Occasional Bulletin from your Branch Chair (No.13)
Dear Fellow APS Members,
This continues to be a very busy year for your committee. We have been somewhat snowed under with PD, finances and rolling out Medicare. This is my penultimate Bulletin about local matters before I step aside from my position as Chair in November. I shall be away all of October but the committee, under the Chair of Pam Snow and financial direction of Peter Moore, will continue. Jan Beard, my personal assistant at Resolutions Counselling will provide the administrative support.
Here is a brief summary of our latest offerings.
- Medicare meeting with GPs on September 20th (see accompanying letter and flier). The information will also be emailed to you.
- The AGM is on Thursday, November 15th just before our guest speaker, Dr Petra Staiger, Senior Lecturer at Deakin University, will talk about “Dual Diagnosis: Improving Models of Care”. Please put it in your diary. The venue is Quills.
- National Psychology Week is on November 11th – 17th and we have booked the foyer at the Bendigo Library for an exhibit of posters by third year psychology students and general information about the APS and psychologists. Please come by and inspect the display. We all benefit from the efforts of a small number. If you have any ideas or ways to contribute on the day, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- As previously mentioned, La Trobe University had to reduce staff, both in Bendigo and at other campuses. We are still concerned for the local staff and students. La Trobe reassures us that the support will still be high through greater Pastoral Care, video conferencing and other technical support.
- Unfortunately we had only 8 people interested in the Worksafe workshop when 10 was the minimum, so they cancelled the session. Notes will be made available. Gippsland, which normally struggles to get numbers, were booked out with over 20 people expressing an interest.
- The State Committee, of which I am automatically a member as Chair, had a meeting last Friday, August 30th. Simon Harvest has had to step aside as Chair as he has resigned from Chair of the Melbourne Branch. Ms Wendy McDonald has been elected unopposed as the Victorian Chair. She is also the Chair of the Melbourne Branch and took over from Simon Harvest. Her election was a precedent, as I understand it, as the first nomination to be accepted had to be internal from those already on the committee and when no-one else was nominated her external nomination was accepted. The committee is generally working well considering its infancy, but these changes have highlighted some longstanding tensions which hopefully can be worked through.
- Keep an eye out for reports by Lyn Littlefield, David Stokes and others for updates about Medicare etc.
- Will bring you the latest on psychological developments in Morocco; the effect of the environment in Spain on the Australian psyche, especially Gaudi’s, as well as the effects of walking the Pilgrim’s Trail on body, mind and spirit.
Dated: September 5th, 2007