The Australian Psychological Society (APS), the peak body for psychologists in Australia, congratulates the Hon. Mark Butler, MP, on his promotion to Cabinet and welcomes the new Minister for Health, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek, MP, to her new role.
“The promotion of Mark Butler to Cabinet is not only an acknowledgement of his important contribution in improving mental health services for Australians but also an acknowledgement of the importance of mental health as an issue, affecting millions of Australians,” said APS Executive Director Professor Lyn Littlefield. “We hope this move signals the Government’s ongoing commitment to mental health care as a priority health issue.”
Professor Littlefield also welcomed the incoming Minister for Health, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek, MP, and said the APS looked forward to working productively with her as they had with her predecessor, the Hon. Nicola Roxon, MP.
“This Government has demonstrated a commitment to reforming the health system, including mental health services. As the largest of all the non-medical health professions, psychologists play a major role in the development and delivery of health services to Australians.
“The APS looks forward to working productively with the new Minister to achieve a reform agenda that utilises the entire health workforce effectively and improves health services in Australia,” she said.
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The APS is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia, representing more than 20,000 members. The APS is committed to advancing psychology as a discipline and profession. It spreads the message that psychologists make a difference to peoples’ lives, through improving psychological knowledge and community wellbeing.