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)
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.
RANZCP/ AIDA Scholarship to Congress
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 for up to four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students or junior medical practitioners to attend the RANZCP Annual Congress each year.
Attendance at Congress would give you the opportunity to meet mental health experts, international and local psychiatrists and registrars and other trainees. The scholarship includes:
- Cost of your travel and accommodation
- Social functions including the Congress Gala Dinner
- Registration fee to the Congress scientific program, opening ceremony and College ceremony
- Opportunity to meet the RANZCP President, CEO and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Committee
We would also like to draw your attention to an additional networking resource available for medical students and junior medical practitioners – Psychiatry Interest Forum.
Online application process
Please watch this space for more information surrounding the application process.
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.