small grant awarded to RPIG by the NSW Motor Accidents Authority. 

Experts in the field were invited to provide up-to-date presentations on the "Psychological Management of Persons involved in Motor Vehicle Crashes (MVCs)". There was thought provoking discussion generated by all in the final session of the day. The workshop was well-attended with at least 80 people coming together with the common interest in rehabilitation psychology. For RPIG members who were unable to attend, we have been fortunate to obtain a copy of the PowerPoint slides from most of our presenters, which have been posted on the Resources and Publications page. 

Due to the success of the workshop, the RPIG national committee are considering holding further workshops based on a relevant theme in rehabilitation psychology. Please contact the National Committee with your ideas, and if you are able to assist in any way. 

2013 AGM achieved 

We are pleased to advise that the RPIG achieved a quorum for its 2013 Annual General Meeting. We would like to inform that Elias Mpofu will be Acting as National Convenor until October 2014, as Anne Marie Sarandrea will be on leave during that time. If you would like to contact the committee, then please email: Changes are noted under the Committee Information tab. 

Think Rehab blog 

Due to technical problems, the blog site was made temporarily unavailable. Karleigh Kwapil has been working to resolve these problems. As ever, Karleigh is looking for your contributions to add to the content, so if you have some interesting bits of news, research or thoughts, then please email Karleigh at Also, if you have troubles viewing the website then please let Karleigh know as soon as possible. 

Online networking opportunity 

As part of providing RPIG networking opportunities, we have set up our group on LinkedIn, please contact Kylie Henderson at if you would like further information and/or assistance.


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