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PACFA welcomes National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Posted on 14/10/2021
PACFA has welcomed the National Children's Mental Health Strategy


COVID update: Victoria and New South Wales vaccine regulations for allied health services

Posted on 5/10/2021
PACFA has received information from Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) concerning our members in NSW and Victoria.


Digital badges are coming this month

Posted on 4/10/2021
PACFA will email practising members their exclusive professional title digital badges this month (October 2021).


Making the most of your membership - Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Posted on 4/10/2021
Each month in eNews, our friendly membership staff cover a topic of frequent interest to members. This month we are covering CPD, including what counts as CPD and what the different categories mean.


PACFA steps up advocacy in Covid crisis

Posted on 4/10/2021
PACFA has stepped up its advocacy to Federal and state governments, as well as key mental health stakeholders, as the Covid-related mental health crisis intensifies.


Dr Gávi Ansara new Acting Editor of PACJA

Posted on 4/10/2021
PACFA is pleased to announce that Dr Gávi Ansara (PhD Psychol, MCouns) will take on the role of Acting Editor of PACFA’s international peer-reviewed journal, PACJA.


From English teaching to counselling – a profile of member Fiona Griffith

Posted on 4/10/2021
This is a member-only news item. You will be prompted to log in before you are able to view Fiona's interview.


headspace revises ‘appropriately qualified’ clinician list

Posted on 4/10/2021
PACFA has been advocating to headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation about the high standards of PACFA member counsellors and psychotherapists and their availability to support the immense demand for headspace’s services.


PACFA members and the NDIS

Posted on 4/10/2021
PACFA is partnering with two National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) providers to provide low-cost webinars for members on working in this area.


Marketing your telehealth practice – free resources for members

Posted on 4/10/2021
Australian video telehealth software company Coviu has put together a guide on how to market your telehealth practice.


Call for submissions: Contribute to the next edition of PACJA

Posted on 4/10/2021
PACJA is now accepting submissions for a Special Issue on Systemic and Community-informed Approaches to Climate Justice.


Help us help Australians by providing Medicare rebates, PACFA President tells committee

Posted on 12/09/2021
PACFA President Di Stow told the Select Committee on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention that Medicare rebates for counsellors and psychotherapists would enable them to provide greater mental health help to Australians.


If they're not OK on R U OK Day

Posted on 7/09/2021
Australians who are going to be asking friends, family members and colleagues ‘Are you OK?’ on R U OK Day this Thursday 9 September should be prepared for the answer: ‘No’.


New digital member badges for practising members

Posted on 2/09/2021
PACFA’s practising members will soon have access to exclusive digital badges that clearly state their professional title.


Update to Covid restrictions for PACFA members

Posted on 2/09/2021
PACFA members in several states continue to live and work within Covid-19-related lockdowns and changing restrictions.


R U OK Day and World Suicide Prevention Day

Posted on 2/09/2021
R U OK Day (9 September) and World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) will highlight the importance of destigmatising mental illness and reaching out for help if struggling in lockdown.


Using an intergenerational lens when working with children and parents: free webinar

Posted on 2/09/2021
Do you work with families, and are you interested in learning about how practitioners can better support child social and emotional wellbeing?


Working online during Covid and beyond

Posted on 1/09/2021
Delivering a safe, high quality and ethical therapy service online requires understanding the differences between providing therapy face to face and online.


VETASSESS partnership recognises PACFA’s expertise

Posted on 1/09/2021
PACFA has signed a memorandum of understanding with Australia’s largest skills assessment provider, VETASSESS, to provide our expertise on psychotherapy and counselling qualifications.


Update your Find a Therapist details

Posted on 1/09/2021
The Find a Therapist search function on the PACFA website has been updated, so members of the public looking for a counsellor or psychotherapist are now able to search by therapy modality and specialisation.


Griefline partnership underway

Posted on 1/09/2021
More than 200 PACFA members have attended an information webinar about the exclusive partnership between PACFA and Griefline on its Continuation of Care scheme.


Low-cost Group Supervisor Directory launched

Posted on 31/08/2021
PACFA has launched a new member-only resource, a directory of PACFA-accredited supervisors who offer low-cost*, group supervision online.


Psychedelic Medicines for Mental Health summit

Posted on 27/08/2021
Mind Medicine Australia is presenting its inaugural Summit on Psychedelic Medicines for Mental Health, to be held online on 19 and 20 November 2021.


New PACFA/Relationships Australia NSW partnership

Posted on 27/08/2021
PACFA has signed a new agreement with Relationships Australia-NSW that aims to open up work opportunities exclusively for our members.


Call for nominations for College and Branch elections

Posted on 5/08/2021
We will shortly be putting out a call for nominations for the Leadership Group members for most PACFA Colleges and Branches PACFA. This is done every two years to give existing members the chance to re-nominate and new members the opportunity to join


SA COVID-19 Lockdown

Posted on 5/08/2021
As SA members will be aware, the South Australian government has announced that from 6pm 20th July Level 5 Restrictions will be in place.


Update For South East QLD Members On Covid-19 Restrictions

Posted on 5/08/2021
Update for South East Queensland Members


NSW COVID-19 Lockdown

Posted on 5/08/2021
Public health advise from the NSW government for Allied Health Professionals.


Call for Accredited Supervisors and offer of 25% discounted CPD

Posted on 4/08/2021
Low-cost supervision: Call for Accredited Supervisors


Don’t forget to renew! Late fees waived for lockdowns

Posted on 4/08/2021
In order to support our members during the Covid 19 pandemic and support individuals under ‘stay-at-home’ orders,  PACFA will again waive the late fee for renewals.


Discount for online platform for members

Posted on 4/08/2021
Coviu have provided PACFA Members with discounted access to their Telehealth Platform details of the offer are included below.


Psychedelic medicines: Webinar and interest group EOI

Posted on 4/08/2021
PACFA is excited to be partnered with Mind Medicine Australia for a free webinar for PACFA Members to help understand how psychedelic medicines work for a range of conditions, the implications for patients, ethical and legal considerations, and..


New webinars available free online

Posted on 3/08/2021
As a PACFA member you can access expert professional development from other PACFA members free of charge.


Hear from President Di Stow and Treasurer George Gintilas about ‘Working with Covid’

Posted on 3/08/2021
The past 18 months have been difficult for everyone and have required a new level of resilience and adaptability. PACFA President Dr Di Stow sat down to record a video message for our members with fellow board member and Melbourne local, George...


Help PACFA set standards for counselling and psychotherapy

Posted on 3/08/2021
PACFA is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified Clinical Members to join the Committee.


Make a difference! Lead counselling and psychotherapy nationally – new roles with PACFA

Posted on 3/08/2021
PACFA is pleased to announce two exciting opportunities for counsellors and/or psychotherapists to join the PACFA team.


Griefline webinar for PACFA members on 12th August

Posted on 3/08/2021
PACFA has been working to establish further employment opportunities for our members. PACFA is currently working with Griefline to refer their help seekers to a network of suitably qualified and experienced PACFA members.


Victoria COVID-19 Lockdown

Posted on 19/07/2021
The Victorian government announced on 27th of July that some restrictions were to be eased. This included an end to the stay-at-home requirement.


Low-cost supervision: Call for Accredited Supervisors

Posted on 1/07/2021
Low-cost supervision: Call for Accredited Supervisors


Opportunity to join Professional Standards Committee

Posted on 30/06/2021
The role of the PACFA Professional Standards Committee is to ensure the consistency and currency of the PACFA Training Standards, Supervision Training Standards (STS) and the PACFA Register requirements and to write or review any guidelines for use..


PACFA Webinar Recordings Now Free for Members

Posted on 30/06/2021
As of the 1st of July PACFA is unlocking all its recordings to be available to members at no cost. We appreciate that many of our members look for low-cost Professional Development which we have been providing for several years now through live...


PACFA announces partnership with Griefline

Posted on 30/06/2021
PACFA is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Griefline to provide a pathway for PACFA members to become a Griefline endorsed Grief and Loss practitioner. This will enable referrals from Griefline for clients seeking further counselling an


Psychedelic medicines: Mind Medicine Webinar

Posted on 30/06/2021
PACFA is excited to be partnered with Mind Medicine Australia for a free webinar for PACFA Members to help understand how psychedelic medicines work for a range of conditions, the implications for patients, ethical and legal considerations, and..


PACFA Ethics Update

Posted on 30/06/2021
Did you know that PACFA has an Ethics Advice Line free for members? The Ethics Advice Line provides members with general information and advice on a range of ethical issues based on the PACFA Code of Ethics.


Renewal of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy: Submissio

Posted on 29/06/2021
In June, PACFA made a submission to the renewal of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy (‘NATSISPS’)


Update for All members on Covid-19 restrictions

Posted on 24/06/2021
Update for PACFA members on Covid-19 restrictions


Coviu offer to PACFA Members

Posted on 16/06/2021
Coviu Telehealth Offer


University of Canberra Student Placements Required

Posted on 9/06/2021
The University of Canberra is seeking placements for their 2022 Counselling undergrad students, click here to find out more on how you can support them.


Vic Gov Financial Assistance Announcement

Posted on 7/06/2021
As you may be aware the Victorian Government has announced some financial support for eligible businesses through Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two.


New Partnership with WorkCover Queensland

Posted on 1/06/2021
We are very pleased to announce that from 1 July 2021, PACFA Queensland Clinical members will be invited to apply to register to provide services to WorkCover clients.