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STOP: Discrimination against Men by Psychologists

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The Australian Psychological Society (APS) does not provide Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Men while it does so with women.

Why does this need to change?

Just like women, men often present with issues very specific to men and often need very different care to women. 

  • Mental health issues are becoming increasingly recognised in men of all ages.
  • Only very few men with mental health issues actually seek help.
  • Lack of access to mental health professionals is of particular concern when considering that close to 80 percent of all suicides are men.

Important issues ignored!

The APS does NOT acknowledge these important issues in practice, paying only lip service, by providing specific 'Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Women but ignoring the special and specific needs of men. In addition, there is currently an overwhelming majority of women practicing psychology (close to 80 percent), and no strategy to manage or reduce the impact of such a lack of diversity.

Sex Discrimination against Men

This lack of gender diversity within the APS and the resultant lack of training and guidelines for psychologists represents discrimination against men. The Sex Discrimination Act's objectives include to promote equality between men and women and eliminate discrimination on the basis of sex.

Call for Action

I call upon the newly appointed Sex Discrimination Commissioner (Kate Jenkins) and the Executive Director of the APS (Lynn Littlefield) to reduce the gender inequality amongst APS members and increase awareness of the need to male-friendly mental health services for Australian men by, at the very least, developing Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Men.

For more information go to Xavier T. Hirschfeld's Article

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