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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health

Three traditionally painted Aboriginal didgeridoos

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

Latest news

Call for nominations for community members to join the RANZCP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee are now open. The term will be until May 2018.

For full details on the position, please refer to the position description. 

For further information and to express and interest in the Committee, please contact the Election Officer, Naomi Pickard naomi.pickard@ranzcp.org

► College joins Recognise Campaign

► Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander: Cultural considerations for risk assessment (Rural trainee and SIMG webinar   number 10)

Members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee presented at the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association conference in September 2015 on ice and drugs psychosis management with a focus on the impact on communities. Presentation slides:

‘Ice-chosis’ - The impact on community and management principles for communities

‘Ice-chosis’ - Staying safe while providing care in the community

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.

The Dance of Life

An Aboriginal painting called 'The Dance of Life'

The Dance of Life by Professor Helen Milroy, 2006. 

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

Resources

General resources

A painting called Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

 

Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre.

Read more about Gloria Petyarre

Educational material

Useful links

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.