The APS is committed to Reconciliation: building respect, relationships and understanding between Indigenous and other Australians to close the gap in mental health and wellbeing outcomes.

Adjunct Assoc Prof Amanda Gordon, Heather Gridley, Prof Simon Crowe, Prof Pat Dudgeon, The Hon. Fred Chaney and Assoc Prof Tim Hannan - APS RAP Launch (September 2012)

As the leading organisation for psychologists in Australia, the APS represents more than 21,000 members.  The need for Reconciliation is pressing and the APS has committed to taking action.

In September 2012 the inaugural APS Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was launched at the 47th APS Conference in Perth.  The RAP is the result of a collaborative and consultative process officially commencing with the signing of a statement of commitment with Reconciliation Australia.  A Working Group and Executive Group of diverse stakeholders led the development of the RAP.

The RAP identifies four broad areas as priority areas for action:

  • Respectful Relationships
  • Governance
  • Cultural Competence
  • Indigenous Education and Employment

Actions, timelines and targets have been identified under these priority areas to focus and guide the activities of the APS to October 2014.  The RAP also commits the APS to report on its progress to Reconciliation Australia on an annual basis.

The APS continues its partnership with the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA) and Reconciliation Australia as we implement, evaluate and revise our RAP.


Download the APS RAP 2011-2014 [PDF]

RAP Working Group

The RAP Working Group was established in 2010 to oversee the development and implementation of the Reconciliation Action Plan.  The RAP Working Group includes national representation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous APS members and key stakeholders.  This includes:

APS RAP Working Group (March 2012)

The RAP Working Group continues as a broad reference group who provide extensive and diverse expertise and interests, informing the RAP Executive Group and APS RAP Team.

The RAP Working Group is Co-Chaired by the APS President, Associate Professor Tim Hannan, and AIPA Steering Committee member, Professor Pat Dudgeon.

RAP Executive Group

Following the launch of the inaugural APS RAP in September 2012 the RAP Working Group established a small Executive Group to provide focussed governance of the RAP implementation, evaluation and review.  The RAP Executive Group includes the APS President, APS Executive Director and two nominees of the AIPA Steering Committee.

RAP Team

The APS National Office employs a range of staff on diverse projects and functions related to the APS RAP and to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing.  The RAP Team focus specifically on the development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and review of the RAP, including executive support for the RAP Working Group and RAP Executive Group.

For further information on the RAP Working Group and Executive Group please contact the APS RAP Team.