A range of resources, links and tools are available to assist you in engaging with the APS RAP.
APS Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
The final report from the three-year APS Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was presented at the 49th APS Annual Conference in Hobart on Tuesday 30 September 2014
The RAP is the result of a collaborative and consultative process led by a Working Group of diverse stakeholders. The report sets out the key target actions and outcomes of the RAP in the four priority areas:
- Respectful Relationships
- Cultural Competence
- Indigenous Education and Employment
The report also highlights a number of short and longer term priorities identified by the Working Group as essential to sustaining the Society’s commitment to Indigenous issues and ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing are foregrounded in the work of all psychologists.
- Doing reconciliation locally[member access only]
What does the RAP mean to APS member groups? How can it be implemented at the local level? Doing Reconciliation Locally: RAP Implementation Tips for Member Groups provides guidance on several key areas to assist member groups.
- Self-reflection tool
The self reflection was adapted from the Reconciliation Australia tool and is designed to encourage thinking about the actions you and your organisation are already taking – and to stimulate new ideas about could be done by individual members or the APS as a whole to achieve Reconciliation.
- Calendar of significant dates
The calendar provides information on national and local dates of particular significance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Acknowledging and recognising significant dates is a key to illustrating respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Cultural protocols for Acknowledgement of Country/Welcome to Country[member access only]
‘Country’ refers to an area and the values, places, resources, stories and cultural obligations associated with it. Observing cultural protocols which recognise and show respect for Country, Elders and Traditional Custodians organisations and individuals is most often demonstrated through the use of ‘Welcome to Country’ and ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ ceremonies and statements.
- The Reconciliation movement
The APS is one of more than 300 organisations that have committed to taking action by developing and enacting a plan to promote Reconciliation. Find out more about the Reconciliation Movement from the Reconciliation Australia website.
- About Reconciliation Action Plans
Reconciliation Action Plans (or RAPs) are about turning good intentions into real actions. A RAP is a business plan that uses an holistic approach to create meaningful relationships and sustainable opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Find out more about RAPs from the Reconciliation Australia website.
Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing
- Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice
Working Together is a free book for health practitioners produced by the Australian Council for Education Research and the Telethon Institute for Child Health’s Kulunga Research Network.
- Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services in Aboriginal Australia website
This website provides information on meeting the needs of Indigenous Australians and their communities, with links to health services Australia-wide, examples of promising practice and a range of resources.
- Footprints in Time - The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC)
The study is guided by a Steering Committee chaired by Professor Mick Dodson AM, and aims to improve the understanding of, and policy response to, the diverse circumstances faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities. It is following the development of over 1,500 children from 11 sites across Australia, including urban, regional and remote communities.
- National Roundtable on Racism
The National Roundtable on Research in Racism Towards Indigenous Australians, co-hosted by the APS and the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA), alongside several other organisations, is a key example of Indigenous and non-Indigenous psychologists and researchers coming together to work towards reconciliation.
More than 40 researches attendedthe national Roundtable on Research in Racism towards Indigenous Australians, held in 2009
Organisations, groups and associations
- Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA)
AIPA is the national body representing Indigenous Psychologists, and works to increase the cultural competence of non-Indigenous psychologists, as well as the number of Indigenous psychologists in Australia.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Psychology (ATSIPP) Interest Group
The APS Interest Group, now more than two decades old, represents more than 220 APS member psychologists. The Interest Group focuses on promoting the psychological study and advocacy of issues related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; improving relations between psychologists and Australian Indigenous communities; providing advice to psychologists working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; the development of ethical guidelines for the provision of psychological services; and conducting research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Reconciliation Australia
Reconciliation Australia (RA) is the national organisation promoting reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community. RA have information and resources available on Reconciliation Action Plans, cultural awareness, Constitutional recognition and governance and report on the Australian Reconciliation Barometer national research study.
- Share Our Pride
Share Our Pride is Reconciliation Australia’s introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and is a good starting point in your cultural awareness journey.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation
The Healing Foundation is an independent organisation supporting and promoting Indigenous healing through diverse programs throughout Australia.
Training and professional development
- Journey Toward Cultural Competence With Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (AIPA)
The Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA) delivers a nationally recognised cultural competence training program for psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses and occupational therapists providing mental health services under the following programs:
- Access To Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS)
- Mental Health Services In Rural & Remote Areas (MHSRRA)
- Crisis Support Services staff associated with the ATAPS program.
- Indigenous Psychological Services - Training Workshops
Dr Tracy Westerman, Managing Director of Indigenous Psychological Services (IPS), delivers workshops across Australia including remote and regional areas. Workshop topics include mental health assessment for Aboriginal clients, suicide prevention, and cultural competency. All training is delivered by facilitators who continue to work directly with Aboriginal people and communities in mental health service delivery, and undergo constant review and evaluation.
- Australian Indigenous Mental Health (RANZCP)
This site was developed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and beyondblue: the national depression initiative, to support mental health professionals throughout Australia in their work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The site and training modules include case studies, video clips, guidelines, resources and useful links.
Recent articles and publications
The following sites list recent articles, reports, publications and other news relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional mental health and wellbeing.