Participant Information

You are invited to participate in a research project being conducted by Heidi Wicker and Dr Leanne Humphreys from the School of Psychology at Charles Sturt University. This project is being completed in partial fulfilment of the Master of Psychology course.

Principal Researcher:
Heidi Wicker  BPsych, GDip Psych Pract
Registered Psychologist

Research Supervisor:
Dr Leanne Humphreys  BAHons, MPsych, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
School of Psychology
Charles Sturt University

What is the purpose of the study?
The study seeks to investigate the types of competence problems displayed by psychologists, the concerns psychologists have about reporting a colleague with competence problems, and the factors they consider when deciding whether to make a report.

Who can participate?
This study is open to any psychologist who is registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority (AHPRA) and currently practising in Australia.

What is involved?
It is estimated that the questionnaire will take between 20 - 30 minutes to complete. Your questionnaire will save as you complete each page, so you are free to complete over several sessions if you prefer, but you must use the same computer or tablet device to do so. Please click on the link to return to the survey.

If you decide to take part, it is important to know that during the course of completing the online survey you can withdraw at any time without the need to provide a reason. If you do not complete the survey, the information you provide will be omitted from the results of the study.  However, once you complete the survey, the results will be stored anonymously, and as such cannot be identified by the researcher or withdrawn from the study. Due to the anonymous nature of the study, the researcher is also unable to provide individual feedback regarding the results of the research.

What are the benefits?
This research hopes to widen clinical knowledge and understanding of problems of professional competence that exist in the psychology profession.  Your participation will allow the profession to develop an understanding of the concerns psychologists have about mandatory reporting, and the factors they consider when deciding whether to report a colleague.

What are the risks?
Very occasionally participation in psychological research may trigger uncomfortable or confronting emotions. You may also have concerns about a colleague’s professional competence and wish to seek advice about how to address the issue/s.

If you or someone you know is displaying problems of professional competence, and you would like advice on how to address the issue/s, you may wish to phone AHPRA on 1300 419 495, or the Australian Psychological Society on 1800 333 497.
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