Improve access to appropriate psychological care for people affected by institutional child sexual abuse

Implement Recommendations 9 and 10 of the Redress and Civil Litigation Report (2015) released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse concluded that redress should include psychological care as needed by survivors across their lifespan and this should be provided according to established principles.  The Royal Commission also concluded that there is currently insufficient public funding allocated to meet the needs of survivors and that this would be best address by making changes to the existing Better Access program.  In addition to the provision of sufficient psychological services, the Royal Commission stated that action must be taken to ensure that survivors have access to appropriately trained and experienced health practitioners to deliver these services.

The Australian Psychological Society is seeking the support of all political parties to implement recommendations 9 and 10 in the Redress and Civil Litigation (2015) that would improve access to appropriate psychological care of people affected by institutional child sexual abuse by:

  • Amending the Better Access program to meet the needs of survivors, including removing the limit on the number of allowable sessions
  • Funding the Australian Psychological Society to lead the design and implementation of a public register of health practitioners who are appropriately qualified and experienced to work safely and effectively with this cohort.

 

For further details of this proposal, please contact the Australian Psychological Society

Professor Lyn Littlefield OAM, Executive Director l.littlefield@psychology.org.au

Dr Louise Roufeil, Executive Manager, Professional Practice (Policy) l.roufeil@psychology.org.au


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