AIPA will provide leadership on issues related to the social and emotional wellbeing and mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will have access to equitable, timely, safe, sustainable, evidence-based psychological care that respects and promotes their cultural integrity, regardless of where they live.
Psychology in Australia will be responsive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, values and belief systems and will be grounded in holistic Indigenous perspectives and the determinants of social and emotional wellbeing.
The number of Indigenous entrants into undergraduate and postgraduate psychology programs, across all specialties, will increase and parity within the profession will be improved.
AIPA will be the professional body responsible for quality control of workshops and training programs related to the application of psychology in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts.
AIPA will engage in research to generate improved policy and social and emotional wellbeing and mental health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Department of Health of Ageing has funded AIPA to deliver cultural competence training to all non-Indigenous mental health practitioners who provide services through Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) programs. ATAPS programs are delivered nationally through Medicare Locals and offer free mental health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing anxiety and depression.
Referrals to ATAPS programs are made by local GPs.
A new ministerial advisory body, co-chaired by Dr Tom Calma AO and Professor Pat Dudgeon, has been set up to advise the Federal Government on improving mental health and suicide prevention programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.