About IPPP

The Institute of Private Practising Psychologists has been representing privately practising psychologists in South Australia since 1981.

The IPPP has been a peak body of private practitioners in SA.


The founding president of the IPPP, Eugene Alfred (Gene) Whitford (1918-1997), was the first psychologist in private practice in the state and was the main driving force in the establishment of many key psychology organisations in South Australia and Nationally. These included The Australian Psychological Society and The Psychologists’ Council of South Australia.


[Find a copy of the IPPP Constitution by navigating to: Members Area>Members Only>Resources>Administration, or, if logged-in as a Member, click here.]

The aims of the Association, named as the “Institute of Private Practising Psychologists” include:

  1. To represent, in a range of fora, the interests of psychologists in private practice.
  2. To ensure a high standard of service delivery to the community by promoting and maintain high standards of professional ethics and practice amongst our members.
  3. To maintain and enhance the standing of psychology in the community.
  4. To advocate for the psychological interests of the community.
  5. To influence the direction and development of the psychology profession in Australia.
  6. Within the limit of legality, to raise and manage money to do all things necessary to implement these objectives.


Since its beginning, the Institute has been the peak private practice organisation of psychologists in South Australia.

The Institute has been involved in many strategies and initiatives on behalf of the members and the private practice profession. These included the following:

  1. Negotiating private health fund rebates. South Australia was only the second state to obtain private health rebates in 1982.
  2. Development and maintenance of the First National Schedule of Fees and Services in 1985. This schedule has formed the basis of other national schedules and is used as the basis for the Gazetted Psychology Fees and Services by Workcover SA.
  3. Recently negotiated increased Fee Rebates and Improved Schedule of Services for Psychologists and the IPPP contributed to the development of TREAT support resource for clinicians with WorkCover client
  4. Negotiating Psycho-legal Schedule and RecommendationsDevelopment of agreed Best Practice GuidelinesIPPP has been extensively involved in the provision of training and continuing education of private practitioners in South AustraliaLiaison with government and private industry bodiesFederal liaison and lobbying on issues such as Medicare, Rural Health, Practitioner Competencies
  5. Liaison with Federal organisations of Private Practising Psychologists and the Australian Psychological Society IPPP was the founding Member of the Federation of Private Practising Psychologists’ Associations now renamed Psychology Private Australia Incorporated
  6. IPPP was the founding shareholder of a non profit company set up to assist psychologists in their private practice by providing variety of services
  7. IPPP members comprise the majority of services delivered in the state of South Australia (source Workcover SA)