Media Referral Service

The APS connects journalists everyday with APS psychologists who are experienced in media relations. The media referral service features more than 200 APS psychologists from universities, government and non-government agencies, consulting firms, and private practices. These psychologists add psychological insight into popular culture and trends, and provide psychological expertise on human behaviour and relationships, as gained from evidence-based research and people's experiences.

If you are a journalist and would like to be put in touch with an APS psychologist, please email media@psychology.org.au .  In order to manage the high volume of media requests and streamline the inquiry process it is preferable to use this email.  However, if you have an urgent or same day request, please call 03 8662 3300 to be put through to a relevant member of the APS Media team. 

Journalist e-newsletter:  Keep up-to-date with the latest news from the APS and find out about our key experts by subscribing to our journalist e-newsletter. If you would like to be added to the subscriber list for the APS Media e-newsletter for journalists email: media@psychology.org.au.

If you are an APS member and would like to be involved in this service, please contact the APS on (03) 8662 3300. You will need to complete a media referral nomination form before being added to our database.

If you are a student: we regret that due to the volume of enquiries we receive, we are unable to provide contacts for students of journalism, or for university publications.

Resources for the media

Information sheets on common reasons to see a psychologist

Information sheets are available on common reasons why people see a psychologist, such as relationship problems and depression. They outline causes, symptoms and treatments in an easy-to-understand format for the public and other health professionals. View details

Tip Sheets

Tip Sheets are a great media resource and are written to inform clients about a range of common psychological issues and how psychologists can help. Please contact the APS on (03) 8662 3300, +61 435 896 444 or media@psychology.org.au for Tip Sheets on the following topics:

  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Communicating about Violence, Peace and Social Justice
  • Lifestyle Factors Impacting upon Medical Conditions
  • Managing Traumatic Stress Symptoms and Stressful Events
  • Relationship Problems and Solutions
  • Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality
  • Understanding and Managing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children
  • Understanding and Managing Depression
  • Understanding and Managing Eating Disorders
  • Understanding and Preventing Suicide in Young People

Position Statements and Review Papers  

APS Position Statements and Review Papers explore and review research on contemporary social issues, such as euthanasia and gambling. They are produced under the auspices of the Manager of Psychology in the Public Interest. Please contact the APS on (03) 8662 3300, +61 435 896 444 or media@psychology.org.au for the following position statements.

Position Statements

  • Parenting after separation
  • Psychology and the natural environment
  • Reporting results from IQ assessments [Currently being reviewed]
  • Substance use
  • Use of therapies that attempt to change sexual orientation

Position Papers, Discussion Papers and Reviews

  • The psychological aspects of successful ageing; Brief on the role of psychologists in aged care services [Position Paper & Brief]
  • Gambling behaviour [Position Paper]
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Parented Families [Literature Review]
  • Measurement of psychological impairment in matters of civil litigation
  • Media representations and responsibilities [Position Paper]
  • Parenting after separation [Literature Review]
  • Psychological perspectives on euthanasia and the terminally ill [Discussion Paper]
  • Psychological wellbeing of refugees resettling in Australia [Literature Review]
  • Punishment and behaviour change [Position Paper]
  • Racism and prejudice [Position Paper]
  • Substance use [Review Paper]
  • Suicide [Discussion Paper]
  • Work and unemployment [Position Paper]

Code of Ethics

The APS Code of Ethics outlines the principles of professional conduct, responsibilities, and confidentiality by which APS members are required to abide. The Code was developed to safeguard the welfare of clients and the integrity of the profession. Download the Code of Ethics and other related information from our Ethics section.

For copies or further information about any of these media resources, please contact media@psychology.org.au.