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

Chronic pain seminar a success 

In our aim of delivering quality professional development activities, RPIG held its third one-day seminar, funded by the NSW Motor Accidents Authority, on the 30 November 2015. The seminar, titled 'Advancements in the psychological management of chronic pain following injury' was well attended.

A copy of the presenters' slides will be made available shortly  on the 'Resources and Publications' page. 

The RPIG national committee are considering further workshops based on a relevant theme in rehabilitation psychology for 2016. Please email the convenor, Diana Dorstyn, with your ideas:


2015 AGM 

Our AGM was held on 30 November and was well attended. The new committee members are:

Convenor - Diana Dorstyn

Secretary - Elizabeth Kilgour

Treasurer - John Alder

Committee members -  Anne Marie Sarandrea (co-opted), Rick Marshall (co-opted) Gregory Murphy (continuing), Ashley Craig (continuing), Paul O'Halloran (continuing), John Baranoff (continuing), Elias Mpofu (continuing), Kylie Henderson (continuing).

The web editor role is still available. If you are interested, please contact the convenor ( Please consider contributing to the work of the RPIG, which aims to support and promote the work of rehabilitation psychologists in Australia.

Minutes of the 2015 AGM will be made available shortly.


Online networking opportunity 

If you have not already done so, please register with the RPIG group on LinkedIn. This online forum is a great networking opportunity for our interest group!

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