The ACPA National Board of Directors:
Dr Vida Bliokas

PhD (Clinical Psychology) (Wollongong)

President of ACPA


Dr Bliokas brings 30 years experience in a range of clinical, academic and leadership roles.  She has held senior roles in public health for many years, including Head of Psychology and Principal Psychologist for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, where she provided professional and strategic leadership to a broad range of psychology services and psychologists across the Local Health District. Dr Bliokas has served as the Chair of the NSW Ministry of Health’s Principal Psychology Advisors Group, Chair of the NSW Psychology Advisory Council, and Co-Leader of the Mental Health and the Ageing Brain Theme of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute.  She has more recently joined the School of Psychology at the University of Wollongong as Deputy Director of Professional and Clinical Psychology Programs. She has long had an interest in the training of clinical psychologists and in standards of practice.
Christina Brock

M. Clin. Psych. (Macquarie)

Director of Membership Benefits




 My experience is from the perspective of a mature aged woman coming to clinical psychology after a career as a hospital scientist and a scientist working in the pharmaceutical industry.

The membership benefits offered by a professional organisation, such as ACPA, are essential for the individual practitioner and the profession.  The professional development program provides the opportunity to maintain professional standards, to stay up to date with the latest research and have intelligent and relevant discussions with colleagues to discuss the profession of clinical psychology. Other benefits, such as indemnity insurance, are essential for practitioners working in private practice

I would review the membership benefit program and consider surveying the members asking them what they would like to see offered and what are their priorities. The ACPA Member Benefits Program is an opportunity to differentiate and to add value to maintain current ACPA memberships and to attract new members. Using technology in a unique way, such as online learning, is worth exploring and developing for ongoing professional development.

Over the years I have regularly engaged in the innovative ACPA professional development program, which enables me to stay current and interact with like-minded peers, which is critical for a practitioner working in private practice, such as myself.  I have also taken advantage of the indemnity insurance offered by Insurance House.

I am a founding member of ACPA, and relinquished my membership of the APS, as I wanted to be a member of a professional body, which represented clinical psychologists.  It is important to support an organisation of hard working volunteers and I regularly attend the annual ACPA conference and any professional development opportunities. I am interested in the psycho-dynamic/psycho-analytic workshops. 

I came to clinical psychology when life events offered a career change and I took up the opportunity to retrain as a clinical psychologist. The phone call offering me a place in the clinical training program at Macquarie University remains a personal high point. Life presents opportunities for change but taking up those opportunities requires courage and resilience.

I have more than ten years of experience as a clinical psychologist working in the public hospital and community mental systems, and private practices as a sole practitioner and in a group practice of clinical psychologists. An area of expertise and interest is my health-related experience which provides psychological services to a diverse group of adult patients with life threatening diseases from a varied multicultural group in both the public and private sectors using a variety of evidence based therapies. I have supported clinical psychology interns and students enrolled in the clinical program by offering an oncology placement in a public hospital in Sydney for eight years. Working with students and offering supervision was invigorating and challenging at times, although always worthwhile for myself. The students keep me on my toes and in touch.

The profession of clinical psychology is at a cross roads. The division is widening between psychologists and clinical psychologists and misinformation proliferates with the potential to reduce the standards in the profession.  The public continues to be confused about psychologists in general and the training differences between clinical psychologist and psychologists.

ACPA continues to represent clinical psychologists at the member level, clinical training and the federal government, specifically Medicare. Without ACPA the voice of the individual clinical psychologist would be lost. I can provide extensive commercial/industry experience to the Board now and in the future.

Associate Professor Carol Hulbert

MA (Clin Psych) (Melbourne), PhD (Melbourne)



I am an endorsed clinical psychologist with over 30 years clinical psychology experience, including independent private practice, senior psychology and management roles in the Victorian public mental health system and 15 years working as a clinical academic. I recently retired from the position of Director of the University of Melbourne Clinical Psychology Program, a role I held for 12 years. Currently, I hold the position of Honorary Fellow in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne and maintain active research links with Orygen The National Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health. My research interests follow my major areas of public sector clinical practice and  include early psychosis and early intervention with youth with borderline personality disorder. I have published over 50 journal articles and book chapters related to these research interests and have supervised the research of 13 PhD and over 20 DPsych and MPsych students. From 2012 to 2016 I was a member of the Board on the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders. I currently work part time in private practice.

I was a founding member of ACPA and have held the position of Chair of the Victorian Section since 2014. I was made a Fellow of ACPA in 2016. I have a strong and heartfelt commitment to ACPA and have been proud to be a member of an organization dedicated to the improvements of standards of clinical psychology practice and the protection of the well-being the Australian community. In particular, I have strong commitment to maintaining the highest standards of professional training for clinical psychologists and supporting early career psychologists in the continued development of their clinical psychology skills and engagement with the profession. The latter have been a major feature of the professional development and fora organised by the Victorian Section Committee over the past 5 years.

I strongly believe that ACPA has a vital role to play in promoting and supporting the clinical psychology profession in Australia and thereby insuring that Australians with mental health needs have access to high quality clinical psychology services. Additionally, ACPA makes a major contribution to the maintenance and development of standards of clinical psychology training and the support of practitioners in the field. I am very keen to make a contribution to the work of ACPA in the areas of provision of support for standards of ethical and professional practice and engagement of early career psychologist in the profession and the work of ACPA .

Dr Ryan Kaplan

D. Psych. (Monash), BSc Business Technology (UNSW)

Director of Information Technology


Ryan is a clinical psychologist with experience in both the public mental health system and in private practice, and currently works in private practice in Sydney. He is also a researcher in psychology. Ryan has a keen interest in technology and, in particular, use of technologies in enhancing clinical practice. Prior to becoming a psychologist, he worked for many years in the information technology field, in a wide range of organisations spanning numerous sectors including banking and finance, marketing, fast moving consumer goods, and healthcare.

Ryan has been a member of ACPA for a number of years, and has previously served for two years as student representative on the National Executive Committee of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. He has also previously served on boards and executive committees for numerous not-for-profit and communal organisations.

With ACPA having an increasingly important role in the continued development of and advocacy for clinical psychology, Ryan’s portfolio on the board will focus on improved utilisation of technology within ACPA to attract and engage members, improve efficiency of operations, and promote and advocate for clinical psychology.

Dr Giles Burch

D.Clin.Psych. Ph.D.

Giles completed his PhD within the psychosis research group at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry.  He also holds a Doctor of Clinical Psychology from the University of Sydney and an MSc in Occupational Psychology from Goldsmiths College, University of London.  He is an endorsed Clinical Psychologist in Australia and an Associate Fellow/Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society.

Giles originally trained and qualified as a Registered Mental Nurse at St. George’s Hospital in London.  He went on to study psychology and then train as both an occupational psychologist and a clinical psychologist, subsequently working in both these capacities, developing a specific interest in workplace well-being, personality and performance. In addition to his applied work, Giles has also held a number of academic positions, most recently as Associate Professor (Adjunct) at the University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand, where he taught on corporate and executive programs (in the areas of human resources management, organisational behaviour and leadership), conducted research and supervised MCom and PhD students.

Over the years, Giles has been an active supporter of the professional bodies of which he is associated.  In addition to his Board role with ACPA, he also sits on ACPA’s Finance Committee and has previously served on the Editorial Board.  He is a former Treasurer of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Society and member of the Division’s Scientific Affairs Sub-Committee.