Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) recognises the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, and acknowledges their ongoing spiritual and cultural custodianship of their lands.
The RANZCP also recognises the right for all Australians to experience good mental health, and seeks to redress the inequities in health experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through a variety of initiatives.
This page brings together resources to support the work of health professionals in improving knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health issues.
Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee
The RANZCP's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee is composed of psychiatrists who have direct experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members who are involved in mental health service provision and policy development.
It is committed to and passionate about improving access to effective mental health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and/or communities.
►Meet the committee members and find out more about their work
► College joins Recognise Campaign
► Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander: Cultural considerations for risk assessment (Rural trainee and SIMG webinar number 10)
► The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health has launched its Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration
► The Department of Health (Australia) has launched the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework.
RANZCP/ AIDA Scholarship to Congress
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander junior medical practitioners and medical students, are you interested in a career in psychiatry?
Would you like the opportunity to interact with leading psychiatrists and mental health experts to enhance your training and learning?
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) are committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates successfully completing psychiatry training and entering practice in any of the fields of psychiatry.
We are offering scholarships to attend the RANZCP 2018 Congress in Auckland, New Zealand from 13–17 May 2018 for:
- up to four current AIDA members who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students or junior medical practitioners
- up to two current AIDA members who are early stage RANZCP trainees (within the first two years of training).
The 2018 RANZCP Congress of Psychiatry will provide a platform for global, regional and local collaboration and networking across the region. It will give you the opportunity to meet mental health experts, as well as international and local psychiatrists and trainees.
The scholarship includes:
- a grant of AUD $2000 to assist with the cost of your travel and accommodation
- full registration to the Congress scientific program which includes some social functions including Welcome Reception and College Ceremony
- the opportunity to meet the RANZCP President, CEO and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee.
To apply, please submit an online application form by 5.00 pm Wednesday 7 March 2018, detailing:
- how you have contributed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
- why you are interested in a career in psychiatry
- why you think it would be beneficial for you to attend the RANZCP Congress.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Morgan Jones via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Best of luck!
The Dance of Life
It's important that health professionals working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities take a holistic approach to their work in order to achieve the best outcomes possible.
The Dance of Life, developed by Professor Helen Milroy, is a multi-dimensional model which combines paintings, narrative, theory and existing evidence into a framework designed to assist practitioners in understanding health and wellbeing from an Aboriginal perspective.
►Read more about The Dance of Life
Disclaimer: Please be aware that this website and associated resources may contain the names or images of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples who are now deceased.
This page and some of the associated resources were made possible through Australian Government funding.