See also media release archive:  2014 2013 2012

19 June 2015

Psychologists advise prevention and treatment, not just law enforcement, key in addressing ‘ice’

The National Ice Taskforce should focus on prevention and treatment rather than a solely punitive law enforcement approach, according to experts from the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

15 June 2015

Australia’s health groups call for Australian Border Force Act to be amended

Australia’s peak health professional bodies are voicing collective concern about the appalling
secrecy provisions in the Australian Border Force Act 2015 which threaten jail for up to two
years for health and medical professional who disclose information about the conditions in
immigration Detention Centres.

1 June 2015

Psychology is closing the gap

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is a strong supporter of Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week.

“The APS is fully committed to taking material steps to reconcile the two Australias,” said APS President, Professor Mike Kyrios.

“The APS is taking reconciliation seriously and has a number of live projects underway to help our organisation reconcile with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

17 April 2015

Let’s Deliver on this Historic Opportunity

APS Optimistic at Opportunity to Improve Mental Health Delivery

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) today provided its initial response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Mental Health Services report.

10 April 2015

Young boys should be targeted in body image programs, research shows

8 to 10 year old boys suffer body dissatisfaction, problem eating and exercise dependence – not just girls

Pre-adolescent boys and girls have differing body image issues, requiring gender specific programs, researchers will tell the APS College of Health Psychologists Conference in Sydney this week.

2 April 2015

APS welcomes continuation of funding for mental health services.

The APS today welcomed the announcement of continued funding for mental health services.

30 March 2015

Medicare best platform for National Redress Scheme for child sexual abuse survivors

Existing services not able to adequately meet needs of survivors with complex trauma

Responding to media reports that a National Redress Scheme for victims of child sexual abuse may not receive Commonwealth funding, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) said existing services are simply not able to adequately meet the needs of survivors with complex trauma.

29 March 2015

Australian psychologists: Keeping Forced Adoptions in public spotlight helps those affected

APS Developing Forced Adoptions Training resources to help treatment of victims

Tomorrow (March 30) marks the official opening of the National Archive’s Forced Adoptions History Project, which follows the second anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions on 21 March, first made in 2013.

26 March 2015

Media alert: APS to speak at Royal Commission into child sexual abuse

APS to speak on psychological redress at public hearing into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has been invited to speak on its submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s Consultation Paper on Redress and Civil Litigation, at a public hearing to be held on Thursday 26 March in Sydney.

19 March 2015

Dedicated Indigenous mental health plan needed to close the wellbeing gap

In marking this year’s Close the Gap Day, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) says a plan dedicated to closing the mental health gap between Indigenous and other Australians is needed to address high rates of psychological distress, suicide and self-harm prevalent in Indigenous communities.

2 March 2015

All Australians need Better Access to mental health services

Responding to a new study on mental health service usage under Medicare published in the MJA, the Australian Psychological Society today said the findings show the Better Access initiative is working and needs to be expanded so that all Australians can access mental health treatment offered by psychologists.

26 February 2015

Workplace discrimination still shaping job decisions for sexual minorities, expert says

Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are making employment choices based on fear of discrimination and personal safety, rather than good job fit, an expert will tell the APS College of Counselling Psychologists Conference in Melbourne this week.

25 February 2015

Relationships damaged by infidelity can recover, expert says. Text or online affairs are as damaging as physical affairs

Relationships damaged by infidelity can recover, and the work couples do in resolving the crisis can bring about real relationship improvements, an expert will tell the APS College of Counselling Psychologists Conference in Melbourne this week.

24 February 2015 

Media alert: Psychological tips to help cyclone victims

In the aftermath of Cyclone Marcia many people will be feeling traumatised; however, research shows most will be able to cope given the right mental and emotional support, according to disaster experts from the Australian Psychological Society.   

12 February 2015

APS calls for all children to be released immediately from all Australian immigration detention centres

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) welcomes the long-awaited release of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s report, The Forgotten Children, from its Inquiry into Children in Detention, and looks forward to the Government’s response.

5 January 2015

MEDIA ALERT: Psychological tips to help bushfire victims

Experts in disaster response and recovery available for comment

Recent bushfires have been traumatic for many people; however, research shows most will be able to cope given the right mental and emotional support, according to disaster experts from the Australian Psychological Society (APS).