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 report was released at a ceremony in Parliament House attended by members of the project team, key stakeholders, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley, and Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt.
The Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Conference on Health and Wellbeing was held in Melbourne 8–10 November.
The Conference Statement, issued at the close of the conference, is a call to action "to ensure that we grow strong Indigenous children into strong and healthy adults able to reach the full potential of their lives".
The Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP) launched its curriculum framework, recruitment, retention and graduation guidelines, and workforce capabilities framework at the 2016 APS Congress in Melbourne. The documents have now been published on the AIPEP website.