Welcome to the Medical Scientists Association of Victoria (MSAV) the Victorian Psychologists Association Inc (VPA Inc) and the Association of Hospital Pharmacists (AHP)website.

MSAV, VPA Inc and AHP are the only unions in Victoria which specifically look after the industrial interests of medical scientists (MSAV), psychologists (VPA Inc) and hospital pharmacists (AHP). MSAV, VPA Inc and AHP are component Associations of the Health Services Union (HSU) Victoria No. 4 Branch.

Annual Conference

The MSAV | VPA | AHP Annual Conference is on Friday 30 May at 9am for a 9:30am start to 5pm.

Annual Conference will also be an excellent opportunity to hear from some great speakers including leaders from other unions in the health sector.

Annual Conference is open to all members. Register Today!

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Keep Blood Safe - the last week

This week the Red Cross Blood Service will have finalised its structure to become a ‘manufacturer’.

This week 20+ scientists that once tested and processed blood donations will be made redundant.

With fewer scientists at the Red Cross Blood Service, concerns continue about the future ongoing safety of the blood supply, especially in light of management’s refusal to release its risk management plans.

But because of your support we were able to let more than 100,000 Australians know about what is happening at the Red Cross Blood Service with over 1,500 people signing the Keep Blood Safe petition.

From next week this campaign will become “Red Cross Blood Watch”.

Since the Australian Red Cross Blood Service refuses to report errors and problems publicly, it is up to us to keep an eye on the Blood Service.

Thank you for supporting science and the scientists at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

VPA PD: Practical Approaches to Managing Personality Disorders

The next professional development seminar is on 7 May and is open only to VPA Inc members.

Professor James Ogloff will be our guest speaker, and he is the Director of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Sciences and Director of Psychological Services for the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health.

Title: Practical Approaches to Managing Personality Disorders

Despite continued views to the contrary, the research literature shows that most people with personality disorders can be managed successfully. Epidemiological studies show that as many as 15% of people meet the criteria for a diagnosis of personality disorder. Increased clinical effort must be employed to assist these clients.

This workshop will highlight the principles that can assist clinicians to treat and manage personality disorders. The theoretical approach taken builds on the empirical reality that features of personality disorders are extreme variants of normal personality traits. The treatment approach draws on Integrated Treatment, drawing together successful approaches from various modalities.

Seminar Program

Time Program
12:30pm to 1pm Light Lunch
1pm to 2:30pm First Session
2:30pm to 2:45pm Afternoon Tea
2:45pm to 4pm Second Session
4pm to 4:20pm Plenary

The Professional Development Seminar will be held on Wednesday 7 May 2014, 12pm to 5pm, at the Treacy Centre Parkville - check it out on Google Maps

NOTE: The starting time for this PD may change. Any changes to the starting time will be communicated with people that have registered as soon as possible.

To register for this Professional Development Seminar please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dumbing down health a recipe for long-term damage to Australia’s healthcare system

It seems like every day we hear from politicians and healthcare administrators about the need to have a more ‘sustainable and affordable’ healthcare system. Every day we hear about the growing numbers of people that need healthcare; about the ever-growing waiting lists for elective surgery and the impact that an ageing population will have on our healthcare system into the future. And every day, healthcare providers seek to implement new ‘measures’ to reduce the ‘costs’ to the Australian taxpayer.

There are some very real issues facing Australia’s healthcare system but to maintain the mantra of ‘sustainability and affordability’ will fundamentally see our healthcare system collapse as patients’ actual healthcare needs aren’t met at the time they present and recidivism increases.

State governments continue to play political games with healthcare while holding on to dangerous attitudes of cutting costs, regardless of how health outcomes are impacted. And worst of all, in all the chest-beating about cutting costs, nothing is said about whether there have been improved healthcare outcomes for Victorians.

The Napthine Government regularly trots out this mantra of ‘sustainable and affordable healthcare’ and claims they are improving healthcare outcomes by funding ‘more beds’ in hospitals and the ‘front line’ of the health sector. Too often state governments only see the nurses and the doctors as being the entirety of the health sector with little to no attention paid to those that aren’t in the front line – the pharmacists, the psychologists, the dietitians, and the scientists.

But we all know that ‘sustainable and affordable healthcare’ is loaded language which simply means in practical terms budget cuts, redundancies, more outsourcing, more privatisation and dumbing down qualifications.  We see it every day – replacing scientists with less qualified workers, merging and contracting out pharmacies and replacing psychologists with less qualified counsellors.

Worst of all, fewer health workers to do more and more work, while hospital executives behave indifferently to the injuries arising from the stress and anxiety that increased workloads cause.

Every day we see how ‘sustainable and affordable healthcare’ is actually leading to a dumbing down in health; and while it might be okay today or tomorrow, what happens when the system is loaded with people that just don’t have the qualifications? What happens to patients' health care outcomes when those charged with providing the healthcare don’t have the qualifications to know how best to provide the care needed?

Governments and healthcare administrators must rush back from the cliff if we are to have a truly sustainable and affordable healthcare system. Making sure that patients have access to the best quality healthcare is vital to reducing the risks of patients returning shortly after treatment.

Annual Conference 2014

The MSAV | VPA | AHP Annual Conference is on Friday 30 May at 9am for a 9:30am start to 5pm.

The Annual Conference will feature plenary sessions on the state of public health in Victoria and the current industrial landscape and challenges for the MSAV, VPA Inc and AHP. Plus the Annual Conference will also be an excellent opportunity to hear from some great speakers including leaders from other unions in the health sector.

With this year being an election year, Annual Conference will look at the political landscape and the campaign to ensure Victorians have a government that looks after health care and puts workers first.

The Annual Conference is open to all members.

Conference Details:

Date: 30 May 2014

Time: 9am to 5pm

Venue: DownTowner on Lygon at 66 Lygon St, Carlton - check it out on Google Maps

Check out our draft Agenda for Annual Conference below:

Session Time Session
9am - 9:30am Registration
9:30am - 9:45am Introduction:
- Welcome to Country
- Conference Welcome
9:45am - 11:30am Plenary:
Panel Discussion - State of Public Health in 2014
11:30am - 11:45am Morning Tea
11:45am - 1pm Plenary:
- Industrial landscape in 2014
- Taking stock for Public Sector Bargaining
- Dispute resolution
1pm - 2pm Lunch
2pm - 3:30pm Plenary:
Panel Discussion - The State Election and Healthcare
3:30pm - 3:45pm Afternoon Tea
3:45pm - 4:45pm Growing the Union:
- Organising in 2014 & the Job Rep Network
- Lesson from Cancer Crisis & Keep Blood Safe
- We Are Union campaign
4:45pm - 5pm Closing Remarks
5pm Conference Drinks/Dinner


Register your attendance - click here

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