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

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Timothy A Carey, Pat Dudgeon, Sabine Hammond, Tanja Hirvonen, Michael Kyrios, Louise Roufeil and Peter Smith. (2017). The Australian Psychological Society's Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Australian Psychologist. 52(4), pp. 261-267. https://doi.org/10.1111/ap.12300
AuthorsTimothy A Carey, Pat Dudgeon, Sabine Hammond, Tanja Hirvonen, Michael Kyrios, Louise Roufeil and Peter Smith
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.

KeywordsAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; apology; cultural responsiveness; culturally safe practice; Indigenous; reconciliation; social and emotional wellbeing
Year2017
JournalAustralian Psychologist
Journal citation52 (4), pp. 261-267
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
ISSN0005-0067
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/ap.12300
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85025135359
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