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Winners of PACFA Student Awards 2018 announced

PACFA’s Research Committee recently completed assessment of submissions for the Outstanding Student Paper Award (Postgraduate) for 2018. The standard of submitted papers was high and the Committee commended all students who were nominated, and their academic mentors. The winner was Oliver Brooke from Murdoch University’s Master of Counselling program for his study: Porn is acting; …

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Mental Health Reference Group Report– Recognition opportunity

In 2018, PACFA submitted to a major review of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). PACFA President, Dr Di Stow, was invited by Health Minister Greg Hunt to participate in the Mental Health Reference Group which was established to focus on changes required to Medicare-funded mental health services, including the Better Access Initiative (BAI). The MHRG …

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Progress Report on Psychotherapy Working Party

The Chair of PACFA’s Psychotherapy Working Party, Dr Alison Strasser, has produced a progress report to update members on the work of the Working Party. Go to the Psychotherapy Working Party page to read the progress report. The Working Party was established by the PACFA Board to to consider the future of psychotherapy as a …

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PACFA Registrants recognised in NSW to work with victims of crime

PACFA-registered counsellors and psychotherapists who are Clinical Registrants can apply to be an Approved Counsellor with Victims Services in New South Wales.  Acceptance to provide services is at the discretion of Victims Services NSW where there is a shortage of suitable providers. This is an important outcome from the CEO’s work with Victims Services aimed …

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PACFA is recruiting an Editor for PACJA

PACFA is recruiting a new Editor for our research journal, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia , PACJA. This is an exciting opportunity for a suitably skilled and experienced professional from the counselling and psychotherapy field, or from a related profession, to help advance research in counselling and psychotherapy by contributing to the development …

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PACFA welcomes new MBS services for Eating Disorders

PACFA welcomes the announcement over the weekend by the Federal Government that they will amend the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) to improve access to treatment for eating disorders. The landmark $110.7 million package will benefit around 30,000 people each year living with severe eating disorders, helping to save lives and keep sufferers out of hospital. …

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PACFA Launches new accreditation scheme for specialist courses

PACFA has launched a new accreditation scheme to accredit specialist courses in counselling and psychotherapy. Training providers can now apply to have their specialist courses assessed and accredited by PACFA.  The accreditation process involves rigorous, independent assessment of specialist courses and leads to the designation of ‘PACFA Accredited Specialist Course’. The development of the new …

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PACFA LGBTIQ position Statement updated

The PACFA Council has approved updates to PACFA’s Position Statement on therapeutic support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people and their families. The updated Position Statement is available for download. The Statement was initially developed in 2014 by members of the Research Committee as a response to concerns raised that a …

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PACJA Edition Six published

PACFA is pleased to announce the sixth volume of PACJA, developed by incoming editor, Dr James Vicars, with the support of our authors, reviewers and PACFA’s Research Committee. We also offer grateful thanks to Dr Jillian Lynch for her contribution as Assistant Editor from March 2016, followed by her editorship of Volume 5 in 2017. …

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2018 Annual Report

PACFA has published its 2018 Annual Report at the PACFA website. The Annual Report covers the period 1 June 2017 to 30 June 2018 and includes a Message from the President, Dr Di Stow, an overview of PACFA’s activities in the reporting period, a membership profile, and information about our Colleges, Branches and Member Associations. …

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