Dr. Nadine DeWolfe

Dr. Nadine DeWolfe, president of the Psychological Association of P.E.I. says there are waiting lists for psychologists everywhere in government. (Laura Chapin/cbc)

The president of the Psychological Association of P.E.I. doubts whether the province's idea to pool the resources of its psychologists to deal with a shortage in the school system, will actually work.

The education minister told the legislature earlier this week, government was looking at the idea.
Some Island students have to wait up to three years to see a school psychologist to be assessed for learning disabilities. 

Dr. Nadine DeWolfe said her association has not been consulted by government about pooling services. She noted there are already waiting lists for psychological services in numerous other areas.

"It is hard for me to comment on what it looks like when you don't know the details," said DeWolfe. "But there are waiting lists everywhere and so my concern is how do you pull from one department or division within health, when there is not enough service or access for psychologists there either?"

"It's too great a demand. So it doesn't really sound like a solution."

DeWolfe noted P.E.I. has one of the lowest ratios of psychologists to population in the country and said more needs to be done to improve recruitment and retention.

She said more long term positions should be posted, salaries and benefits should be competitive with other provinces, and measures should be put in place to improve workplace satisfaction.

DeWolfe said her association would be happy to work with government on the issue.