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Careful consideration of NDIS amendments are crucial

AAPi says like the state premiers, it also shares concerns around proposed amendments to the NDIS, and is calling for careful consideration to ensure support for all disabled Australians remains accessible.

21/05/2024

Careful consideration of NDIS amendments are crucial

Changes to Better Access will make mental health care more inaccessible

Peak body for all psychologists, the Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi), says imminent changes to Better Access will create more barriers to mental health care.

20/05/2024

Changes to Better Access will make mental health care more inaccessible

Shelving of 35 Victorian mental health hubs another blow to community wellbeing

Peak body for all psychologists, the Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi), says the Victorian Government's shelving of the 35 planned walk-in mental health clinics is another blow to community wellbeing in an ongoing mental health crisis.

7/05/2024

Shelving of 35 Victorian mental health hubs another blow to community wellbeing

Psychology students ignored in paid placement scheme

The Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi) said it was disappointing that psychology students had been ignored in the Federal Government’s paid placement scheme

6/05/2024

Psychology students ignored in paid placement scheme

Deep investment in mental health needed

The Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi) said the Lifeline figures from the weekend paint an accurate yet bleak picture of the mental health crisis impacting Australia.

1/05/2024

Deep investment in mental health needed

AAPi comment on the mental health aspects of the Sydney Westfield tragedy

Comments on the mental health aspects of the Sydney Westfield tragedy, attributable to Carly Dober, Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi) Director

15/04/2024

AAPi comment on the mental health aspects of the Sydney Westfield tragedy

Revised autism guidelines will reduce access

The Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi) is extremely disappointed that following a review, the Autism CRC guidelines largely remain unchanged, restricting lead diagnosis to only three Areas of Practice Endorsement in psychology.

2/04/2024

Revised autism guidelines will reduce access

HECS debt for psychologists could be reduced with incentives

The peak body for all psychologists says HECS debt for psychology graduates could be significantly reduced by offering monetary incentives to psychologists located in rural and regional areas.

2/04/2024

HECS debt for psychologists could be reduced with incentives

Changes to Victorian mental injury eligibility a backward step in managing psychological health

The peak body for all psychologists in Australia says the imminent changes to Victorian mental injury eligibility under its WorkCover scheme are a backward step in managing psychological health and will place more burden on the mental health system.

28/03/2024

Changes to Victorian mental injury eligibility a backward step in managing psychological health

New partner violence data shows 20 mental health sessions crucial

A peak psychology body says the latest data on intimate partner violence and emotional abuse is concerning and shows that psychological support for impacted people needs to be returned to 20 sessions.

22/02/2024

New partner violence data shows 20 mental health sessions crucial

Mental health of natural disaster victims must be supported through Medicare

Peak body for psychologists is calling on mental health services required as a result of natural disasters to be made available as permanent item numbers under Medicare, with the ability for people to self-refer directly to a psychologist.

14/02/2024

Mental health of natural disaster victims must be supported through Medicare

All levels of government must work together to deliver NDIS reforms

Peak psychology body says all levels of government needed to work with health professionals, people with disability and their loved ones to ensure that no-one is left behind.

7/12/2023

All levels of government must work together to deliver NDIS reforms

One in five Australians delaying mental health care due to cost

The Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi) said the data showing one in five Australians had delayed or not seen a mental health professional in the past year due to cost was highly concerning.

22/11/2023

One in five Australians delaying mental health care due to cost

AAPi welcomes Senate report on ADHD assessment and support services

Peak body for all psychologists, the Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi), has welcomed the Senate report into the assessment and support services for people with ADHD.

7/11/2023

AAPi welcomes Senate report on ADHD assessment and support services

AAPi in the Media- Workforce Strategy

Urgent action needed on health workforce strategy.

12/10/2023

AAPi in the Media- Workforce Strategy

Access to mental health services crucial for older people

In response to the Dementia Awareness Survey released by AIHW today, peak psychology body the Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi) says low usage of Better Access psychology sessions is of serious concern for older age groups.

24/08/2023

Access to mental health services crucial for older people

Peak psychology group calls for 40 sessions for perinatal women

The Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi) is calling for perinatal women in need of mental health support to be able to access 40 rebated sessions per year through Medicare.

9/08/2023

Peak psychology group calls for 40 sessions for perinatal women

Six months on, psychology session cuts are taking a serious toll

Cuts to the number of subsidised psychology sessions are taking a serious toll on the mental health of Australians, with some psychologists reducing the number of Medicare-related clients, despite long waiting lists.

7/07/2023

Six months on, psychology session cuts are taking a serious toll

The Federal Government has not provided adequate alternatives since cuts to sessions

Cuts to the number of subsidised psychology sessions are taking a serious toll on the mental health of Australians, with some psychologists reducing the number of Medicare-related clients, despite long waiting lists.

7/07/2023

The Federal Government has not provided adequate alternatives since cuts to sessions

Investment in mental health care must be a Budget priority

Mental health care needs to be made more affordable, accessible and equitable, with practical solutions provided for a strained workforce in the upcoming Budget, according to the Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi).

26/04/2023

Investment in mental health care must be a Budget priority

Peak psychology body pleads “Help Us Help More”

A new report examining Australia’s mental health crisis says the gap between the demand for, and supply of, mental health services will continue to widen and provides an immediate solution for increasing the mental health workforce by 22 per cent.

14/02/2023

Peak psychology body pleads “Help Us Help More”

Recommendation was to extend psychology sessions, not cut them back

The Australian Association of Psychologists (AAPi) is calling for perinatal women in need of mental health support to be able to access 40 rebated sessions per year through Medicare.

13/12/2022

Recommendation was to extend psychology sessions, not cut them back

87% of psychologists report cost as top barrier to accessing mental health services

New research from a peak psychology body has shown that psychologists believe cost is the main barrier to accessing mental health services, followed by long waiting lists and a shortage of psychologists.

22/11/2022

87% of psychologists report cost as top barrier to accessing mental health services

Reinstate Medicare item numbers to support flood victims

Australia’s peak body for all psychologists says those impacted by the Victorian and Tasmanian floods should be able to access vital mental health services under Medicare.

17/10/2022

Reinstate Medicare item numbers to support flood victims

Peak psychology body supports calls for veterinarian mental health funding

AAPi is supporting calls by the Australian Veterinary Association for both major political parties to commit to investing $3 million over five years to save the lives and wellbeing of Australian veterinarians.

13/04/2022

Peak psychology body supports calls for veterinarian mental health funding

Medicare must support ongoing mental health of flood victims

Australia’s peak body for all psychologists says flood victims should be able to access vital mental health services under Medicare.

13/04/2022

Medicare must support ongoing mental health of flood victims

Budget 2022-2023: Response from AAPi

Please find below comments in relation to tonight’s Federal Budget from the Executive Director of the Australian Association of Psychologists, Tegan Carrison.

29/03/2022

Budget 2022-2023: Response from AAPi

Survey shows 47% of psychologists can’t accept new clients

Many psychologists in private practice are unable to accept new clients, while existing clients are showing more distress and anxiety compared with 2020.

6/12/2021

Survey shows 47% of psychologists can’t accept new clients

Retirement of two rural psychologists will create healthcare gap in community

Two registered psychologists will retire this Friday, leaving a big gap in mental health services in the Whitsunday region.

17/11/2021

Retirement of two rural psychologists will create healthcare gap in community

Diversity of psychologists critical for diverse mental health needs

A shortage of educational and developmental psychologists could negatively impact the way mental health needs are managed into the future, according to the peak body for all psychologists.

27/10/2021

Diversity of psychologists critical for diverse mental health needs