Dudgeon, P. (2019). Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP) – Curricular approaches to increasing cultural competence and Indigenous participation in psychology education and training. Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing Grant, The University of Western Australia, Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.
Australia is facing a crisis in the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians aged 18 years or over report experiencing high to very high levels of psychological distress at a rate more than twice (and a suicide rate at least twice) that of non-Indigenous people. The severe under-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the profession of psychology, with less than 1% of all psychologists identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, is a contributor to this mental health gap.