We are stronger together
AAPi stands firm in its commitment to champion a fair and balanced system for every psychologist in Australia, as well as the clients and communities they serve. We're not just talking about change - we're actively driving it. This journey involves continuous dialogue, collaborations, advocacy, and legal and lobbying efforts with key stakeholders and decision-makers in the field. We're on a mission, and we won't stop until we've made a difference.
Some of our key advocacy wins over the last 12 months include:
- DSP Win- Through submissions, consultations and senate enquiries, AAPi was instrumental in changing the legislation to allow supporting evidence from all psychologists to be accepted towards a diagnosis of mental health conditions that are eligible for a disability pension.
- Alongside our legal team and Dr Marian Kolta, we achieved a successful outcome for clinical endorsement substantial equivalence, setting the scene for future cases to come.
- WorkCover QLD significantly increased fees claimable by psychologists and provisional psychologists.
- Beneficial changes to Better Access Group Therapy- AAPi was instrumental in positive changes for more flexibility and longer sessions for Better Access group therapy.
- Medicare Advocacy win for the establishment of family and carer Better Access sessions.
- Telehealth eating disorder and mental health service changes to remove geographical requirements and increase access.
Read about our recent advocacy wins in more detail in our 22/23 Financial Year advocacy update.
In 2023, AAPi joined forces with The McKell Institute to shine a spotlight on the pressing issues affecting psychologists. This collaboration gave birth to the 'Help Us Help More' campaign. We launched this impactful campaign at Parliament House, with the Minister for Mental Health leading the conversation as our keynote speaker. The event was a magnet for political leaders from all sides, many of whom pledged their support for our cause. Rest assured, AAPi is at the forefront of every consultation that matters to psychologists.