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Update on the progress of the National Standards for Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Posted on 26/02/2024
The Department of Health and Aged Care has provided PACFA with an update regarding the National Standards for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.


The 'PACFA Community' platform is now live

Posted on 14/02/2024
The online platform is offering a custom resource for a community of students, helping them understand the importance of registration and assisting them in the application process for PACFA registration after graduation.


College of Psychotherapy update for affiliate members

Posted on 13/02/2024
Following the College of Psychotherapy Leadership Group’s decision in 2021, changes have been put in place regarding affiliate member eligibility for the College of Psychotherapy.


Five things you need to renew your PACFA registration 2024/2025

Posted on 13/02/2024
Registration renewal begins in May. An early start will make the renewal process smoother and more efficient.


Advocating for the profession

Posted on 12/02/2024
PACFA President Nigel Polak and Immediate Past-President Dr Di Stow met with independent Federal MP Andrew Wilkie to advocate for the profession


Recognition of Prior Learning

Posted on 12/02/2024
PACFA is working to align our Recognition of Prior Learning process with professional competencies in counselling and psychotherapy.


PACFA's audit policy: Our commitment to community safety

Posted on 12/02/2024
To safeguard the integrity of the PACFA register, a selection of registrants have been randomly selected to participate in PACFA’s audit which began on 14 February 2024 as part of our commitment to NASRHP.


Remuneration increase for PACFA community CPD presenters

Posted on 12/02/2024
Effective from 1 February 2024, the new rate will be $650 plus GST, to recognise the expertise of our presenters and support the quality of PACFA community CPD.


Opportunities to volunteer for PACFA’s Ethics Committee

Posted on 12/02/2024
Opportunities are currently open to PACFA Clinical and Certified Practising members to volunteer for PACFA's Ethics Committee.


Join the PACFA West Leadership Group

Posted on 9/02/2024
The PACFA West Leadership Group will be changing in 2024 and is inviting an array of diverse new members to join the team.


PACFA meets with Equality Australia

Posted on 8/02/2024
PACFA’s President, Leadership Group Convenor of the Diversity in Gender, Body, Kinship and Sexuality Interest Group, and CEO have met with Equality Australia to discuss gender-affirming healthcare and PACFA’s Commitment to its organisational values.


Support for the RSL

Posted on 7/02/2024
PACFA is pleased to support the Returned Services League’s pre-budget submission for increased funding for mental health, and greater access to counsellors and other mental health practitioners through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.


PACFA thanks MHPN CEO Chris Gibbs on retirement

Posted on 7/02/2024
On the announcement of his retirement in April, PACFA wishes to express its appreciation to Chris Gibbs whose appreciation for counselling played a key role in enabling PACFA to become MHPN's only Partner Organisation.


Join the Australian College of Relationship Counsellors Leadership Group

Posted on 6/02/2024
Do you have expertise in relationship counselling? Opportunities are now available to lead the relationship counselling field!


PACFA-registered counsellors now able to work in Victorian secondary and specialist schools

Posted on 5/02/2024
Exciting opportunities have been introduced for eligible counsellors to work in secondary and specialist schools under the Victorian Government’s Mental Health Practitioners initiative.



Posted on 5/02/2024
A new program has been launched to help those impacted by eating disorders and to help them reduce their psychological and physical consequences.



Posted on 5/02/2024
PACFA College of Psychotherapy Convenor Ernst Meyer and CEO Johanna de Wever have met with Anthony Korner from Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy (ANZAP) to discuss future opportunities for the two organisations to work together.


Seven Steps to Develop an Organisational Lived Expertise Engagement Framework

Posted on 5/02/2024
Primary Health Tasmania (Tasmania PHN) has recently launched a document outlining seven key steps for the development of an organisational framework for engaging individuals with lived expertise.


Review and update your member details

Posted on 30/01/2024
Are your details up to date? Maintaining a professional profile makes it easier for potential clients to locate you and engage your professional services.


A Day in the Life of a Registered Clinical Counsellor – Penny Wilkinson

Posted on 26/01/2024
This month, we follow the day with Penny Wilkinson.


RUOK? seasonal resources

Posted on 14/12/2023
The public health promotion charity RUOK? has produced a collection of free tips and practical tools to encourage people to check in with their friends, family and colleagues who might be struggling at this time of year.


Study reveals a generation's struggle with deteriorating mental health

Posted on 14/12/2023
A recent study led by the University of Sydney has shown that each successive Australian generation is experiencing a decline in mental health compared to its predecessors.


Investigation into podiatry an important example

Posted on 14/12/2023
In a recently-published article in The Age, Health Minister Mark Butler expressed concern over revelations regarding podiatric surgery standards, underscoring the critical importance of robust healthcare regulation and quality controls.


NDIS Final Report published

Posted on 14/12/2023
The Independent Review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has released its final report, emphasising the need to rebuild trust, confidence, and pride in the NDIS to create a more accessible and inclusive Australia.


NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority’s new guidelines

Posted on 14/12/2023
The NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has published Guidelines for the Provision of Relevant Services which will apply to NSW members of PACFA.


Free webinar recording: Implications of the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act

Posted on 14/12/2023
PACFA is pleased to share an invaluable new external learning resource from La Trobe Law School: the recording of the “What is a mental health clinician’s duty of care? Implications of the new mental health and wellbeing act” webinar.


Do you have the right insurance coverage for your practice?

Posted on 14/12/2023
PACFA and (formerly Insurance House) have developed Healthcare Professionals Civil Liability coverage that covers PACFA members for Professional Indemnity and Public and Products Liability.


A Day in the Life of a Registered Clinical Counsellor – Nicky Angelone

Posted on 14/12/2023
This month, we follow the day with Nicky Angelone.


PACFA CEO attends Mental Health Australia Policy Forum

Posted on 13/12/2023
Johanna de Wever attended the members-only Mental Health Australia Policy Forum, Grace Groom Memorial Oration, and Annual General Meeting on 28 and 29 November 2023.


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Posted on 13/12/2023
Johanna de Wever attended the members-only Mental Health Australia Policy Forum, Grace Groom Memorial Oration, and Annual General Meeting on 28 and 29 November 2023.