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Partners In Health Help & Support

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is a ''Waratah Supporter' of depressioNet
and here you can find out more about the APS and pschologists in general. Most importantly, you can learn more about how psychologists can help people living with depression and related conditions.

The APS appreciates your feedback and would love to hear more about how the depressioNet - APS partnership is benefiting you and what you have gained out of the psychologists listed on the depressioNet website.

Most of us don't really understand the differences between psychologists and psychiatrists, what psychologists actually do, and how by working with a good psychologist we can learn skills and techniques for dealing effectively with depression, anxiety, panic, etc and move forward to living a healthy life.

It is well worth taking the time to learn more!

About the APS
How Psychologists Can Help
Benefits of an APS Psychologist
What Do Specialists Do?
Fees for Psychological Services
Resources For Us
APS Referral Service
Visit the APS web site


About the APS
The Australian Psychological Society (APS), formed in 1966, is the largest scientific and professional organisation representing psychologists in Australia. Its membership includes practitioners, researchers, educators, consultants and students.

With about 13,000 members, the APS sets high standards of professional education and practice. Members are required to observe a Code of Ethics as a condition of membership.

The APS Mission is:
'To represent, promote and advance Psychology and Psychologists, within the context of improving community wellbeing and scientific knowledge.'

The APS represents the interests of psychology and psychologists and highlights common concerns on matters affecting the communities that they serve.

By law all Psychologists are registered with the Psychologist Registration Board in their State or Territory, in the same way that medical practitioners and solicitors are registered. Being a professional association does not mean the APS registers Psychologists.

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How Seeing a Psychologist Can Help
A good psychologists can equip us with the skills and the "Good Thinking" we need to deal effectively with depression, anxiety, panic, and many other illnesses and conditions. They can really help on the road to wellness by looking not only at the symptoms of illness, but also the causes and helping us to make the changes we need.

In addition to dealing with illness, psychologists can also help up to maintain mental health. Everyday life problems such as workplace stress, family and relationship matters or coping with illness can seriously affect our quality of life.

At these times it is important that we don't neglect our health and relationships with others. Whatever our life of work situation may be, Psychologists can help us to function better in our lives and to prevent ill-health and other problems developing. Some of the many areas that psychologists can help with are:

      • Marital, family and relationship problems
      • Stress, migraines, or pain
      • Fears, phobias, anxiety and panic attacks
      • Depression and unresolved grief
      • Sexual difficulties
      • Sleeping difficulties
      • Eating and weight control problems
      • Children's learning, behaviour and management problems
      • Addictions
      • Making good relationships better
      • Becoming better parents and teachers
      • Personal growth
      • Career planning
      • Making better workplaces
      • Improving sports performance
      • Training and developing staff
      • Improving employment selection
      • Reviewing organisational structure and practices
      • Improving industrial relations and occupational health and safety
      • Studying consumer needs

Some people believe they will see immediate results when they start attending counselling or therapy. Many people can be helped with only a few consultations, however other issues require more long-term assistance. This is particularly true in the case of more severe illnesses such as major depression.

The first consultation with your psychologist will usually consist of discussing your needs. You need to give your psychologist as much information as you can to help them to make an accurate assessment. They will then discuss treatment strategies with you, including the frequency and duration of visits needed.

Most Psychologists use observation, interviews and tests to understand people's issues. They choose from many psychological treatments and counselling techniques. The most popular therapy for depression is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) however your psychologist will be able to assess what will be most effective for you and your particular situation.

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Benefits of APS Psychologists
The most important benefit from our perspective is that to gain membership of the APS, psychologists have to meet standards set by the APS in terms of training and qualifications, in addition to those set by the state and territory registration boards.

APS psychologists follow guidelines about professional conduct, responsibilities and confidentiality that are set and monitored by the Society in a Code of Ethics.

They also have the benefits of the support of the APS to help them in their training and work. APS Psychologists bring the benefits of this support to the work they do with their clients - us!

You can recognise APS Psychologists by the letters MAPS or FAPS after their name. All APS Psychologists registered with depressioNet have this listed in the information about them on their depressioNet page.

In recognition of the support of the APS for depressioNet (Waratah Supporter) and 'people like us' - Australians living with depression,and the additional benefits that APS Psychologists offer, we have a special reduced registration fee for APS Psychologists.

If you are a Psychologist who is a member of the APS, contact resources@depressioNet.com.au for information about how you can register with depressioNet or you can download a registration form and send it in so that you can join us in reducing the impact of depression and related conditions on the lives of Australians.

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What do Specialists do?
Outlined below are some of the areas of specialisation in Psychology:

  • Academic Psychologists conduct research and teach in universities.
  • Clinical Psychologists diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of mental health and general health issues affecting adults, children and families.
  • Clinical Neuropsychologists assess and manage individuals with brain impairment.
  • Community Psychologists assist people to achieve their goals in areas such as welfare and community projects.
  • Counselling Psychologists assist individuals and groups in areas to do with personal wellbeing, relationships, work, recreation, health and crisis management.
  • Educational and Developmental Psychologists provide children and adults with assessment, intervention and counselling services for learning and developmental issues across the life span.
  • Forensic Psychologists work with police services, the law and legal processes, and in correctional services.
  • Health Psychologists promote the prevention and treatment of illness and may work within the health care system.
  • Organisational Psychologists specialise in the areas of work, human resource management, training and development, and market research and advertising.
  • Sport Psychologists assist people involved in sport and exercise to maximise their performance, enjoyment and participation.

    The APS has specialty groups (Colleges) within the Society representing various specialist professional fields of psychology. The areas of particular interest to people living with depression and related condition are Clinical and Counselling Psychology.
    Membership of an APS College requires additional years of training and experience.

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    Fees for Psychological Services
    There may be variations between individual Psychologists' fees because of patient circumstances and proposed length of treatment.

    Your private health insurance funds may offer rebates for psychological consultations. You will need to be covered by ancillary benefits insurance (extras) and the Psychologist must be approved by the health insurance fund. Some health funds require a medical referral.

    You may also be able to claim Psychologists' fees through your workplace Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or State accident/compensation schemes.

    Rebates are not currently available through Medicare, although this is an area that the APS is working on making positive changes to the system.

    Many Government-operated psychological services are free, such as community health centres and hospitals. For example, the Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs will pay for veterans' consultations with approved Psychologists.

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    APS Referral Service
    The APS National Office offers a free community referral service to assist in the location of a suitable registered psychologist.

    There are over 1500 registered psychologists listed on the APS national referral database. The team at depressioNet use the APS database for locating good qualified psychologists when we don't know of any in a particular area. We have had some great feedback on the help they have provided to dNet visitors.

    If you are looking for a good psychologist in your area, you can email through to us here at depressioNet at team@depressioNet.com.au and we will send you some options along with other relevant information that you may find helpful, or you can contact the APS referral service directly.

    To use the referral service, you either ring or email and let them know what area you are wanting help with. You can nominate a problem issue from a range of 70 different options. A sample of these includes: anxiety disorders, ADHD, couples therapy, depression, eating disorders, pain management, neuropsychological assessment, legal reports, and vocational assessment. The database search can also incorporate therapeutic approaches, for example, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic, and interventions like hypnosis.

    If you are looking for a psychologist with experience in a particular area, you can nominate from the 9 different specialist areas: Clinical, Counselling, Clinical Neuropsychologists, Educational and Developmental, Organisational, Health, Forensic, Sport, and Community.

    The APS referral service will provide the names and contact phone numbers of three psychologists close to your home suburb/town. The whole process can be done over the phone in a matter of minutes, or by responding to an email and there is no charge whatsoever for this service.

    An additional feature is the listing of bilingual psychologists, incorporating the languages: Cantonese, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Mandarin, and many others.

    To contact the APS Referral Service,

    You can visit the APS website at: http://www.psychology.org.au

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