The APS has identified key areas for action which form the basis of the RAP.

  • Increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychologists and facilitating the ongoing training and support of Indigenous people in psychology
  • Enriching the discipline of psychology by incorporating the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and perspectives into the curriculum
  • Working to ensure that APS members have an understanding of Indigenous Australian culture, history and people, and facilitating the cultural competence of psychologists to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Reviewing APS governance policies and structures and creating a positive strategy to encourage the involvement and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contributions across the APS
  • Developing and embedding cultural protocols for APS meetings and events, and assisting Branches to understand, develop and use local cultural protocols
  • Reviewing and affirming APS ethical guidelines for the provision of psychological services and conduct of research with Indigenous peoples
  • Facilitating and encouraging research in genuine partnership with Aboriginal and  Torres Strait Islander communities