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.

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.

.More about the committee


Current initiatives

RANZCP Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori Trainee Financial Support Initiative

  • Up to A$6,000/calendar year is available to assist with the costs of specialist training (e.g. RANZCP training fees, assessment fees, attending conferences) and other activities to achieve Fellowship. 
  • This initiative is funded by the RANZCP. 
  • To apply, read the Financial Support Initiative guidelines [PDF; 138 KB] and submit an application form.
  • Please direct any queries to policy@ranzcp.org.

Exam Preparation Grants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees

  • Grants of up to A$3,000 to access an OSCE, MCQ or Essay-Style exam preparation program (e.g. 1:1 coaching, online programs, workshops) in 2020. 
  • The RANZCP has received Australian Government funding under the Specialist Training Program for this initiative. 
  • To apply, read the Exam Preparation Grants Guidelines [PDF; 137 KB] and submit an application form.
  • Please direct any queries to stp@ranzcp.org

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

Workshops

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.