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.
In our aim of delivering quality professional development activities, RPIG held its second one-day workshop, funded by the NSW Motor Accidents Authority, on the 8 December 2014. The workshop theme was Recovery Following Traumatic Injury.
The workshop was well-attended with at least 90 people coming together with the common interest in rehabilitation psychology. A copy of the PowerPoint slides from our presenters are posted on the 'Resources and Publications' page.
The RPIG national committee are considering further workshops based on a relevant theme in rehabilitation psychology for 2015. Please email the committee with your ideas: Diana Dorstyn (Secretary): firstname.lastname@example.org or Elias Mpofu (Convenor):email@example.com
We are pleased to announce that Elias Mpofu will continue in his role as Acting National Convenor until December 2015.
We also welcomed three new committee members at the AGM: John Baranoff, Justin Kenardy and Gary Fulcher in addition to co-opting longstanding members: Diana Dorstyn (secretary), Beth Kilgour, Gregory Murphy and Ashley Craig. Changes are noted under the 'Committee Information' tab.
The Secretary and Chairperson role, in addition to executive committee roles will be up for nomination in 2015 - please consider contributing to the work of the RPIG, which aims to support and promote the work of rehabilitation psychologists in Australia.
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!