2014 recipient

Tahnee McBean, an Aboriginal postgraduate psychology student undertaking a Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Melbourne, is the 2014 recipient of the APS Bendi Lango bursary. The APS bursary is funded through generous donations from APS members, who contributed more than $27,000 towards this year’s bursary. A profile of Tahnee is presented opposite.

Since the launch of the Bendi Lango initiative in 2006, seven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have been supported in their postgraduate psychology studies. Members again have the opportunity at this year’s membership renewal time to make a tax-deductible donation to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander postgraduate students in their pathways to careers in psychology. Members can also make a donation towards the Bendi Lango bursaries online at any time.

To find out more about the Bendi Lango initiative, including previous bursary recipients and how to make an online donation, please go to www.psychology.org.au/bendilango/. Otherwise look out for the donation section when renewing your membership.

Tahnee McBean is a descendent of the Kuyani people who recently completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) at Monash University. She has a variety of experience volunteering with community organisations, particularly those providing services to youth and women, as well as tutoring undergraduate psychology students as part of the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme. As an Aboriginal woman Tahnee is passionate about Aboriginal mental health, and Indigenous people’s experiences with mental health and mental health services. She wants to deliver culturally appropriate clinical services to not only Aboriginal people but also learn how to deliver culturally sensitive psychological services to people from other cultures. Following completion of the Masters course, Tahnee wants to contribute to making mental health services more accessible to those in need, and to play a role as an educator to reduce the stigma that continues to surround mental illness in Australia.


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