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News updates

Meetings 

Face-To-Face:

  • 2016 - November 18
  • 2016 - Feb 26 (at the superforum), July 8 (Communique provided)
  • 2015 - April 4, June 19, September 18;

Teleconferences:

  • 2016 - Feb 15, June 28
  • 2015 -  July 28

Major Topics

Survey of DGPP’s. This online survey was opened between 20 July and mid August 2015. Over 3000 DGPP APS members completed the survey.  View survey results

  • Practice Senate. This initiative, which grows out of the new APS Strategic Plan and includes Unity/Diversityas one of its goals, involves representatives of the Colleges and DGPP Forum meetings to discuss and canvas ideas of mutual interest. The first meeting of this group was on September 19, 2015.
  • 2016 Congress. As this is a major 50 year celebration conference, a representative of the DGPP Forum has been invited to sit on the Congress planning committee. The Forum has also been invited to develop a proposal for how the DGPP might represent itself in this conference.
  • Enhancing DGPP member profile. Members of the Forum have expressed consistently the need to address the issue of the feelings of marginalisation within the APS and the profession, experienced by many of its members. As a consequence a number of constructive proposals have been discussed:
    • practice certificates – providing evidence of expertise in specific areas
    • awards – raising the profile of DGPP members who contribute to both the Society and the profession
    • referral pathways – finding ways of defining how other health professionals might understand and more appropriately refer to all psychologists
    • College structure and proposal – understanding and discussing how the College structure works and the viability of considering a Generalist College
  • National Policy Issues. A number of major government reviews and consultations have been underway recently which may well significantly impact on the work of psychologists. These are regularly discussed with the DGPP forum and include:
    • Mental Health Services Review
    • Primary Health Networks
    • Registration (or PsyBA) reviews and revisions
    • MBS Review and Primary Health Care Advisory Committee
  • Communication. Representing the DGPP membership and communicating about all aspects of its activities is a major concern for the DGPP forum. Some of the strategies under consideration include:
    • DGPP webpages
    • local State/Territory communication and support structure
    • local newsletters and email system

Survey results

Survey 1 

Conducted by email and F2F meetings in 2014

The main focus of the Forum during this year has been collecting information about the major professional issues confronting DGPP members within each State/Territory. The methodology employed to collect this information has included email surveys and face-to-face/ online/ teleconference meetings/workshops conducted by the DGPP representatives in each jurisdiction. Response rates have varied between states/territories and ranged from less than 20 responses in one State to over 160 in another State.

There was considerable consistency across the responses received from the various States/Territories. These responses are summarised below:

  • Identity and status
    • Feel devalued outside APS, fuelled by two-tier status under Medicare
    • Perception that academic ability is more highly valued than skills and experience
    • Perception of lack of recognition within the APS
  • Medicare
    • Financial viability
    • Uncertainty of rebates
  • Access to postgraduate training
    • Reduced number and type of courses
    • Limited number of places
    • High cost
  • Regulation of the profession
    • Lack of understanding about the role and power of the regulator for the profession (Psychology Board of Australia)
    • Lack of communication from the Psychology Board of Australia
    • Lack of understanding of the profession displayed by the Psychology Board of Australia
  • Continuing professional development
    • Access to a wide range of events, especially for rural and remote psychologists
    • Cost of events given low income
  • Supervision and peer consultation
    • Lack of access to internships and supervisors; inability to complete internship requirements in 2 years
    • Lack of access to peer consultation with colleagues with similar expertise level (can be due to high workloads, cost, can’t find them)
  • Earning a living
    • Reducing employment opportunities
    • Differential Medicare rebate
    • Burden of compliance requirements
    • Commercial competition
  • The future
    • Is there potential for DGPP to become a College?
    • Potential for bridging programs

Survey 2