The Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPi) is a values-driven peak body for psychologists that aims to promote the rich diversity of psychological practice in Australia. AAPi is a vibrant, member-focussed organisation. We are working towards increased and improved access to all psychologists.
AAPi supports psychologists to deliver exceptional care and quality to the Australian public through caring, attentive, research-based psychology services to assist individuals, families and communities to achieve peace, balance and enhanced quality of life.
Advancing psychology through unity, democracy and diversity.
AAPi has a clear mission to represent all psychologists in Australia. We are working hard to increase access to the vital mental health services psychologists provide and to increase the funding and support necessary to make this happen. We are working toward equity in the psychology profession and recognise the skills and expertise of all psychologists.
Psychology is a regulated health profession. Psychology is regulated in Australia by the Psychology Board of Australia . Psychologist is a protected title in Australia.
A psychologist is a mental health professional who has undertaken a minimum of 6 years of combined university study and applied workplace supervision. Psychologists must also undertake continuing professional development, abide by a Code of Ethics and demonstrate recency of practice.
Psychologists work in a range of settings including schools, medical centres, hospitals, organisations and businesses, prisons, community centres and government agencies and apply their knowledge of how people behave, think and learn.
All psychologists must demonstrate the following competencies:
- knowledge of the discipline
- ethical, legal and professional matters
- psychological assessment and measurement
- intervention strategies
- research and evaluation
- communication and interpersonal relationships
- working with people from diverse groups
- practice across the lifespan.