Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA) incorporates after a decade.

24 Nov 2019

Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA) incorporates after a decade.

Media release: 1 December 2019

Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA) incorporates after a decade.

AIPA represents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registered psychologists with expertise in mental health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ social and emotional wellbeing. AIPA members are located throughout Australia and represent the diverse professional discipline of psychology. 

Last week, AIPA celebrated their inaugural AGM as an independent Indigenous Corporation in Glenelg SA.

Professor Pat Dudgeon, a founding member of AIPA, said “AIPA started as a small network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychologists, with the support of the Australian Psychological Society. Over the years, AIPA has made a significant contribution to the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This has included input into key national mental health and wellbeing strategies and strengthening the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health workforce through supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychologists and students, as well as strengthening the cultural competency of mental health professionals across the country.”

There remains a significant need for greater action in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health, suicide prevention and social and emotional wellbeing. This requires greater strategic investment in community-led responses, as well as building the clinical expertise in communities to deliver sustained change. The establishment of AIPA as a membership-based Indigenous Corporation demonstrates our ongoing commitment to our communities, and the important contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychologists.

AIPA Chair, Tania Dalton says, “AIPA looks forward to this new chapter in the ongoing commitment and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychologists in promoting social and emotional wellbeing in our communities.”

“Improving social and emotional wellbeing is a national priority, but significantly greater focus on and investment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is urgently needed. AIPA stands ready to play our part, building on existing partnerships as well as exploring new opportunities.”

Follow AIPA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychologists via twitter (@AipaAust) and join the LinkedIn group (AIPA Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association) should you wish to keep in contact. 

AIPA acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we all work and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

 

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Media contacts

Professor Pat Dudgeon
Member 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 and the Torres Strait Islands.  Visit our website: http://www.indigenouspsychology.com.au/

 

Contribution by AIPA and AIPA members have included:

  • Contributed to the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project, as part of the National Reference Committee, aimed to increase cultural competence and Indigenous participation in psychology education and training. See http://www.indigenouspsyched.org.au/about#project_team
  • Membership of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health, a leadership group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to help restore, maintain and promote the social and emotional wellbeing and mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It also aims to reduce the high rates of suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. See https://natsilmh.org.au/
  • Participation in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group
  • Participated in the development of the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing 2017-2023. See https://www.niaa.gov.au/sites/default/files/publications/mhsewb-framework_0.pdf
  • Participation in the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group
  • Member of the Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee
  • Contribution as Specialist Advisors on National Mental Health Plans
  • Participation in Australian Psychological Society Board Advisory Groups
  • Development and delivery of Cultural Competence Training tailored for non-Indigenous Mental Health Practitioners
  • Member of the National Health Leadership Forum, the national representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak organisations who provide advice on health.