Talking APAC

Talking APAC

Brought to you by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.


April 2, 2024 66 mins

This symposium was held at the Ausplat conference in September 2023. The symposium comprised four presentations that outlined work undertaken by AIPEP Community of Practice members.

First, a research study on what registered psychologists perceive as gaps in their tertiary education regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and being was presented (Darn...

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Professional competency 3.17 of APAC's Accreditation Standards states that psychology graduates need to "Investigate a substantive individual research question relevant to the discipline of psychology". But what does that mean in practice?

Associate Professor Melissa Davis, a member of APAC's Accreditation Assessment Committee, led off a discussion at the AusPLAT conference in nipaluna/Hobart in September 2023.

The session was spon...

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December 5, 2023 42 mins

Ryan Armer, a legally blind fourth-year Psychology student, Darlene McLennan, manager of the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training, and Associate Professor Melissa Davis, a member of APAC’s Accreditation Assessment Committee, discuss the challenges facing students with disabilities and how they can be overcome.

Two online articles are mentioned in the podcast:

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September 25, 2023 21 mins

Secondary school teachers of psychology played an important part in the recent AusPLAT 2023 conference. Here they discuss the challenges and pleasures, as well as making better links to psychology teaching in the tertiary sector.

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September 19, 2023 22 mins

APAC attended AusPLAT 2023 in nipaluna/Hobart. Our Communications Advisor chatted to attendees during the breaks. Here are their voices.

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In this episode we talk about artificial intelligence and what it means for learning and teaching with Dr Guy Curtis. Guy is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychological Science at the University of Western Australia. His main research focus at present is on individual differences related to plagiarism, cheating and leadership.

The Conversation article referenced in the discussion can be found here:

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The Accreditation Standards for Psychology Programs say that learning about inter-professional learning and practice is required at masters level. But what is inter-professional learning, exactly? Why is it useful and how can psychology academics integrate it into their courses with confidence? To discuss these questions and more we're joined by Professor Rachel Roberts from the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide. ...

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November 22, 2022 17 mins

How can psychology higher education providers know if they're meeting the Accreditation Standards? One way is to consult the APAC Evidence Guide. Assistant Accreditation Manager Stephanie Korilis offers some advice on how best to use it.

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September 20, 2022 41 mins

What is benchmarking and how can higher education providers make it work well for them? Our expert panel discusses the issue. Hear from Professor Alison Garton, Professor Julie Ann Pooley, Emeritus Professor Tony Machin and Associate Professor Linda Byrne.

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July 4, 2022 43 mins

How do higher education providers introduce an understanding of cultural responsiveness to psychology students? We're joined by three academics from the University of Western Australia to discuss the issues. Professor Pat Dudgeon is Australia’s first identified Indigenous psychologist. Dr Joanna Alexi is a research associate. And Professor Romola Bucks is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health and Medical Research) and a member of the APAC Bo...

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May 23, 2022 21 mins

What’s it like to have your learning and teaching, your facilities and your curriculum examined, and to have staff and students chat with our assessors? Associate Professor Linda Byrne is deputy head of the School of Psychology at Deakin University, where she was a key participant in the assessment process that APAC carried out there in 2020.

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What’s the reason for accreditation and does it serve a positive purpose? In this episode we discuss the value and validity of the accreditation process itself. Our guest is Michael Carpenter, CEO of APAC and a Board member of the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR), the Australian Institute of Business and the National Institute of Organisation Dynamics Australia. The paper referred to in the discussion is pub...

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January 17, 2022 26 mins

Meet one of our Assessors, who shares her insights into psychology education and into the assessment process that underpins program accreditation. Professor Elizabeth Jones is Head of the Department of Psychology at Monash University Malaysia and a veteran of many site visits. Liz is a member of our Accreditation Assessment Committee.

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What is APAC's Accreditation Assessment Committee? What does it do, who serves on it and how does it carry out its duties, including site visits? AAC Chair, Professor Alison Garton, takes us through the answers.

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October 4, 2021 30 mins

We launch our podcast series by talking about why APAC accreditation assessments matter and how education providers can get ready to make an assessment a painless process. To do that, we're joined by Nghi Robinson, who is APAC’s Accreditation Manager.

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