Yearly Archive: 2015

PACFA Strategic Plan 2016-2018 launched

PACFA has launched a new Strategic Plan for 2016 to 2018. The Plan sets out an ambitious but achievable plan to advance PACFA’s mission in the next three years. The Strategic Plan was developed by the PACFA Board in Consultation with the PACFA Council and was finalised at the recent PACFA Annual General Meeting. PACFA’s …

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Interim Code of Ethics approved

PACFA has completed a preliminary review of its Code of Ethics and the updated Code has now been approved as the Interim Code of Ethics 2015 and is effective immediately. The document is shorter and easier to read with separate sections on “principles” and “ethical practice standards”. The Code also clearly specifies the matters on which complaints …

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PACFA Restructure approved unanimously

On 10 October, the PACFA Council unanimously approved the proposal for a new structure for PACFA. The new structure will provide a foundation for the future development of PACFA through the addition of new membership categories for individuals and Affiliated Organisations while also retaining Member Associations. PACFA is also creating new Branches and Colleges to …

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PACFA Workforce Survey 2015

In September, the PACFA Research Committee launched its 2015 Counselling and Psychotherapy Workforce Survey. PACFA last undertook a survey of the counselling and psychotherapy workforce in 2008, in partnership with La Trobe University. The outcomes of the study were published by La Trobe University in 2012 and the report is available for download at the …

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Final proposal for PACFA restructure

PACFA has released the final proposal for a new PACFA structure. The PACFA Council will vote on the proposal at the Annual General Meeting taking place in Melbourne on 10 October. Download the PACFA Restructure for Consultation August 2015. The current PACFA structure has served us well for 20 years, helping us to unify as a …

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PACFA supports campaign for mental health reform

PACFA has joined the mental health sector in calling for the Prime Minister and First Ministers to urgently implement the changes COAG agreed to in 2012, and commit to fixing the mental health system. These commitments included the adoption of clear targets and indicators for improving mental health outcomes as well as a fully developed …

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Submission to Senate Inquiry on mental health of ADF personnel

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) welcomes the Senate Inquiry on the mental health of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. With the prevalence of mental illness among returned service personnel being significantly higher than in the general population, the inquiry is important to identify shortcomings in the service system which may be impacting on outcomes for returned …

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Latest PACFA literature review published

PACFA has published a literature review on the effectiveness of spiritual/religious interventions in psychotherapy and counselling. The review, titled The effectiveness of spiritual/religious interventions in psychotherapy and counselling: a review of the recent literature was undertaken by Julianne J. Ross, Prof Gerard A. Kennedy and Dr Francis A. Macnab from…

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National Code of Conduct for Healthcare Workers to be implemented

COAG (Council of Australian Governments) has agreed to proceed with implementation of a new National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers who are not regulated by AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency). This decision followed and extensive consultation process from 2011 to 2014, in which PACFA participated. Health Ministers who met in April to …

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Call for Tenders for PACFA Code of Ethics review

PACFA is calling for Tenders from suitably qualified and skilled Consultants to review the PACFA Code of Ethics and PACFA Professional Conduct Procedures. The closing date for Tenders has been extended until 25 June 2015.  The aim of the consultancy is to rewrite the PACFA Code of Ethics and review the PACFA Professional Conduct Procedures …

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