APS Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

15 Sep 2016

Professor Tim Carey and Professor Mike Kyrios delivered the Australian Psychological Society (APS) apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the APS Congress in Melbourne, 15 September 2016.  Members of AIPA, the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Psychology Students Network (ATSIPSN) joined Professor Pat Dudgeon (Co-Chair of the APS Indigenous Psychology Advisory Group) on stage to hear and receive the apology.

The apology received a great deal of media attention including:

Professor Alan Rosen, a non-Indigenous psychiatrist from the organisation Transforming Australia’s Mental Health Service Systems (TAMHSS), whose work inspired the APS's apology, has also commented in Croakey.

The apology has also lead to discussion within other health professions including an article by Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINAM) CEO, Janine Mohamed.