Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing

Pat Dudgeon and AIPEP were featured in UWA’s staff intranet news.


“Psychology is a helping science,” Pat says. “I wanted to work with people and be useful.
But once I started, I realised that it [the curriculum] was culturally blind to Indigenous
realities. It didn’t consider things that are important to us – things like connection to
community, culture and Country…”

Since then, Pat has worked tirelessly to transform the experience for new generations entering the workforce. In her capacity as the lead researcher for the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP), Pat has carved a pathway dedicated to ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are represented in higher education psychology