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We need your help to continue to advance the legal challenges against the two-tier system. 100% of the funds raised are used directly towards legal fees.

On the back of the success of our first test case, now is the time to keep pushing for equality.

The Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPi) was founded to bring equality, diversity and unity back to Australia psychology by:

  • Presenting a united voice for psychologists to government and funding bodies 
  • Promote the recognition, professionalism, skills and expertise of all psychologists
  • Improve access and equity to psychological services in Australia by removing barriers
  • Advocating for the removal of the two-tier funding system and reinstate one higher Medicare rebate for the clients of all psychologists

The two-tier system has created a divide within psychology creating two classes of psychologists, those with clinical endorsement and those without. It also creates further barriers to clients of non-clinically endorsed psychologists by providing a 40% lower rebate.

With assistance from our members and supporters, AAPi has been working through all possible legal avenues, along with advocacy and lobbying to address this. 

Strategic litigation to bring about the expansion and enforcement of the ‘substantial equivalence’ provisions of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law.

AAPi is working to strategically expand and enforce Ahpra’s and the Psychology Board’s obligation to meaningfully consider and decide substantial equivalence applications for area of practice endorsements.

We are working with test case members in their claims for endorsement with a view to strategically expand the definition of ‘substantial equivalence,’ as it is not being applied by the authorities, to the detriment of psychologists and their clients.

Our first test case for substantial equivalence was successful in gaining endorsement in clinical psychology. 

We could not have reached this important step without the support of our members and contributors, thank you.

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