The outcomes and future of AIPEP: Increasing cultural competence and Indigenous representation in psychology

Pat Dudgeon, Jacquelyn Cranney, Dawn Darlaston-Jones, Sabine Hammond, Jillene Harris, Heather Herbert, Judi Homewood, Katrina Newnham

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The Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP) was funded by the federal Office for Learning and Teaching to develop recommendations and guidance for increasing the capability of psychology graduates to work appropriately and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and increasing the recruitment, retention and graduation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychology students. This three year project emerged in recognition of psychology's vital role and responsibilities in addressing the mental health crisis facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and the determinant being faced by psychology through the exclusion of Indigenous knowledges and participation. Aims/objectives: The aim of this presentation is to present the key outcomes of the AIPEP and discuss how key stakeholders, leaders, practitioners and educators can implement and collaborate to move psychology towards our national and professional objectives. Method: AIPEP involved a multi-pronged approach that gathered information, insights and experiences from a range of key stakeholders and data sources to inform the development of a curriculum framework, best practice examples and professional development. AIPEP was informed by a multi-disciplinary national reference committee and guided by Indigenous governance, values and partnership. Implications/conclusion: The AIPEP research found great interest and support for change. This forum will provide resources for educators and students in relation to curriculum, recruitment and retention, and workforce capability. The notion of the 'Yarning Circle' will also be introduced including how this traditional Indigenous approach to culturally safe conversation can be an important tool in supporting and mentoring students and in creating change in attitudes and behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychology United for the Future
Subtitle of host publication2016 Australian Psychological Society Congress Proceedings
PublisherAustralian Psychological Society
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2016 Australian Psychological Society Congress - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 13 Sept 201616 Sept 2016


Conference2016 Australian Psychological Society Congress
Abbreviated titlePsychology United for the Future
OtherThe Congress represents a unique event on the psychology calendar as for the first time in our more than 50 year history, all of the Colleges, Divisions and Interest Groups of the Australian Psychological Society will come together to explore world’s best practice, to share knowledge across the entire discipline and to provide quality professional development opportunities for all delegates.

The Congress will take place in Australia’s vibrant city, Melbourne, with its cafe society, fine dining, exciting arts precincts, shopping, sports madness, and is the stepping off point to the exciting natural wonders of regional Victoria and the South Coast. The Congress comes at the end of the APS’ 50th year of celebrations and focuses on the theme of “Psychology United for the Future”. The 2016 APS Congress celebrates the unity and strength of the profession developed over the last 50 years and allows all psychologists to explore the rich psychological tapestry of Australian psychology and emerging from this, to discuss and launch into an exciting and well-informed psychological future. It is the must attend professional development event for all psychologists and for other allied professionals in 2016.
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