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ICP in the News: Telehealth article in the Canberra Times November 2022

2022 ACPA Conference

What makes psychotherapy work and how can you improve outcomes?

Clinical psychologists are invited to attend the 2022 ACPA conference, exploring the therapeutic process, relationship and factors that underpin how and why psychotherapy works.

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Some of the many benefits for clinical psychologists of attending the ACPA 2022 conference is the opportunity to network, to connect to colleagues, to get fresh ideas and of course, to relax and recharge in sunny and beautiful Cairns.

The conference will be held at Riley Crystalbrook Resort on the Esplanade, Cairns in tropical Far North Queensland on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June 2022. Registrations are open until June 10.

The conference explores the therapeutic process, relationship and factors that underpin how and why psychotherapy works. Day 2 is a half day workshop hosted by Professor Robert Schweitzer and will focus on exploring the practical elements of working in the here and now.

A social event will be held between 6pm and 8pm after the first day of the conference at Rocco’s roof-top restaurant with a complimentary drink on arrival and canapes overlooking the beautiful Cairns Esplanade.  This event will offer a chance to socialise with friends and colleagues and take in the views over the tropical city and sea.

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Understanding the HPSS Award

Do you employ people within your practice? Clinicians and/or support staff?

Do you understand your obligations to your employees under the Health Professionals and Support Services Award of 2020?

ICP will be co-hosting a one-hour webinar on Monday 4th April 5.30pm AWST to help practice owners ensure they understand and are compliant with the Health Professionals and Support Services award.

This award applies to psychologists, medical staff, allied health professionals and support staff (this includes receptionists, practice managers, gardeners).

We appreciate the award can be confusing and contradictory. Many practice owners may be surprised to know that they are interpreting the award incorrectly and may in fact be underpaying their staff! This is particularly true for the span of Ordinary hours which is different for different professions under the award. 

Attendees will be better able to understand:

• the classification levels under the award

• the impact of ordinary hours under the award

• the implications for ‘shift-workers’ under the award

• when penalty rates are to be applied and if you are paying enough

• leave entitlements of employees (including leave for COVID-19 related issues)

This webinar will be co-hosted by Dr Kellie Cassidy, Clinical Psychologist, and Ms Frances Orr, HR Advisor with Strawberry Seed.

Dr Kellie Cassidy is the Director of Prosper Health Collective, a group psychology practice in Perth Western Australia. Kellie has been a Clinic Psychologist for over 14 years and currently leads a team of 10 psychologists and 5 administration staff. Kellie is also the current Treasurer for the ICP and has been on the committee for the past 2 years. 

Ms Frances Orr is a HR Advisor for Strawberry Seed. Strawberry Seed are a HR company based in Victoria who support many allied health professional businesses Australia wide. You can find out more about Strawberry Seed at 

The event will be recorded and a recording provided for those that can not make it on the day. 

AHPRA Position Statement

AHPRA and the Psychology Board have released a joint statement ‘No place for sexism, sexual harassment or violence in healthcare’ which “reinforces the important role registered practitioners have in building and maintaining a culture of respect in healthcare. Respect is a cornerstone of good, professional practice and it is fundamental to the Australian community’s trust in registered health practitioners”. The joint statement is accessed via this link here.