This is the second EPASSA Pulse communication this week, reflecting EPASSA’s busy activity around our profession. There are three issues we wish to inform you of.
The Professional Board for Psychology has submitted its supplementary heads of argument (attached) to the Cape High Court. It relies on a technical argument relating to Constitutional and Administrative Law in addition to substantive arguments already made. You will understand on reading the attached submission why EPASSA has had to spend all our available funds on the legal effort. Thank you to those members who have already responded and paid this week in response to our plea.
We therefore appeal to our members to support our call for funds. Please:
Pay any outstanding 2016 membership fees;
Pay your 2017 fees in advance (invoices are currently being sent out);
Encourage your colleagues to join EPASSA;
Attend the examination concessions workshop that was advertised;
Attend our two-day conference next year, which will offer good CPD value for money (date to be announced).
The EPASSA committee spends hundreds of hours trying to protect our profession and needs all members to assist. We are at a crunch time and implore our members not to sit back and rely on others to support our efforts. Please contribute with the knowledge that our cause is just and that your contributions are probably tax deductible if you are in practice.
The EPASSA Chairperson, Martin Strous, has written to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), requesting that the Council for Medical Schemes not be permitted to delay on responding to the SAHRC’s investigation into EPASSA’s complaint of discrimination against educational psychologists.
Martin has also informed Medihelp’s chief officer that Medihelp may also be reported to the SAHRC. EPASSA believes that many medical aids are relying on a misinterpretation of the scope of practice, which scope of practice is in any event invalid. Medihelp has been asked to respond within two days.
There are just 12 days to go until the court case in which EPASSA will be represented as an amicus curiae in the Cape High Court. We call on all our members to assist us. Please do not leave it to others and to the committee to carry the burden without you.
EPASSA is the only organisation that has reported the CMS to the SAHRC, and EPASSA and Relpag are the only professional, psychology organisations that are sending legal representatives to Court to fight against discrimination against educational psychologists.
We have a lot to be proud of. Please support us.