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Meet the team and APAC Board to learn about what we do here at APAC

Who we are

The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) Ltd is an independent quality and standards organisation, appointed by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as the higher education accreditation authority for the psychology profession in Australia.

APAC accredits more than 900 programs of study across 43 higher education providers including Australian university programs delivered in Malaysia, Dubai and Singapore. APAC has 36 certified expert assessors on its register who contribute to APAC’s program of assessments and advisory work.

Governance

The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Ltd is a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee. Under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS), we are the appointed accrediting authority for psychology in Australia pursuant to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (National Law).

The Council is appointed under an agreement with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) and reports regularly to the PsyBA.

Our Vision

To improve societal well-being through ensuring high-quality education and training in psychology.

Our Purpose

To set, maintain and assess against standards for education and training in psychology.

Our Values

Integrity | Professionalism | Responsiveness | Respect

Constitution

APAC’s constitution provides the framework for how it operates. It outlines the system of governance, the powers of the APAC Board of Directors (APAC Board), and the rights and obligations of its members. APAC’s constitution is a public document.

Our Strategic Plan

View our Strategic Plan (PDF).

Complaints

Along with other accreditation bodies in the NRAS, APAC is now subject to oversight by the National Health Practitioner Ombudsman (NHPO).

This means our stakeholders have access to an independent process for managing complaints about APAC’s work and our handling of private information.

Make a complaint.

What we do

Develop and maintain standards for the education and training of psychologists for approval by the PsyBA.

Assess higher education providers’ (HEP) psychology programs of study to determine whether they meet the approved Accreditation Standards.

Monitor HEPs’ accredited psychology programs of study to ensure they continue to meet the approved Accreditation Standards.

Provide advice and consultation to the PsyBA, governments, and other bodies on matters of education and training relevant to the psychology profession and discipline.

Meet the Board

APAC Board of Directors

Adjunct Professor John Dunn (Chair)
BA (Hons), PhD

John is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the School of Psychological Science at the University of Western Australia and at the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide. Previously, he has been the Chair of APAC, Chair of HODSPA and Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide.

John is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the School of Psychological Science at the University of Western Australia and at the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide. Previously, he has been the Chair of APAC, Chair of HODSPA and Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide.

He is a Fellow of the Psychonomic Society and a member of the Association for Psychological Science, the International Association of Applied Psychology, the Cognitive Science Society, Society for Mathematical Psychology and the Australasian Mathematical Psychology Society.

John obtained his PhD in 1984 from the University of Western Australia. He has since worked at the University of Western Australia, the University of Queensland, the University of Adelaide, Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University.

His research is focused on cognitive psychology, human memory, reasoning, decision-making, cognitive modelling, mathematical psychology and methodological issues in human experimental psychology. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers and one book.

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Professor Mary Katsikitis (Deputy Chair)
BA (Hons), PhD

Mary is the Dean People and Resources for the College of Education, Psychology, and Social Work at Flinders University, South Australia.

Mary is the Dean People and Resources for the College of Education, Psychology, and Social Work at Flinders University, South Australia. Mary has worked for many years in academia, primarily at the University of Adelaide and the University of the Sunshine Coast. She also spent several years as the inaugural Manager of Science and Education at the Australian Psychological Society in Melbourne.

Mary is a previous member of both the Board and the Accreditation Assessment Committee (AAC) for the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. With a background in psychology, Mary is also endorsed in clinical and health psychology. Her research interests and funding received focus on improving the mental health of adults and promoting well-being in the community.

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Mr Mark Eldridge (FRAC Chair)
BBus (Acct), FCPA, GAICD

Mark is a recently retired Senior Finance Executive with expertise across a broad range of finance and commercial areas.

Mark is a recently retired Senior Finance Executive with expertise across a broad range of finance and commercial areas. He has extensive skills in accounting/finance, internal controls, strategy development, planning and systems development and implementation. Mark worked with Rio Tinto for over 30 years in various senior management roles, leading global finance teams.

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Ms Jillian Harrington
BSc, MA (Psych), FCCLP, GAICD

A Registered Psychologist with Endorsement in Clinical Psychology, Jillian works in private practice and is a long-standing employer and board-approved supervisor of psychologists, across the career span.

A Registered Psychologist with Endorsement in Clinical Psychology, Jillian works in private practice and is a long-standing employer and board-approved supervisor of psychologists, across the career span. Jillian’s areas of clinical interest include perinatal and infant mental health, developmental trauma and neglect, traumatic brain injury, emergency services and veteran mental health.

An experienced Company Director and Graduate of the AICD, Jillian has held corporate and clinical governance roles in primary care, including as a Director of a Primary Health Network. In 2018 Jillian was appointed to the Medicare Review Taskforce’s Mental Health Reference Group and continues to consult with government and other stakeholders in the mental health and primary care sector.

Jillian is currently the national health policy Chair of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. She is a Director of the Blue Knot Foundation and President of the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia.

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Mr Robert Fearnside (NC Chair)
BEd, BEcon, MBA |

Robert retired from the position of Deputy Executive Director (Academic) of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications in 2019. Before going to Hong Kong in 2010 he was the Deputy Director of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority.

Robert retired from the position of Deputy Executive Director (Academic) of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications in 2019. Before going to Hong Kong in 2010 he was the Deputy Director of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) with responsibility for registration of vocational and higher education providers and the accreditation of vocational, higher education and senior secondary qualifications.

Prior to working at the VRQA, Robert was the Director of the Victorian Qualifications Authority and a Director in the Victorian Auditor General’s Office (VAGO) with responsibility for performance audits of TAFE Institutes and universities. Before joining VAGO Robert was an Assistant General Manager with the Victorian Department of Education with responsibility for the triennial review program for Victorian government schools. Robert is also currently a member of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority Board.

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Associate Professor Melissa Davis (AAC Chair)
PhD, MPsych (Clinical), GC Tertiary Education (Management), GC (Tertiary Teaching), BA (Psych) (Hons)

Melissa is an experienced academic and leader in psychology education. She is currently the Academic Lead for Professional Psychology within the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University (ECU). Before this Melissa held the role of Associate Dean (Psychology and Criminology) at ECU.

PhD, MPsych (Clinical), GC Tertiary Education (Management), GC (Tertiary Teaching), BA (Psych) (Hons)

Melissa is an experienced academic and leader in psychology education. She is currently the Academic Lead for Professional Psychology within the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University (ECU). Before this Melissa held the role of Associate Dean (Psychology and Criminology) at ECU.

She has also held other leadership roles in psychology education including the inaugural course coordinator of the Graduate Diploma and Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) at ECU, Master of Professional Psychology at both ECU and Curtin University, and the Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology at Curtin University.

Melissa has also held roles on national committees related to psychology education and training, including the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, APS Division of Education, Research and Training, APS Psychology Education Interest Group and the Psychology Board of Australia National Psychology Examination Committee.

She has substantial experience in professional accreditation as a member of the APAC Accreditation Assessment Committee (AAC) and member of the Australian Dietetics Council Assessment Committee.

Melissa has a professional background as a clinical psychologist working with children and adolescents. She teaches and supervises postgraduate psychology students and her research interests focus around psychology education, including competency development and assessment and psychology trainee wellbeing.

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Associate Professor Kaye Frankcom
GAICD, BA, BSW, Grad Dip. Counselling Psych., Master Clinical Psychology, Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management)

Kaye is a highly accomplished businesswoman and a leader in the health sector. She is an endorsed clinical and counselling psychologist, consultant and business coach to psychologists, in-demand speaker and trainer and has held national roles in psychology regulation and professional standards.

Kaye is a highly accomplished businesswoman and a leader in the health sector. She is an endorsed clinical and counselling psychologist, consultant and business coach to psychologists, in-demand speaker and trainer and has held national roles in psychology regulation and professional standards.

She built a successful group psychology practice in Williamstown, Victoria, which she sold in 2018. Her leadership resume includes Deputy Mayor of a country city council, NED in the Primary Care and Social Welfare sectors, first female President of the Psychologists Board of Victoria, co-founder of the first Centre against Sexual Assault established outside Melbourne more than 30 years ago.

She was appointed to the first Psychology Board of Australia and was instrumental in the process of establishing national standards for the psychology profession. More recently, she has been appointed to clinical governance roles in primary health networks, has undertaken reviews of various private practice and NFP agencies and mentored and coached psychology practice directors nationally. She is a Board approved supervisor and was the foundational trainer for the supervisor training program at the APS.

She is the lead author of Fit for Practice: Everything you wanted to know about starting your own psychology practice in Australia but were afraid to ask (published November 2016, co-authored with Professor Bruce Stevens and Dr Phil Watts) and more recently Creating Impact: The four pillars of private psychology practice (published 2022, co-authored with Nathan Castle, Daryl Chow, Aaron Frost and RaeLynn Alvarez Wicklein).

She is an Associate Professor of Psychology, Deakin University, and is assisting in the devising of new Master level clinical psychology training programs for registered psychologists.

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Professor Gene Moyle
DipDance (ABS), BA (Dance), BA (Psych/Human Movement Studies), PGDipProfPsych, MPsych (Sport and Exercise), DPsych (Sport and Exercise), ARAD, FAPS, FCSEP, GAICD, SFHEA |

Gene is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Programs and Partnerships) at the Queensland University of Technology. A Registered Psychologist with Endorsement in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Gene’s background as a professional ballet dancer has seen her work in both private practice and with organisations across the elite sport, corporate and performing arts sectors.

Gene is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Programs and Partnerships) at the Queensland University of Technology. A Registered Psychologist with Endorsement in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Gene’s background as a professional ballet dancer has seen her work in both private practice and with organisations across the elite sport, corporate and performing arts sectors.

She is currently an Advisory Member of the Psychology Board of Australia’s Code Expert Advisory, a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, a Board Member of CIRCA, a Group Management Committee Member of the Committee for Brisbane, a Non-Executive Advisory Board Member of b.partners, an Assessor and Mentor for Arts QLD, a member of the Mental Health Working Group for the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), and current Chair of the Queensland Universities 2032 Games Engagement Committee.

Gene previously served on a range of boards and committees including as Practitioner Member of the Queensland Board of the Psychology Board of Australia, National Chair – Australian Psychological Society College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists, Non-Executive Director of the Queensland Ballet and President of Ausdance National. Her research interests focus upon the application of, and research into, performance psychology and performance enhancement.

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Meet our AAC members

Accreditation Assessment Committee

Professor Linda Byrne

Linda Byrne is the Dean of the Faculty of Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy at The Cairnmillar Institute.

Linda Byrne is the Dean of the Faculty of Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy at The Cairnmillar Institute.

She is a registered psychologist with an area of endorsement in Clinical Neuropsychology and has more than 25 years of clinical, research and teaching experience in the areas of psychological assessment, neuropsychiatric disorders, neuropsychological disorders and neuropsychological rehabilitation.

She has extensive experience in training and supervising postgraduate psychology students. She has coordinated post-graduate training programs for many years.

Professor Byrne’s clinical work focuses on the neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents and adults with neurological, psychiatric and educational difficulties.

Her major area of research is in the understanding and remediation of neuro- and social cognitive deficits in clinical disorders. More recently her research has been focusing on agents that may protect or improve cognitive functioning in both healthy and compromised populations.

She has been a member of the APAC AAC since 2023.

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Associate Professor Carina Chan

Carina Chan is an Associate Professor and the Department Coordinator in Learning and Teaching in the Department of Psychology, Counselling and Therapy at La Trobe University.

Carina Chan is an Associate Professor and the Department Coordinator in Learning and Teaching in the Department of Psychology, Counselling and Therapy at La Trobe University.

She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). Dr Chan is an experienced psychology educator, with passion in teaching innovation and enhancing students’ employability.

Trained in Health Psychology and a graduate of the University of Auckland, Carina’s research has focused on health promotion and disease management for the past 20 years and she has been involved in research projects in both developed and developing countries.

Her current research focuses on psychosocial issues associated with ageing, chronic disease prevention and management and community engagement in regional/rural settings. Dr Chan is Associate Editor of the journal Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine.

Carina has won multiple national and international research, teaching and service awards, including Teaching Award at La Trobe University (2023), Pro-Vice Chancellor (PVC)’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by Monash University (2012, 2010, 2009), Young Scientist Award by International Diabetes Federation (2013) and the Contribution to International Collaborations Award by the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (2014).

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Emeritus Professor Tony Machin

Tony Machin is a psychological scientist and organisational researcher who was in academia for three decades at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

Tony Machin is a psychological scientist and organisational researcher who was in academia for three decades at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

He received the APS Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Education Award in 2021. This award recognised his significant contribution to psychology education in Australia, which includes several key roles that involves developing psychology education programs, assisting with accreditation and quality assurance of psychology education programs and advancing the status of psychology education in Australia.

His current research interests include understanding the way that students balance their work and study, and measurement of psychological literacy.

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Professor Jonathan Mason

Jonathan Mason is the Course Coordinator for the Level 4 Master of Clinical Psychology (post-registration) and co-director of the Centre for Health, Wellbeing and Disability at The Cairnmillar Institute.

Jonathan Mason is the Course Coordinator for the Level 4 Master of Clinical Psychology (post-registration) and co-director of the Centre for Health, Wellbeing and Disability at The Cairnmillar Institute.

His previous roles have included Clinic Director and Head of Psychology at a regional university. Jon’s primary area of research interest is in the field of intellectual disabilities. In the past five years, he has been awarded more than $500,000 across several grants to investigate the development of an assessment methodology suitable for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, including a $120,000 PhD scholarship to investigate ways of increasing access to the internet for people with an intellectual disability and $150,000 in consultancy contracts to help the NDIA adopt a research-driven approach to their user acceptance testing for their online services for people with intellectual disabilities.

His other research interests include the use of simulation technology in teaching (for which he was the co-holder of a $200,000 grant to develop a suicide education program, with Associate Professor Patrea Andersen) and the experience of burnout in students training to become registered psychologists.

Before entering academia, Jon was the Director of Clinical Practice and Centre Director for the Queensland Forensic Disability Service, having previously worked as a Head of Psychology in forensic and forensic disability services in the UK.

He sits on the Accreditation Assessment Committee of APAC and has led many psychology accreditation assessments across Australian and overseas higher education providers, including programs at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level. He has significant experience in the accreditation requirements of all levels of psychology program architecture, as well as having a deep understanding of service delivery, quality improvement and accreditation processes.

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Associate Professor Meredith McKague

Meredith McKague gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2005 and has been an academic and teaching specialist within the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences since 2007.

Meredith McKague gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2005 and has been an academic and teaching specialist within the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences since 2007.

Her research interests focus on the cognitive processes involved in language and bilingualism, reading, learning and memory. She is a leader in academic innovation within the University of Melbourne and designs curricula for undergraduate psychology that promotes learner agency, engagement and wellbeing.

As an allied member of the Australian Indigenous Psychology Association (AIPEP) community of practice, she is also passionate about the decolonisation of the psychology curriculum. Her work with APAC brings together her experience in quality assurance of learning and teaching within universities and her passion for promoting excellence in training experiences for students of psychology.

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Associate Professor Erin O’Connor

Erin O’Connor teaches capstone and placement classes at QUT and is a Deputy Student Ombudsman.

Erin O’Connor teaches capstone and placement classes at QUT and is a Deputy Student Ombudsman.

After completing post-doctoral training at the University of Minnesota, Erin worked as a psychologist in private practice and as learning design consultant in universities and secondary schooling.

She has received a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, the APS Early Career Teacher Award, two QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Awards and two nominations for the QUT David Gardiner Teacher of the Year Award.

Her areas of interest include adult learning and decision-making; community program evaluation and participatory research; and consumer psychology. Erin is a Senior Fellow and an Associate Fellow (Indigenous) of the Higher Education Academy.

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Professor Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Adelaide with a background as a clinician working with children and families.

Rachel Roberts is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Adelaide with a background as a clinician working with children and families.

She is a Registered Psychologist, with Area of Practice Endorsement in Clinical, Health and Neuropsychology,

As an academic she teaches at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate levels, as well as leading research to understand the experiences of disadvantaged populations and improve mental health interventions, including with children with disability and health conditions.

She also conducts research aiming to improve professional education in psychology. She has experience as Head of School, Program, Course, Internship and Placement Coordination. She has been a member of the APAC AAC since 2015.

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Meet our Assessors

APAC Assessors

Professor Lauren Breen

Lauren Breen is a professor of psychology at Curtin University and a registered psychologist with endorsement in community psychology.

Lauren Breen is a professor of psychology at Curtin University and a registered psychologist with endorsement in community psychology. She completed a Graduate Certificate in Education (Tertiary Teaching) more than 20 years ago.

In 2003, she was part of a team awarded an Australian Award for University Teaching for their work on student retention. In 2019, she became a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society.

Lauren is known internationally for her research on the psychology of grief and loss across the lifespan and its intersection with mental health. She has delivered keynote presentations around the world (e.g., USA, Scotland, Indonesia, Ireland, and Singapore) and her TEDx talk “Six myths about grief to bust for yourself, and your loved ones” has achieved over 50,000 views.

Edited with Carrie Traher, her book The Routledge International Handbook of Child and Adolescent Grief in Contemporary Contexts was published in 2024. Lauren’s career objectives are to conduct high-quality research and facilitate the development of future health professionals for the benefit of the community.

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Associate Professor Eric Brymer

Eric Brymer specialises in researching the reciprocal nature of health and wellbeing from nature-based experiences, and performance in extreme environments.

Eric Brymer specialises in researching the reciprocal nature of health and wellbeing from nature-based experiences, and performance in extreme environments.

He holds a PhD in Psychology and Education, a Master’s degree in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology and postgraduate degrees in Higher Education and Business. He is an endorsed sport and exercise psychologist.

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Associate Professor Rachel Dryer

Rachel Dryer is an Associate Professor and Head of Discipline for Psychology at the Australian Catholic University. She is also the Indigenous Perspective Coordinator in the School of Behavioural and Health Science (Strathfield campus).

Rachel Dryer is an Associate Professor and Head of Discipline for Psychology at the Australian Catholic University. She is also the Indigenous Perspective Coordinator in the School of Behavioural and Health Science (Strathfield campus).

Rachel is a registered psychologist with research expertise in psychological assessment and health psychology with a focus on women’s perinatal and postnatal wellbeing. She has published numerous scientific manuscripts in leading international journals such as Journal of Affective Disorders, Psychological Assessment, Assessment, and Child Abuse & Neglect. Two of her recent book publications include Pregnancy-related anxiety: Theory, research, and practice (published as part of the Routledge Series in Women’s Mental Health) and Perinatal care and considerations for survivors of child abuse: Challenges and opportunities (Palgrave MacMillan).

She and her research colleagues have also developed the Pregnancy-related Anxiety Scale (PrAS), a psychometrically sound measure to screen for the presence of this distinct form of anxiety experienced by pregnant women. This scale has now been translated and adapted for use in Germany, Indonesia, Turkey and Ghana.

Rachel has taught various subjects across undergraduate, honours and postgraduate psychology coursework programs. She commenced as an APAC Assessor in 2022.

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Adjunct Professor Debra Dunstan

Debra is a clinical psychologist and physiotherapist, a national award-winning scholar and an experienced and collaborative higher education and research consultant. 

Debra is a clinical psychologist and physiotherapist, a national award-winning scholar and an experienced and collaborative higher education and research consultant.

In a diverse career spanning more than 40 years, Debra has achieved a record of excellence in teaching, research, and leadership. She has practised in the public and private sectors and held academic appointments including Director of Clinical Psychology, Head of School, and Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Strategy Advisor.

Debra’s knowledge and expertise in higher education has led to service with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and as an Appointed Specialist with the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ).

Currently, she is an APAC Assessor, a Member of the Panel of Experts for the Papua New Guinea Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST), and an Appointed Specialist to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Register of Experts.

In her current practice, Debra delivers Telehealth clinical psychology services to older adults, is an Adjunct Professor in Psychology at the University of New England (UNE), and a Non-Executive Director on the Board of UNE Partnerships. If not at her desk, you may find Debra hiking in a national park somewhere.

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Dr Chien Hoong Gooi

Chien Hoong Gooi is a Clinical Psychologist and an Education Focused Senior Lecturer in the University of New South Wales’ School of Psychology.

Chien Hoong Gooi is a Clinical Psychologist and an Education Focused Senior Lecturer in the University of New South Wales’ School of Psychology.

He is the Director of the UNSW Master of Psychology (Clinical) program and currently chairs the Australian Psychology Placement Alliance (APPA). He is also the founding chair of the NSW-ACT Psychology Placement Consortium (NAPC).

Chien Gooi’s education interests include the assessment of postgraduate psychology competencies and governance processes associated with practicum training. He has been actively involved in the development of national guidelines in the areas of simulation-based education, practicum log books, paid placements and the definition of direct client activities.

He also coordinates the national Placement Review network, which offers online practicum competency assessment tools for Clinical Psychology (VMAT-CYPRS) and Master of Professional Psychology (PCAM) program candidates.

Chien is also a Supervisor Trainer under the UNSW Forensic Psychology Clinic group. In addition, he provides training on supervision and deliberate practice to clinicians in NSW Department of Health and NSW Department of Education. Chien is the recipient of the prestigious 2023 Australian Psychological Society Outstanding Accredited Supervisor of the Year Award.

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Dr Chelsea Hyde

Chelsea Hyde is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology at the University of Melbourne and Course Coordinator of the Master of Psychology (Educational & Developmental) program.

Chelsea Hyde is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology at the University of Melbourne and Course Coordinator of the Master of Psychology (Educational & Developmental) program.

Chelsea is an endorsed Educational and Developmental psychologist, board approved supervisor and an accredited supervisor masterclass training provider.

Chelsea has more than 15 years’ practical experience working as a psychologist within government, Catholic and independent school systems in Victoria and Queensland across both regional and metropolitan areas.

Chelsea is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and committee member of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists. Chelsea also has a developed media profile, provided regular comment on current issues for school students.

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Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson is a Clinical Psychologist and the Deputy Director of Psychology and Specialist Services at Monash Health. Emily is a board-approved supervisor and a board-approved supervisor masterclass training provider. 

Emily Johnson is a Clinical Psychologist and the Deputy Director of Psychology and Specialist Services at Monash Health. Emily is a board-approved supervisor and a board-approved supervisor masterclass training provider.

Emily has worked in public mental health for 18 years. In her clinical work, she has focused on therapeutic and systemic interventions with people with personality disorders, with a particular interest in iatrogenesis.

Emily commenced as an APAC Assessor in 2023.

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Professor Liz Jones

Liz Jones is a Professor and Head of Department of psychology at Monash University Malaysia, which offers APAC-accredited undergraduate and honours courses in psychology.

Liz Jones is a Professor and Head of Department of psychology at Monash University Malaysia, which offers APAC-accredited undergraduate and honours courses in psychology.

She was previously Director of organisational psychology training at Griffith University for 12 years delivering Masters, DPsych and PhD programs. She also established and was Director of the Work and Organisational Resiliency Centre (WORC).

She is a registered psychologist in Australia and Board approved supervisor. She has been an Assessor for APAC since 2016 and served six years on the AAC from 2017 to 2022.

She is an internationally recognised expert in intergroup communication, in health and organisational contexts. She also researches stigma, life transitions and workplace stress.

She is also a Fellow and past President of the international Association of language and Social Psychology and is currently an Executive member of the Asian Association of Social Psychology.

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Dr Chris Kilby

Chris Kilby is the Associate Head of School for Learning and Teaching at The Cairnmillar Institute. Chris employs innovative teaching strategies for online and face-to-face classes in statistics and research methods that focus on problem-focused learning, emotion-focused learning and narrative-based learning.

Chris Kilby is the Associate Head of School for Learning and Teaching at The Cairnmillar Institute. Chris employs innovative teaching strategies for online and face-to-face classes in statistics and research methods that focus on problem-focused learning, emotion-focused learning and narrative-based learning.

His approach to teaching was acknowledged nationally in 2021 through his receipt of the APS Early Career Teacher award. In terms of research, Chris is fascinated by how two people can undergo the exact same stressful situation and yet respond to and experience that situation differently.

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Associate Professor Emma Little

Emma Little is an Associate Professor in Psychology at Australian Catholic University and is the National Postgraduate Psychology Coordinator as well as the Coordinator of the Master of Psychology (Educational & Developmental) program.

Emma Little is an Associate Professor in Psychology at Australian Catholic University and is the National Postgraduate Psychology Coordinator as well as the Coordinator of the Master of Psychology (Educational & Developmental) program.

Emma has more than 20 years’ experience working as a psychologist in a range of settings including schools and private practice.  She is the author of a book and is also active in the media on topics related to Educational and Developmental psychology and is a consultant on the Raising Children website content.  

Emma is Fellow of the Australian Educational and Developmental Psychology Association.

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Professor Suzanne McLaren

Suzanne McLaren is a Professor of Psychology at Charles Sturt University and a registered psychologist with health psychology endorsement.

Suzanne McLaren is a Professor of Psychology at Charles Sturt University and a registered psychologist with health psychology endorsement.

Suzanne has had many roles in her 28-year academic career, including being the Head of Psychology, Program Co-ordinator at Doctoral, Masters, and Honours levels, Associate Dean of Research, and Chair of a University Research Committee. She has taught a range of subjects across all levels of study, with a keen interest in ageing, health, and LGBTIQA+ psychology.

Suzanne’s broad research interest is in resilience, particularly understanding the processes by which risk and protective factors influence mental health among older adults and LGBTIQA+ adults. Within this resilience framework, her recent research has focused on how a sense of belonging, self-compassion, and hope are protective against depression and suicidality.

Her research includes developing implementing and evaluating psychological interventions aimed at decreasing depression and suicidality among these two high-risk populations.

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Associate Professor Melissa O’Shea

Melissa O’Shea is a non-Aboriginal Clinical Psychologist and academic living and working on Wadawurrung Country (Geelong, Australia). She has a passion for the integration of complementary and Indigenous approaches within Western psychological practice including yoga and nature-based therapies.

Melissa O’Shea is a non-Aboriginal Clinical Psychologist and academic living and working on Wadawurrung Country (Geelong, Australia). She has a passion for the integration of complementary and Indigenous approaches within Western psychological practice including yoga and nature-based therapies.

She holds qualifications in Clinical Psychology (PhD, Monash University, 2002), Clinical Leadership (MCL, Deakin, 2018) and yoga philosophy and teaching (YTT-500 hours, 2019).

She currently holds an Associate Professor appointment at Deakin University and leads postgraduate training in Clinical Psychology, recently awarded a citation for outstanding contributions to student learning (Universities Australia, 2023).

Her work is also focused on the development of health and academic partnerships that support research translation, including with Meli (previously Barwon Child Youth and Families) and Barwon Health.

She has led innovative pilot research including the complementary use of yoga and Forest Therapy in mental health care and research exploring clinician attitudes to the inclusion of biophilic (Nature) design and lifestyle medicine in mental health service design.

She is also a member of the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Association (AIPEP). Her work with Aboriginal organisation, Wayapa Wuurrk, aims to promote the role of Indigenous knowledges in mental health and wellbeing practice in Australia for children, adults and families.

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Professor Julie Ann Pooley

Professor Julie Ann Pooley is the Associate Dean Psychology, Counselling and Criminology in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University. 

Professor Julie Ann Pooley is the Associate Dean Psychology, Counselling and Criminology in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University.

Julie Ann has over a decade’s experience in middle management and leadership positions. She has extensive experience in teaching in both the undergraduate and postgraduate psychology programs in Australia and internationally.  She is a passionate tertiary educator that has won several University and National Teaching Awards.

Julie Ann’s research spans areas of stress, resilience, and posttraumatic growth within the contexts of transition and disasters. Resilence research stems from her Phd research on Community Resilience in Disaster Communities and includes projects on women, adults and children in many contexts.

As a result Julie Ann has supevised many students at all levels and has authored many books, chapters and articles. In addition, Julie Ann has been involved in and directed many research consultancies, projects and given workshops and presentations locally, nationally and internationally.

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Professor Andrea Reupert

Andrea Reupert is the Head of the Educational Psychology and Counselling School in the Faculty of Education at Monash University.

Andrea Reupert is the Head of the Educational Psychology and Counselling School in the Faculty of Education at Monash University.

Having spent nine years as a school psychologist in Victoria and Queensland, Andrea has accumulated more than two decades of experience working in various university settings, including G08 and other universities.

In addition to her work with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, Andrea is a psychology and counselling expert for the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).  She also holds a specialist appointment for psychology and counselling programs for the Hong Kong Council of the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ).

Other previous educational leadership positions include serving as the inaugural course leader for the Master of Professional Psychology program and Director of Psychology Programs, both at Monash.

As the Editor in Chief of Advances in Mental Health, she is internationally recognised as a research expert in the promotion of mental health and wellbeing. She is committed to inspiring students and contributing to the field of psychology through innovative research, effective pedagogy and curriculum development.

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Associate Professor Petra Skeffington

Petra Skeffington (she/her) is a Clinical Psychologist and academic based in Boorloo-Perth. She has completed additional training in teaching and learning in higher education and holds the rank of Senior Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE). 

Petra Skeffington (she/her) is a Clinical Psychologist and academic based in Boorloo-Perth. She has completed additional training in teaching and learning in higher education and holds the rank of Senior Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE).

Petra is known for her clinical and research interest in trauma, including the aetiology of trauma-related pathologies, PTSD prevention, treatment-resistant presentations and innovative approaches to healing. She also conducts research relating to hearing voices, First Nations and effective training practices when teaching therapy skills.

Petra has been an APAC Assessor since 2023.

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Associate Professor Bruce Watt

Bruce Watt is a Forensic and Clinical Psychologist, employed as an associate professor with Bond University.

Bruce Watt is a Forensic and Clinical Psychologist, employed as an associate professor with Bond University.

Commencing his career researching interventions with incarcerated violent offenders, he has subsequently investigated family-based interventions for antisocial youth, predictors of juvenile violent recidivism, and community correlates of violence and psychopathy.

He has taught various subjects across undergraduate, honours and Masters of Psychology programs, and is former Head of School for Bond University Psychology.

Dr Watt commenced as an APAC Assessor in 2019.

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Professor Mark Wiggins

Mark Wiggins is Professor of Organisational Psychology at Macquarie University.

Mark Wiggins is Professor of Organisational Psychology at Macquarie University.

He gained his PhD in Psychology from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2001. He is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and a Registered Psychologist in Australia with an endorsed area of practice in Organisational Psychology.

He was previously the Course Director of the Master of Organisational Psychology at Macquarie University and continues to teach units in professional practice and human factors.

Mark’s research interests lie in the assessment and development of skilled performance, particularly in the context of cognitive skills such as diagnosis, sensemaking, and situation assessment. Together with his students, he developed the EXPERT Intensive Skills Evaluation (EXPERTise 2.0) software which has been used to assess the diagnostic skills of practitioners across a range of contexts.

He has led a number of national and international research projects in domains including transportation, energy transmission and distribution, medicine, and software engineering. Mark has been an APAC Assessor since 2019.

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Associate Professor Keong Yap

Keong Yap is an associate professor and the Deputy Head of School in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences at the Australian Catholic University (Strathfield Campus, NSW).  

Keong Yap is an associate professor and the Deputy Head of School in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences at the Australian Catholic University (Strathfield Campus, NSW).

He is a registered psychologist with clinical psychology endorsement and a board-approved clinical supervisor. He holds a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from UNSW.

He has more than 20 years of experience as a clinical psychologist working in public and private mental health settings. He has taught into undergraduate and postgraduate psychology programs since 2007 and previous roles include a clinical placement coordinator at Monash University, the psychology clinic director at RMIT University, and the National Postgraduate Psychology Course Coordinator at ACU.

His research interests are in obsessive-compulsive and related disorders and transdiagnostic approaches. Keong has been an APAC Assessor since 2022.

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Meet the team

CEO

David Ensor
CEO |

I am a passionate and experienced leader in education and development, with more than 30 years of experience in leading change and growth.

I am a passionate and experienced leader in education and development, with more than 30 years of experience in leading change and growth.

I was previously CEO with International Needs Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that works with local partners to create lasting change in South, Southeast Asia and Eastern Africa.

Originally from Southern Africa, where I led a rural education NGO for six years, I moved to Australia in 1999. My work in South Africa was recognised by then President Nelson Mandela with a Presidential Education Award.

I subsequently led the parliamentary transformation program funded by the European Union to support the transition of the newly democratic South African parliamentary system.

I have held senior roles in Australian higher education, including as Chief Operating Officer at La Trobe University. As a Director in the South Australian Department of Education I was responsible for managing more than $320 million in school funding.

I hold a Master of Education in Adult Education from the University of the Witwatersrand.

 

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Company Secretary

Kirsten Smith
Company Secretary

Kirsten is a Chartered Governance Professional with a comprehensive background in corporate governance and risk management.

Kirsten is a Chartered Governance Professional with a comprehensive background in corporate governance and risk management.

She serves as a Corporate Governance Partner with Right Source, where she provides expert governance advice and support to not-for-profits.

Her career is distinguished by her dedication to enhancing organisational governance and compliance, which includes roles such as the Chair of Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia, West Welcome Wagon (Refugee aid service) and assisting numerous non-profits with their board and compliance needs.

Kirsten has extensive experience working with ASX-listed clients, including advising on and implementing quality and risk management protocols for main and subsidiary boards, aligning with industry standards and regulatory frameworks.

She has led internal training programs focused on compliance and managed all facets of governance and risk management for a portfolio of clients and their subsidiaries.

Kirsten’s expertise extends to risk management and the development of strategic initiatives. Her strategic vision and professional skills have made her a highly respected figure in the corporate governance landscape.

GradDip (Corporate Governance & Risk Management), GIA(Cert), AGIA, BA (Lit).

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APAC team

Dr Michelle Mosiere
Accreditation Manager

Michelle has a diverse background in education, communications and regulation.

Michelle has a diverse background in education, communications and regulation.

A qualified teacher with a PhD in German and Comparative Literature, she has worked as a higher education consultant in regulation and quality, an assessment and case manager at TEQSA, a media spokesperson and communications manager for the Victorian Ombudsman, a broadcaster with SBS, and a lecturer at RMIT University and Swinburne University.

In her spare time, Michelle enjoys fine dining and great bottles of wine, or simply curling up with her cat and streaming top-quality entertainment.

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Stephanie Korilis
Assistant Accreditation Manager

Stephanie joined APAC in May 2020 as our Senior Accreditation Officer and was promoted to Assistant Accreditation Manager in October 2022.

Stephanie joined APAC in May 2020 as our Senior Accreditation Officer and was promoted to Assistant Accreditation Manager in October 2022. From facilitating and coordinating assessments, through to looking at ways to improve the quality and efficiency of APAC’s accreditation activities, Stephanie brings a wealth of experience from the education sector to her role here at APAC.

Stephanie’s previous experience includes leadership positions at higher education providers in the areas of student experience, administration, welfare and operations. With a focus on the improvement of student engagement and satisfaction scores, Stephanie achieved great results and contributed significantly towards the improvement of student support services.

Stephanie is adaptable and compassionate, committed and values integrity and responsibility. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys painting, keeping fit through boxing, travelling, hiking and photography.

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Olga Rudakova
Senior Accreditation Officer

Olga joined APAC in December 2022 as our Senior Accreditation Officer.

Olga joined APAC in December 2022 as our Senior Accreditation Officer. Olga completed legal, pedagogical and economics higher education study courses in Australia and overseas.

Before joining APAC Olga was providing a high level of administrative support at the nation’s largest not-for-profit health, aged care and education services providers. She also worked for immigration services firms specialising in student, family, humanitarian and professional migration visa services.

Olga’s work background and legal training has given her a strong eye for detail and a customer-focused empathetic approach to her work.

Olga enjoys travelling both locally and internationally and loves her Tonkinese cat Chai. When time permits, she loves to do dance classes, take long walks and is a regular at the gym.

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Alana Pattrick
Accreditation Officer

Alana started at APAC as our Accreditation Administrator after working at the Australian Dental Council for five years.

Alana started at APAC as our Accreditation Administrator after working at the Australian Dental Council for five years. As the Assessments Coordinator, Alana’s duties were to manage the initial stage of the assessment process for candidates seeking registration as a dentist in Australia.

Alana previously enjoyed roles within education, working at Evocca College and Tintern Schools in administration. Alana holds a Diploma in Business Administration and enjoys progressing her skills in this field, particularly around communication.

Outside of work, Alana loves spending time with her family, watching sport, particularly AFL (Go Saints) and the NBL – thankfully Melbourne United make ups for her ‘not so successful’ football team.

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Dr David Glanz
Communications Advisor

David is an experienced communications specialist with a career grounded in newspaper journalism.

David is an experienced communications specialist with a career grounded in newspaper journalism. As a senior communicator, roles have involved writing and editing, developing and diversifying a dynamic social media presence, and web publishing.

Before joining APAC in 2021, David held senior communications roles at RMIT University, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and the Australian Skills Quality Authority.

David enjoys relating to diverse audiences across genders, cultures and ages, while leading innovation in communications and influencing stakeholders.

He is a gold member of Melbourne Victory football club, aims for 10,000+ steps a day and is looking forward to travelling once again post-lockdown.

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Kavitha Faruqui
Business and Risk Analyst

Kavitha is responsible for the coordination of database management, data integrity and analysis and production of statistical reports to support our business.

Kavitha is responsible for database management and training, business process management and statistical analysis and reporting.

Kavitha also supports a range of business-wide quality improvement projects. She is customer-centric, focused, professional and has a growth mindset which enables her to make positive contributions to our team and her career. Kavitha likes to sketch and enjoys trying new recipes.

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Kylie Weaver
Operational Efficiency

Kylie has a background as a technical writer, business analyst, project manager and agile Scrum coach (sometimes all at once).

Kylie has a background as a technical writer, business analyst, project manager and agile Scrum coach (sometimes all at once).

She has an honours degree in English Literature but a career largely based in software development.

Her contracting career has taught her a lot about delivering under pressure and she has always been fascinated by projects and team dynamics.

She has seen happy teams consistently outperform unhappy ones so she strives to create collaborative and safe team cultures to build high performing teams.

She loves food, wine, people, animals and being out in nature (but not camping because she likes a comfortable bed).

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Anna To
Senior Advisor, Risk and Reporting

Anna joined APAC to work on strategic projects, including developing and implementing a risk-based approach to regulatory decision-making.

Anna joined APAC in October 2023 to work on strategic projects, including developing and implementing a risk-based approach to regulatory decision-making. Anna specialises in strategy, project management and delivering data insights and has worked in different sectors, including higher education, government, and not-for profit.

Before joining APAC, Anna led the strategy for learner retention at Federation University and designed and managed programs to improve student support and retention. She has also worked as a strategy analyst at Victoria University, an analyst and research fellow at Melbourne University, and higher education consultant in strategy and planning.

In her spare time, Anna is glued to the screen whenever there is a tennis match.

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Connie Miller
Accreditation Officer

Connie joined APAC in April 2024 as an Accreditation Officer. She has a background within the further education sector in both the United Kingdom and Australia, beginning her career as an ICT and eBusiness diploma teacher.

Connie joined APAC in April 2024 as an Accreditation Officer. She has a background within the further education sector in both the United Kingdom and Australia, beginning her career as an ICT and eBusiness diploma teacher.

She was then promoted into various management roles in compliance, learning support, initial assessment – literacy and numeracy, assistive technologies and more recently learning management systems.

Outside of work, Connie enjoys live music, theatre and comedy shows and regularly takes advantage of Melbourne’s amazing food scene. She also loves taking her two young sons out to family fun places and enjoying the fantastic Melbourne culture.

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Our Committees

As part of APAC’s governance arrangements and accreditation responsibilities, the APAC Board has established a series of committees. These help APAC fulfil its strategic goals and meet its legal obligations.

The APAC Board appoints a Chair and sets out terms of reference for each committee. Each committee makes recommendations to the APAC Board.

 

Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

The role of Finance, Risk and Audit Committee (FRAC) is to advise the APAC Board on the discharge of its corporate governance responsibilities to exercise due care, diligence and skill in relation to:

  • risk management
  • the Company’s auditors, including their independence
  • the integrity of financial reporting of the company and its compliance with applicable policies, laws and regulation
  • the maintenance of sound internal control systems
  • any other matter referred to FRAC by the Board

Accreditation Assessment Committee

The Accreditation Assessment Committee (AAC) is a standing committee of the APAC Board.

The AAC is composed of experienced and trained accreditation assessors who provide expert accreditation assessments, accreditation reports and recommendations and advice to the APAC Board on a broad range of matters concerning teaching, learning and competency in psychology.

The AAC is advisory to the APAC Board, which reports its accreditation decisions to the PsyBA.

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee (NC) is to propose candidates for appointment to the Board. In doing so it will enable the Board to comprise Directors with a variety of skills and experience who act in the best interest of the organisation. The function of the Committee are to:

  • reference the APAC Directors Skills Matrix contained in this document as they determine appropriate candidates for appointment to the new Board based on expertise required
  • undertake a simple form Expressions of Interest (EOI) process to enable a broad canvass of potential candidates and including current Directors of APAC who wish to have an Appointed Director role to be fairly considered. The process is to be supported by the Company Secretary
  • provide nominees in writing to the APAC Board to be Elected Directors of the new Board. In doing so, use the Skills Matrix as guidance on preferred composition and explain any major deviation from it in writing as part of the provision of nominees for election
  • make best use of the corporate resources of APAC through the Company Secretary, to ensure the coordination of interviews, venues and communications to candidates is properly undertaken
  • provide an initial point of reference for potential candidates to engage with APAC on the positions that may be available to them.

Advisory Committee

As stipulated in Section 9.1 of the APAC Constitution, the role of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice to the APAC Board in relation to the fulfilment of the company’s purpose, namely: to advance health, education and social and public welfare, by developing accreditation standards for higher education in psychology and supporting the implementation of those accreditation standards. This Advisory Committee is yet to be established.

Annual reports

Following the conclusion of each financial year, APAC publishes an annual report to provide updates on its operations, accreditation activities and an overview of its accredited programs.

APAC Annual report 2014

APAC Annual report 2015

APAC Annual report 2016

APAC Annual report 2017 – 2018

APAC Annual report 2018 – 2019

APAC Annual report 2019 – 2020

APAC Annual report 2020 – 2021

APAC Annual report 2021 – 2022

APAC Annual report 2022 – 2023

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