PACFA – Recent achievements and current activities

   PACFA has been actively representing the counselling and psychotherapy profession through submissions to government,  lobbying and
campaigning, research and publishing.

Read about our recent achievements and current activities in this update.  All documents referred to are available at the PACFA website,

April 2013 Pre-election lobbying in partnership with the Australian Counselling Association for recognition of counsellors
and psychotherapists
April 2013 Submission to the Greens on Improving Mental Health services in country Australia
March 2013 PACFA Council meeting at Parliament House, Canberra
March 2013 Two Submissions to the NDIS Secretariat on the Draft NDIS Rules
February 2013 Submission to the consultation on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Mental Health Strategy 2013
January 2013 Work commences on Stories from the Field, a PACFA book on the experiences of clients who have benefitted
from counselling or psychotherapy
December 2012 Submission to Senate Inquiry into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill
October 2012 Launch of the Psychotherapy & Counselling Journal of Australia (PACJA), to build the evidence-base for counselling
and psychotherapy
September 2012 Submission to the Australia Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) on Private Health Insurance
July 2012 Publication of PACFA Literature Review on the Effectiveness of Family Therapy
January 2012 Launch of a major campaign and submission for recognition of counselling and psychotherapy by Private Health Funds
January 2012 Publication of 4 literature reviews, with La Trobe University, on working with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and
posttraumatic stress disorder
December 2011 Submission to the South Australian Health Department’s consultation on the Draft Code of Conduct for Unregistered
Health Practitioners
November 2011 Official launch of ARCAP, the Australian Register of Counselling and Psychotherapy, in partnership with the
Australian Counselling Association
September 2011 Submission to the NSW Department of Health’s consultation on the Draft Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Practitioners
September 2011 PACFA Mental Health Competencies officially commence operation. PACFA has 130 Mental Health Practitioners competent to work with mental disorders
July 2011 PACFA submission to the Senate Inquiry into Commonwealth Funding and Administration of Mental Health Services
May 2011 PACFA Registrants recognised by Medibank Private for health insurance rebates
April 2011 Submission to the Australian Heath Ministers’ Advisory Council’s consultation on Options for regulation of unregistered
health practitioners
February 2011 PACFA submission on Flexible Care Packages for People with Severe Mental Illness