APS Matters - Australian Psychological Society

The APS and psychology students
About the APS
The largest professional organisation for psychologists in
Australia, representing more than 21,000 members
A long and proud history of advocating for psychology to
improve the psychological health of Australians
Provides guidance and support to its members – the APS
psychologists who provide psychological knowledge, advice and
care to benefit hundreds of thousands of Australians
Committed to the next generation of psychologists, with over
2,500 student members who are being guided through their
journeys to become psychologists
The difference between the APS and the
Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA)
The PsyBA is the government-appointed regulatory body for
psychologists – “the registration board for psychologists”. It is
a separate organisation from the APS.
PsyBA functions include:
• Registration of psychologists and provisional psychologists,
including maintaining an online register of psychologists
• Handling notifications, complaints, investigations and
disciplinary hearings
Student Subscriber membership
Student Subscribers of the APS are entitled to a range of
personal and professional benefits available exclusively
to APS members.
• Just $85 per year – join online and receive up to
15 months membership for the price of 12*
plus enjoy instant access to exclusive
member-only content on the APS website
• Receive a free copy of the APS Code of
Ethics and the Ethical Guidelines booklets
(normally $71.50 for non-members)
* If you join between 11 February and 31 May 2014. See APS website for more details.
Student member benefits
APS student members benefit from a large range of products and
services, including:
Access to the latest developments in
psychology through InPsych bulletin
APS Matters e-newsletter
Subscription to Australian Journal of
Psychology or Australian Psychologist
Discounted rates for APS conferences,
CPD workshops and events
Access to member-only professional and ethical resources
EQIP: the APS online database of evidence-based practitioner
tools and resources
Study and career support
The APS provides a range of resources and information to
guide students on their career journeys, including:
• Psych Student HQ on the APS website – career and study
information, including Ask APS and Psychologists’ Stories
• Psych Student HQ Facebook page
• Twitter and LinkedIn
• Range of APS awards, grants
and scholarships
The APS enables student members to connect with one
another, and registered psychologists, fostering an active
psychology community through:
• Social media
• Student mentoring events
• A suite of APS conferences
• 9 APS Colleges
• 40 APS local Branches
• 44 APS Interest Groups
Once students graduate...
The APS continues its financial and professional commitment
to newly graduated psychologists, offering support through:
• Reduced APS membership fees for early career
psychologists (save up to 50%)
• Discounted Professional Indemnity Insurance
for registered members (a saving worth more
than the cost of your membership)
• PsychXchange jobs website and tailored
email notifications
Benefits for new graduates
• College Supervisors Directory to find a suitable supervisor
• Branch and College member directories for networking and
peer consultation
• Member rates for CPD workshops, elearning and
conferences to help meet CPD requirements for registration
• APS online CPD logging tool to assist with monitoring CPD
requirements for registration
• Ask APS phone and email advice service for member
assistance and professional advisory matters
Recent notable APS accomplishments to
enhance community wellbeing
• Ongoing lobbying for the reinstatement of the Better Access
‘exceptional circumstances’ sessions
• Provision of valuable assistance and resources in
psychological preparation for, and recovery from, bushfires,
floods and cyclones in conjunction with Federal/State
Governments and the Red Cross
• Leading role in supporting Indigenous psychologists and
their work to improve Indigenous mental health and
Supporting the community
The APS is committed to promoting the contribution
psychology makes to people's health and wellbeing through:
• Find a Psychologist Service to assist GPs and other health
professionals with referrals to psychologists
• Tip sheets and resources for clients
• National Psychology Week community awareness campaign
• Submissions to government, position statements and
literature reviews on issues of community concern
• Advocacy and media campaigns in support of community
access to psychology services
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