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ARCAP response to Mental Health Reference Group report

PACFA has made a submission with the ACA under the banner of the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP) to demonstrate a cohesive response from the counselling and psychotherapy profession to the recent report form the Mental Health Reference Group (MHRG). The MHRG, which is part of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review, is looking …

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PACFA launches new Strategic Plan

PACFA has launched a new Strategic Plan for 2019-2022 which sets out PACFA’s goals, aims and objectives in a client-focussed way, reminding us that everything we do is ultimately aimed at better meeting the needs of the clients we serve. The Plan was developed by the PACFA Board with the CEO’s assistance and in consultation …

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Farewell Prof Denis O’Hara and Welcome Dr Zoë Krupka

Farewell Professor Denis O’Hara and thank you so much At the Council meeting on Sunday 14 April we farewelled Professor Denis O’Hara. Denis has been our Professional Standards Committee (PSC) Chair since 2015, having been introduced to the idea of working on a PACFA Committee by Andrew Little. Denis’ outstanding achievement as PSC Chair is …

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Federal Election 2019

PACFA has prepared an Election Statement for the forthcoming federal election. The statement is aimed at raising the profile of counselling and psychotherapy during the election campaign and includes eight key actions the incoming Federal Government should take to improve access to counselling and psychotherapy services nationally. PACFA calls for parties and candidates in the …

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PACFA publishes Interim definition of psychotherapy

The PACFA Council has approved an Interim Definition of Psychotherapy for PACFA. The Interim Definition was developed by the Leadership Group of the College of Psychotherapy who consulted with psychotherapist members of PACFA in order to finalise the document. Thank you to all those who provided feedback for the consultation process. While not every piece …

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ARCAP Productivity Commission submission

Under the banner of ARCAP, the Australia Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, PACFA has made a joint submission with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into mental health in Australia. Details of the inquiry can be found here. The Productivity Commission Inquiry represents an important opportunity to significantly re-shape mental health …

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Call for research participants

PACFA is supporting three current research studies. eNews readers are encouraged to consider participating. Research into integrative approaches to counselling Marc De Bruin in undertaking a Master of Counselling research study on integrative approaches to counselling. The researcher is looking to interview (face-to-face in Sippy Downs, QLD, or via Zoom conference) seven to ten degree-qualified …

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New PACJA Editor appointed

PACFA is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Rhys Price-Robertson as the new Editor of PACJA, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia. PACFA thanks the outgoing Editor, James Vicars, for his excellent contribution as the PACJA Editor during his tenure. Dr Rhys Price-Robertson completed a PhD in Psychology and a Master of …

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Outcomes from PACFA conference on Working with Trauma

Following on from last month’s announcement that PACFA’s conference on the theme Working with Trauma was a big success, we have collated the feedback from the conference. It’s never easy to please every-one but overall, feedback for the conference was very positive. “Such a fantastic opportunity to see such an array of speakers.”“The inclusive diversity …

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Productivity Commission inquiry into the benefits of improving mental health

PACFA is contributing to an ARCAP submission to the current Productivity Commission inquiry into mental health in the Australian community. The Productivity Commission released terms of reference for an inquiry in November 2018. This is the first inquiry into mental health undertaken by the Productivity Commission and it has been labelled by various mental health …

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