The HKADCP called a special member meeting on March 11, 2018 and received great support with more than half of all members attended. Lively discussions were carried out on various issues in the sector of clinical psychology in Hong Kong.
In the meeting, the progress of the "Proactive Medical Professional Registration Pilot Project" (hereinafter referred to as the "Pilot Project") launched by the Department of Health in 2016 was reported.
HKADCP set up a special task force for the Pilot Project and aimed to actively engage and consult with Government officials and Legislative Council members.
To protect the public interests and meet the needs of the community, the task force will continue the discussion on how to facilitate the Government in promoting the effective implementation of the Pilot Project, and will strive to pass the accredited medical professional registration for registered members of HKADCP. These measures will help promote the development of the mental health services in Hong Kong to reach an international level.
In the meeting and communications that followed, HKADCP collected data of members' professional qualifications and their professional development for further analysis. Collected information includes members’ current employment situation, the scope of clinical psychology services that the members provided at work, internationally recognized licenses and memberships that members have attained, and experiences of discriminatory incident at work and/or in other professional groups. It is hoped that the analysis will help inform useful solutions/advice for members’ professional development in the future.
Members at the meeting unanimously agreed and recognized that HKADCP is a stakeholder in the public mental health care sector. It is hoped that other relevant professional bodies and stakeholders in the sector could make use of the official platform and conduct professional, positive discussions in the public. This will allow the general public to fully understand the current situation in the mental health care sector in Hong Kong and to make timely responses. Consequently, Hong Kong residents would receive and benefit from effective and efficient psychological services in a foreseeable timetable.
HKADCP also announced that an Open Forum would be held on May 26, 2018, gathering consensus among other parties and establishing the foundation for the implementation of the Pilot Program in the sector in the future.