Debate Event: Do organisational psychologists add more value as internals or externals?

Debate Event: Do organisational psychologists add more value as internals or externals?

The Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology Australia is proud to present our upcoming CPD event :


Do industrial and organisational psychologists add more or less value as internals or externals?

Our purpose as Industrial and Organisational Psychologists may be shared but our impact is varied. Since our professional inception, we have as IO Psychologists aspired to make the greatest impact to individuals, teams and organisations as a whole. As we’ve strived for positive impact, an eternal and incessant question is whether we are best positioned to add value by working within the organisations we serve, or from outside? As an internal, is our immersion a strategic advantage or a professional compromise? As an external, is our independence a lift to our credibility or a drag on our capacity to sustain meaningful change?

Join Jon Wilson and Barry Bloch for an exciting, energetic and challenging debate.

With over 50 years of combined professional practice these two “old hands” of IO Psychology will go head to head debating this fundamental topic, sharing their best insights, experiences and learnings whilst also inviting you to participate and play an active and enjoyable role in seeking answers to this inimitable professional dilemma. When we come together and search for answers, our profession of IO Psych is bound to be the winner!

For those in Perth please stay on after the great debate for a drink and a snack as we continue the discussion. For those who are over east, please do join us virtually to contribute and participate fully in the debate.

We look forward to the final SIOPA event of this extraordinary year and hope to see as many of you there are possible.

To attend our live Perth event in person, register HERE. 

To register for the ONLINE/WEBINAR version of the event, which is available for attendees who are not currently residing in Western Australia, CLICK HERE.

About the Speakers:

Jon Wilson

Jon is an organisational development specialist who works with medium and large organisations to enhance organisational and people outcomes. He has managed improvement and change projects in Australia and overseas across a range of industries. He has a Masters in Organisational Psychology and is also a Certified Management Consultant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jon has over 20 years of experience as a practising Psychologist, including 14 years as a self-employed independent consultant.

Barry Bloch

Barry is a people, culture and transformation executive with extensive international experience working in and with Boards and Executive teams to develop strategic business and functional turnaround and transformation. With a career spanning more than 25 years across multiple economic sectors, Barry brings a wealth of international experience and specialised knowledge in people and culture discipline. Barry is passionate about the practice of Industrial /Organisational (I/O) Psychology, having collaborated and mentored numerous professional colleagues across Australia.


SIOPA is an independent association with a purpose to create growth, supervision and professional development for Organisational Psychologists and related disciplines in Australia. It was established in Western Australia and has the involvement of many of the most experienced local practitioners in the profession.

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About the venue

ENTRY – All guests to enter the WACA Ground via gate 2.

PARKING – The City of Perth operates numerous parking facilities near the WACA Ground, Casual rates apply. The nearest public car park is located along Nelson Crescent – Queens Garden Car Park. Street parking is also available along Nelson Crescent.

GETTING HERE – For information on getting here, please check our website

MAP – The Wally Edwards Room is located on the map attached, point 14. Head to reception foyer and take the lift to level 4. Directional signage will also be present for guests to follow.

CASH BAR – The WACA Ground is a cashless venue, therefor only accept card payments.

EMERGENCY EVACUATION – Attached should you require this information for your facilitator or welcome presentation.

SMOKING POLICY – The WACA Ground is smoke free venue. Patrons must exit the venue via gate 2 and move away from the gate if they wish to smoke.