Media Release - National Psychology Week

13 Nov 2017

Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association celebrate National Psychology Week 12 – 18 November 2017

Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association celebrate National Psychology Week 12 – 18 November 2017

The Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA) are a group of Indigenous Psychologists who are experts in mental health and knowledgeable on issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders social and emotional wellbeing. AIPA members are committed to improving the mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

AIPA Chair, Tania Dalton (Jones) says, “We wish to celebrate, acknowledge and commend all psychologists in Australia today, but particularly our Indigenous psychologists, and budding psychologists in their learning journeys.  Indigenous psychologists are few in number, and are stretched, thus we maintain a strong commitment in supporting others through to registration as a psychologist.”

Professor Pat Dudgeon Deputy Chair of AIPA says, “Our goal is to improve population parity of Indigenous psychologists and to inform a culturally respectful, responsive and safe psychological paradigm of working with our people.” Pat also asserts that, “there is a lack of culturally competent and safe services within the mental health system.  We strongly support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to study psychology as we need culturally lead leadership in the mental health system.”

 

Tanja the Executive Support Officer for AIPA advises stakeholders that AIPA have a twitter account (@AipaAust) and LinkedIn account (AIPA Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association) that people can join to keep in real time contact. 

AIPA would encourage others to consider psychology as a field of study as it is considers people’s behaviours, performance and feelings.  Working in the field of psychology is also a way of closing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health gap.  Application of the knowledge you gain in psychology is particularly important to an increased understanding of human development and a greater insight into wellbeing concerns.

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Media contacts

Tania Dalton (Jones)
Chair AIPA
aipa@psychology.org.au

Professor Pat Dudgeon
Co-Chair AIPA
aipa@psychology.org.au

Tanja Hirvonen
AIPA Executive Support Officer
aipa@psychology.org.au

0400 837 061

The Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA) is the national body representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychologists in Australia.  Visit our website: http://www.indigenouspsychology.com.au/