Media Release: 21 June 2016

The Australian Psychological Society (APS), the leading organisation representing psychologists, has called on the major parties to make mental health an election priority.

On its election site – - the APS has outlined what it sees as key priorities for the major political parties coming into the election.

APS Executive Director Professor Lyn Littlefield said, “Our 22,000 members work with millions of Australians each year across the country.  Every day psychologists are in touch with Australians, who are suffering mental health disorders, people affected by trauma and abuse, as well people marginalised socially and within the health system.”

“We have looked at key issues affecting the mental health and wellbeing of Australians and outlined what we see as key priorities.  We will be asking the major parties to respond to us with their policy position on all these issues.”

Key priorities include:

“Family violence, sexual abuse, Indigenous wellbeing and mental health issues are among key concerns in our community currently, having a huge emotional and psychological impact that can last a lifetime if not addressed.”

“On behalf of the communities we serve, we want to ensure that Australians affected by these issues receive the care and services they need.”

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For more information, or to arrange an interview call Rebecca Matthews on 03 8662 3358 or 0435 896 444, or email  Find the APS Media team on Twitter:  @AustPsych.

The APS is the largest professional organisation for psychologists in Australia, representing more than 22,000 members. The APS is committed to advancing psychology as a discipline and profession. It spreads the message that psychologists make a difference to people’s lives, through improving psychological knowledge and community wellbeing.