Psychologists offer practical solutions for major federal election issues

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) today released Key Issues for the 2010 Federal Election - a summary of major election issues with practical solutions to contribute to a healthier and more productive Australia for all political parties to embrace.

APS Executive Director, Professor Lyn Littlefield, said the APS's policies are carefully considered, practical and achievable.

"They will have major cost-saving implications and will lead to a better quality of life for all Australians.

"Major reforms are much needed and can make a significant difference to improved health care, community wellbeing and national productivity.

"Our policy calls for political parties to embrace these solutions. Through our work with many Australians across the lifespan, psychologists and the APS are increasingly seeing an urgent need for the implementation of these solutions," Prof Littlefield said.

The APS's Key Issues for the 2010 Federal Election calls on Australian political parties to:

  • Provide new investments in mental health
  • Engage psychologists in health reform
  • Strengthen chronic disease programs with effective behaviour management strategies
  • Increase access to e-health for efficient health services
  • Improve school performance with school-based psychologists
  • Increase access to psychological services for older Australians
  • Reduce the use of restraints for people with intellectual disabilities
  • Improve the capacity of the psychological workforce
  • Address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
  • Minimise psychological trauma to asylum seekers
  • Recognise that reducing climate change requires behaviour change.

The full document is available on the APS website at

The APS is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia, representing more than 19,000 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.

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