Louise Smith en IT - Information Technology, Healthcare, Psychologists Principal Psychologist - Owner • Enoggera Health Practice 25/3/2018 · 2 min de lectura · +800

Why is there a disparity in remuneration between clinical & general psychologists in Australia ?


Why is there a disparity in remuneration between clinical & general psychologists in Australia ?

I have been thinking about the disparity in remuneration between clinical & general psychologists in Australia


If clinical & general psychologists
- see the same clients
- both do diagnoses
 
Why can't the fee schedule relate to 💥the type of appointment 💥
&
NOT the type of psychologist 













 So if a clinical & a general psychologist do a diagnosis appointment /report/letters

THEN they both get paid the SAME rate
 e.g. Medicare 80010        $124.50
        NDIS                             $210 - $220
 
 And if a a clinical & a general psychologist do a standard appointment /report/letters 

THEN
they both get paid the SAME rate
 e.g. Medicare 80110          $84.80
        NDIS                               $160 - $170

 (NDIS =
 National Disability Insurance Scheme)

N.B. The $ mentioned above are just hypothetical for illustration NOT a recommendation

 In May 2006 when the Better Access initiative was being drafted by APS, they stated
 (APS quote) "anything below $107.70 per session is palpably unjust"
 Also there is just one rebate for psychology which  (APS quote) "should be no less than $130 per 50 - 60 minute session" 

                                                                                                                                            (APS = Australian Psychological Society)

However as a General Psychologist the Medicare rebate I receive for a 60 minute session  is $84.80
This has only been indexed once in the last 12 years.


This is a debate that is getting stronger in Australia between Generalist (80%) & Clinical Psychologists (20%)

It's about representation to AHPRA from the smaller group of Clinicals who have more power

This has resulted in the disadvantaging of the larger group of Generalists for at the last 12 years

This has escalated in the last year with Generalist official letters & reports becoming no longer accepted by various Government & Private agencies

So Generalist Psychologists earning capacity is being decimated

Young Psychologists are very concerned which has given rise to advocacy & protest groups for the first time ever

They are also leaving the APS & joining other emerging Professional Psychology groups

I think I have to diversify & also change my client base

I am currently exploring new avenues of practice



Louise Smith        PSYCHOLOGIST 

(Assoc MAPS) (QCT), B. A. (Hons) (Psych) (Japanese & Music), Dip. T. Prim. & Spec. Ed. (Hearing Impaired)

ICHP Foundation Certificate Course in Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy                                       2012
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Enoggera Health Practice
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Louise Smith Hace 5 d · #2

This is a debate that is getting stronger in Australia between Generalist (80%) & Clinical Psychologists (20%)
It's about representation to AHPRA from the smaller group of Clinicals who have more power
This has resulted in the disadvantaging of the larger group of Generalists for at the last 12 years
This has escalated in the last year with Generalist letters & reports becoming no longer accepted by various Government & Private agencies
So Generalist Psychologists earning capacity is being decimated
Young Psychologists are very concerned which has given rise to advocacy & protest groups for the first time ever
They are also leaving the APS & joining other emerging Professional Psychology groups
I think I have to diversify & also change my client base
I am currently exploring new avenues of practice

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