FAQs
  • Can I be a member of ACPA and other professional bodies, such as the Australian Psychological Society (APS)?

    Absolutely. Membership of other professional bodies will not affect your application for membership with the ACPA. ACPA encourages all prospective members to make informed choices about which professional organisation/s to join and support. We suggest that before joining, prospective members familiarise themselves with the mission statement, objectives and roles of ACPA, and decide whether the organisation represents their best professional interests.

  • Will my registration as a provider of Medicare clinical psychology services be affected if I am no longer a member of the APS?

    No. To provide services under Medicare psychologists must be registered, without limitation, with the Psychology Board of Australia. See http://www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/provider/incentives/allied-health.jsp for the application process and relevant documentation for registration as an Allied Health Professional Medicare Provider.

    To be eligible to provide clinical psychology services, a psychologist must hold endorsement as a clinical psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. Advice about registering with Medicare Australia to provide psychological therapy services using items 80000-80020 inclusive is available from the Medicare Australia provider inquiry line on 132 150. ACPA keeps members informed of changes to the MBS Schedule and Medicare requirements via the Listserve and Members Forum.

    To maintain eligibility to provide Medicare-funded clinical psychology services the psychologist must engage in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as required for endorsement as a clinical psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia to maintain knowledge and skills.

  • What happens to my Professional Development Points or Hours if I am not a member of the APS ?

    To maintain eligibility to provide Medicare-funded clinical psychology services psychologists must engage in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to maintain knowledge and skills. CPD no longer operates according to points (see http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Search.aspx?q=cpd to understand the requirements for CPD. )

  • How do I maintain registration as a clinical psychologist?

    From 1 July 2010 psychologists across Australia must be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia under a single national registration scheme that will allow registered psychologists to work in any State or Territory in Australia. The Board was established under the Health Practitioner Regulation (administrative arrangements) Act, 2009. See http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/ for further information about the functions of the Psychology Board of Australia.

  • Will I pay more for indemnity insurance if I am no longer a member of the APS?

    It appears that while insurers sometimes enter into agreements with large organisations to provide insurance for their members at a particular rate, they can restrict access to their insurance by non-members of the organisation by offering insurance to non-members at an inflated rate, thus appearing to grant substantial discounts to members of the particular organisation. Insurers who do not enter into these arrangements are able to provide insurance to all members of a profession at similar or lower rates than the ‘discounted’ rate provided to members of large organisations by their preferred provider.

    ACPA aims to provide members and prospective members with transparent information about indemnity insurance options. The Insurance House Group is the endorsed indemnity insurance provider for the ACPA. ACPA will aim to be transparent about its dealings with Insurance House and the negotiated policies offered by Insurance House to its members.

  • How do I know what qualifications I need for registration as a psychologist or for endorsement as a clinical psychologist in Australia?

    The Psychology Board of Australia has set the standard for general registration and endorsement in speciality areas. Their requirements are available at: http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au