Sydney

Committee Information

The following members of the APS Branch Committee have been elected by APS members in a particular geographical area. Please feel free to contact the  Branch Committee members with any queries or suggestions about the activities and events which they organise for all APS members in this area.
 

Chair

Adj A/Prof Amanda Gordon
Phone: 0411428250
As Past President of the APS (2004-2008), I have a love of the Society and a real belief in the value of membership. I see the Branch as the "home" of each member, and will work to enhance connections between us.

I am an endorsed Health and Clinical Psychologist, with over 30 years of private practice to my name. In my practice I specialise in relationship work.

I supervise members towards endorsement as well as more generally to enhance their practice. I love teaching and have provided webinars and workshops through the APS Institute and independently.

I have taken on this role for 2018, to support the wonderful branch committee members in developing confidence in the work that they do for the Branch. I encourage members to engage with me and the committee to ensure we are a relevant force for you.

I was founder of the Bendi Lango indigenous bursary and Psychology Week. I look forward to hearing how we can actualise your ideas for the Branch and the APS generally.

Secretary

Ms Sandra Scott
A member of the College of Educational & Developmental Psychologists, most of my career has been at the coalface of child and adolescent mental health, in primary and secondary schools.

I have a strong interest in the application of neuroscience and the burgeoning evidence base of non-pharmacological treatments for psychiatric conditions.

I believe that the skills of psychologists are under-recognised across Australian society in education, health, justice and many other sectors. Our scope and our challenge is enormous. Through APS we may collectively advance the utility and cause of our profession, reduce the stigma of mental illness and showcase the wide applicability of psychology. I feel passionate about the APS Believe in Change campaign. My belief in change is the reason I decided to study the brain, mind and human potential.

Through my role as Secretary of Sydney Branch I aim to support communication, and our strength as a united profession.

Treasurer

Mrs Eva Fera
Phone: 0400 363 390

Committee Member

Dr Henry Luiker
Phone: 02 93894512
Henry is the facilitator of Peer Consultation Groups in Sydney. He can be contacted on email while he gets the list moved here from the NSW Branch page.

He is in the third consecutive year of membership of this committee, which is coinciding with interesting times for APS and the profession. He convened in October 2017 a forum on "The Present State of the Profession of Psychology in Australia". And it is getting interestinger.

His clinical interests are Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy with adults and Dual-Focus Family Therapy with children. In the latter, there is equal attention to the emotional buttons being pushed in the parents as well as the child behaviours pushing the buttons. This approach arises from his 10 year outcome study with colleagues at Royal North Shore Hospital under a major National Mental Health Strategy grant.

Another current interest is the study of religious, primitive and magical thinking in ostensibly secular, modern and scientific professions.

Committee Member

Ms Natalie Mamone