Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 27–30 September

The 47th APS Annual Conference will be held in Perth in September at the state-of-the-art Convention and Exhibition Centre, conveniently situated between the Swan River and the city. The Conference program features an extensive array of sought-after international keynote speakers and invited addresses from eminent Australian psychologists, interactive half-day workshops, how-to sessions, symposia, professional and practice fora, individual research papers and posters. Delegates will also be provided with peer consultation opportunities throughout the Conference. The social program will enable delegates to spend time with old friends and colleagues through the Networking Dinner on a Swan River cruise, during the Conference dinner situated in beautiful Kings Park, as well as at the welcome reception. This APS Conference provides members with access to the latest developments in psychology research and practice, as well as quality opportunities for attaining continuing professional development hours as the CPD cycle draws to a close at the end of November. We look forward to you joining us at this important event.

Keynote speakers

Professor Dorothy Bishop

Intervention for language impairment: What, if anything, can neuroscience tell us?

Dorothy Bishop is a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology at the University of Oxford. She is an expert on specific language impairment in children, a condition identified when an unusual difficulty in language acquisition exists alongside otherwise normal development. She has developed seven language assessment instruments and is the author of six books and a large body of research publications in the area of language impairment. 

Professor Michelle Craske

Optimising exposure therapy for anxiety and comorbid depression

Michelle Craske is Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Research Centre at the University of California. She has published widely on the topics of fear and anxiety disorders, their etiology, assessment and treatment, producing more than 280 research and review articles, and more than 20 academic and clinical practice books. She is presently Associate Editor for Behaviour Research and Therapy and is Chair of the DSM-5 Anxiety Disorders workgroup.

Professor Michael Eysenck

Attentional control theory: Performance and processing efficacy

Michael Eysenck is currently Professorial Fellow at Roehampton University and is one of the best known names in British psychology. He has had a major impact in the area of cognitive psychology and has developed several theories, including attentional control theory. He has authored over 200 research publications and over 40 books, and continues to be involved in work on long-term memory, anxiety and cognition. According to Google Scholar, his research has been cited almost 15,000 times.


Invited speakers 

Professor Geoffrey Cumming FAPS

APS Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Education Award recipient, 2011

The new statistics: What all psychologists need to know

Geoff Cumming completed a DPhil in experimental psychology at Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship then returned to La Trobe University where he worked until his retirement with a Personal Chair in 2008. He has taught statistics for 45 years and his retirement project has been writing on the new statistics for psychology.


Emeritus Professor Graham Davidson Hon FAPS

APS President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in Australia recipient, 2011

Does culture as an explanatory construct facilitate or frustrate the advancement of psychological theory and practice?

Graham Davidson is an Emeritus Professor at Central Queensland University and has served on psychologist registration boards in NT and Queensland. His research has focused primarily on intercultural and Indigenous psychologies, cross-cultural tolerance, and refugee and asylum seeker studies.


Professor Jeannette Milgrom FAPS

Early brain development and stress: The importance of early experiences and intervention

Jeannette Milgrom is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Clinical and Health Psychology at Austin Health in Melbourne. She established the Parent-Infant Research Institute in 2001 as a centre of excellence with a focus on high-risk infants, postnatal depression and prematurity.


Professor Trevor Waring AM FAPS

APS President’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in Australia recipient, 2011

Psychology, backwards and forwards

Trevor Waring is Conjoint Professor of Psychology at the University of Newcastle where he was Chancellor from 2004-2012. He served as Chair of the National Council of Psychologists Registration Boards for 14 years, and was Director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health for 12 years. 


Conference workshops 

Half-day pre-Conference workshops – Thursday 27 September 2012

  • Mental health and the law
    Professor Stephen Woods MAPS
  • After DSM-5: What you need to know about the diagnosis, understanding and management of hoarding disorder
    Professor Michael Kyrios FAPS and Dr Richard Moulding FAPS
  • The therapeutic relationship as a change agent in cognitive behaviour therapy: A focus on collaborative empiricism
    Dr Nikolaos Kazantzis MAPS
  • Treating the symptom: Advances in the pharmacological treatment of neural system compromise in the affective disorders
    Professor Simon Crowe FAPS
  • Skills for psychological recovery following wide scale disasters
    Dr Susan Burke FAPS and Dr Darryl Wade MAPS
  • Considering a sea change? How to survive and thrive as a psychologist in regional and remote areas
    Mr Paul Campbell MAPS, Ms Christina Petz MAPS and Mr Tim Milnes MAPS

Half-day post-Conference workshops – Sunday 30 September 2012

  • Information technologies and psychological practice
    Mr Les Posen FAPS
  • Diagnosing learning disorders
    Associate Professor Tim Hannan FAPS
  • Contemporary adolescent psychology
    Associate Professor Michael Carr-Gregg MAPS
  • Medicare – the practical implications of service provision, claiming and compliance
    Dr Rebecca Mathews MAPS and Mr David Stokes MAPS
  • Psychopharmacology for psychologists: A brief introduction
    Dr Mark Boschen MAPS
  • Working with the body in psychotherapy
    Mr Peter Dunlop MAPS

Brief sampling of the Conference program

A small selection of the extensive program of how-to sessions, symposia and professional and practice fora is presented below. All Conference abstracts can be perused at:

How-to sessions

  • Engaging and managing angry young men
  • Integrating mindfulness into psychotherapy
  • Using multimedia to improve patient compliance


  • Body image and appearance concerns in youth
  • Promoting resilience
  • Suicide prevention – learning form the communities most affected
  • Closing the mental health gap for Indigenous Australians
  • Extending current understandings of obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders

Professional and practice fora 

  • Impact of the health reforms on psychology
  • New models of psychology education and training
  • Placement education of provisional psychologists
  • The ‘teleweb’ mental health debate
  • What works in rural and remote psychology

Conference social program 

Welcome reception

Delegates are warmly invited to attend the welcome reception for canapés and drinks in a relaxed environment.

Conference Dinner – Friday 28 September 2012

The venue for the Conference Dinner is Fraser’s Restaurant, well known for the best in food and wine, and set in beautiful Kings Park with views across Perth city and the Swan River. 

Delegate Networking Dinner – Saturday 29 September 2012

Delegates are invited to attend a networking dinner to make new acquaintances while enjoying a Swan River cruise.

For more information on the Conference program and registration details, go to:

InPsych August 2012