• South Fremantle WA 6162 Perth Australia P.O. Box 447
  • info@acapp.net.au

Who are we?

The Australian College of Specialist Psychologists was formed in 2010 as a new national professional body representing specialist psychologists from the nine speciality areas in Western Australia. It grew out of the dedicated work of specialist psychologists who were concerned about the changes taking place within the profession under the newly established Australian National Health Registration Scheme (NAHRS). In 2014 the College was forced to change its name because under the requirements of the NAHRS, the psychology profession was not allowed to use the term “specialist” in any way, as it did not have specialist registration.

 

As a consequence, in March 2014 the College changed its name to the Australian College of Advanced Postgraduate Psychologists (ACAPP) with the aim to capture the advanced training and expert knowledge held by those psychologists who have trained at a Masters (minimum) level in the profession of Psychology. It is a fully incorporated body with a constitution and holds executive meetings each month and an annual AGM for members. The College focuses on issues affecting the way advanced trained psychologists work, how we are represented in Government policy and in promoting what we offer the community. We are actively engaged in making submissions to the Psychology Board and community groups, contacting and meeting with State and Federal politicians and media groups, and in attending meetings and conferences where relevant issues are discussed.

Our Purpose

The ACAPP serves a number of key functions for the profession of psychology in Australia.

First and foremost, the ACAPP brings together specialists from across the whole profession around shared matters of concern – particularly the bigger issues. In addition to providing a shared identity for specialists in the application of psychology to the human condition, this also helps us to work together so that we can improve society as a whole. We liaise with politicians, the media and other key bodies, to help the public to clearly identify the standard benchmarks and distinctive features of experts in our field. The ACAPP provides timely responses to changes in policy that affect psychologists and the people we serve. The overarching goal here is to help policy makers and the general public realise the critical role of specialists in our profession. The ACAPP is not intended to provide credentialling or to arrange professional development activities. We believe that other groups already perform this function well, so our focus is on addressing the shortfall of action on the critical issues that matter to experts. The ACAPP aims to align the standards of Australian psychology with our international counterparts.

Our Philosophy

Our College underscores that while each speciality area has important points of difference in training and focus, the overlap and similarity in our purpose for the Australian community we serve is significant. That is, to provide highly trained and skilled people to enhance the well-being and positive functioning of individuals, families, groups and community organisations. Our contribution to the Australian community operates at many levels and we can provide a wealth of knowledge and expertise in practice, research and policy making.

The ACAPP believes that we will benefit much more as a profession and be able to contribute more to the community if we are united in our purpose and are willing to support each other. This moves the College beyond being an exclusive lobby group for a particular area in psychology, to a body which is inclusive of the whole profession, supporting its direction and voice in the wider community. It also provides checks and balances on other organisations which may focus exclusively on one speciality area, and on psychology organisations which have great influence in our profession and the community.

 

If you would like to read the mandate of the ACAPP in detail,you may do so here. You might also like to read more about our philosophy here.