Poor Public Sector wages and overwork are driving many into private practice – a trend they say is killing mental health care access
The starting salary for a psychologist working in the public sector is $20 an hour.
“This is the deep dark secret,” says Dinh. “And the ceiling is hovering around $38 something. This is after 10 years. This has never been published because it is not in the interests of the government to say just how badly psychologists are being treated.”