The National College of Clinical Psychologists is the premier representative body for Clinical Psychology within Australia and continues with its strong advocacy and representation of its 4,200 members. The current transitional period for National Registration and Accreditation, recent review of the Better Access scheme and ongoing lobbying for more appropriate clinical psychology items, Senate Inquiry into Commonwealth Mental Health Services and the Health Reform agenda have introduced both uncertainties and unprecedented opportunities for the development and promotion of the specialist field of Clinical Psychology nationally.
The College will continue to focus on the maintenance and development of standards of clinical psychology training and practice, such as advocacy for Specialist Registration, appropriate funding for postgraduate accredited professional training in clinical psychology, supervision training and standards, appropriate utilisation of clinical psychologists across sectors as diverse as Hospitals, Specialist Public and Private Mental Health systems, Family Court systems, Medicare-Locals and other NGO systems including ATAPS, Better Access and the broader private practice sector, Nursing Homes, other government sectors and the Universities and other Higher Institution sector.
Member benefits will be a major area of growth in the Clinical College through 2012 and beyond, with our aim of making professional life as easy as possible through resourcing you with high quality and accessible practice, CPD, academic and research resources. Our promotional activities for Clinical Psychology to the government, other professionals, service provision systems and consumers are a further growth area. The 2012 National Conference is our second key activity designed to assist members, and our other friends, with the highest quality CPD amongst peers. I congratulate the Conference Organising Committee for offering a second National Conference and welcome you all to attend.
Anthony M Cichello
Specialist Clinical Psychologist
APS College of Clinical Psychologists.