Category Archive: Latest News

Seeking GST exemption for counsellors and psychotherapists

In July, in my capacity as CEO I wrote to the Treasurer, the Hon Josh Frydenberg, about GST exemption for counsellors and psychotherapists. This letter was prompted by one of our members who contacted me, very concerned that vulnerable clients, some of whom are suicidal, have to start paying GST on their counselling as the …

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Benefits of being a Bupa provider

PACFA Clinical Registrants are eligible to be providers for Bupa, which is one of the two largest private health funds in Australia (the other is Medibank). Some members have expressed concern that it will not be worth their while to become a provider if clients are not covered for counselling in their policies. However, with …

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Psychotherapy Working Party update

On the last Saturday in June, PACFA’s Psychotherapy Working Party met in Sydney to progress work on training pathways for psychotherapy and standards for the formation of psychotherapists. A smaller group was present as we had a few apologies, but the meeting was very productive and positive. Our discussions were informed by the recent consultation …

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New Chair of Professional Standards Committee appointed

The PACFA Board has appointed Dr Kate Briggs as the new Chair of the Professional Standards Committee (PSC). Kate will lead the PSC is its important role developing and advancing PACFA’s Training Standards, developing other policy documents that set standards for counselling and psychotherapy practice, and overseeing the integrity of PACFA’s National Register. Kate has …

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PACFA conference going to Adelaide in 2021

PACFA is pleased to announce that the location for our 2021 conference will be Adelaide The date for the conference has been set for 30 April to 2 May 2021. Traditionally, PACFA conferences have taken place in Melbourne and Sydney where large number of our members live. However, as a national organisation, it is important …

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PACFA collaborating on project on Mental Health Work with Seniors

PACFA is collaborating with Fronditha Care who are developing a new training program for the aged care sector aimed at equipping carers with the skills needed to support older people with their mental health. The project has the support of the Department of Education and Training. Ageing is characterised by many losses (losing friends or …

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Introducing PACFA’s new Evidence-Informed Practice Statement

The Research Committee is pleased to present to members PACFA’s new ‘Evidence-Informed Practice Statement’. This has been developed by the Committee over several months, building on the previous Committee’s work in crafting an earlier statement. This new document acknowledges the earlier investment in a clear statement of a position for PACFA, and the members of …

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PACFA President elected to IAC Board

PACFA President, Dr Di Stow, has been elected to the Board of the International Association for Counselling (IAC). The IAC is an International Non-Governmental Association (NGO) with United Nations consultative status (ECOSOC, WHO, UNESCO, and ILO). Since 1966, the IAC has worked to advance the development of counselling through practice, education, research, and advocacy initiatives. …

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Indigenous representation within PACFA

Nga mihi mahana Gina O’Neill On Sunday 14th April, PACFA held the PACFA Council meeting in Sydney. I was invited to present a conversation about Indigenous representation within PACFA. A timely presentation as a conversation had already been seeded at the trauma conference earlier in the year. As a Maori Indigenous woman born in Aotearoa …

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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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