AIPEP was a three year project (2013-2016) funded by the federal Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) and lead by Professor Pat Dudgeon of the University of Western Australia. AIPEP investigated curricular approaches to increasing cultural competence and Indigenous participation in psychology education and training.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are significantly under-represented in the higher education system and in the profession of psychology. In addition a mental health crisis exists in the Indigenous population. Undergraduate and postgraduate psychology curricula have, to date, failed to produce a workforce capable of meeting the needs of Indigenous Australia.
AIPEP drew on the perspectives of tertiary education educators and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support staff, psychology students, employers and Indigenous psychologists in order to increase the number of Indigenous psychology graduates, the curricula approach to developing cultural responsiveness in psychology training, an support the psychology workforce in recruitment and developing culturally competent staff.
The AIPEP website includes further information on the project and a database of useful resources for educators, students and professionals. The database is recommended by the Psychology Board of Australia as a resource for those sitting the National Psychology Exam.
The three outcome papers published by AIPEP are:
Other resources developed by AIPEP include:
Are We Asking the Right Questions? Why We Should Have a Decolonzing Discourse Based on Conscientization Rather Than Indigenizing the Curriculum (Canadian Journal of Native Education, 37(1))