Welcome to our annual summary of APS key achievements for 2017. For the first time, we have produced an online-only version in keeping with the changing ways that members access information. We continued to support members in their diverse professional roles, advocate on behalf of psychology and the community, and advance the growth and impact of psychology on Australian life.
Despite challenges in the broader environment, our membership continued to grow with nearly 23,000 members and just under 200 Member Groups across the country. Members benefited from the large range of services provided and actively sought out the APS as the premier source of information, professional resources and developments in psychology.
The APS continued its strong advocacy role, using its experience and influence to inform government policy, community access to psychological knowledge and services, professional standards and treatment guidelines. The Federal Budget announcement of Medicare rebates being made available for telepsychology items provided to individuals in rural and remote areas was an example of the importance of this advocacy role.
In a non-Congress year, high quality professional development was provided through the APS College conferences, complemented by the many offerings from the APS Institute and the numerous CPD events provided by APS Member Groups across the country.
Throughout the year, the APS contributed significantly to community wellbeing through submissions to a number of inquiries and public statements highlighting psychological aspects of important community issues. One of the year’s highlights was the launch of our first ever national advertising campaign, ‘Believe in Change’, which promoted the work of APS psychologists to the public and encouraged Australians to seek psychological assistance for a wide range of life issues.
In presenting this report, I would like to sincerely thank all those who have contributed to the considerable achievements of the APS in 2017 – members, office bearers and others who willingly volunteer their time on committees, APS National Office staff, and the Board of Directors.
Professor Lyn Littlefield OAM FAPS
APS Executive Director