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 & 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
►Visit to Apunipima Cape York
►HealthinfoNet - release of new online resources
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
- E-learning modules
Four online learning modules on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health.
- Indigenous EPAs in the RANZCP 2012 Fellowship Program
Information on the Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) which are part of the College's 2012 Fellowship training program. Includes Stage 2 EPAs on Indigenous mental health.
- Nicheportal website
Educational resources for medical specialists who care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and patients.
2015 Australian Indigenous Doctor's Association
Adelaide, South Australia
Information: Conference website
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.