AIPA
  • 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.
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Professor Victoria Hovane is an Aboriginal woman from Broome in the Kimberley region of WA.    She belongs to the Ngarluma people of the Pilbara and the Kitja and Gooniyandi people of the Central and East Kimberley regions. 

She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Law School, University of Western Australia and holds a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology and completed a PhD which investigated the role that Culture has in informing the cultural dimension in psychological theories of sex offending. 

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