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The 2018 APS Congress will be held in Sydney from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 September 2018


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APS Division of General Psychological Practice Significant Contribution Award

The APS Division of General Psychological Practice Significant Contribution Award is granted annually to a member of the APS Division of General Psychological Practice who has made a significant contribution to general psychological practice. The Award seeks to promote, encourage excellence, and highlight achievements of registered psychologists. It seeks to reward and encourage Member psychologists for their substantial contribution in the areas of assessment and treatment, education, research, community education, training / supervision, mentoring, advocacy and / or service development.


  1. The Division of General Psychological Practice Forum is responsible for administering the Award and for funding of the Award.
  2. The Forum of the Division of General Psychological Practice will appoint a Selection Committee of three (3) members of the Forum and two invited nominees to confidentially assess all applications prior to making a recommendation to the Forum of the Division of General Psychological Practice for subsequent approval by the APS Board of Directors.
  3. Once the winner has been approved by the APS Board, the Award will be presented at an appropriate event decided by the APS Division of General Psychological Practice Forum and the prize winner will be invited to make a brief presentation at that meeting on their psychology work / research or on another topic relevant to their work in psychology.

Eligibility criteria

Nominees must be a registered psychologist and hold only the grade of Member, Fellow or Honorary Fellow of the APS (i.e. not additionally holding membership of a college) and currently active in psychological practice. Suitable locations of psychological practice cover a broad range of options, including private consultancies, hospitals, schools, organisations, universities etc.

Nomination process

  1. The Forum of the APS DGPP will seek nominations from its members in a bulk email
  2. Nominations will be forwarded to the DGPP Secretariat
  3. The Award application submission must include:
    • Curriculum Vitae of applicant
    • Statements against the selection criteria (no more than 300 words per criterion)

Selection criteria

In judging the nominations for the award, the selection committee will consider the substantial contribution to psychological practice in the areas of:

  1. Assessment and treatment
  2. Education
  3. Research
  4. Community education
  5. Training / supervision
  6. Mentoring
  7. Advocacy
  8. Service development
  9. Service to the DGPP
  10. Service to the community

Criteria for substantial contribution could include:

  1. Innovative programs
  2. High risk groups/special needs groups
  3. Community impact
  4. Knowledge and skill dissemination (impact on the profession)
  5. Contributions to the DGPP Forum and or division

Value of the Award

Successful candidates for the Award will:

  1. Be presented with a certificate
  2. Be publicly recognised at an Awards ceremony
  3. Receive an invitation to attend the Awards ceremony function/event
  4. Be listed on the APS website and the DGPP webpage
  5. Receive an award of funding up to the value of $1500 for expenses related to attendance at an APS Conference event.

Closing date

Thenomination formmust be completed and submitted by 31 July each year.

Nomination form

Previous winners

2017 Nominations Now Open
2016 Judith Marty MAPS