NSW Western Region

News Updates

November 2016

Welcome to the final instalment of PsychNews NSW for 2016, and my last newsletter to you all as Chair of the Branch. I have very much enjoyed being Chair of the Western Region NSW Branch over the past four years. It is hard to believe that I have been four years in the job! Time does seem to fly by. During that time I have enjoyed the support of the committee and the Branch and we have facilitated some terrific events locally. We have also seen many significant changes within the field of psychology, such as the introduction of the Primary Health Networks, among other significant reforms in the Mental Health sector. 

I recently had the pleasure of attending the APS Congress in Melbourne in September, and was inspired by the quality of presentations and the breadth and depth of professional development opportunities. The APS will not be holding a national conference in 2017, and will instead hold conferences bi-annually in future. 

In September we held our annual Careers Information Evening at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst campus, with video conference links to the Wagga Wagga and Port Macquarie campuses. A big thank you to Stephanie Quinton and Maddison Lloyd for organising the evening. We had a great turn out, and even better feedback from participants. Thanks also to our presenters for giving of their time. We had a busy month in July with Liz Murrell’s workshop on the process of psychological formulation and treatment planning, held in Orange, and our APS 50th birthday dinner held at Abercrombie House. We also held our first professional development evening in Bathurst, and our first presenter was Jerry Weaver, Clinical Psychologist with the Mid Western Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit. Our final initiative for 2016 was our Branch AGM at which Dr Louise Roufeil, Executive Manager of Professional Practice at the APS gave a presentation on the practical implications of the Mental Health Review for the delivery of psychological services.

Our Branch Secretary, Stephanie Quinton, also completes her second term with the committee and will be taking a break from committee responsibilities. On behalf of the committee, I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her enormous contribution to the Branch over the past four years. I would also personally like to extend my sincere thanks to Stephanie for her support of me, in my role as Chair. 

As always, I would like to remind you all to visit the APS website as there are numerous resources for Members to access, including online, high quality professional development through the APS Institute. 

Kind regards and thank you all for your support over the past four years,

Tracy Macfarlane, MAPS

Chair, NSW Western Region Branch 

 

Branch updated - August 2016

The Western Region Branch has recently celebrated the APS’s 50th Anniversary year with a very special dinner at the historic Abercrombie House near Bathurst on 15 July. We honoured our long standing members (30 years plus membership!), and enjoyed hearing their recollections of significant moments during their careers. 

Liz Murrell from Charles Sturt University facilitated her workshop on case formulation on the 15th July in Orange. The workshop was sold out, highlighting the need for early registration at our local workshops. 

The Committee is busy organizing a careers information evening to be held at the Charles Sturt University Bathurst campus in September, with details to be finalized and disseminated soon. We are also in the process of organizing our first professional development evening with local experts presenting on topics of interest to members. A notice will be circulated soon.

I would also like to again highlight that the APS website has numerous resources for Members to access, including online, high quality professional development through the APS Institute. Of particular interest to our members currently is the online e-learning program called E-Health for Practitioners to help prepare members for the introduction of the My Health Record.

Lastly, our AGM will be held November 11 in Orange.  Further details will be circulated later in the year.

Kind regards,

Tracy Macfarlane, MAPS
Chair, NSW Western Region Branch APS


June 2016

Welcome to the second online APS PsychNews Newsletter for 2016. We are now half way through the year and have a few interesting events on the horizon. The Western Region Branch of the APS (WRAPS) will soon be holding a very special dinner at the historic Abercrombie House, Bathurst, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary year of the APS, and to honour our long standing members (30 years plus membership!). We will have dinner, live music, trivia, and interesting speakers, and this also provides us with an opportunity to catch up with our colleagues. The event is to be held on the evening of the 15th July, so please register to attend via the APS Events website.

Also on the 15th of July Liz Murrell from Charles Sturt University will be facilitating a workshop on case formulation. The workshop will be held in Orange, and is very competitively priced. This is a great opportunity for our local members, and your attendance is encouraged.  

Both our Secretary, Stephanie Quinton, and our student representative, Maddison Lloyd are in the process of organizing a careers information evening to be held at the Charles Sturt University Bathurst campus later in the year. 

The Branch has received requests from early career psychologists to look into facilitating the establishment of peer supervision networks. I will be sending out a request soon to gauge interest in such networks in our local areas. The Branch is also hoping to run regular professional development evenings on a bi-monthly basis where local members give a brief presentation on a topic of interest/expertise. So please remain linked in to the Branch via our email facility to ensure you hear about these events.

Lastly, I would like to remind you all to visit the APS website as there are numerous resources for Members to access, including online, high quality professional development through the APS Institute. The Western Region Branch also sends out regular emails about job opportunities advertised via PsychXchange, and also local PD opportunities, so keep reading our emails to remain in touch. And, please contact myself or other Committee members with ideas and feedback, as it is most welcome.

Kind regards,

Tracy Macfarlane, MAPS
Chair, NSW Western Region Branch

 


March 2016

Welcome to our first online APS PsychNews Newsletter for 2016.  I hope you all have a prosperous and interesting year ahead.  The Western Region Branch of the APS (WRAPS) has commenced planning for the year ahead, and this being the 50th Anniversary year of the APS, we have been exploring opportunities in which we can mark this important milestone, and have at least one social event in the planning stages. 

This year we welcome a new member to our Committee, Nicole Johnson.  Nicole is based in the Bathurst and Orange regions, and she joins returning Committee members Stephanie Quinton (Secretary), Yin Hourigan (Treasurer), Margi Johnson (Orange), Gary Black (Dubbo), Philip Bryden-Brown (Orange), Fran Read (Bourke), Judith Gullifer (Bathurst), Tracey Rankine (Bathurst and Orange), and our Student Representative, Maddison Lloyd (Bathurst). 

Whilst our schedule of local events has not yet been finalized for 2016, we have planned a workshop to be facilitated by Liz Murrell from Charles Sturt University on case formulation.  This is likely to be held late May.  Dr Leanne Humphreys has also agreed to run her workshop on CBT for PTSD again in late 2016 (most likely October or November).  The all new headspace Orange crew has offered to host a networking meeting to show case their new Service. We have also been exploring how the Branch can assist in facilitating peer supervision networks. We also hope to organize an information session on the new mental health reforms and how this impacts psychology as a profession. 

As Chair of our Branch I recently attended the APS’s inaugural Super Forum with other Branch, State, Interest Group, and College Chairs, along with most of the members of the Board.  This forum offered the opportunity for National Office to be informed of our views on matters ranging from the upcoming governance review, perceptions of the APS, Member benefits, recruitment, engagement and retention strategies, and how we can best celebrate the 50th birthday of the APS.  Professor Lyn Littlefield spoke on the current Government initiative’s impact on psychology, in particular the Mental Health Program and Services Review. 

It is a goal of the current Committee to re-engage with our student community, and we are hoping to arrange two careers information evenings this year to try to better capture the attention of both the internal and distance education students, and we also hope to develop greater links with the student body via social media and the PsychClub.

Lastly, I would like to remind you all to visit the APS website as there are numerous resources for Members to access, including online, high quality professional development through the APS Institute.  The Western Region Branch also sends out regular emails about job opportunities advertised via PsychXchange, and also local PD opportunities, so keep reading our emails to remain in touch.  And, please contact myself or other Committee members with ideas and feedback, as it is most welcome.

Kind regards,

Tracy Macfarlane, Chair, NSW Western Region Branch APS