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Don’t miss your chance to be part of the Safety Through Diversity Conference, 14-18 November

Posted on 4/11/2022
The full program for PACFA’s Safety Through Diversity Conference 2022 is available to view. Tickets are limited, so register now to make sure you’re part of the ‘festival of ideas’.

  

Member profile: Dr Cathy Bettman

Posted on 4/11/2022
Dr Cathy Bettman and her fellow collaborators on Day 4 of the ‘Safety through Diversity’ conference explore how research can best support the presence and influence of our professions in Australia.

  

PACFA counsellor member advocates for the profession in Australian publication

Posted on 4/11/2022
Caroline Romeo has drawn attention to the need for counsellors in aged care in an opinion piece for Australian Ageing Agenda magazine.

  

Senator Jacqui Lambie meets with PACFA

Posted on 4/11/2022
PACFA CEO Johanna de Wever and Immediate Past President Dr Di Stow met with Senator Jacqui Lambie in a constructive video conference in October.

  

Kiritapu Murray steps into National New Zealand Role

Posted on 4/11/2022
Kiritapu Murray has tendered her resignation from her position as Practice Advisor in order to take up a role as Māori Director, Te Puaruruhau at the national children’s hospital in Auckland, New Zealand.

  

Results of the ballot on proposed changes to the PACFA Constitution

Posted on 4/11/2022
The results of the three proposed amendments to the PACFA Constitution have been received by the PACFA Board.

  

Mental health in the news

Posted on 4/11/2022
SBS, the Australian Special Broadcast Service has launched a mental health initiative: 'Mind your Health.'

  

Mental health in the news

Posted on 4/11/2022
Therapists who demonstrate warmth and competence can shape their patients’ expectations by inspiring more positive beliefs about the effectiveness of therapy, says new study.

  

Perinatal Mental Health Week 6-12 November

Posted on 4/11/2022
Perinatal Mental Health Week (PMHW) offers a great opportunity to recognise the mental health struggles of new parents and to let them know that help is available; others are there for them, and they understand the challenges they face.

  

Stillbirth Clinical Care Standard Launch

Posted on 4/11/2022
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare is releasing a Stillbirth Clinical Care Standard to support best practice care for stillbirth prevention and investigation, and bereavement care following perinatal loss.

  

Update your practice address in the Member Portal

Posted on 4/11/2022
To maximise your chances of a client finding you, update your ‘therapist details’ on the member portal page on the PACFA website.

  

New Board members welcomed and members farewelled

Posted on 3/11/2022
New Board members were announced and several members farewelled at PACFA’s Annual General Meeting in October.

  

International Men's Day on 19 November

Posted on 3/11/2022
International Mens Day (IMD) takes place this year on 19 November. This year’s theme is ‘Celebrating mateship.’

  

Survey on online group counselling

Posted on 3/11/2022
Offer your experience for the research project: 'Online Group Therapy: What we know and what we are yet to know.’

  

New contact details for PACFA

Posted on 3/11/2022
PACFA has moved to Creative Cubes, a shared office and co-working space at 333 Drummond Street, Carlton.

  

Two-year pilot program to support veterans’ wellbeing

Posted on 3/11/2022
The Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs has launched a pilot program to support Australian veterans and to help them build their social wellbeing and employment needs in civilian life.

  

Dr Pamela Brear welcomed as the new Chair of the Professional Standards Committee

Posted on 3/11/2022
Dr Brear will present the views and considerations of the committee to the PACFA Board for discussion and carry out decisions made by the Board.

  

PACFA is seeking expressions of interest – Australian college of supervisors

Posted on 3/11/2022
PACFA is seeking expressions of interest for the proposed new Australian College of Supervisors. We encourage you to register your interest if you would like to be involved.

  

PACFA partners with CoHealth to support survivors of the Victorian floods

Posted on 3/11/2022
PACFA and CoHealth have teamed up to recruit Victorian clinical members to provide support for survivors of the Victorian floods

  

Our deep gratitude to Di, Pat and George

Posted on 5/10/2022
PACFA farewells 3 members of the Board - including President Dr Di Stow - who have provided significant service to their fellow members and the profession.

  

Mental Health in the News

Posted on 4/10/2022
ADHD prescriptions double in the last decade, and prescriptions for adults now outnumber those for children, as rising numbers of women are diagnosed with the condition.

  

Member profile: Minky van der Walt

Posted on 3/10/2022
Our October 2022 member profiled is Minky van der Walt, a somatic psychotherapist and music therapist who will be speaking on Day 3 (16 November) of our online Safety Through Diversity Conference, 14-18 November 2022.

  

Mental Health in the News

Posted on 3/10/2022
A University of Melbourne study has found that women are at greater risk of poorer mental health than men because of inequality in the division of unpaid labour between men and women.

  

2022 Mental Health Advocacy Day

Posted on 3/10/2022
The annual Mental Health Advocacy Day returned to Parliament House on 8 September providing PACFA the opportunity to meet with politicians—and service providers in the mental health sector.

  

PACFA PD in October highlights

Posted on 3/10/2022
PACFA-run CPD for October 2022 includes presentations on professional supervision and developing collaborative relationships with parents.

  

Safety Through Diversity Conference registrations open October 19

Posted on 3/10/2022
The stellar line-up for the online PACFA Safety Through Diversity Conference, 14-18 November 2022, has been finalised. Don't miss out on registration when it opens on 19 October.

  

Mental health in the news

Posted on 1/10/2022
Is it time to shift focus from the medical model of mental illness to target the social causes of mental distress?

  

How is your mental health and wellbeing?

Posted on 30/09/2022
In recognition of World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2022, Mental Health Australia is asking mental health professionals to fill out a survey about their mental health and wellbeing.

  

October 14 is Allied Health Professions Day

Posted on 30/09/2022
As full members of Allied Health Professions Australia, PACFA looks forward to celebrating the work of our members on Allied Health Professions Day, 14 October 2022.

  

Requirements for private health fund providers

Posted on 30/09/2022
Members who are private health fund providers have to provide a new first aid certificate to PACFA at least a month before their old one expires, as a current first aid certificate is a condition of having private health fund registration.

  

Safety Through Diversity Conference taking shape

Posted on 7/09/2022
PACFA's Safety Through Diversity Conference, 14-18 November 2022, is shaping up to be 5 days of fascinating discussion and debate.

  

Renew by 30 September to avoid suspension

Posted on 7/09/2022
If you haven't renewed your membership, do so by 30 September to avoid membership suspension.

  

Join our accreditation or ethics panels

Posted on 7/09/2022
PACFA invites expressions of interest from clinical members for our course accreditation and ethics panels.

  

President's roadshow 'a pleasure and privilege

Posted on 7/09/2022
PACFA President Dr Di Stow has concluded a series of roadshow events to branches across Australia.

  

PACFA Safety Through Diversity Conference: A Q&A

Posted on 6/09/2022
PACFA Secretary Nigel Polak, who also leads PACFA Safety Through Diversity Conference Committee, answers some burning questions about the upcoming conference from 14-18 November.

  

Flexibility and mindfulness key to change, research finds

Posted on 6/09/2022
Researchers have identified the combination of psychological flexibility and mindfulness as the skills most commonly attributable to successful change.

  

NASRHP Working Group Expressions of Interest

Posted on 6/09/2022
The National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professions working group ensures cohesive policies apply across PACFA, particularly regarding our self-regulation functions.

  

Change of leadership for PACFA West

Posted on 6/09/2022
The PACFA West Leadership Group has welcomed new co-convenors Maxine Santich and Philippa Colgan, replacing Leah O’Brien Addison and Sally Pamberger.

  

GBKS Listening, Witnessing & Reflecting Space - invitation to share stories

Posted on 6/09/2022
PACFA’s Diversity in Gender, Body, Kinship, and Sexuality (GBKS) Leadership Group is hosting an online Listening, Witnessing, & Reflecting Space. The group is inviting people with lived experience to share their stories.

  

Know the signs of an eating disorder and take action early

Posted on 5/09/2022
Australia’s major eating disorder organisations are encouraging people to know the signs of an eating disorder and take action early to prevent disorders escalating.

  

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day

Posted on 5/09/2022
Resources have been made available by Suicide Prevention Australia to observe this annual call to remembrance and prevention.

  

PACFA moving office to Carlton, Melbourne

Posted on 2/09/2022
PACFA is moving in late September to Creative Cubes, a shared office and co-working space at 333 Drummond Street, Carlton.

  

PACFA meets with Federal Mental Health Minister Emma McBride

Posted on 2/09/2022
The Minister and PACFA CEO Johanna de Wever discussed the need for reform to address the mental health needs across Australia.

  

Your opinion: the National School Chaplaincy Program

Posted on 1/09/2022
The public relations firm commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education seeks input from PACFA members on the efficacy of the Chaplaincy Program in Australian schools.

  

2022 Counselling and Psychotherapy Workforce Survey

Posted on 1/09/2022
Complete an online survey and help the PACFA Research Committee establish and up-to-date snapshot of our workforce.

  

Recruiting counsellors and psychotherapists for student research

Posted on 1/09/2022
Support the work of student researchers and their contribution to the evidence base for the psychotherapy and counselling profession.

  

Upcoming CPD for September and October 2022

Posted on 31/08/2022
PACFA-run CPD for September and October 2022 includes presentations on the prevention of burnout, expressive journaling, trauma therapy and the last mental health course of the year.

  

PACFA Graduate Award Prize Nominations

Posted on 26/08/2022
An opportunity to officially recognise a student's outstanding academic achievement in counselling and psychotherapy.

  

Nominations close 24 September for PACFA Board positions

Posted on 26/08/2022
The roles of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Counselling Representative and Psychotherapy Representative are available.

  

Deadline for Psychotherapy & Counselling Today 2022 approaching

Posted on 24/08/2022
The deadline for articles and book reviews for the 2022 edition of Psychotherapy & Counselling Today is 23 September 2022.