Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing

Fostering cultural responsiveness in our graduates


Graduate psychologists are sensitive to the to the fact that they work in a very diverse society, and now more than ever, there is a real hunger for change. Embedding Indigenous knowledges and ensuring Indigenous participation in the psychology field is one of many steps we can take to change this. According to Professor Pat Dudgeon, team leader of the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP), the discipline is responding to change enthusiastically and positively. 

In order to foster cultural responsiveness, all psychologists need to be exposed to a diverse array of cultures and that process can start in the lecture room. Professor Pat Dudgeon, psychologist and key contributor to the upcoming edition of Burton’s Psychology, explains how university educators can incorporate Australian Indigenous Psychology into their curriculum.