An election for two General Director positions on the APS Board of Directors was held by postal ballot and electronic voting, and the result was declared at the AGM in Perth on 29 September 2012. The two successful candidates are Mr Michael Burge OAM FAPS and Associate Professor Louise Roufeil FAPS, both of whom will serve a term of three years as a General Director on the Board. Following his term as President-Elect, Associate Professor Tim Hannan FAPS assumed the office of President at the conclusion of the 2012 AGM for a term of two years. Brief profiles of the new President and the two new General Directors are presented below. The full composition of the new 19th APS Board of Directors can be found here.
Tim Hannan is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the School of Psychology at Charles Sturt University. He holds postgraduate qualifications in clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, cognitive science and sport psychology, and has previously worked in diverse areas of psychology, including public health and independent practice.
The majority of Tim’s career has been in the field of child and adolescent psychology, from his first job in community health, through employment at each of Sydney’s children’s hospitals. He has a keen interest in the psychological assessment of childhood disorders, and the application of this work to the delivery of effective, evidence-based therapeutic services. From 2003 to 2006 he directed the Australian standardisations of three major tests of children’s cognitive abilities, the WISC-IV, WIAT-II and CELF-4. He has presented over 250 professional development activities on various topics in psychological assessment and interventions around the country and overseas, including workshops at 12 Annual Conferences of the APS.
A member of the APS since 1992, Tim has served on numerous APS committees, including terms as National Chair of the APS Colleges of Clinical Neuropsychologists, Educational and Developmental Psychologists, and Sport and Exercise Psychologists, and as NSW Chair of the College of Clinical Psychologists. He was elected as a Fellow of the APS in 2008 and to the Board of Directors in 2010.
Tim brings to the APS Presidency extensive knowledge of the APS and the challenges and opportunities it faces through his previous membership of the Board and numerous office bearer positions throughout the Society. He believes it is critical that the APS continues to advocate for high standards in the education and training of psychologists which align with international standards of a unitary pathway to registration. Tim recognises that while many members have benefitted from the strengthening of the psychology profession over recent years, other members feel less well represented by the APS. He believes the Board must recognise and address these concerns, and explore strategies to support psychologists across the diverse range of psychological practice.
Michael Burge is currently Director of the Australian College of Trauma Treatment and has over 30 years experience in counselling, education and training. He has worked clinically in the area of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for approximately 22 years and has published both nationally and internationally in this field. Michael’s particular interest is the treatment requirements of individuals and communities suffering from chronic, severe and complex PTSD and other psychological conditions including trans-generational trauma. His work has involved training, supervision, consultations, psychological treatment and presentations in the media. Michael has lectured on PTSD treatment methods at most Melbourne universities, and in 1993 introduced short course skills-based training for treatment of PTSD.
Several highlights of his career include being awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the 2010 Australia Day Honours for service to psychology and to the community through the development of training and treatment protocols for trauma, and being made a Fellow of the APS in the same year.
Michael has been a member of the APS College of Counselling Psychologists since 1991 and a member of the APS since 1990. He has served on numerous APS Committees including the APS Accident Compensation and Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Group (2002-2006), the APS Private Practice Reference Group (2007-2008), and the APS Professional Practice Advisory Group (2009-2010). He has been the former Education and Training Convenor (1996-1998), the former Chair of the Victorian Branch (1998-2002) and research submission reviewer for the Australian Psychologist (1998).
Michael believes that the numerous roles he has held dealing with complex policy, professional, commercial, financial and political concerns on a State and national level, will assist him to act on the Board in the best interests of the APS, being the interests of the membership as a whole.
Louise Roufeil is a health psychologist working as the Mental Health Academic at Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health in Queensland, a position she assumed this year. Louise had worked for over 15 years as an academic at Charles Sturt University, leaving in 2003 to take up the position of Program Director at the NSW Central West Division of General Practice. This position developed her interest in the delivery of mental health services in regional, rural and remote (RRR) regions, which continued as senior consultant for an independent consulting group (2007-2012) undertaking a range of service planning and program evaluations in RRR regions across Australia.
Louise has been a member of the APS since 1990 and a member of the APS College of Health Psychologists and the Rural and Remote Psychology Interest Group since 1999. She has been an active member of the NSW Western Region Branch and held the roles of Secretary (2001-2002) and Branch Chair (2002-2006, 2008-2012), and also Chair of the NSW State Executive Committee (2003-2007). She has sat on key APS Committees including: Governance (2004-2005), Constituent Units Review (2009-2011), Public Interest (2009-2010), and more recently the Academic and Practitioner Workforce Issues Working Group of the President’s 2012 Presidential Initiative on the Future of Psychological Science in Australia.
Louise is most passionate about her work on the APS Regional, Rural and Remote Advisory Group (RRRAG) as there are real challenges in recruiting and retaining a psychology workforce outside metropolitan areas. She believes the APS is well placed to advocate for the psychological health and wellbeing of all people living in RRR communities, but there is an urgent need to address the training, regulatory and workforce issues confronting the profession and of particular concern in RRR Australia. She is also aware that some members, particularly those in rural Australia, feel disconnected from the APS.
Retiring APS President and General Directors
Professor Simon Crowe FAPS reached the end of his term as APS President at the 2012 AGM. General Directors Emeritus Professor Gina Geffen AM FAPS and Dr Bob Rich MAPS and Additional Director Dr Nick Reynolds FAPS also reached the end of their terms. All have now retired from the APS Board of Directors and we thank them for their valuable contributions to the Society through their service on the Board.
Member participation in the 2012 Board of Directors election
The annual Board of Directors election provides an important opportunity for members to determine the composition of the Board and hence its representation of the interests of members. The election is held each year by postal ballot and electronic voting.
This year, 6.6 per cent of those members who were eligible to vote (those holding the grade of Associate Member and above) participated in voting in the election. A total of 1,116 valid votes were received, 918 through online voting and 198 through the postal method.
Prior to the election each year, members are given the opportunity to pose questions to the candidates for the Board via the APS website. This year there were five questions posed by members on the website and the questions page received 4,653 page views between 29 August and 28 September.