The Australian Psychological Society's Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Timothy A. Carey, Pat Dudgeon, Sabine Hammond, Tanja Hirvonen, Michael Kyrios, Louise Roufeil, Peter Smith

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    Abstract

    The gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non‐Indigenous health, education, mental health, and social and emotional wellbeing remains a major concern. Bridging these gaps and working in culturally safe and responsive ways with people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent presents considerable challenges, including for the discipline and profession of psychology. At the Australian Psychological Society's (APS) inaugural congress in September 2016, the APS issued an Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The apology was a formal acknowledgment of the role of the discipline and profession of psychology in failing to listen and show respect to Indigenous Australians. The apology was also a commitment to change. This paper provides the background and context to, and motivation for, the apology. The APS received highly positive reactions to the apology across Australia and internationally. However, further change and work needs to be undertaken as the challenge for the discipline and profession now is to demonstrate a commitment to the apology by supporting and engaging in culturally safe practices
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages261-267
    Number of pages7
    Volume52
    No.4
    Specialist publicationAustralian Psychologist
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

    Keywords

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    • apology
    • cultural responsiveness
    • culturally safe practice
    • Indigenous
    • reconciliation
    • social and emotional wellbeing

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