As a member organisation of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australasia, APPWA has adopted the PPAA Code of Ethics as its own, and developed its own procedure for resolving complaints about ethical conduct or professional functioning.
Application of the Code of Ethics and the Complaints Procedure is governed by the need to ensure the safety and well-being of patients; the need to uphold the standards and reputation of the association and the profession of psychotherapy in, and for, the community; and by concern for, and the provision of assistance to, a member under consideration. The Code of Ethics may be viewed here.
On a regular basis, the association thinks about the ethical basis of the stance of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and changes in practice brought about by the legal, procedural, and cultural contexts in which psychotherapy takes place. The Ethics Committee holds forums on topics of interest for the Association as the need arises, e.g. the ethics of Medicare funding.