Yearly Archive: 2013

New Intern Category on the PACFA Register

At the PACFA Annual General Meeting in October, PACFA Council agreed to introduce a new category on the PACFA Register for Interns. This important new development will enable graduates of counselling and psychotherapy programs that meet PACFA’s training standards to list on the PACFA Register while they…

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An overview of critiques of DSM-5

In the September edition of eNews, PACFA President, Professor Ione Lewis, contributed part two of her thought-provoking article on the recently released DSM-5. After part one highlighted some ways in which DSM-5 can support effective clinical practice, part two reviewed some of the serious concerns that…

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PACFA Submission to Treasury on Self-Education Expenses

PACFA has made a submission to Treasury opposing plans to cap deductions for self-education expenses at $2000. The submission explains the annual PD requirements for registered counsellors and psychotherapists to maintain their registration. While no particular professional development activities are…

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PACFA 2nd letter to the Treasurer on reforms to self-education expense deductions

In May, PACFA CEO wrote a follow-up letter to the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, to request the government opposing the cap on deductions for self-education expenses, with a formal submission to follow. There have been objections to the policy from many different professions, who will all be seriously impacted if it is…

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Submission to the Consultation on Improving Mental Health Services in Country Australia

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) welcomes The Greens’ consultation paper on Improving Mental Health Services in country Australia. Access to mental health services in rural, regional and remote parts of Australia has long been overlooked by government. PACFA agrees with…

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Response to TEQSA’s 2013 Consultation on Information Guidelines

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia has made a submission to TEQSA, the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Authority. In the submission, PACFA states that it wishes to be considered as a professional body for the sharing of higher education information because of its mission to…

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PACFA Submission to the Consultation on the Draft NDIS Rules

In its submission to the Consultation on the DRAFT NDIS Rules, PACFA has welcomed the National Disability Insurance Scheme as an initiative that will significantly improve the level and quality of support provided to people with disability and their carers and families. The drafting of the NDIS Rules is a crucial…

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PACFA Submission on the Veterans’ Affairs Draft Mental Health Strategy

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) welcomes the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Draft Mental Health Strategy 2013. With the prevalence of mental illness among veterans being significantly higher than in the general population, the new strategy is essential to address the growing …

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PACFA Submission to the Senate Inquiry on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) welcomes the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as an initiative that will significantly improve the level and quality of support provided to people with disability and their carers and families. The principles set out in the NDIS Bill…

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