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AAPi in the Media

Posted on 2 April 2024

Director Carly Dober spoke with 2SM radio news about AAPi's calls for HECS debts to be cut for psychology graduates.

AAPi has called for HECS debt to be reduced by offering monetary incentives to psychologists located in rural and regional areas, which would also alleviate the workforce shortages in these locations.

"Having the HESC debt hanging over their heads creates significant additional stress, and we know that for many people, their limit might be sitting at $121,000, with around 39% of psychology students having a debt of between 80,000 and $100,000," she said. 

In a statement, Executive Director Tegan Carrison said: "We know that there is a massive workforce shortage of mental health professionals in rural and regional areas, but if the Federal Government could offer psychologists incentives in the same way GPs have been, it would be a win-win for the mental well-being of both the provider and the client."