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ACPA supports the recognition of clinical psychology as a clearly identifiable area of expertise in mental health. ACPA promotes the identification of clinical psychologists with accredited post-graduate qualifications and training. This assists members of the public and other health professionals to identify those with expertise in mental health. ACPA strongly supports and promotes the granting of specialist title to clinical psychologists with accredited post-graduate qualifications and training.
ACPA provides and promotes ongoing training in, and learning of, best practices within clinical psychology to enhance services to the public.
ACPA advocates to Government, professional and academic organisations, other health professions, and the public regarding differential standards of mental health practice. ACPA also promotes to these bodies the benefits provided by the expertise of clinical psychologists.
ACPA recognises that clinical psychology standards in Australia should meet international standards. It is anticipated that, in the context of standards being raised within the profession in the future, ACPA will raise the entry level of membership for new graduates to doctoral level. ACPA also advocates for its members with international bodies.
The Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) is the only national organisation solely representing clinical psychologists who hold post-graduate qualifications in clinical psychology and meet the criteria established by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) for endorsement as clinical psychologists.