Membership Benefits

ACPA is operated by clinical psychologists for clinical psychologists. As a member of ACPA you will be represented by a professional body that seeks to ensure the ongoing protection and promotion of the specialisation of clinical psychology. You will become part of a collegial professional community that shares resources, ideas and opportunities for continuing professional development, as well as support and professional viewpoints.

Benefits of membership include:
Recognition of qualifications

ACPA Membership offers identification as a qualified clinical psychologist who holds an accredited post-graduate degree in clinical psychology.

ACPA Membership entitles Full Members to use the letters MACPA after their name to identify for the public and referring agents that they are a clinical psychologist who has undergone an accredited post-graduate degree in clinical psychology, and practices to a recognised standard. Associate Members may use the letters AMACPA.

Promotion of the Specialised Expertise of Accredited Clinical Psychologists.

ACPA represents its members and their interests to Government, professional, educational and other bodies in the best interests of the public. It endeavours to inform these bodies and other groups of the qualifications, skills, knowledge and abilities of its members to enable their differentiation from other health professionals.

ACPA actively and specifically promotes the expertise of clinical psychologists with accredited post-graduate training in the speciality area.

Find a Clinical Psychologist Directory

ACPA offers an inexpensive national referral service through our Find a Clinical Psychologist/Find a Psychologist Directory to full members for those interested in obtaining private referrals.

Find a Supervisor Directory

ACPA members can list on the Find a Supervisor Directory for a guarantee of supervision provided by a fully qualified clinical psychologist.

Complimentary Student and Associate Member Insurance and access to excellent Professional Indemnity Insurance for all Members

Student and Associate Members of ACPA are eligible for free AHPRA compliant Malpractice Insurance (includes Professional indemnity, Public and Product liability) from Insurance House Group (IHG) of Australia throughout their accredited training when supervised by a clinical psychologist with post-graduate qualifications in clinical psychology.To obtain this free insurance login to the website, complete and submit the form.

All members of ACPA can purchase AHPRA compliant Professional Indemnity Insurance at extremely competitive rates from IHG.

IHG insurance is underwritten by Lloyds of London and is comparable to other larger insurers in scope, and complies with the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. For more information please visit: Professional Indemnity Insurance Page

Online CPD: 25 Video Recordings

ACPA provides access to 25 video recordings of leading Master Therapists demonstrating or discussing their work, or providing training programs. These recordings have been specifically selected to enhance the knowledge and skills of clinical psychologists. The links to the videos are available to Members via the Member Login tab.

Access to ProQuest academic journals and databases

Through the ACPA website, members are able to access and search the 1000s of academic journals, through our institutional subscription with ProQuest. Search the academic databases and stay up to date with the latest clinical psychology research findings.

Collegiality and Support
  1. ACPA provides support for members through networking, supply of resources and educational opportunities through conferences, events, and on the Member Forum.
  2. Membership also provides an avenue to express your opinion about important issues affecting the profession, give feedback on submissions, share resources, and discuss events and professional matters through the ACPA Listserv.
  3. ACPA offers clinically focused conferences, workshops, training and resources at reduced costs to members.
    ACPA offers a Find a Supervisor Directory for ACPA members seeking a clinical psychologist supervisor with accredited qualifications. Some supervisors are available by Video Conferencing for more distant supervision.
  4. ACPA provides a Member Forum for all members that offers:
    1. Resources for professional clinical practice.
    2. CPD resources
    3. Coming soon: A Blog area for discussion of ethical issues relating to best practise standards, advertising of job vacancies, rooms for rent etc.
Active Support for Students

Students are the future of ACPA and the specialisation of clinical psychology. ACPA values student members and offers:

  1. ACPA Membership for students is free and there is no joining fee.
  2. Substantially reduced rates for ACPA educational and professional events are offered for students.
  3. A Mentoring program to assist in the entry into professional practice post-training.
  4. A student prize, the Malcolm Macmillan prize, offered annually for an outstanding professional essay submitted by a student to the Committee.
  5. Particular events are developed from time to time specifically for student members.